Beauty Guide: The Five Minute Face

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A reader recently requested I do a post on a makeup tutorial based more towards beginners, and I am more than happy to oblige! I was aiming for a 5 product face, but that didn’t quite happen, so instead I’m going for a five(ish) minute face.

Beauty Guide: The Five Minute Face


I can’t do anything makeup-wise without priming, but if you’re less oily you could definitely just get away with moisturizer. I used a combination of Smashbox More than Primer Blemish Control and NARS Pro Primer Light Optimizing Primer with SPF 15 on my face and Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin (old formula) on my eyes. Once that was all set (I generally try to wait ten minutes, especially for my eyes) I used my fingers to apply L’Oreal Tru Match foundation. This foundation and I get along better in the winter when I’m less oily and I find it actually performs better when applied with fingers than a brush. I concentrated the pigmentation on my cheeks where I have the most acne scarring/redness and followed up with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser on…well…my dark circles. Last but certainly not least, I dusted Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent powder all over my face to set everything.


I like to do my brows after my foundation to let it set a little further and to add just that little bit more structure to the face before doing anything else. I didn’t want brows that were tooooo crazy for this look, just something light and natural with a little more definition than my natural brows have. Annabelle Big Show Liner & Highlighter was the perfect choice. The powdery formula of the pencil is light and quick to apply, while the highlight brings a bit more light to the face.


To show how I did my bronzer and blush, I took a page out of Chelle’s book. She does these amazing maps of how she does her eye looks and I thought that was a great idea to show where I apply my bronzer and blush. I know bronzer especially can really intimidate people, so I thought this was a good way to make it a little less scary.

Five Minute Face: How To

For this look I used The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01, which is a really light and blendable bronzer that is great for beginners. It was my first bronzer and runs a tiny bit redder than any of my others, so it’s really nice for those of you who like a reddish bronze. It’s really hard to mess up with the Honey Bronzer because the pigmentation is really light and blendable, especially when applied with a big fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I used the same brush to apply Annabelle’s Blushon in Rosebud. This one is more pigmented than you’d expect upon first glance, so make sure to knock off some of the excess product before applying to apples of the cheeks. I typically apply bronzer first, then if I add blush (I don’t always), I tap it onto the apples of my cheeks and blend it backwards to my cheekbone.


I kept it simple for my eye look – I tapped on Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze with my fingers, which gives a nice multi-dimensional look to the eye thanks to it’s shimmer. You could stop there but I decided to apply the tiniest amount of the matte brown shade from Annabelle’s Smokey Nudes eyeshadow palette on the outer third of the eye for extra definition. The two shadows blend really easily together if you use a fluffier blush to apply the powder so you don’t need to spend extra time blending. Add a healthy coat of Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara and all that’s left is the lips.


Ahh the final touch. Because the rest of the makeup is so neutral you could go with any colour or finish of lipstick you want. I was tempted to go with just a lip balm, actually, but a flush of red was calling to me. Annabelle Lipsies in Cherry is the perfect lip balm/lipstick hybrid for this sort of look. It’s incredibly moisturizing, easy to apply (oh, crayon lippies) and best of all? Smells like candies. Yum.

Beauty Guide: The Five Minute Face

And that’s the final look! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial – let me know in the comments what tutorial you’d like to see next!


23 thoughts on “Beauty Guide: The Five Minute Face

  1. Awww thanks for the shout out! Your diagram is exactly how I apply my bronzer as well. 🙂

    I think my five minute face is basically brows, mascara, bronzer and blush. Although if I’m truly strapped for time I’ll just run out the door with no makeup on!

    That lip product is gorgeous on you btw!

  2. Very nice and natural!
    Usually I just do foundation, brows, mascara and lips! I find that blush on my already reddish face is not a good look (Shout out to my Dad for Ginger Skin!)

    Your look is effortless though, I might brave the world of contouring with bronzer…eventually!

    • I have the same issue with blush a lot of the time, so I often just stick to bronzer. Depending on how far up on the cheekbones you put it, it can act like a bit of a blush too 🙂

  3. Whoah, actually kinda impressed that you’d be able to do this in five minutes because I swear I spend 5 minutes alone in the morning trying to slather on a ~flawless~ base, hah (I JUST HAVE A LOT TO COVER UP ;-;). (And it’s practically a crime, but mascara = optional to me)

    I really do like the Body Shop’s honey bronzer…when I do use it! It’s not too orange, and I think it’s a great budget bronzer (especially when it’s on sale)

    • I haven’t been that concerned about the flawless skin lately, which is weird for me cus I’m usually like OMG GET THE RED OFF MA FACE but lately I’m just like “meh”. So that really helped. I also didn’t count applying my primers in the 5 minutes cus I usually apply my primers and then have breakfast haha.

      and yeah….mascara is optional for me when I’m rushing too. I loooove mascara but I hate taking it off and some days it just is too fussy haha!

      I love the body shop for all of their sales! It makes everything even more affordable.

  4. I love that you did the diagram too! Oh Chelle. We love you! 😉
    I think once you know exactly what to use and where to apply it, a 5 minute face is totally doable! I find I take forever if I don’t know which brushes to use, which colors to apply etc. Beautiful job Jodi!

  5. Is Annabelle a Canadian brand? I’m not familiar with it, but I love a number of the Annabelle products that you used. You created a gorgeous, natural look, and I can’t believe you could do all that in 5 minutes! What wrong with me, I’m so slow! And I love your brows. I need to create a natural looking pair of brows but I haven’t found my HG brow pencil or powder yet.

    • It is Canadian! It’s a really great drugstore brand, I hope they can expand internationally one day!

      Haha, nothing wrong with you Allison! I chose the products strategically to make it quick 😉

  6. Love your 5-minute face 🙂 I wish I could be able to do my face in 5 minutes 🙂 Well i can but I much prefer spending a good 20 minutes on it, it’s so relaxing to me 🙂

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