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8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012

8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

I’ve said this before:  Makeup application is an art, much like painting, and your face is your canvas.  Thus, when it comes to putting on my makeup, I need to give myself time to carefully and excellently create my masterpiece… just like any other artist!

Unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen that way all the time.  Often times, we are swamped with catching up on our to-do list that the only break we can manage to take in between tasks are the quick run to the restroom, or the coffee and lunch breaks.  At kapag minamalas ka pa, sometimes your alarm clock fails to wake you up in the morning that doing your makeup would only mean being late to work, or to your meeting.

That is why a 5 minute face makeup regimen is the best way by which you can stick to a tight schedule yet still be ready at a moment’s notice to face anybody, with the quiet confidence that you look neat, fresh and presentable.   Depending on how quick you (or your hand) can move, I’d like to say that this process I’m about to suggest is ideal for a “ten-minutes or less” preparation time.  However, if you really gotta be done in five minutes, then this works just as well, but you really just gotta move fast, girlfriend!

Ayt!  Eight simple steps are all it takes. Here we go then…


8 Simple Steps To Getting Your 5 Minute Face Makeup Done

Step 1: Tinted Moisturizer  Especially for daytime/casual wear, I would recommend a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation.  A tinted moisturizer will, first and foremost, keep your skin hydrated for hours; and because it’s tinted, it will give your skin a little bit of coverage to hide imperfections and will give it a smooth finish without the heavy feeling you get from a foundation.  That’s really what you would want — to keep it light.  Apply tiny dots of the tinted moisturizer all over your face and spread it out evenly with a brush or with your finger tips.

MyMy Recommended:
Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted MoisturizerLaura Mercier Tinted MoisturizerNars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 2:  Concealer  To hide dark circles or eye bags under the eyes, it’s important not to skip the concealer.  Apply tiny dots under the eye, starting with the inner corner and then evenly spread it out all the way to the outer corner in gentle, tapping strokes, until you achieve a smooth finish.

MyMy Recommended:
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage,  Clinique Advanced ConcealerCovergirl & Olay Simply Ageless ConcealerBobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 3:  Setting Powder  Using a large powder brush, lightly dust some loose setting powder over your entire face (including the eye area) and neck to set the tinted moisturizer and concealer in place so that it lasts longer throughout the day and doesn’t easily wear off.  This also helps absorb any excess oil or shine, and give your skin more of a silky, mattified finish.  It’s really more beneficial for women with oilier skin types to use a setting powder because the oils from their skin can break down the makeup which will result to it smearing, caking or even fading.

MyMy Recommended:
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting PowderLaura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting PowderChanel Natural Finish Loose PowderMake Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 4:  Eyebrow Pencil with Brush  Assuming you’ve already trimmed your brows (as you should do regularly anyway), now all you need to do is to define them.  Using an eyebrow pencil with a brush (the kind that’s similar to a mascara wand), start filling in your brows with the pencil, just enough to define its natural lines.  You may also use a brow powder if that’s what you’re used to, but I personally much prefer using a brow pencil because it’s easier and quicker to use.  Gently brush your brow after filling it in to soften any harsh lines, giving you a more natural-looking brow.  For a quick eyebrow tutorial, click here.

MyMy Recommended:
T. LeClerc Eyebrow PencilChristian Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil With Brush

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 5:  Lash Curler  Curl your lashes.  Close and hold the curler, clamping the lashes for a few seconds, then release. You may skip this part if:

  • you don’t know how to do it
  • you just don’t like doing it, or
  • you already have naturally curly lashes.

MyMy Recommended:
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 6:  Mascara  After curling, it’s time to apply some mascara on your lashes.  I recommend that you get the waterproof kind so that your mascara stays in place all day.  Especially if you live in the tropics like the Philippines where it’s always hot and muggy, you’d want a mascara that would stand sweat and won’t smear.  One piece of advice on this though:  if you’re gonna use a waterproof mascara, or any waterproof makeup, invest in a good makeup remover as well – one that’s gentle yet effectively removes all traces of your waterproof makeup.

MyMy Recommended:
Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof MascaraL’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 7:  Cheek & Lip Stain  We’re counting this part as just one step since you’re gonna use one and the same product on both your cheeks and lips.  The magic product?  Cheek & Lip Stain.  Dab a small amount and immediately spread it out evenly on the apples of your cheek.  A small amount is all you need.  You just want a natural-looking, healthy glow. Then move on to your lips, dab a little amount at a time, spreading it out immediately after each application, until your lips look like they were “just bitten”.

MyMy Recommended:
Stila Cherry Crush Cheek & Lip StainBenefit BenetintVincent Longo Original Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

  8 Simple Steps To A 5 Minute Face

Step 8:  Lip Gloss  Finally, put some deliciously looking gloss on your pout by applying a thin coat of clear gloss over your stained lips.  You may also use a tinted lip gloss, in which case you may or may not skip the lip stain altogether.  A thin layer over the stain would give you a unique blend of color that might just look gorgeous so don’t be afraid to try different combinations.

MyMy Recommended:
Smashbox Reflection High-Shine Lip GlossMAC Clear Lip GlassLola Liptease Voluptuous Lip Plumping Lip GlossVictoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip GlossClinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss


Your 5-Minute Face Is Ready!

Voila!  You’re done.  It might seem like it requires longer than just five minutes when you’re reading it but, believe me, it’s really a very quick process and you’ll be out the door looking fresh and even glowing in no time!  So busy Moms like me, having an übertoxic schedule is not an excuse anymore to not try to look your best every day.  Remember that the 5 Minute Face Makeup doesn’t need to be heavy at all.  It just simply means a face that’s clean, moisturized (so it’s not magaspang when you give someone a beso-beso on the cheek!), not oily or greasy, best features are accentuated, and looking fresh and radiant at any given time, no matter how busy you are.  Who doesn’t want to look her best every day and always ready to meet people at a moment’s notice?  Even if you’re the type who claims to be “not ma-makeup” and prefers to go barefaced most of the time, at the very least, you should moisturize.  Truth of the matter is, no woman really wants to go barefaced.  Many just opt for the “no makeup look” but even that look can be achieved only with the right selections of cosmetic products.

“At the very least, women should always wear mascara, lipstick, and some blush.” – Colin Cowie, Legendary Lifestyle Expert

Bottom line is, with these eight simple and easy steps, now it doesn’t have to take more than 5 minutes of your time to do your makeup.  I hope y’all would try my 8 Simple Steps To A 5-Minute Face and let me know how it turns out for you.  Do you have other methods you would like to recommend for achieving a 5-Minute Face?  Please do share!  :)




About The Author: Myla “MyMy” Upshaw

Myla “MyMy” Upshaw is a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on her status as a Filipino Christian wife and mother and “domestic goddess”. She blogs about popular subjects for stay-at-home moms such as fashion, family, beauty, relationships, entrepreneurialism (“mompreneur”), movies, self-improvement, health & wellness as well as about her faith as a follower of Christ.

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  1. Zild

    This is familiar… Oh my gosh. I remember this… Wait… Ah! This was the post that motivated me to start using make-up for the very first time! This blog post was the start of my beauty regime! After reading this, I immediately went to the mall and bought all the stuff. Haha! Oh good times. Thank you for sharing these basic and yet very important steps!

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