Ever since I was little and wanted to wear makeup, my mom always said no. She was a big advocate for less is more, especially when it came to makeup and hair. I wasn’t allowed (and didn’t want to) wear makeup when I was in elementary school, nor was I allowed to dye my hair. When I reached high school, I pleaded with my mom to wear a little makeup, and she allowed me to wear mascara. Good compromise because it is still my #1 makeup must have and I don't leave the house without it on. I have never worn foundation (except for my wedding and my SIL's), and I am nor sure if I will ever start. I hate how it feels on my skin.
Now, as an adult I am so glad that my mom never let me wear makeup and if I have a daughter, I will be exactly the same way. As a momma, it feels like I have very little time to do anything. Makeup is one of those things. I have some holy grail products that I have used for years, and these are the products I use most often.
I begin by washing my face with my favourite cleanser and I follow that by moisturizing with this face cream. Once I have done that I begin with my first product.
1. Nars Creamy Concealer, $35.00
I apply this concealer under my eyes in a triangular shape, I also apply it to any red areas that are on my face. I either use my fingers to blend or I use this real techniques brush. I love this concealer, it goes on smoothly and does a great job of concealing under eye circles and any discolouration that I might have. It does have a high price point, but if you're willing to splurge it is worth it.
2. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, $7.00
Mascara is the key element to the 5 Minute Face. It opens up tired eyes and gives some life to your face. I love me some mascara, no matter what makeup look I am trying to achieve mascara is essential. I am pretty generous with the amount that I apply, usually 2-3 coats.
3. Lise Watier Bronzer in Havana, $35.00
I wear bronzer year round. It gives you a beautiful sun-kissed look. The key to having that faux glow is finding a good bronzer and knowing how to apply it properly. I apply my bronzer with a big fluffy brush, concentrating on my forehead, bridge of my nose and cheekbones. I have tried many different bronzers, and the struggle is real to find one that doesn’t make you look like an oompa loompa. This bronzer is a less expensive version and I love it as well.
4. Nars Blush in Amour, $35.00
This is a new(er) blush for me. I apply this beautiful blush by starting at the apples of my cheeks and I blend the colour up towards my ears, I finish off by blending it with a brush.I have lately become obsessed with blush. It gives colour and brightens up your face, and is definitely needed in these cold temperatures. I have always been a fan of MAC blushes, this one is my favourite. More recently I have fallen in love with Nars Blushes, they are extremely long lasting and have fantastic pay off. Just be mindful that less is more with Nars Blushes, otherwise you could end up looking like a clown.
5. Dior Addict Lip Glow, $37.00 & MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup, $19.00
Lastly, I finish off my look with a Lip Balm or Lipstick. I chose both of these because I use them more often than any of my other lip products.The Dior Lip Glow I adore and use so much in the winter because my lips are chapped, it creates smooth lips and also provides a pink tint (which varies on each woman). MAC's creme cup is my go to lipstick, it is the perfect pink and looks beautiful on all skin tones.
And that's it! This should take you no longer then 5 minutes, and you will look fresh and ready to start your day.