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We’ve all had those days – we’re in a rush to get out the door, or we’re simply feeling too lazy to put on a full face of makeup. At the same time, we’re reluctant to go out bare-faced. How many times have you habitual makeup users mustered the confidence to go out bare-faced only to be asked, “You look tired,” or “Are you sick?” I’ve been having a lot of those lazy makeup moments lately. I blame third-trimester fatigue. So today I’m going to share my go-to minimal makeup look with you – it only takes five products!
P.S. If you are not a makeup wearer, then that’s awesome too! I firmly believe no one should be pressured to wear makeup if they don’t want to. Either way, I’m all about doing what you need to do to feel good about yourself!
Step 1: BB Cream
When I’m applying minimal makeup, the first thing I want to do is even out my skin tone. BB Cream is a beauty product that is Korean in origin and has recently become trendy in the U.S. It’s sort of an all-in-one face product that includes moisturizing ingredients, SPF, coverage, and primer.
I’ve tried a lot of BB creams in the past and I’ve consistently found the Korean ones to be of highest quality and best value. I’m currently using MISSHA M Signature Real Complete in No. 23. This BB Cream has a good amount of coverage without feeling too heavy on my face, and leaves a dewy finish that’s perfect for when you want a more natural look. It’s super-blendable and takes about a minute to apply by hand.
The obvious downside to BB Creams are the lack of color options. The MISSHA starts out light on me, but eventually oxidizes closer to my skin tone. Those with darker skin may have a harder time finding a color match, especially in Korean lines. You may opt for a tinted moisturizer instead.
Step 2: Blush
Now that we’ve set our canvas, I like to add a bit of color to define the face. Get your favorite shade of blush and apply it along the natural curve of your cheekbones.
I used Sephora Collection Double Countouring Cream Blush in Rose Glow. I believe this color is discontinued because I can’t find it on the Sephora website.
I prefer following up BB Cream with a cream blush because the textures tend to work well together. You also don’t have to use a brush, which will save you time from having to clean off your makeup brushes when you’re done.
Try this – pinch the tip of your finger until it turns rosy. Try to find a blush that matches that color and it’ll flatter your skin tone!
Step 3: Eyebrow Gel
Eyebrows are one of those essential things that I ignored for years before discovering what a difference it made. Seriously, if you have time for nothing else, get those eyebrows in shape.
For me, I have naturally thick eyebrow hairs so I don’t need to do a lot of filling in with a pencil. Usually a tinted gel is enough to get those hairs in place and add just the right amount of definition.
My favorite tinted gel is Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate. This brow gel has a wide variety of shades for every hair color. If you’re unsure about which color to get, it’s always safer to go a little darker than your natural hair color.
Step 4: Mascara
Mascara does wonders to open up the eyes and make you look more awake. For me curling my lashes is a step that goes hand-in-hand with applying mascara. I have pretty straight lashes so I need that curl to get this effect.
Normally I prefer mascaras that have serious volumizing power, but for this example I went with a more natural formula. Here I’m wearing Boots No.7 Exceptional Definition Mascara in Black.
Step 5: Lipstick
My favorite makeup item to collect is lipstick. Seriously, with the variety of colors and formulas out there, they are the most fun thing to possibly hoard. The right shade of lipstick has such transformational power, whether you want to feel stand-out glamorous or enhance your natural beauty. Even when I go out with no other makeup, I don’t feel like myself without at least the tiniest bit of lipstick.
In this example, I chose Revlon Lip Butter in Fig Jam. If you’ve never tried Revlon’s lip butters, you need to go out and get yourself some. The formula is as moisturizing and smooth as a lip balm, yet pigmented enough to leave noticeable color. It’s Holy Grail status for me.
Fig Jam is my absolute favorite shade because I have somewhat pigmented lips to begin with, so lighter colors don’t show well on me. Even though it looked scary-brown in the tube, I’m glad I tried it on because it ended up being a MLBB color for me! Sadly I think the shade’s been discontinued since I can’t find it in drugstores. Thank goodness for online shopping!
The Finished Look
What would your 5-product face be?
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