Anyone that knows me knows I love makeup. One trip to NYC I was with a group of students who were picked out of a pool of applicants to go to the Big Apple and meet industry leaders (aka celebrities and personal icons like Jenna Lyons, Deborah Lloyd, and Iris Apfel.. #dying) It was the single greatest experience of my life. One of our stops was the MAC Cosmetics headquarters. Everyone knew I was so excited. I basically embodied a kid on Christmas morning opening his presents, or a 90s girl meeting Britney Spears. Yes- it was that big of deal!
Makeup is something that is near and dear to my heart. As a teenager, I battled acne and it took a serious toll on my self esteem. One summer, I did not go outside to play or go to a pool for an entire summer because I was so embarrassed of my appearance. Cystic acne runs in my family and afraid of scarring, I tried every treatment plan invented. Creams, alcohol pads, ointments, or washes, I tried it. I had the biggest supply of acne medicine you’ve ever seen. However, the acne was stubborn. As I went into high school, I was more nervous than ever. I went to a very small private school up until 9th grade, so it was even more important to me that I be ready for the new school and (hopefully) new persona.
I remember when I was about 14 or 15, I decided to try and find extra solutions to my acne problem. I stopped using cheap, clogging over the counter beauty products from drug stores and went into a department store where I first tried out Laura Mercier. The difference was undeniable. However, since I didn’t have a local money tree, I quickly switched brands. When I first walked up to the MAC counter, I felt instantly at home (I know, at a mall- so weird!) The counter was full of fun, vibrant people who were warm, welcoming and beautiful in their own way. I got my whole face made up that day and the wonderful sales associate (who actually did my wedding makeup because I became her lifetime client and friend) taught me how to conceal and treat the areas I didn’t want to draw attention to and how to highlight the features I was born with (enter eyelashes!)
Makeup truly changed my life. It is one of my most powerful and transformative hobbies and something for which I really developed a passion. I will always stand up for makeup. I don’t believe makeup is about concealing yourself or becoming something that society think you should be or look like. I believe that makeup can create great confidence and create a stronger person from the inside out. One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received was “Wow, you have such beautiful skin.” That comment brought me to tears because of the long journey I had been through. For me, makeup wasn’t about becoming somebody else. It was about becoming me.
When Laura from Beauty Counter emailed me and shared the brand with me, I was truly excited and honored. So when making this 5 Minute Makeup tutorial, I had to feature the fabulous product I now have from Beauty Counter. I used the Tint Skin Foundation in Linen and Lip Sheer in Petal. The Tint Skin Foundation is creamy, easy to apply, and kind of a foundation/moisturizer combo. It starts off in a light to medium coverage, but can build to be a full coverage foundation for any evening or more dramatic event you may have. What I love most about this foundation? The texture and smell. Beauty Counter is all natural and safe- zero parabens, sulfites, artificial smells and colors are a no-no, which I LOVE. The foundation is creamy and smooth, and melts into the skin. No sticky residue or cakey look when dry. The scent is wonderful. Take a mini vacation to a beach everyday with this bad boy! The lip sheer is the perfect everyday go-to in this light pink that works with any outfit. There is a pink tint, but the texture is glossy and natural, so it doesn’t over power the rest of the makeup. Try out these products for yourself! Reach out to Laura Bix with questions and be sure to grab some products at my online social HERE. You will not regret it! I can’t wait to expand my collection of Beauty Counter products. Als0- Their website and printed literature is stunning. The art and thought put into this products is truly astounding and impressive. Now! See the steps below!
5 Minute Makeup How To:
1. After applying your favorite moisturizer and eye cream, start with a blank face. I use the Radien Skin Care line
2. Apply your favorite primer. I used Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
3. Apply foundation. I used Beauty Counter’s Tint Skin Foundation in Linen
4. Dab eye cream in the inner corner of the eye. Lightly pat in with sponge. I used Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
5. Apply the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick. Start in the middle of the eye and work your way up and over until the whole lid is covered. I used the Caviar Stick in Copper (amazing color pay off and metallic touch!)
6. Apply a medium pink blush to the apples of your eye and sweep lightly up over the cheekbone for a youthful touch. I used Laura Geller in Malibu (from Birchbox!)
7. Fill in your brows. Line the bottom, then the top, then fill in lightly with short, upward strokes for a natural fill. I used Trish McEvoy in Natural Brunette
8. Apply mascara. Grab the lashes and pull and tug up to create a great curl without a lash curler! I used Diorshow in Blackout
9. Apply lip stick and go! I used Beauty Counter’s Lip Sheer in Petal
I know 9 steps may seem like a lot, but I PROMISE this literally takes me 5 minutes and is so great for work. It goes with any outfit and it a great way to enhance natural beauty without taking away from your beautiful natural features.
Images of the BEAUTIFUL product from Beauty Counter. Seriously sleek, sexy, and feminine packaging that I love. Seen: Tint Skin Foundation, Lip Sheer, Skin Care line, the look book with product information.
Thank you for reading and sharing my makeup journey with me! I am so excited to finally introduce beauty into the blog and look forward to many more posts! Any suggestions on what you would like to see? Send them my way @ firstname.lastname@example.org
PSST- I also recorded a video and am working on getting it ready for the web. It’ll be a short, but an easy to follow guide for this 5 Minute Makeup look.