Always in a rush? I’ve teamed up with Clarins to share with you a super simple make-up routine that takes just 5 minutes! This way, you can get away with hitting that snooze button a few times before dreadfully waking up… and still show up to your early morning meeting looking uh-mazing. Looking put together with minimal effort is totally possible with Clarins’ Instant Beauty Perfectors. These makeup must-haves are perfect for those who are crunched for time and want that flawless finish on-the-go.
Some of my favorite Clarins products include:
Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
This thing is literally a life saver! It’s great for concealing imperfections like dark circles, redness under and around the nose, and of course, the occasional zit we get every now and then. Thanks to the oat sugars in the formula, it also delivers tightening and smoothing effects. Can you say, yes please?!
Supra Volume Mascara
Those of you who know me know I can’t live without a good mascara. This one does everything I need a mascara to do: plump, thicken, and lengthen my lashes! I can always count on being photo-ready even without applying false lashes.
Instant Natural Lip Perfector
Another item I can’t live without is a good nude lip color. This one is a moisturizing gloss that has an enhanced natural color. It is perfect to keep in your makeup bag or purse on-the-go!
Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Hate how your foundation settles into fine lines by the end of the day without touch-ups? This primer is literally my foundation’s best friend. It smooths away lines, pores, and wrinkles to give a flawless finish.
4-Color All-in-One Pen
Talk about major throwback to the elementary school days when we’d get excited over using multi-colored pens to write. But seriously though… this pen is great because it has four different colors that you can use on the eyes and lips. There’s eyeliner shades in black, brown, and indigo, and a lip liner. I personally love the black and brown one most depending on the look I am going for. If I want dark and smokey, I opt for the black. If I want a more natural look, brown is perfect. I don’t know when I’ll ever use the blue though, but maybe for a creative photoshoot soon!
Face Contouring Palette
All about the contours baby! This palette is everything you need to sculpt and define your cheekbones for any occasion. You’ll definitely be date night and photo-ready!
Utilizing these 6 products, I can create a relatively simple everyday makeup look in 5 minutes. It goes something like this:
STEP 1: PRIME
First and foremost, I prime my face with the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch makeup base, then apply my foundation evenly. This takes a minute.
STEP 2: CONCEAL
Secondly, I conceal any blemishes and other imperfections with the Instant Light Brush-On Perfector. It comes with a little brush which comes in handy if I don’t want to use my hands to spread the product. This is a quick 30 seconds!
STEP 3: CONTOUR
Hello, contouring! This is my favorite, yet most challenging part. I still have not mastered the art of contouring, but when done right, it really accentuates my cheekbones. With that said, I have to admit that when I first started contouring, it took me some time. After some practice, I’ve managed to bring it down to just 1 minute and 30 seconds. The Face Contouring Palette comes with a handy little guide on how and where to use the three different shades on your face. I lightly line some of the whiter shade on my nose bridge, under my nose, under my lips, a bit under the eyes and where my brow bone is. The pinkish tone is great if you want a rosy complexion (blush). I am more of a bronzer kind of gal though, so I tend to go a bit overboard with the brown shade! I use this on the sides of my nose to give an illusion of a skinnier/taller nose, and around and under my cheek areas. Last but not least, I lightly line the jawline and top areas of my forehead to make my face look more defined. You can think of this step as Photoshop in real life. 😉
STEP 4: EYES
Next minute is spent on the eyes. I apply a little bit of my go-to eyeshadow, quickly line my eyelids and waterline with the 4-Color All-in-One Pen. For this look, I chose to use the black color. Then finish off with the Supra Volume Mascara. It really helps to bring out the eyes!
STEP 5: BROWS
For my brows, I like to fill in the inner corners with a brown eyeshadow first. Then, I use the brown pencil from the 4-Color All-in-One Pen to finish off the outer corners so that it’s polished and clean. 30 seconds!
STEP 6: LIPS
Last but not least, I spend my last 30 seconds applying their Instant Natural Lip Perfector which brings out the natural color of my lips and I get just the perfect amount of gloss.
And there you have it — 5 productive minutes translated into a flawless face! What more could I ask for? I am loving my new Clarins makeup.
What is your makeup routine for those super packed days like? Do you have any products you swear by?
Photos by David Potter
***Special thanks to Clarins for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***