5 minute make up look

Before my love/obsession of skincare started, it would have been fair to describe me as an avid collector of make up. Whilst I’d love to have that natural flawless make up look everyday, we all know if there’s a school run to do in the morning or children to entertain, chances are you’ll have about 5 minutes to get ready and leave the house looking somewhat put together. (Gone are the days where I can rely on my 20-something year old glowy skin.) Recently I’ve found myself reaching for the same few things when it comes to make up in the morning, and it seems to work well so here’s what I’ve been doing.

I try and shower, cleanse, tone, moisturise etc as soon as I get up in the morning so thats one less thing to rush as time is ticking towards the school run. I’ve managed to reduce my make up routine to just a few products that enable me to look somewhat less tired afterwards. Let me walk you through the products I’ve been using lately.

Mums 5 minute make up

Conceal under the eyes

Nyx Bourjois Under Eye Concealer & Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

Conceal the under eye area…. this is most definitely my problem area, dark circles, puffiness, you name it I’ve got it. As the dark circles have gotten worse over the last couple of years I’m finding that concealer isn’t enough on its own, so I’ve added in a correcter to cover up the darkness before concealing them.

NYX Professional Make Up Dark Circle Cream Concealer is a beautiful creamy texture, not too thick or obvious. It contains coconut oil which stops any caking. If I feel I need it, over the top I’ll apply Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-fatigue Concealer. This is a nice thin texture to apply to the under eye, and coverage is good. It contains vitamins C, E & B5 which help cover the imperfections and banish signs of fatigue.

All about that base

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

For base I tend to use the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation from Bobbi Brown. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s a foundation as I actually prefer wearing a tinted moisturiser during the week, however this is surprisingly thin and a little goes a very long way, especially when applying with a brush. I always use a Real Techniques base brush to apply any foundation. I’m impressed that this product has an SPF40 in, although it wouldn’t stop me from applying a separate SPF underneath, but I do like to know that I’m applying an extra layer of protection.


Ka-Brow by Benefit

The next step for me is always eyebrows. I have to pencil or powder mine back into shape due to years of over plucking. (What I would give if I could go back in time and tell 15 year old me to put the tweezers down!) Ka-Brow by Benefit is the only product I use on my brows, super quick and easy to apply. I find by applying this after my base, it kind of frames my face and I can see what I’ve got to work with & how tired my face is looking.

Eyes and Cheeks

Soap & Glory Eye Palette
Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Next we’re onto eyes and bronzer/blush. With eyeshadow I find that sticking to the same shade most days means I can apply it quicker and not have any surprises with unusual colours first thing in the morning. Something from a neutral palette would suit, the Urban Decay Naked Palettes are great but recently I’ve been using a palette from Soap and Glory. The slight shimmery bronze tends to make my eyes pop a little and look more awake.

My go to bronzer has always been Hoola from Benefit. I can’t remember when I first started using this, every time I divert to something new I always come back to this one. A quick swish across the cheekbones and anywhere else you might naturally catch the sun is suffice. Follow this up with the Pot Rouge from Bobbi Brown. Ive got mine in the colour Fresh Melon but have my eye on the Pale Pink one too.


Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

I’m blessed with fairly long lashes, but I always start with curling them. The Mascara I have used for years has always been the Chanel Volume in Black, I’ve mentioned it before and you’d be hard pushed to find one that lengthens and gives as much volume. However I purchased this one from Soap and Glory last year and I’m pretty impressed so far.

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

I don’t tend to wear anything too strong on the lips during the week apart from a lipbalm or tinted lip formula. Most of the time I apply Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant or a Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint, they’re both natural and quick to top up.

This make up routine takes me about 5 minutes from start to finish, if you have any questions about the products I use or have any suggestions I’d love to hear from you.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick
Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint
hoola bronzing powder
Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Soap & Glory Kick into Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel colour
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Cream Concealer

When it comes to packing for holiday, much to my families annoyance I usually pack ALOT of stuff. Probably the thing I’m most guilty of packing is hoards of skincare and beauty products, so many vanity bags that they need their own suitcase… So on our recent holiday, although I just couldn’t bring myself to limit my skincare, I challenged myself to a more minimal make up routine and allowed myself just 5 products.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

Wonder Glow has been a staple in my make up bag for the last year so I couldn’t leave it out. Its great for putting under foundation but seeing as I wasn’t taking any base products I thought this would be perfect to give my face a bit of a glow on its own. As soon as you apply it you get an instant lift, a bit of radiance to brighten up the skin. I did apply a small amount of fake tan (Bondi Sands encase you’re interested) before my holiday seeing as I wasn’t planning on using any foundation.


Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil

Cushion De Soleil is a lovely creamy, almost wet feel bronzer that gives the skin a gorgeous sun kissed glow. It’s a great product if you need something to apply quickly (think getting ready in 4 minutes with 2 kids running around waiting to go out!) to give you a bit of a bronze look, easily built the more you tap on. It comes with an applicator sponge but I prefer to apply mine with either a large bronzer brush or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks

Pot Rouge is a bit of a cheat product as it’s great to use for both lips and cheeks. A multi-tasking cream that gives a lovely little pop of colour wherever you need it. The colour I use is called ‘Calypso Coral’ and it gives a really lovely blush. I dab a little on my cheeks and some onto my lips for a natural make up look.


Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

I must have used this Chanel Mascara for about 10 years now, I just can’t find one that gives as much volume and thickness to the lashes as this, without giving that clogged up look. If you find one then let me know! One thing I really can’t do without in a make up routine, no matter how natural is a lick of Mascara on my lashes so this was always going to be included in my minimal make up bag.


Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour

One thing that always ‘finishes’ off your make up look for me, is nice eyebrows. Benefit Ka Brow is perfect for building up the colour so you can either go for a more natural look during the daytime or build to a more dramatic look in the evening. It comes with an angled brush to apply and lasts pretty much all day.

So there we have it, I passed the test, I lasted a weeks holiday with very minimal products. My make up took literally minutes to apply and overall I was pretty happy with the result. I can say if I had to add in another product for next time it would be a concealer, I didn’t plan for the dark circles that appeared from a small child sleeping with me ( I say sleeping, I mean kicking).

What are the essential make up products you’d take on holiday with you? I’d love to know…


Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow
Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow
Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow