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
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.