The 5 Minute Face

If you’re a mother or maybe not a mom maybe you’re just a really busy woman altogether you might not have much time to get ready in the morning. I feel it’s really important to do my hair and makeup and just be ready to face the day. Even if everything else in my day goes to crap, if I took the time to make myself pretty I at least have that.

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Perfect the art of the 5 minute face and finally find the perfect products for achieving a glowing, fresh face that looks very natural and polished; that also transitions well from daytime to night life with a few more swipes of mascara and maybe some bolder lipstick.

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Start with the basics!

First, create your canvas by smoothing your favorite liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, or a BB cream over your face. Second, cover any flaws with concealer. It has a great consistency and very buildable coverage. Tap it on with my index finger until I get the coverage and blending I want. Third, set your canvas by dusting translucent powder all over your face. Do this so that when I go through with my contouring powder or my blush, it won’t be attracted to the places I used concealer. Otherwise you’ll have some pretty noticeable pigmented blotches on your face, and that’s definitely not the point of using a concealer! Fourth, contour. Remember, contouring is for diminishing. I sweep product from around jawline, under the apples of cheeks, right under bottom lip, and right along the top of forehead using an angled powder brush. Fifth, after wiping off the excess color, use that same angled brush to add a light swipe of blush to the apples of my cheeks. Sixth, use a highlighter stick to highlight the bridge of nose, the center of forehead, chin, philtrum (that little divot above your upper lip), and just above the apples of cheeks. Last, use big powder brush to blend, blend, blend the highlights and contours so everything looks smooth and natural.

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Top it off with finishing touches!

Define your brows, define your eyes:  If you want a slightly more defined look, you can use the eyeliner on your bottom waterline as well, but usually just do the top–it makes my lashline look darker and fuller, and that’s all I really want, make those lips pop outline lips with a nude pencil, add a pop of sheer, natural looking pink.

It seems like a ton of steps, but it can be done in 5 minutes or less! It might take you a little longer the first time, especially if you aren’t used to highlighting and contouring, but you’ll get faster with practice.

 

Tenekeyia Esjuante

Fashion & Beauty Writer

Raised all over the world thanks to the Army, but roots are in Alabama. Had a passion for fashion and writing for as long as can remember. Currently a sophomore attending the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA; majoring in Fashion Marketing & Management/ minoring in Advertising Copywriting.