The Six Product Face

Blogging hasn't been at the top of my priorities in the last few days and I'm falling off my usual schedule of posting every second or third day. Working seven days a week and trying to make time for friends and family after work doesn't leave much time for photographing, editing and writing.

So it's no surprise that on many mornings I look like a zombie but don't have a whole lot of time or energy to paint on a cat eye or contour my cheekbones. Thus, the beauty of the six product face. With these handful of essentials, I can look awake and confident without having to spend precious time dolling myself up.

Face Primer: I need my makeup to last at least twelve hours and I've found that primer does help. I really like the Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer because it feels like a gel moisturizer and does not feel like silicone at all.

Concealer: To create the illusion of well rested eyes, I need to brighten with a bit of under eye concealer. I'm still trying to use up a mini of the Benefit Erase Paste which I've had for years. This stuff is potent and a little goes a long, long way so it's definitely worth the money. If I'm in a hurry, I can also use this as a spot concealer for the rest of my face. I tend to conceal around the edges of my nose and mouth to hide redness.

Powder Foundation: Liquid foundation takes too much time to perfect and by using powder foundation with some coverage, I can skip a step since I always have to set my makeup anyway. I've been liking the Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Medium. It goes on silky smooth and looks very natural on the skin.

Blush: To add a bit of color and definition to my face, I dust on a little blush on the apples of my cheeks. I dug out Cargo's Mendocino Blush which I've had for a very long time but rarely use. The blush is dark enough to bring out my natural flush and a teensy bit of shimmer in the powder gives my cheeks a soft highlight.

Brows: My brows are rather wimpy so brow pencil is a must. I love the Innisfree Eyebrow Pencil because of the slanted edge. It makes extending the tail of my short brows so effortless and easy. I also like the spoolie on the other end of the pencil because I can quickly comb out the lines.

Lashes: A few years ago I would have picked liner over mascara because a cat eye opens up my small eyes so much more than whatever a mascara can do for my lashes. But a quick clamp with an eyelash curler and a few strokes of Maybelline's The Rocket Waterproof Mascara is so much faster. Eyeliner looks a tad funny without mascara while mascara looks alright just by itself.

If I'm going for a bare look, this is what you'd find on my face. What is your minimalist six product face?


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