“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

To Wear or Not to Wear Makeup?

Beautycounter helps answer that question.

My idea of getting ready for the day, before I became a stay at home mom, was not quick. So when I did find myself in this new role, I had to rethink the way I was looking at makeup. A fast beauty routine: Flawless-in-Five, helped me develop a system that changed my approach to getting ready for the day.

When my oldest three girls were little, I had a great job in the business world. I got up at 5am, got all dolled up, put on my high heels, and out the door I went. My beauty routine was anything but fast–kind of like the rest of my morning routine. I would carry each one of my babies to and from the car for drop off and pickup–in my heels. IN MY HEELS!

When I was expecting baby girl number 4, I gave up the business world to be a full time mom. This, I thought, would make life so much easier! Hahahahahaha! In many ways it has (I don’t wear heels anymore) but being a full time mom is a hard job. It’s taxing emotionally and physically, and at times can be very isolating.

Obviously I stopped putting my high heels on every day, and soon makeup became optional too. I mean, why? Some days I don’t leave the house or see anyone except my husband and kids. Of course they think I’m beautiful no matter what. 😉

I’d rather take my coffee than any compliments too, but let’s be honest, putting yourself together can make a world of difference in how you feel. It just helps! So I found a quick makeup routine that can be done in the time it takes to brew a cup of coffee.

Flawless-in-Five

Five minutes is all you need to apply the Flawless-in-Five beauty makeup set by Beautycounter. At the price point of $150, you can give your makeup bag a complete overhaul of clean, safer beauty products. So in addition to making yourself feel better–this makeup is actually better for you! There are six products included in the Flawless-in-Five set:

  1. Foundation
  2. Concealer
  3. Mascara
  4. Brow Color
  5. Blush
  6. Lip Gloss

Let’s take a look at the first option, since it can help you decide which other products might coordinate best.

Dew Skin on Left, Tint Skin on Right

Foundation

First, pick your foundation. There are two options to chose from in the foundation category–Dew Skin and Tint Skin. The Dew Skin is a new option in the Flawless-in-Five set. Since everyone has different expectations for their makeup, Beautycounter took that into consideration. The two foundations have different goals, but both have a great result.

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Dew Skin

The Dew Skin foundation is a lightweight, tinted moisturizer. It is also a sun protectant with an SPF of 20. Think of Dew Skin as skincare in a makeup product. A combination of emollients and esters creates a hydrating barrier for the skin while allowing it to breathe.

Emollients: noun, a preparation that softens the skin

Esters: noun, an organic compound made by replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl or other organic group. Many naturally occurring fats and essential oils are esters of fatty acids

Notable Ingredients

  • Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness.

Function

Most sunscreens leave a white residue when applied, Beautycounter has worked really hard in avoiding that in Dew Skin.

  • Offers lightweight, sheer coverage
  • Does double duty by preventing damage and helping reduce the appearance of skin imperfections
  • Absolutely zero white residue, instead leaves a luminous sheen

How to Wear

There are five shades of Dew Skin to chose from, and each one is pretty forgiving–meaning it blends well with your skin tone. For instance I can use the No. 1 or the No. 2 comfortably. It just depends on the look I’m going for.

  • Five shades to chose from
  • wear daily, alone, or over your favorite moisturizer or facial oil
  • squeeze a dime size amount into the palm of your hand, lightly pat & press your face until it’s applied evenly
  • easy to layer & build–apply Dew Skin, wait for it to dry, then apply Skin Tint with Retractable Foundation Brush

In the News

Check out these popular articles and their reviews of Dew Skin:

New York Magazine–HERE

Good Housekeeping–HERE

Influenster–HERE

Allure–HERE

Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

Tint Skin

Another option for foundation is the Tint Skin. This was the original, and only, Flawless-in-Five option until recently. Tint Skin adds more pigment than Dew Skin for a more medium coverage look. It provides customizable coverage with a lightweight formula. Tint Skin goes on smooth. I’m talking REAL smooth. It feels like I am putting silk on my face.

Notable Ingredients

  • Hyaluronic Acid: a natural moisture magnet, promotes smoother-looking skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Essential Fruit and Floral Oils: moisturizes and softens skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid: See what Webmd has to say about this ingredient HERE. (Just a hint–it’s good stuff.)

Function

Tint Skin leaves the skin naturally glowing, smooth and fresh. It also has a subtle wild rose, neroli and vanilla fragrance. It’s so subtle that I don’t really notice any fragrance at all when I am wearing Tint Skin.

  • customizable coverage with lightweight formula
  • goes on seamlessly and covers imperfections
  • evens skin tone and creates flawless complexion

How to Wear

There are ten shades of Tint Skin to chose from, and each one is flexible in that it is formulated to suit a range of skin tones. I have fair skin with freckles, but I can tan in the sun. Linen has been a good match for me. I also layer it over Dew Skin No. 1 for sun protection + fuller coverage days (days that I want to look a little fancier than usual).

In the News

Here are a couple articles and reviews of Tint Skin:

Women’s Health–HERE
Influenster–HERE

Find your shade, or mix for the perfect complexion

Build Your Flawless in Five

Once you decide on a foundation type and shade, the rest of the process is made really easy. Beautycounter makes suggestions based on your foundation shade. You can change these to your liking or try out their suggestions.

Chose Your Foundation

Pick Your Shade

Pick Your Concealer Pen

Chose Your Brow Product

Pick Your Brow Color

Chose Your Mascara

Pick Your Lip Gloss

Your Done!

This is a great set if you are looking to swap your current makeup for a clean, safer routine! Flawless-in-Five also makes a great starter set for a teen ready to start wearing makeup. It never looks overdone, but simply highlights your already naturally beautiful features.

Happy Beautifying…

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