Most days of the week, I am facing some form of time constraints. From the moment I get up until the time I leave the house in the morning, I often allow myself no more than 25-30 minutes total. Let's just say that I prefer sleep in the morning above all things else ; ) This routine allows me to devote about 10 minutes to makeup application, which, after years of practice, is completely achievable.
On (thankfully) rare days of unmitigated morning chaos (e.g., oversleeping, accidentally extended cuddle time with Jethro, belaboring efforts to locate a certain pair of jeans in my closet...c'est la vie!), however, my window of time may not be so ample. In turn, 10 minutes for makeup pragmatically reduces to no more than half that time and I am here to confirm that a full face CAN indeed be completed in five minutes.
Kindly scroll on for details on my process, swatches of the efficacious products I used on my "rushed (and inordinately rainy) morning" face, images of the final outcome and the Bottom Line...
|Above: Swatches of all products in direct sunlight.|
1. Upon cleansing with a cotton pad drenched in Koh Gen Do Spa Water (a daily staple for years...so good...reviewed HERE), I skipped a conventional moisturizer (no time!) and proceed by adding a welcome layer of Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in #2 (reviewed HERE), which acts as a light tinted moisturizer, anti-aging treatment and illuminator.
2. I then applied one pump of Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Genesis Primer (discussed HERE) to minimize pores and combat the humidity waiting for me outdoors. I find that this particular formula does an exceptionally wonderful job of keeping makeup in place on days punctuated by extreme weather conditions like rain or heat.
3. Once my face was duly primed, I buffed on a foundation concoction I had created and put in a sample pot a couple of days prior. It provides immense, yet undetectable coverage and perfectly matches my in-between-shades, dead of winter skin. This formula consists of equal parts Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in #22 Natural Beige (US Version...reviewed HERE), Suqqu Frame Fix in #002 (to lighten up the mix...reviewed HERE) and Ardency Inn Custom Coverage Concentrate in Light-Medium Olive (to increase coverage and lasting power...reviewed HERE). This trifecta is what I like to consider the quintessential full-coverage cream foundation for NC 23 skin.
4. I added a swipe of Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige (straight from the stick...no time for anything more civilized) to brighten up my under eye area. It is important to note that I don't blend it in until AFTER eyeshadow and mascara application (demonstrated in this TUTORIAL); this process allows me to simply sweep away any errant eye makeup created by applying products in haste!
5. I quickly grabbed a bit of powder bronzer (not pictured) from my "current rotation" basket and applied it along my lower cheekbones for contour and then swept a bit of Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Duchesse (all shades in this magnificent formula swatched HERE), a soft and illuminating pale peach, over the apples of my cheeks. This subtle shade brings great life to light skin, especially once a bit of warmth fuses it to the canvas.
1. I applied a couple of layers of By Terry Ombre Blackstar in #4 Bronze Moon (my go-to for a full eye in seconds...most recently reviewed HERE) directly from the tube across my upper lid and blended it under my lower lash line for a touch of depth.
2. I used my newly procured Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown (a wonderfully neutral dark brown...no red tones whatsoever) with a small brow brush to lightly shape and define my brows. This highly waterproof formula does not budge...full review soon!
3. I finished my "three-product" eye look with two coats of the Chantecaille Supreme Cils Mascara (reviewed HERE) for a full and fluttery look that lasts the day without flaking or smudging. One gentle sweep of my under eye area with my pinky both removed any eyeshadow/mascara mistakes and blended the concealer applied two minutes earlier.
1. My lips benefitted from but a single product: the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in #120 Desirable. It is a creamy, pigmented, full coverage light pink nude that creates a complete lip in mere seconds. After hearing a wealth of positive buzz about this formula, I picked it out very quickly at the Lauder counter (first EL purchase in years) the night before and determined it to be the only shade of personal interest to me (with the exception of one other shade, the rest of the options are quite dark for my taste). It is surprisingly long lasting for such a hydrating formula and its slight sheen meant no need for gloss!
|Above: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in #120 Desirable, a creamy, opaque pinky nude. The tube features a luxe, weighty case with a satisfying and secure magnetic closure.|
|Above: A swatch of #120 Desirable in direct sunlight.|
Below: Images of the final look...these were taken at the END of the day, in turn being a clear testament to the lasting power of the products used!
|Above: Taken in indoors in front of window.|
|Above: Taken outdoors in direct late-afternoon sunlight.|
Bottom Line: Flattering makeup doesn't have to take a great deal of time to apply! A minimum of carefully-curated products can work in harmony to create a clean and professional look in mere minutes. Truth be told, however, although I can apply a full face in five minutes, I'll never be one to turn down the option of 10 ; )
What are some of YOUR go-to beauty products for a rushed morning?
I hope you've had a lovely Oscars weekend...good things on the blog next week including coverage from The Makeup Show LA (which, by the way, was incredible), a discussion of the NARS Matte Multiples, the reveal from last month's Mystery Haircare post and, of course, new skincare and beauty products I'm currently loving.
--The Beauty Professor
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