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The 5 Minute Face: Guest Blogger

Freelance makeup artist Jennifer Duvall has kept us entranced with her blog for months. The Georgia blogger is the ultimate multi-tasker as both a makeup guru and a mommy of three! We love her great how-to advice and awesome product reviews, which is why we’re so excited that this week, she’s graciously sharing her style secrets with us.

It’s not really my specialty to do my makeup in a hurry, but there are times I like a good challenge. The other morning, I decided to set my iPhone timer for exactly 5 minutes to see if I could actually accomplish the daunting task. Granted, this isn’t the full face of makeup that I typically sport, but it was definitely enough so I wouldn’t be embarrassed if I ran into someone I know at the local coffee shop. Here are my before and after shots so you can see what can be done in 5 minutes flat. (I can’t believe I’m showing you my bare morning face and robe ensemble, but I’m doing this to show everyone there’s hope even when time’s an issue!)

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Before: Yikes.

After: Yippee!

Not too shabby for five minutes right? Here are the products I used to pull myself together to walk out the door:


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream helped to create a flawless face without having to use extra primer or moisturizer (thank goodness, two less steps). BB Creams are all the rage right now, and if they all perform this well, I can see why. It’s a multi-tasking cream formula that hydrates and covers better than a tinted moisturizer, but not as heavy as actual foundation. It’s probably not best for someone with major skin issues, but it was just enough for me. Plus, it has the much-needed SPF, so you have all of your bases covered! I also used a couple dots of concealer on top for extra help with the under eyes and around the sides of my nose. For my cheek color, I applied a bright pink blush, NARS Desire, to make me look alive.

Extreme closeup of my skin after the BB Cream.

Eyes and Lips 

Eyes were easily accomplished with my favorite Too Faced Natural Eye Palette where I used the matte ivory Heaven all over the lid, Classic champagne shimmer from lashes to crease, and then finished it off with Push Up, a bronzey brown, just in my crease for a bit of definition.

Two coats of black mascara on my top lashes (bottom would have taken more time, which I didn’t have) and a swipe of a flesh colored pencil on the inner waterline of bottom lashes to brighten the redness from just waking up. For the lips, I used a rose-colored lip balm for just a tad of easy color, by Fresh Sugar Rosé tinted lip treatment. Ding ding dingtime’s up! What do you thinkdid I win the race?

For more great makeup application tips, check out the rest of Jennifer’s tips from this week here.

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