Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pretty in 5 Minutes

I mentioned yesterday that it is important for me to get dressed each morning and put on some makeup even when I don't have plans to leave the house. It's a nice boost to the self esteem to feel some what put together. My morning routine is simple and quick so I thought you might be interested in seeing the products I use. There's a mix of drugstore and more expensive products here. Lately drugstore brands, like Maybelline for example, have been putting out some really great products but there are some high end brands that I think are worth the investment.

simple 5 minute makeup
Step 1 - Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I read for years about how this is the world's favorite tinted moisturizer but didn't try it until I received a free sample. I'm sold. I have oily skin but don't feel it's necessary to use the oil-free version. With this product I can skip moisturizer after cleansing and the tint gives a good amount of coverage. I have acne acne scarring and this certainly doesn't cover them all but it does fade them a bit. If I feel like putting in the extra effort I will use my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to cover spots.

Step 2 - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. The sponge applicator on this product is nice and soft, it's easy to apply, and the coverage is good. This is a new addition to my collection but I really like it.

Step 3 - NARS Powder Foundation. This gives me a little extra coverage since I'm only wearing tinted moisturizer. It also helps reduce my forehead shine.

Step 4 - Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bronze. This product is brand new but it is great. These cream eyeshadow pots rival MAC's paint pots but are about 1/2 the price. I just sweep it across the lid with my finger and the shadow lasts all day. The shade range is limited right now but they're pretty popular so hopefully Maybelline comes out with more colors.

Step 5 - Tart Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful. I'm in a coral cheek phase. I love this color though this is probably one of those products that you can replace with a less expensive version. These clay blushes come with a lot of beauty claims that I'm not sure I subscribe to, although I do like that they are made without some of the nasty chemicals that are often found in make up products.

Step 6 - Tart LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint. A sweep of color across the lips and then I'm ready for the day. These lip tints are really moisturizing but still deposit a nice amount of color on the lips, not something you often find in a moisturizing product.

That seems like a lot of words but I promise it is all really easy to apply. In fact, most of it goes on the my (clean) fingers. The only tools I use are a blush brush and a kabuki brush for the powder foundation. 

What are some of your favorite makeup products? Do you have a quick routine you would like to share?

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