“The Beautiful Truth” – Every Tuesday By Jackie Danicki
The Five Minute Face
I’m always running late, so have perfected the art of looking polished
and pulled together (at least facially) with no time to spare. This
starts with a bit of advance work and organization:
Once your skin is clean and dry, the clock starts running. Faces on!
Smooth on a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This will do three jobs in one: moisturize, protect, and even out your skin tone. I alternate between Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Daily Defense Anti-Oxidant
Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 and Kiehl’s UltraFacial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15.
2) Cover It Up
Dab concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. I’m a big fan
of Dermablend concealers.
3) Light Finish
Lightly dust with a good translucent powder. Do not over-powder, as it can make your skin look ashy and old. MAC’s Prep + Prime Finishing Powder may scare you with its pure white hue, but its one universal color really does suit all shades of skin.
4) A little color
If you have oily skin, opt for a swift, well-blended application of powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. Otherwise, go with a product like the now legendary NARS Multiple that can serve as cream blush, lip color, and eyeshadow. I tend to have oily skin, so most often use Victoria’s Secret Heidi Klum Collection Blush in Jewels (which does not seem to be available for online purchase). For a cream blush, I recommend Clinique Touch Blush in Sweet Clover, a mousse-like blush that’s easy to apply and gives that elusively natural, flushed glow.
[Extra step for the super-speedy: Use your finger to glide on a cream
eyeshadow, such as Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow
in a neutral, natural shade like Malted.]
5) Put A Lid On It
Line your upper eyelids only with a soft pencil liner. This doesn’t require the exactness of liquid liner, and if you rush so fast that you screw up the line, you can just soften it a bit with a Q-Tip. I most often reach for MAC Technakohl Liner, which never smudges, or Tarte Eyeliner in Waterlillies, a soft charcoal shade.
6) Black Lash
If you’re ahead of schedule, go ahead and curl your lashes. Otherwise, go straight for the black stuff. My all-time favorites after years of searching for the best: Lancome High Definicils (which shocked me by besting my favorite since high school, plain old Lancome Definicils) and Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, the hot new product that deserves all its hype.
7) The Big Arches
Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any gaps. I’ve been using the same Damone Roberts Brow Pencil in Minx for the last five years (I’m not kidding). I’m in no danger of having to replaceit if it keeps lasting like this – well worth the $18. (Damone and his
brow divas in Beverly Hills do amazing work, but I’ve received just as precise and beautiful brow shaping from the $8 threading places in
8) Seal It With A Kiss
Throw a tinted lip balm with SPF protection in your bag and apply while walking or cabbing it to your hot date or lunch with the girls. I’ve always got an Alba Botanica Terra Tint SPF 8 in my bag.
What are your best tips for getting out the door ASAP with beautiful