FIVE MINUTES ‘TIL FABULOUS
By: Joscelyne Marie Brazile
It’s 6:10am, and in five minutes, your house will be a buzz with requests to wear ballet costumes to school and have pizza for breakfast. But, before you dive into your morning rhetoric of because I said so’s and No means No’s, consider using the next five to make up your face. Yes, you can…with the right products and a little know, you can go from fit to be tied to fit to be fabulous in a few simple steps.
Before you attempt a five minute face, there is groundwork to do ladies! Every five minute face starts with a manicured brow and a beauty regimen that includes a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer that promotes skin nourishment. If you need help choosing product, do research on your skin type or consult a dermatologist to assist in choice of cleansing and moisturizing agents.
If your skin is generally on its best behavior, tinted moisturizers might be your new best friend! Moisturizers, like those of Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier, offer great coverage and a dewy-fresh finish. Application of this product is simple. For more coverage, use a concealer brush or cosmetic sponges. If you’re in a rush, squeeze a dime-sized amount on the back of your hand and use your fingers for application. If your skin needs a little extra help to achieve a smooth finish, start with concealer and finish with a foundation/powder duo like MAC or Laura Mercier.
If you’re going for a little drama, the eyes have it! There isn’t a lot that needs to be done to play up the eye for daytime. Apply a neutral shadow for application over the full eyelid, and a lighter shade to go over the lower half of the lid. Finish with your favorite mascara, and you’re done! For a little more glamour, preface mascara application with an eyelash curler, like Shu Uemura.
You don’t have to live in the sun to pull off a sun-kissed look. A little blush goes a long way! Consult your nearest cosmetic counter for a shade that suits your complexion, apply a little to the apples of the cheeks, and you’ve instantly added a pop factor to the face.
Lastly, pamper your pout with a little gloss. If you’ve played up the eye, there isn’t a lot to be done to the lip. Just apply your favorite shade of gloss or lip stick (or both…you have 23 seconds to spare!), and you’ve completed a fabulous day look in under five minutes.
Joscelyne Marie Brazile is an HR professional and freelance beauty writer for Jolie Magazine. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband Kyle, and her gorgeous little girl, Kennedy.