Beauty Report Laura Kennedy’s five- minute make- up fix
How to look good with the minimum of effort
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.