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How To: The Updated Everyday Face in 5 minutes

It has been almost 3 years since I last did a step-by-step feature detailing what I did for make-up everyday. I’ve since changed up my routine but it is still quite fast – just over 5 minutes. My make-up these days is more about trying not to look like an old lady. Simple is good.

See the bare face, uneven skin tone and discolouration around the eyes?

See the bare face, uneven skin tone and discolouration around the eyes?

Step 1: Disguise the discolouration.

Dot concealer around the eye areas and over blemishes. Use a light hand.

Dot concealer around the eye areas and over blemishes. Use a light hand.

My current favourite is MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35 (NC20). I use my fingers and dot it around my eyes, as well as over certain blemishes before pressing it in and blending gently. If I have time, I use a concealer brush (I own the Rare Minerals Heal & Conceal double-ended one).

Step 2: Building the foundation.

Pump once or twice only. Start with a little and add later if you need more.

Pump once or twice only. Start with a little and add later if you need more.

I currently use the BENEFIT Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup (Oil-Free SPF 25) in Cheers to Me Champagne. It’s a light-weight liquid foundation that comes with a pump which is great for keeping it clean! I use 1 full pump and a little more.

It's quite liquidy and all you need is a little to spread it all over.

It’s quite liquidy and all you need is a little to spread it all over.

Then spread over my face with my fingers then followed by a foundation sponge just to even it out. I prefer a light coverage just to even out my skintone (you can still see some blemishes) instead of packing it on, unless I really have it.

Make sure you press it in and even your foundation out.

Make sure you press it in and even your foundation out.

Wet wipes are always great to have around for fuss-free clean ups!

Wet wipes are always great to have around for fuss-free clean ups!

At this point, my fingers usually get mucky with the leftover streaks of concealer and foundation. I have wet wipes on hand to clean up so that I won’t get them all over my other things.

Step 3: Framing the face (i.e. the eyes).

A light and peachy neutral for the eyelids

A light and peachy neutral for the eyelids

Gone are the days where I bother to shade and contour the eyes on a daily basis. I also tend to shy away from colours unless on special occasions. Maybe it’s an aging thing. Less is more?

To disguise the fact that I no longer have bright, sparkling youthful eyes, I opt for a peachy and neutral base around my eyes. Today I used a light beige-y colour by POUT called Miss Aruba (applied here with a Lancome eyeshadow blending brush). On some days, my eyeshadow of choice is REVLON matte 002 Peach Sorbet. Both are almost similar to my skintone and you can barely see colour.

People don't realise how important eyebrows are

People don’t realise how important eyebrows are

I suffer from eyebrow woes. These days they look quite uneven because of a bad eyebrow embroidery job. One side seem to be fading faster than the other too! But even without this issue, I’ve always drawn my brows or coloured it in. I use the Natural Brow Pencil in 002 Dark Brown from Silkygirl. They used to have a lighter shade that I preferred but they’ve since discontinued it. I have no idea why.

My key trick is to use my pinky to stabilize my drawing hand and use a swift stroke. It works for me.

Step 4: Colour to the face.

If you're pale like me, never leave the house without faking some flush

If you’re pale like me, never leave the house without faking some flush

I use the BENEFIT slant powder brush which I bought during one of their online clearance sale. It works well for most of what I need it for. I just ensure that I brush off the excess everyday to keep it clean. My favourite blush is the MAC Powder Blush Well Dressed Satin. It’s really light and almost invisible on my skin. I love that it is barely there but gives some colour to my otherwise overall paleness.

Step 5: Seal it in! Powder lightly!

Basic step that makes a big difference

Basic step that makes a big difference

I use MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25. I find that by lightly patting some powder or brushing it on, it seals the make-up and helps to prevent early rub-offs.

That's the complete face! 5 minutes!

That’s the complete face! 5 minutes!

At this point, I’m usually done and ready to leave the house. If I find that I have another 2 to 3 minutes, I’ll do my eye-liner, mascara and the lipstick (which can be applied anywhere actually).

Step 6: Eye-liner and mascara.

Draw a short line with a fine tipped liner

Draw a short line with a fine tipped liner

I’m loving the MAYBELLINE Hyper Sharp Liner (Black) for its price, size and firm fine tip. I’m in fact using my 3rd one now! If you’re a klutz like me with fat fingers, this marker-like felt tip makes it so easy! I start by drawing a short line, tracing the top lash line.

Hyperextending the eyeliner aka the cat-eye

Hyperextending the eyeliner aka the cat-eye

Then I draw it out a little longer and join a line from the bottom corner, forming a triangle.

Colour in the triangle space to form a thick flick

Colour in the triangle space to form a thick flick

Do the triangle thing for both sides and colour them in

Do the triangle thing for both sides and colour them in

The key thing to note is that your eyes are not exactly symmetrical. I know one of my eye folds thicker than the other so I have to do some adjustments so that the eyeliner artificially makes it look more even.

Mascara is so important!

Mascara is so important!

The mascara I’m using on a daily basis is the MAYBELLINE MAGNUM Volume Express (Waterproof) in Black. Cheap and good. I use the MAC Zoom Lash on special occasions because it takes time to put on the Prep & Prime, and then layering the mascara on, before drying.

The tip here is don’t pump your mascara because it introduces air in. Instead swirl it around as you pull the brush out, if you want to pick up colour. To apply swiftly, tilt your head back and wiggle the brush as you sweep it up. Start from the middle of your eye and try to get as close to the lash line as you can. I brush 3 times on each eye – middle, front, end. Just twice each time. Unless I have extra time, I don’t bother with the priming fibres or curling my lashes.

Step 7: Lipstick.

Apply directly, lipliner is for wimps

Apply directly, lipliner is for wimps

I almost never use a lipliner and I don’t think I’ve owned a lipbrush in years. The effect is too fake and defined. I just do a quick sweep. Sometimes, without the mirror. What I’m using here is a new lipstick I bought yesterday – CLARINS Rouge Prodige (102 Paradise Pink). If you’re like me, a MAC NC25, this is a gorgeous colour. My stupid Photobooth can’t truly show how pink this is. Unfortunately, for a purported long-wear lipstick that costs $35, this didn’t last even half-way through my Lor Mee breakfast.

Ok TAH DAH done.

Ok TAH DAH done.

And this is it! How fast can you do it? How much do you want? You can stop just at 5 minutes or continue for another 2 minutes for a little more definition.

So easy right?


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My Stuff: Skincare for a Spotty Face!

For some awful reason, my face is greasy and a little spotty. I don’t really own much skincare since I live with the self-professed Queen of BB Creams (and other crazy skincare products). I didn’t even have to raid the bathroom. So this is what I used today…

Very greasy & kinda spotty

Very greasy & kinda spotty

Biore Cleansing Oil-in-Cotton wipes & Etude House AC Clinic Acne Foam Cleanser

Biore Cleansing Oil-in-Cotton wipes & Etude House AC Clinic Acne Foam Cleanser

A clean face ready for curing

A clean face ready for curing

BIOTHERM Biopur Balancing Purifying Mask

BIOTHERM Biopur Balancing Purifying Mask

Make sure you cover your entire face, even if it's as big as mine

Make sure you cover your entire face, even if it's as big as mine

Seriously, you can get zits anywhere...

Seriously, you can get zits anywhere...

VC Organic Rose Otto Hydrating Tonig Mist, BOOTS Anti-Blemish Whitening Spot Gel & URBAN DEFENSE Sniper Problem Potion

VC Organic Rose Otto Hydrating Toning Mist, BOOTS Anti-Blemish Whitening Spot Gel & URBAN DEFENSE Sniper Problem Potion


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How To: Use highlighters

My BEFORE face... uneven skintone, blotchy redness & dark eye circles

My BEFORE face... uneven skintone, blotchy redness & dark eye circles

I’ve just discovered the use of some shimmery powder things I can use to brighten my face. My methods might be unorthodox – I’m not sure. Is there a prescribed usage to these things? Who cares? I make mine work for me.

Here’s my method

Step1 - Benefit Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer used as a colour-corrector/concealer

Step1 - Benefit Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer used as a colour-corrector/concealer

Step2 - Blend well with fingers

Step2 - Blend well with fingers

Step3 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step3 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step4 - Remember to blend well and brush outwards

Step4 - Remember to blend well and brush outwards

Step6 - MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25

Step6 - MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25

Step8 - Check to see if you've blended everything... blotchy?

Step8 - Check to see if you've blended everything... blotchy?

Step9 - URBAN DECAY Eye Shadow SELLOUT

Step9 - URBAN DECAY Eye Shadow SELLOUT

Step10 - Swiping my fingers across my nose bridge for some highlighting

Step10 - Swiping my fingers across my nose bridge for some highlighting

Step11 - Using a kabuki brush paint the sparkly bits all over your face

Step11 - Using a kabuki brush paint the sparkly bits all over your face

Step12 - I'm not sure what brand this is. It's Korean & I stole it from my sister

Step12 - I'm not sure what brand this is. It's Korean & I stole it from my sister

Step13 - Check even-ness of application

Step13 - Check even-ness of application

Step14 - See the difference? Brighter right??

Step14 - See the difference? Brighter right??

Step15 - Elizabeth Arden black eyeliner pencil

Step15 - Elizabeth Arden black eyeliner pencil

Step16 - There's make-up but... not really

Step16 - There's make-up but... not really

TAAAAAH DAH!!! My basic face with nose & face highlighters

TAAAAAH DAH!!! My basic face with nose & face highlighters

Well, there’s the question of my uneven eyebrows… but to hell with symmetry!


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How To: Easy Colours for the Hazel Eyes

Have to talk about one of my favourite products – the ALMAY Intense i-Color 03 Trio for Hazels! I got it off eBay (brand new) and you can see what it actually is here.

So here’s a step-by-step of how to use it (extended version ‘cos it’s a Sunday and I have some time to muck around):

Step 1 - L'OREAL Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner

Step 1 - L'OREAL Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner

Step 2 - BENEFIT That Gal Brightening Face Primer

Step 2 - BENEFIT That Gal Brightening Face Primer

Step 3 - BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 3 - BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 4 - MAKE UP STORE Care & Cover (Medium)

Step 4 - MAKE UP STORE Care & Cover (Medium)

Step 5 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step 5 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step 6 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply PINK on eyelids)

Step 6 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply PINK on eyelids)

Step 7 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BEIGE on browbone, under brow area)

Step 7 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BEIGE on browbone, under brow area)

Step 8 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BROWN along the crease)

Step 8a - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BROWN along the crease)

Step 8 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Use a smaller applicator or a Q-Tip to trace your crease)

Step 8b - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Use a smaller applicator or a Q-Tip to trace your crease)

Step 9 - BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Extra Black Waterproof)

Step 9 - BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Extra Black Waterproof)

Step 10 - Crimp your lashes. Bounce the eyelash curler a few times, jiggle it lightly.

Step 10 - Crimp your lashes. Bounce the eyelash curler a few times, jiggle it lightly.

Step 11 - L'OREAL Volume Shocking Waterproof Mascara

Step 11 - L'OREAL Volume Shocking Waterproof Mascara

Don't forget to do your lower lashes!

Don't forget to do your lower lashes!

Tah dah! Lower lashes done!

Tah dah! Lower lashes done!

Step 12 - COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil (Light Brown 02)

Step 12 - COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil (Light Brown 02)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush (21 Peach Nuance)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush (21 Peach Nuance)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lipstick (305 Crystal Blush)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lipstick (305 Crystal Blush)

And that’s how you do your make-up in an unorthodox but a totally who-the-hell-can-tell-anyway method!!!

p/s: Michelle Yeo, this is for you! *wink*


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How To: The difference a little primer and concealer makes

I’ve got 2 minutes to do this before running off so I’ll do the step-by-step in the next post. Here’s a preview though.

Here's a freshly washed face... CLEAN!

Here's a freshly washed face... CLEAN!

After toner and primer... still fresh but better colour, yes?

After toner and primer... still fresh but better colour, yes?

Add a little eye make-up and blusher

Add a little eye make-up and blusher

Some peachy nude lipgloss and we're done!

Some peachy nude lipgloss and we're done!


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How To: Morning Make-up in 5 Minutes!

In the mornings, I like spending as much time as I can sleeping in so my morning routine is quick and breezy. I get up, brush my teeth, hop into the shower, throw on the item nearest to my reach and do my make-up in 5 minutes. I can probably do more if I had more time and put in more effort – but seriously? It’s NOT THAT BAD!

Step 1:

BENEFIT "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer

BENEFIT "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer

Step 2:

BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 3:

URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation - Illusion

URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation - Illusion

Step 4:

URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow - Cherry

URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow - Cherry

Step 5:

SILKYGIRL Natural Brow Pencil - 03 Soft Brown

SILKYGIRL Natural Brow Pencil - 03 Soft Brown

Step 6:

MAC Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow - Stars 'N' Rockets

MAC Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow - Stars 'N' Rockets

Step 7:

ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush - 21 Peach Nuance

ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush - 21 Peach Nuance

We’re actually almost done. Fingers are your best friends! Make sure you wash your hands before smearing them all over your face. I do actually own an assortment of brushes but I’m not going to spend my precious morning fussing over application when my fingers and the stuff that comes with the product work just fine.

Almost done!!

Almost done!!

Step 8:

MAC Hello Kitty Glaze - Big Bow

MAC Hello Kitty Glaze - Big Bow

And that’s it! If you don’t mind getting by with a look like that – all you need is 5 minutes (or less) in the mornings!

The 5-min Morning Make-Up

The 5-min Morning Make-Up