An uber quick and simple makeup look to make more time for arguably better pursuits (namely sleeping and breakfast..), here's how I look somewhat put together using just 5 products.
Starting with a light base to even my skin and last all day without powder. Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB gives a no-makeup-makeup, skin-like finish with medium coverage and some sun protection (SPF 15). Extremely lightweight, you get enough coverage to hide most blemishes and the demi-matte finish makes it great for combo skins. I'm a bit in love with it, it's one of my fave bases, along with my IOPE Air Cushion (review) and Hera UV Mist.
On a sparse makeup day, a little natural flush to the cheeks can bring your whole face to life. Chanel's Joues Contraste in Alezane is a bit of an overlooked shade (and formula frankly), but applies beautifully over cream products and gives my skin that little rosy sheen, such a beautiful product.
Next up, brows. Mine aren't bad but defining the arch a tad adds a little polish, I always think a little brow attention makes my face look better. Loving the Freedom pomades at the moment, exceedingly similar to the Anastasia version but a mere £5 instead of £15, although I'm using the NYX Micro Brow pencil as it's completely convenient with the micro pencil and brush/spoolie ends.
Mascara is possibly the one product that changes my face the most. With stick-straight, Asian lashes, a quick curl and coat make my eyes look completely different. I'm actually trying out a new mascara (good god I know, after about 7 years) in the form of Chanel's Volume, as well as their Inimitable waterproof, my long standing fave.
My last item is some glow. My highlighter collection is growing exponentially (you can take a look at my High End Faves here). I much favour the Asian ideals of 'glow' and can't abide something that looks too strong and unnatural (sorry Becca) so often opt for gels or subtle creams, but for days when my face needs extra light and life, Rosie For Autograph's Rosebud is the perfect answer, the loose powder is so finely milled and refined, it makes your skin look entirely expensive for the not-so-expensive price tag; you can see how it looks on my face here.
What would your 5 be??
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