To me there are generally two types of minimal make up. The first is achieved by using as many products as possible to have the reverse effect of looking like you're not actually wearing anything - the 'no make up, make up look' . The second crops up more out of necessity - eg. it's seven-thirty on a Saturday morning and I want pancakes, what is the least amount of effort I can put in while still making myself look presentable to the world. Today was a use for the latter.
I started with a good helping of Chanel Le Blanc base which adds some much needed life into my skin without the tell tell signs of false shimmer, then dabbed on a thin layer of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser to even out some patches of redness while still keeping things fresh and hydrated. I think the key to minimal make up is definitely strategically placed cover up and another wonder product from NARS, the Radiant Creamy Concealer, is perfect for hiding both dark circles and blemishes alike with it's highly pigmented formula that blends in effortlessly to leave a natural skin finish, giving away no signs of what may be lurking beneath.
Benefit's Dallas powder has been rattling around in my collection for a very long time - it even made an appearance in my first ever (rather embarrassing) make up tutorial, although with some slightly heavy handed application back then. Whenever I crack this out though, I'm reminded of how perfect the colour is for not only adding warmth but also a slight pop of colour, doubling up as a bronzing product and a blush in one.
Eyes don't fall too high on the list to dedicate extra time too but mascara is absolutely essential - as are lash curlers. A few quick pumps with the Shu Uemura S Curler and I'm instantly looking more awake. As much as I like to pile on the volume, I think overly done lashes can look out of place when there's not much else going make up wise, but one or two coats of No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara adds some natural definition while keeping things soft and fluttery.
Brows are also a very big must and although I usually spend the longest portion of time sculpting away at them I've recently come across a product that cuts that down to mere seconds. Gimme Brow* from Benefit is essentially a tinted brow gel but the consistency actually feels a lot more like a mascara. It gives enough colour to fill in most sparse patches and the mini wand makes light work of shaping with a formula that once dry keeps every single hair in check - no wild brows running away here.
The final step while I'm heading out the door is a quick slick of something on the lips and although not usually a fan of gloss, I've definitely been converted but the Maybelline Colour Sensational range. Cashmere Rose is the perfect natural pink, with a light shine that feels just like a lip balm with no stickiness in sight. This adds a touch of dimension to my make up - plus, there's no worry of smearing this all over my face when digging into breakfast! Five minutes? Job done.
* Gifted PR Samples
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|Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel||NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser|
|NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer||Benefit Dallas|
|Shu Uemura S Curler||No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara|
|Benefit Gimme Brow||Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Lip Gloss in Cashmere Rose|