Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Fab Five - Makeup in a Hurry

I'm all about an easy makeup routine. Concealer, powder, blush, liner, and mascara about do it for me on an everyday basis. Five items, five minutes (or less), and I'm out the door.
These are my fab five
Concealer - I'm not a makeup snob, any drugstore brand will do. I prefer the stick because it does a better job of covering up. I put it under my eyes, starting at the corners of my eyes and working outwards. I also dab some just above the inside corners of my eyes and sometimes even on the lid. I'll also put some on either side of my nose between my nostril and cheek to cover the redness there.

Powder - Clinique Superpowder Double Face ($23). I like this powder because it conceals, evens out my skin tone, and doesn't cause breakouts. I pat it on with the spongy pad then gently brush it with a big brush. I also put some on my eyelids. I rely on the ladies at the Clinique counter help me match my skin color because I never get it right on my own. I love to time my purchase with bonus gift time to feel like I'm getting more bang for my buck (yeah, those tiny containers of moisturizer are so worth it).

Blush - NARS in Orgasm ($30). This is the color that is supposed to complement every skin tone. It's a little pricey but I like the feeling of splurging on myself here. The color really does look great and I find that with any pressed powder powder, eyeshadow, or blush, it is worth it to go with a department store brand. Less-expensive ones have that shimmer that you should only wear if you are under 25 and don't wear as long or go on as smoothly.

Liner - Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($17). I discovered this during the last Clinique bonus time. I went out of my safety zone and went with the green, which really helps my hazel eyes stand out. I like that it's a nice thick line and takes the place of eyeshadow. To help it wear longer in the heat and humidity in Florida, I sometimes pat a little green or grey shadow on it to help it set.

Mascara - Maybelline Full 'n Soft ($8). I've found that drugstore mascara can't be beat. This mascara is my favorite for long-wearing and is waterproof. It usually stays on from morning through night and washes off with soap and water. I only use this in between eyelash tinting appointments or to add extra fullness for a night out.

Obviously, for a night out I take more time and add more shadow or liner, but this routine gets me out the door in a hurry giving me a natural, light look. What tips do you have?


  1. Ok I have 6! Clinique moisture surge , jane iredale powder, Benefit " fine one one" highlighting/contour stick followed with Tarte cheek stain in flush. My favorite product is by Benefit and it's the "Peek a bright eyes" highlighting kit! This is awesome! It has a light illuminator in cream form along with 3 shadows all in one box with how to use it properly illustrated! Amazing stuff! Followed with Benefit "they're real" mascara. ;) I know it's 6 but I love them all! ;)

    1. Thanks for sharing! Learning what other people love is a great way to try something new.