5-Minute Face || Natalie

DSC_1042I am over the top excited that my friend and fellow blogger, Natalie, agreed to show me around the world of makeup a few days ago. She does such an awesome job of combining ‘worth it’ department store makeup with ‘it’s the same damn thing’ drug store products. I have learned so much from her over the last year or so of friendship and am honored she would share her knowledge here.


Hey there! I’m Natalie from The Natalie Diaries.

Any gal, married, single, with 3 kids or one fur baby can always use a quick way to get herself looking fabulous in the morning so Melissa and I thought it would be fun to share a few tips on how to get there with you. Here is my version of what I like to call The 5-Minute Face.

First, I prep my face with moisturizer. I like this kind by Origins because it has SPF 15 and a subtle tint-release. Then, I go in with the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which delivers light coverage and more SPF. To get rid of those super attractive under eye circles, I like to dob (yes, dob) the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in a triangle shape under my eye. To finish, I set my face with a pressed powder by MAC.

To give my face a bit more dimension, I take the Hoola bronzer, by Benefit and work it into my temples, the hollows of my cheeks and right below the jawline. And BAM! I just lost 5 lbs :) I highlight the tops of my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and cupids bow with the Watt’s UP cream highlight, by Benefit. After a little blush, I sweep clear drugstore mascara though my brows to tame any unruliness.

For eyes, I take a creamy nude liner and run it across my water line. By doing this, I am brightening up my eyes and faking a well-rested look. I then take my favorite Nars eyeliner and line my tight-line (upper water line) to make my mascara look thicker. After a coat of mascara, and a little Hoola bronzer in my crease (to create even more depth), I am nearly done! I fill my lips with the Jordana Moisturizing Balm Stain to get instant, intense color that will stay all day.

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And that’s it m’lovielies! Do a little shimmy and take a few selfies. You look great!

*A big thanks to M for helping me fully realize how going outside the lines with lipstick can actually look pretty awesome and – to Melissa for sharing PW with me for the day!

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