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5 Minute Face: Makeup Tips

5 Minute Face Makeup Tips

Part of making my “comeback” includes making sure I don’t go out in public looking like a zombie. Most moms do it once in a while. I am often guilty during school drop-off when I think no one can see me in my car. Other than that, I’m trying to put on a fresh face for the world to see. As with most busy moms, I don’t want to spend 20-30 minutes “putting my face on.”

So, I came up with what I call, “The 5 Minute Face.” Within 5 minutes, the goal is to look like a better version of myself with minimal makeup. As a budget conscious mom, less makeup means less money spent on these products as well. So, let’s get started with the lesson, shall we?

Step One – Moisturize

Start with a fresh, clean face. Apply your favorite moisturizer. Mine is Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture. You may want to change your moisturizer depending on the time of year. In the summer, I tend to get very oily, so I always use a light oil free makeup. (Picture A)

Step Two – Concealer

Select a cream or powder concealer that is a bit lighter than your skin tone to help minimize trouble spots. Lately I am using a powder concealer with a small brush to cover trouble zones like under my eyes, around my nose and where I may have a few blemishes. I find that the powder concealer works well UNDER the full-face powder, but liquid concealer actually works better dabbed and blended OVER foundation. The only concealer I recommend to go UNDER foundation would be a green or yellow color correction type.

Step Three – Foundation

Select a foundation that matches your skin tone or is even a little lighter. A foundation that is darker will make you look like you are wearing a mask. Be sure to blend down into your neckline as well. For summer, I am really loving a Clinique Blended Face Powder. After applying my concealer, I blend a lighter layer of the powder all over my face. (Picture B).

Step Four – Bronzer

Especially for summer, I apply Physicians Formula Powder Light Bronzer. The rule of thumb is to blend a bit of bronzer on your face where the sun would hit it (across the forehead, lightly on the nose, cheeks and chin). I find a light bronzer is even nice almost all year long to maintain a healthy glow. I just select a lighter color for the cooler months of the year. (Picture C)

makeup tips for 5 minute face

Step Five – Blush

I am LOVING the multi-colored blushes that have come out recently. They provide a more natural color without looking like you have one splash of color on your cheeks. In my example, I actually used a super cheap Wet-n-Wild brand. I apply on the apples of my cheeks and just a dab on my chin and blend lightly all over as well. (Picture D)

Step Six – Mascara

I don’t know about you, but mascara is the key element to make my eyes look bright and awake. Notice the difference between photo 1 and 4? No matter how “waterproof” or “smudgeproof” a mascara claims to be, I still end up with racoon eyes. The solution for me is Blinc MascaraThis mascara actually creates a tube around your lashes so once it’s dry, it will not flake or smudge. (Picture D)

Step Seven – Lip color

I like a natural looking lip. Lately, I like the REVLON Colorburst Lip Butter. I also apply a neutral lip color, close to my own, followed by a gloss. In this case, I used a Revlon lipstick and a Neutragena gloss. (Picture D – all done!)

While this process is seven steps, it is really quick. I can often apply everything in less than 5 minutes. What do you think? What makeup tips do you have? Share them in a comment.

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  1. You are a pretty woman barefaced too! Love how you weren’t afraid to step out there with this. Thanks for linking this up last week on the Verizon Voices Fashionista Style Hop. We’d love have more of your style, so sign up for our weekly reminders too (if you havenโ€™t!)

  2. Taylor says:

    Great tips! I like things that are quick. For us that have naturally blonde hair, I have to also remember my “eyebrows.” If I don’t pencil them in, then I look like I have none!

  3. Claudia says:

    Great point! Love that you start with Moisturizer!!! It’s such a vital step in keeping skin youthful and refreshed!!

  4. These are some great tips! Makeup in 5 minutes is a great way to start the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Mrs. B says:

    Great post and tips! I don’t where make up at all but will share this with others who do.

  6. We think alike. As long as the face is polished, you just need some mascara and lip stuff (well, and eyeliner for me).

  7. Great tips. Even I can handle 5 minutes

  8. beauty in a flash, yes please!

  9. Kristyn says:

    great tips for busy moms to still get their makeup done ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. That is awesome! The less time I have to spend getting ready, the better! I love the look too, so nice and natural.

  11. Seriously if I don’t have enough time to do the full makeup look, I make sure I have at least moisturizer, foundation, mascara and lips covered. Then i don’t feel so naked or grungy.

  12. Lena says:

    making all kinds of notes right now. I need to learn to use concealer

  13. Jadey Sam says:

    Very good tips! Short and sweet!

  14. Very cool. Haven’t tried the Revlon Colorburst yet but it’s on my list!

  15. mel says:

    I love this post! I am such a makeup girl!!!! Thank you!

  16. Teresha F says:

    It only takes 5 minutes?! Even I can spend 5 minutes on makeup. I am going to give this a try, thanks!

  17. I need to learn how to put on makeup first…then it will take 5 minutes! Lol

  18. Jenna Wood says:

    Bronzer has always intimidated me, but I want to add it to my regimen, which is very similar to yours. Thanks for the breakdown to quick beauty in the morning!

  19. Sarah Blunt says:

    Wow! These are great makeup tips! I just copied all the steps. Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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