Beauty Re­port Laura Kennedy’s five- minute make- up fix

How to look good with the min­i­mum of ef­fort

The Irish Times Magazine - - FRONTLINES - LAURA KENNEDY

The five- minute face is the stuff of beauty lore. It is per­pet­u­ated as achiev­able, but too of­ten it is only doable for peo­ple who are prac­tised in make- up ap­pli­ca­tion. For those who don’t en­joy make- up ap­pli­ca­tion but just like the way it makes them look, faffing around with blend­ing brushes and lip­stick does not a five- minute face make. On the morn­ings when the five- minute face is a ne­ces­sity, I think: “What is the bare min­i­mum I can do while still feel­ing good about the way I look?” Some days, of course, the an­swer is not to wear any make- up; oth­ers, I still want the ef­fect with­out the ef­fort.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foun­da­tion (¤ 55): If you read this col­umn reg­u­larly, you’ll have seen this prod­uct be­fore, but it is with­out ex­cep­tion the best foun­da­tion I’ve en­coun­tered this year. Af­ter much ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, I find this is best ap­plied with a clean, fluffy foun­da­tion brush for a flaw­less and glow­ing fin­ish in mo­ments.

Eyelure x Fleur de Force Brow Tamer (¤ 14.99): This dou­ble- ended wand al­lows you to sculpt and set brows in mo­ments for a nat­u­ral but pol­ished fin­ish.

Clin­ique Mois­ture Surge Ex­tended Thirst Re­lief Gel Cream (¤ 45): If your skin isn’t lack­ing in oil, all you need when you’re in a rush and want foun­da­tion to sit well is a su­per- hy­drat­ing mois­turiser with a bit of slip to it. This one is among my all- time favourites, be­ing de­li­ciously re­fresh­ing, plump­ing, and con­ducive to good foun­da­tion.

NARS Liq­uid Blush in Or­gasm (¤ 31): The ( in) fa­mous NARS Or­gasm blush now comes in a de­lec­ta­ble liq­uid fin­ish. Tap on a tiny amount ( it is in­cred­i­bly pig­mented) with a fin­ger or blend with your fluffy brush. It gives a ra­di­ant, gen­tly flushed fin­ish.

Clar­ins Om­bre Matte Cream Eye­shadow (¤ 24): If you have the time for eye­shadow, pop a neu­tral cream fin­ish on with a fin­ger­tip. These re­quire very lit­tle work or blend­ing to look “done”, and ap­ply in sec­onds.

Avène Very High Pro­tec­tion Min­eral Cream SPF50+ (¤ 19.99): Even in a rush, UV pro­tec­tion is es­sen­tial. This pro­tects even in­tol­er­ant and re­ac­tive skin, and is highly ef­fec­tive.

NARS Soft Matte Con­cealer (¤ 30): The lat­est con­cealer of­fer­ing from NARS is sub­tle, matte, and dev­il­ishly good at hid­ing any­thing you want hid­den. Tap on with fin­gers.

L’Oréal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mas­cara (¤ 10.49): Laugh at the name all you want, but this budget mas­cara is sen­sa­tion­ally vo­lu­mis­ing, and deeply pig­mented. One coat is enough.

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