Five Minute Face with Tower 28 Beauty, Ilia, Kopari, & Bare Minerals

My favorite quick makeup products

I’ve been doing my makeup a bit more often these past two weeks, which is a refreshing change from the last couple months (since I had been neglecting my skin and my entire makeup bag). These are the four products I reach for most often, so I wanted to share some swatches and mini reviews. I can actually do this routine in three minutes – it’s so easy and efficient!

For my base, I dab a little BareMinerals Hydrating Foundation Stick on my chin and under my eyes. I find that this is brightening enough that I can basically use it as concealer. I love the creamy consistency and it doesn’t make my normal-but-currently-dehydrated skin look drier. It’s also a breeze to apply and blend in with a dense brush. The coverage is medium and I’m so happy it has a mineral SPF 25 as well!

Next I go in with a couple coats of the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara. This is a new favorite of mine! There are no flakes or smudging, just pretty volume and length in 20 seconds. The brush on this is unique because there’s a comb one on side and then lots of bristles on the other; it makes building up volume and separation easy. I’ve only tried a few items from this clean beauty brand, but I’m consistently impressed! I’m eyeing their bronzers next.

Lastly, I choose between two lips products depending on my mood. The Tower 28 Beauty Lip Jelly in Fire is that gorgeous bright orange shade. It’s the perfect amount of sheerness, plus it’s moisturizing, the packaging is cute, and it smells great. It’s also really affordable, especially for a clean beauty brand!

If I want a little shimmer instead of a bolder color, the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Birthday Suit is my go-to. It smells delicious – sort of like vanilla cake – and it’s decently hydrating. It’s not as hydrating at the original clear version, but I still really enjoy this for the beautiful shimmer and subtle color.

What’s the fastest part of your routine?

5 Minute Face for Summer – Minimal Makeup

Easy, fast makeup

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Summer is one the busiest times for me since I’m traveling a bunch. It’s also been incredibly hot and I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup that may melt off. So recently, I’ve paired down my everyday makeup to just a few steps. It has made getting ready in the morning or before a flight a bit faster and I’m into the minimal dewy look.

I totally forgot to include my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer since it’s in my medicine cabinet, but that’s the first step. I love that product for its lightweight feel and sheer coverage that adds a dewy glow to the skin. I have the shade Fair which matches me nicely now that I have a tiny tan. It has SPF 30, which I appreciate, but is unfortunately not Reef Safe, so I won’t be repurchasing it. Any recommendations for tinted moisturizers with Reef Safe SPF would be so helpful! I’ve tried the Raw Elements one, which is great on its own, but makes my face look super oily at the end of the day when layered with other makeup.

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Next, I apply Vapour’s Illusionist Concealer in 010 under my eyes and brows, down the bridge of my nose, and a little on my cheeks. This brightens, highlights, and covers redness beautifully (full review here!). That quickly blends in with my Real Techniques Mini Expert Face Brush. I have the full size of this too and absolutely love it! This smaller version works just as beautifully and is so travel friendly.

One of my favorite steps is bronzer and my current go-to is the BareMinerals Invisible Bronze in Medium. This works nicely to warm up my complexion and looks very natural on the skin. It’s a bit strange that medium is my shade match in this product because I’m relatively fair, so be careful if you’re looking at the different shades. Sometimes I’ll blend this into the crease of my eyelid as eyeshadow too.

 

I’ve actually been using my Luxie Tapered Highlight Brush from June’s Boxycharm with that bronzer. It seems odd because bronzer brushes are generally quite large, but I don’t have much room in my travel makeup bag and was looking for another alternative. This one worked out because it’s a fluffy brush. If it were dense, it would be hard to lightly sweep product onto the skin.

Since there is a scar in my left brow and my brows can be a bit unruly, even a super minimal look includes some type of brow product for me. I love this Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel for how quickly and easily it applies and evens out my brows. It doesn’t leave them crunchy either. The Brunette color matches my dark brown, almost black brow hair really well, which can sometimes be hard with gels.

Lastly, I’ve been trying out the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black. It’s a very wet formula, so I have to be careful while applying or little specks get all over my lids (which is hard to hid when you’re not wearing any eyeshadow!). However the longer application time is worth it because it gives me serious length and pretty volume too.

So that’s this super simple look. I always have lip balm on and a few gloss options with me too. I love Tom Ford La Piscine and Clinique Pop Splash in Pinot Pop (swatched here).

What’s your favorite look for summer? Are you feeling a minimal vibe or all out glam?