Here we are on the third day of March and we’ve already experienced both the “lion” and the “lamb”. I’m currently visiting my family in N.J. and here March actually arrived like a lamb. I think the high was 67 degrees on March 1st, the sun was shining and March entered quite quietly and sweetly. However, during the overnight the temperatures dropped and the winds blew in. Yesterday we still had glorious sunshine, but we also had 50 m.p.h. winds and at times it was a challenge to walk to to the car. I think, although I haven’t run yet today, that the winds have died-down (fingers crossed because I’ve got 5 miles to go today), but the air is colder, only 29 degrees and dropping. If these first few days are any indication we are in for a roller-coaster ride this month.
Anyway, enough about the weather . . . .
Today I wanted to share with you my five-minute face routine. I have to admit, I am not a beauty junkie. For years, other than covering my zits, I had no interest in wearing make-up on a regular basis. Even though I fall into the fair skin category I lived for summer when a little sun-kissed glow both cleared up my skin and eradicated the need for foundation, blush and bronzer. I started paying more attention to my cleaning and moisturizing routine, hoping that with a little TLC my skin would look healthier and I wouldn’t need to wear make-up. And, while I’m still a big believer that with the proper skin care routine you can minimize the make-up products you need on a daily basis; after turning 40 I also know that a presentable no-makeup look for me now requires, ironically, some artfully done make-up.
Still, my mornings are busy, and I am often running from the studio to the track to the grocery store to a quick drop-off or appointment to the the school pick-up line. I don’t have a lot of time to spend on hair and make-up, nor do I have a lot of interest in devoting too much time to those pursuits. I’ve finally settled on a chin length bob with long layers that can easily by styled down or pulled back into a baby ponytail, and I’ve also developed my own five minute face routine.
This is the basic skin care and make-up routine that I follow every single day. To maximize efficiency I keep these 11 products that I use regularly on a shelf in my bathroom or at the top of make-up bag. And since I do the same thing, in the same order every day I can complete my face on autopilot. There’s no hemming and hawing over what color eye shadow to use or which lip sheer to pick, I just rely on my favorite face products for a natural but beautiful look every day. Certainly, there are days when I need or want to “glam” it up a bit. In which case I add a few additional steps to this basic routine, but on a daily basis I can go from blah to beautiful in just five minutes, including all my skin care prep steps.
As you know, I am a Beautycounter consultant and I was a customer long before I was a part of the company. I LOVE these products because of what they don’t contain (parabens, phalates, known-carcinogens, toxic ingredients), and I also LOVE them for what they do contain (Vitamin C, hydrating oils, omegas, anti-aging botanicals) and for how they perform. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that my five minute face includes exclusively Beautycounter products. If you don’t have these exact products you can still follow the process using products that you do have. And when it’s time to replace what’s in your maker-up bag I highly recommend checking out my post Why I Made the #switchtosafer and my Beautycounter website before you do.
So, here are the products I use, the order I use them and how or why I use them everyday:
- Lustro Face Oil: Beautycounter makes three Lustro face Oils and I have all three: Soothing, Balancing and Hydrating. Depending on my skin care needs I do use all three oils, selecting the one best suited for the day. But if I had to pick just one it would be the Soothing Oil, only because it has so many uses. I put 4 or 5 drops on my fingers and press it into my skin. If you are nervous about putting oil on your face, check out this article. And if you’d like to start using facing oil but aren’t sure which is best for you, leave a comment below and I’ll help you select one.
- Nourishing Night Cream: I use the night cream as my moisturizer both day and night. Again, I am all about simplicity – and I don’t want to mess around with a day cream and a night cream. I chose the night cream because it’s slightly thicker than the day cream and I feel like it gives me a little more moisture. I use about a nickel-sized dollop of moisturizer (I have a small face) and gently rub into my face focusing on the dry areas.
- Protect Stick Sunscreen (Face): Because we all need SPF everyday. The stick makes it easy to incorporate sunscreen into my skin care routine. I swipe the stick across my forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin and then use my fingers to blend in. This mineral-based sunscreen isn’t sticky or greasy and is easily absorbed into my skin.
- Tint Skin: I can’t say enough about our Tint Skin foundation. I use Linen and because it is a lightweight, creamy, and buildable formula it matches my skin perfectly. Tint Skin contains sodium hyaluronate, a natural moisture magnet, and promotes smoother-looking skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. On a daily basis I put a dime size drop of tint skin on my hand and then dot it onto my T-zone and red areas. Then I use the retractable foundation brush to blend the foundation into my skin using a circular motion.
- Concealer Pen: The clickable concealer pen allows for precise coverage of dark circles, blemishes and redness. Simply click the bottom of the pen to release the concealer and paint onto your face. I always focus on my undereye area, starting at the inner corner of each eye and drawing a triangle outward from my nose to the outer corner of my eye. Then I dot some concealer around my nose and any other red areas and I draw a line down the center of my nose to highlight it. I use my ring finger to gently dab the concealer into my under eye, and then use the product remaining on my finger to cover my eyelids and brow bone. This step helps to create a primer for my eye-shadow and to brighten my entire eye area. Then I gently dab and blend the concealer into the other areas on my face.
- Mattifying Powder: This is a recent addition to my make-up routine. I have always been a face of pressed powder and I loved my compact. I was a little bit of afraid of this loose powder, especially it’s white color. But one day I pulled up a bunch of videos about how to use the mattifying powder and then I got out my sample jar and started playing around. Now I am a convert. The mattifying powder truly does set my make-up and keeps it looking fresh longer. It absorbs shine, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and when used properly leaves a smooth, air-brushed finish with no white residue. I use the Beautycounter powder brush and swirl it in the tiny amount of powder left in the lid when I open the jar. Then I tap off any excess and lightly brush onto my entire face. Although I do still wish Beautycounter would make a compact for on-the-go touch-ups I can tell you guys I honestly love this mattifying powder. That sample jar has found a permanent home in my make-up bag and I had to order a new sample.
- Eye Brow Pencil: I am still blessed to have pretty thick eyebrows, but I love how smooth and silky these eye brow pencils are. They are perfect for thickening brows or simply filling in sparse areas. I need just a little extra oomph in a few places and the these pencils make it super easy to create a natural looking arch. I comb my brows upward, using the attached comb, and then using small, wisp-like strokes add coverage just in the areas where I need it.
- Color Sweep Duo: Tawny/Whisper: For natural looking color I combine the two colors in this palette and using an angled brush apply to the apples of my cheeks, sweeping upwards on my cheekbones. I always feel like a touch of blush gives me a subtle glow and helps me to look healthy and awake.
- Color Shade Eye Duo: Shell/Malt – optional: I admit I do not always add this step. But most days I take the extra ten seconds to sweep shell (the lighter color) along my eyelids. If I’m feeling wild, and have extra time, I will add a touch of malt to the outer corner of my eye. I have deep set eyes and I like to highlight them with a brush of light color.
- Lip Gloss: Peony: Finally, a quick application of Peony lipgloss completes the look. I have never been a big fan of lip gloss because I often find it sticky and doesn’t last too long. But our lipgloss isn’t sticky at all and has staying power.
So, there you have it. That’s my five-minute face routine. I know that using exclusively one product line won’t appeal to everyone. Personally I love how joining Beautycounter streamlined my entire skin care and beauty process. I no longer have to decided which products to buy and/or use. I don’t spend hours reading reviews on Sephora websites or scouring Beauty vlogs for the latest and greatest products. But I know for many there is a thrill in the chase and that many women love trying out all kinds of products. If that’s the case, you can still have a beautiful five minute face using your own products. Please, just read those labels and make sure your products are full of toxic chemicals!
Let me know if you try this five minute face routine and what you think.