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Lazy 5 Minute Face


While I'm usually very comfortable with not putting any sort of make-up on my face, the New Year tends to bring out a more "polished" version of me.  You know, the best Procrastinator there is -- no dirty dishes in the sink, a fridge full of raw ingredients instead of condiments, and an 11 pm bedtime.

I'm already defecting on my shiny self; my bedtime has become more of a get-into-bed-and-watch-Youtube-time, I'm starting to introduce bread and butter back into my life, and there are a few mugs that could use a good soak.  What's remained though, is a polished, 5-minute-face that keeps me polished with minimal effort and looks natural.

After my skincare routine, I squeeze out a pump and a half of Josie Maran's Argan Matchmaster Serum Foundation -- this is a new buy I'm testing out, and so far I adore it. It's got such light coverage that at first I can't even tell where I've put it, but later on in the day I'll catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and be like, "I did put something on!"  After smoothing that on with my hands and buffing out with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I'll sweep Clinique's Airbrush Concealer under my eyes and use the same brush to buff it out.  It's a little dark for me now that it's winter, but it works with enough blending. I use my fingers to tap Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage on any red areas or blemishes, and blend out the edges.  I'm usually one to go for blush over bronzer, but lately I've been enjoying having cheekbones!  Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Ave Princess has the tiniest bit of shimmer in the pan, but applies rather matte-looking.  I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this under my cheekbones and onto my temples.  I need a little bit of shading in my eyes, so I've been using my Hakuhodo Kokutan T brush to apply the same bronzer into my socket.  Whenever people visit me, I brush this across their fingertips and as creepy as it sounds, they adore it.  To finish, I apply a generous coat of Prestige My Blackest Lashes on Shu-curled lashes.  Check me out, I'm remembering to put mascara on!

And because I enjoy parallels such as these:  if you don't count the tools, there are only FIVE products in my FIVE minute face.  I'm a nerd.

8 comments :

  1. That sounds like a great 5 minute face! I never think to use bronzer, especially in my socket, but it sounds like a great idea for when you don't have much makeup on. I'm also testing out the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - love it so far!

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    1. I think it might out-do Cle de Peau's concealer as my favourite...*gasp*

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  2. I got the Tarte bronzer recently. I've switched to slightly shimmered bronzing. My skin is ready for the sun to come back out! I love that you have a limited number of products but I can imagine the look is simple and chic.

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    1. I am so so so ready for the sun to come back out! It's not quite no-makeup makeup since I contour pretty heavily, but I like it -- it adds a touch of androgyny to my look.

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  3. I like your product choice :) I hope you'll be reviewing the Josie Maran Argan Serum. I wanna try some of their products but I am kinda justifying the price and the texture of the product. I also love real technique brushes, they perform very well!!

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    1. Will definitely review it -- I adore it so far.

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  4. I like this post :) I haven't perfected a five minute face... but i'm trying, and definitely failing to wear makeup everyday. LOL! what shade of clinique airbrush is that? I feel like my perfect shade is in between, which is a bummer since it is a nice and affordable option.

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    1. This is Neutral Fair 04 - I think I might be between shades as well since 03 looks wayyy too light for me, even in the dead of winter.

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