3-Minute Face

30 Jan

I don’t know if what I wear on a daily basis is more or less than the norm, but I thought clocking in at under 3 minutes is pretty darn respectable. When it comes to rolling out of bed for work every morning, I am not exactly in the mood to care too much about makeup (no, the caring happens when you bump into your ex in the food court at lunch. Gulp). I have my routine and everyday essentials, and I just work with that. Trying to change it up at an unGodly hour could be social-suicide.


Here is my 8-step everyday makeup routine, that I have perfected in under 3-minutes:

1. Base

I use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It is not as heavy as a foundation that I would wear if going out at night, but still provides a nice light finish. I use an SPF under my makeup as part of my daily skincare routine, but this product also has SPF20.  I use Nude in the winter and Bisque or Sand in the summer.

2. Concealer

I’ve blogged about my favourite concealer before. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla is my savoir. Hallelujah!

3. Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola. It just seems to be the one bronzer that works any time of the year on most skin types. Just don’t use the brush it comes with…use a large powder brush to sweep across cheeks, chin, and forehead.

4. Eyeshadow Base

Anytime I wear eyeshadow I use a base. Why? Because if you don’t you may as well not wear eyeshadow! Without it my eyeshadow sticks for about 45 seconds. As blogged before, I like MAC Prep & Prime Eye.

5. Eyeshadow

My everyday shade is usually All That Glitters by MAC. It is a soft shimmering gold colour and just seems to always work with whatever clothes I put on. If I’m not wearing it, I can most likely be caught in Sellout by Urban Decay, a pinky champagne colour that blends in nicely.

MAC All That Glitters

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Sellout

6. Mascara

My absolute beauty must. Mascara saves me from looking like the eyelash monster got me the night before. All hail mascara!!! If you have seen my post here, then you know how I feel about mascara. My go-to everyday is either Clinique High Impact Mascara in black or Benefit Bad Gal Lash in black.

CLINIQUE - High Impact Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics - BADgal Lash Mascara

7. Eyebrow pencil

I have light blonde eyebrows, and would do almost anything for the Brooke Shields look circa early ’90’s. But we can’t have it all, so I settle for a darn good eyebrow pencil instead. I’m not a fan of the gels, markers, etc. Just a plain old pencil helps me fill in my brows naturally. I use MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Fling.

8. Lips

Last but not least. My favourite part. The lips just pull everything together! My everyday look is pretty simple so I can pull off a light lip or a bold lip easily. I use a lot of YSL, MAC, and Bobbi Brown on my lips. I will be doing a post on my favourite go-to colours soon. So stay tuned!

So that is my quick and easy 8-step routine. Should you care to walk a fine line with time, you can add these two optional steps.

1. Curl your lashes! Just adds a little extra oomph. I like the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. It does the trick!

Shiseido - Eyelash Curler

2. Liner! Some girls line everyday, some don’t. For me it is an extra – big meeting, going out after work, etc. – calls for liner. I find black is too stark on me so I use brown or plum. My favourite is MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella. It’s a pencil…I leave liquid liner to the pro’s!

 Eye Kohl

Well folks, there you have it! What are your everyday essentials? Do you take over 3-minutes?


2 Responses to “3-Minute Face”

  1. candies & crunches January 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM #

    I have the same MAC eyebrow pencil and I totally love it! xoxo

  2. aclayman702 January 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM #

    I always use the brow pencil!! Have the same one and it works wonders!

    xox Alie

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