I love makeup. I love playing with it, I love buying it, I love trying new looks and watching tutorials. But having time to “make myself up” with two kids underfoot is pretty darn near impossible these days. So I came up with a 5-Minute face routine that even I have time to do. I hope it’ll help you, too! Plus, most of these products that I use are super cheap!
Mindfulness and a 5-Minute Face:
I like to wear makeup because it makes me feel put together and more professional. If I have makeup on, I am more productive that day, because I feel prepared to work. This is entirely personal preference, but it also fits in with my mindfulness goals because I view doing my makeup as practicing self-care. If you are like me, and you think makeup is fun, and you use it as an opportunity to treat yourself with kindness, then this is for you!
An important note before we start:
This post contains a couple affiliate links, so if you clicked on them, I would make a small commission (not paid by you, paid by the affiliate). I promise, I am only telling you about products that I really like, and like to use, I would never recommend anything I wasn’t totally in love with! Because I also recommend a few products in here that aren’t affiliate links, I am notating all my affiliate links with the $ sign, to be totally open and honest with you.
Before you start your 5-Minute Face, it is highly advisable to wash your face and use moisturizer*. I’m not going to lecture you, but honestly, just putting makeup on your face won’t really help you much. It’ll probably just sink into any fine lines or wrinkles or big pores. Also, it probably won’t “conceal” anything or look very smooth or well-blended. So, take two minutes, wash your face and moisturize. While that’s setting on my face, I like to apply lip balm, such as Smith’s Rosebud Salve$.
The key, for me, to a 5-minute face routine, is a thin layer of mineral foundation*. I like to use mineral foundation because it goes on very quickly! I use a flat head kabuki brush (this is my favorite makeup brush of all time) to apply.
It evens out my skin tone and helps conceal redness, but it does not conceal my acne scars. I am OK with that. Mineral foundation is quite lightweight, so I can’t even feel it. I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup anymore, I feel like I am too old (which is silly) but it’s true!
Next in my 5-Minute Face, I fill in my eyebrows with the powder from this eyebrow kit$. I don’t do a full eyebrow routine**, which is very bad makeup etiquette! Oh well! #Momlife?
Then, I will sweep on some lightly shimmery eyeshadow with a flat eyeshadow brush. From the inner corner of my eye all the way across the lid.
I have deep set eyes (see that link for definition**- make sure to scroll down), so I don’t like to put a dark eyeshadow color in my eye crease. It makes me look older and more tired. If you have a different eye shape (this video will help you figure out which one you have**), you can do a darker matte color or your bronzer in your crease instead, this will help define your eye shape and look very natural!
Mascara! I love mascara. If I felt I could get away with it, I would have a bare face and just use mascara and lip gloss. After I have a coat of mascara on my lashes, I like to separate them with the wand because I like to look like I have a lot of eyelashes (without using fake ones!).
I am using this mascara right now, it was only $2 and I think it works wonderfully for being so cheap! I am picky about mascara. The last one I tried was by Rimmel London and it was absolutely horrendous. So if you’re in need of a good, cheap mascara, give that one a shot- and that’s not an affiliate link!
So, that’s my look! Foundation, eyebrows, eyeshadow and mascara! A 5-minute face- I set a timer to make sure! If you want me to clarify any of the steps or even just do a quick video, I can definitely do that if it would help!
A few final notes…
*A quick explanation of this asterisk; I used to be a Mary Kay consultant, so I’m still using a lot of the products. I loved them, that’s why I sold them (obviously) but I feel that it would be unfair for me to try to recommend them to you, so I didn’t want to link to or promote them in any way.
** the blog and videos that I linked to above are from the absolutely amazing Sineady Cady of themakeupchair. She is an incredible author and vlogger and basically everything I know about makeup I have learned from watching her videos. If you haven’t checked her out, I can’t recommend her highly enough. She is a wealth of knowledge, and she has a gorgeous Irish accent, which is very soothing to listen to!
Try this out and then let me know if you like it!