The Fab Five Minute Face

For all the women who think they can't have a pulled together look without spending hours in front of a mirror, I have news for you! And a couple of tips too:) The everyday work face shouldnt take you more than 5 minutes. If it does, you may need to be in a different industry all together. Please note if you are breaking out and didnt have time to get your eyebrows waxed or tweezed and or threaded, an additional minute may be added, but no more!

If you are a modern working woman, in college or a mom constantly on the go, you are a few simple steps away from a FABULOUS face..and it will only cost you 5 minutes. Let's get started!

Step One-Moisturize..moisturize...moisturize...(Did i say moisturize yet??)

To acheive a flawless application, a moisturized face is paramount and will provide a great backdrop for a natural finish. For the winter months, opt for a heavier moisturizer and a lighter consistency for the summer months.

Step Two-Applying the makeup

I find that using a nickel size amount of foundation or tinted moisturizer (you can make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing one part moisturizer and one part foundation) is ample coverage for your entire face. Put the nickel size amount of makeup on the back of your hand and with your finger, dot the makeup on your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Blend the combination evenly across your face starting from the center of your face and then moving outwards using a makeup sponge or wedge

(Unless you are doing a challenge on America's Next Top Model, using your fingers to apply foundation is a veritable no no!)

Note:Blending is key. Don't stop at the face only but move downwards to the neck as well to avoid lines of demarcation. If you dont want to look like your Aunt Thelma, you know the one with the "mask of makeup". She also uses her lipstick as blush and eye shadow, but thats another blog. Please blend blend blend.

Step three: Eyeliner & Mascara

Eyeliner is my cheap and dirty little secret. Eyeliner enhances your look in seconds. If you are deeper complected like I am, I would opt for a deep colored liner in the brown, plum or black family. If you are fairer, brown liner will provide a softer pop. If you want to glam it up a bit, go for the black. All in, eyeliner is where its at.

Mascara is the cherry on top. I guarantee your look will go from 0-60 with one or two coats of mascara.

Step four: Blush

Now,if you are under the age of 65, you may be a wee bit leery about blush. You more than likely have seen it done wrong more times than right. (See Aunt Thelma scenario above). Blush can add a certain je ne sais quoi aspect to a 5 minute face. It comes in a variety of different textures (powders,tints, gels, creams) and can add the right about of color on a basically neutral face.

Step 5: Lipstick/Lipgloss

The verdict is out on which one is best. I like both (and sometimes together). But is it the FINAL step in a short process that will leave you looking stunning. If you are using lipstick, apply a lip liner in a tone close to the lipstick you are wearing to add hours to your lip color longevity. Blot and reapply the color again.
Final note: Please do not neglect your lips. Nothing is worse than applying lipstick on dry cracked lips! If you do have dry skin on your lips , the simple trick is to wet your lips and use a toothbrush to gently rub off the dead skin. Moisturize immediately.

Like any secret weapon, makeup is a tool that can be used for good or evil. If used properly the results can be deadly...for anyone looking at your fab face that is! But if used poorly, well, lets just say you may find yourself in the Aunt Thelma category.

All in all, go forth and put your Fab Face Forward!

Mrs. Makeup:)

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