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Makeup Wars – The 5 Minute Face Challenge

By on November 11, 2013
in COVERGIRL, MAC, Makeup, Makeup Wars, Maybelline

My first year in college, I joined a sorority (Alpha Delta Pi). Living on an engineering floor comprised of 44 guys and 5 girls didn’t offer much in terms of socializing so going Greek made sense for me. One of the rules my sisters imparted on me upon receiving my first “letters” to wear… don’t wear them in public without AT LEAST mascara and lip gloss on your face.

Makeup Wars - 5 Minute Face

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It sounds silly but it’s something that has stuck with me throughout the years. Like the the mnemonic device, “Don’t leave home without your M.I.L.K. (money, ID, lipstick and keys),” it’s just good sense!

So when it comes to my 5 Minute Face, the focus is always lips and eyes. And considering that I’m usually running late and don’t have time for a full face of makeup, this is pretty much my everyday look.

My 5 Minute Face

Let’s break it down. I always start with my eyes, the windows to the soul, and finish with my face, if time allows. I actually timed myself putting these products on and it did only take me five minutes, maybe six.

5 Minute Face Products from COVERGIRL, MAC and Maybelline

5 Minute Face Products from COVERGIRL, MAC and Maybelline

Brows – I never used to bother with my brows but as they are getting a bit sparse with age, yippee, I make time to fill them in with my MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Dark Brunette ($19.50).

Eyeliner – In a perfect world, we would all have natural liner like Eyeliner Richard from Lost. Alas, my lashes aren’t dense enough to create the illusion of liner so out comes the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline ($16).

Mascara – My lashes are straight and short so I can’t ignore them. A quick curl and a couple coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast and I’m all set.

BB Cream – I used to be all about tinted moisturizers until BB Creams came into my life. I started using the Garnier one but I prefer the thin, creamy texture of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium ($8.99). Plus it has a more diverse color range.

Blush – Wearing BB Cream alone can wash out the face and give it a lifeless appearance. I find taking the time for a swipe of blush is a necessary step. I rely on MAC True Romantic Beauty Powder Blush.

Tinted Lip Balm – I usually apply this in the car on the way to my destination. Only at a stoplight or when someone else is driving, people. I’m not one of THOSE drivers. Lately, I’ve been crushing on COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies in Text Me ($4.94). They remind me of Clinique Almost Lipstick, only they’re 1/3 the cost and way more moisturizing.

Five Minute Face

My 5 Minute Face

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What is your makeup focus when you’re tight on time? Which products are part of your 5 Minute Face routine?

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  1. Kelly says:

    You look so pretty!

  2. Nati says:

    Great post! That looks a lot like my own 5 min face same BB cream same mascara :)

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      GMTA!! I feel like the Maybelline BB Cream hasn’t received much love and I don’t know why. It’s so easy to apply and works great for evening out my blotchy tone.

  3. Pink Sith says:

    LMAO. I refer to Richard Alpert as Bat Manuel from The Tick TV series. He does have perfect permanent eyeliner! I Love CG Lash Blast. That bright orange tube can’t be lost in my makeup bag!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Ha, I’m glad you can appreciate. LashBlast and The Falsies vie for my affection on a daily basis.

  4. Phyrra says:

    Your look is so pretty! I love that blush on you.

  5. Medusa says:

    Hi Michelle! You look beautiful here! I really don’t have a 5-minute face as I wear very little make-up on a day-to-day basis – I simply wash my face with bar soap (whatever kind I happen to be using at the time) in the morning. I always coat my lips in one of Yves Rocher’s lip balms & if I want a little color, I’ll use Maybelline’s Baby Lips in #15 Cherry Me. If/when I go out to clubs/my own DJ events, that’s another story.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Thank you! I get so nervous about posting face pics. Most days I don’t wear much makeup because I work from home. But when I do go out, this is my easy, go-to look.

  6. I love M.I.L.K. – what a great acronym. I have MAC True Romance blush and it’s a great one. All of this is so pretty on you.

  7. I like all of those products, but I’m especially in love with those CoverGirl lippies! I need to buy more!

  8. Bailey says:

    I love tinted lip balms for a quick polished look. Love the look you created!

  9. You look so pretty and natural!

  10. Creathy says:

    very pretty ^^

  11. Lam says:

    Beautiful everyday makeup! I pretty much just use a BB cream from Clinque, a clinque powder blush and tinted lip balm. Don’t even do eyes because eye makeup drives me crazy. Only put up withit for very special occasions.

  12. Ellie Cook says:

    Michelle, Your thinning brows may be a result of hypothyroid. It sure thinned mine out, starting in my 20′s. I wasn’t diagnosed for 30 years even tho I had all the symptoms. Most docs will only test for TSH but that’s not the whole story. If interested email me for details. I’m not selling anything just don’t want to take up room here! :)

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Ellie! Thank you for your concern and the suggestion. It was really more of a joke. They aren’t thinning that drastically and, if anything, my lack of Brooke Shields brows is more due to years over overplucking (why the thin 90s brows, why??) and overzealous waxers than anything else.

  13. jbrobeck says:

    I definitely will try that Cover Girl lipgloss now! You looked absolutely gorgeous in this post!