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Doing the 5-minute Face in 2 Ways!

Here are 2 ways to get out the door quick while looking polished. 


1. Look for bases with high coverage. Whether you do the first method (powder foundation) or second method (liquid/cream) the key is something that gives a lot of coverage quickly.

2. If you have very oily skin, the first method is better for you. If you have dry skin, the second method gives you a better effect. If you have normal skin, you can do either!

3. When you don’t have much time, the easiest way to look “done” is to use a stronger lip color and/or blush and keep the eyes simple. Strong eye makeup usually takes more precision and time to do.

Products for The Powder Foundation Method:

  • A good concealer. If you need to cover spots and scars, look for high-coverage concealing products like The Body Shop’s Pencil Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, or any camouflage cream. 
  • A high-coverage powder foundation that has some luminosity. Powders can look quite flat and heavy so products with some reflective properties like Shu Uemura’s The Lightbulb Powder Foundation would be better. (As mentioned in the picture above, never buff your powder on if you don’t want to buff off the concealer you applied beneath. Pat.)
  • An oil-free lip/cheek cream or stain goes on quickly and will last well. But if you did a lot of concealing on your cheek area, a powder brush will work better.
  • A powder highlighter in a soft, universal shade like champagne or beige.
  • Mascara and lip color.

Products for The Liquid Foundation Method:

  • A full-coverage camouflage cream or foundation that can be diluted as foundation and used straight from the tube/pot as concealer. Products like Cover Mark Extra Formula, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation work well.
  • A primer or lotion to “dilute” the foundation. Choose based on your needs. If you want a matte effect like I did above, go for something like Lancome’s La Base Pro. If you need hydration, use either your favorite lotion or something like Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer.
  • A powder blush. Again, this was chosen as I was going for a matte effect, but if you prefer a dewy finish go for a cream blush.
  • A powder or cream highlighter for the center of the lid.
  • Mascara and lip color.

Legend has it, the original cheek-and-lip stain, cult-favorite Benetint, was created for an exotic dancer. Instantly appealing to a much broader audience, the tint spawned two more, Posietint and Chachatint, garnering a loyal following. Now, with the addition of the candy orchid-hued Lollitint, Benefit is poised to reinvent blush all over again. “Benetint is a water-based tint,” explains Benefit’s Global Beauty Authority Annie Ford Danielson, “but Lollitint is an emulsion. It contains a different blend of ingredients—a copolymer that creates a matte film locking in color on lips and cheeks.” We caught up with the beauty expert to find out how to wear the pretty pink tint with remarkable stain power. MELISSA LANE

“I apply my tint after my foundation, but there are no rules,” says Danielson. “Brush three strokes on the apple of your cheek and blend quickly with fingertips. Repeat on other side. I like to blend with a highlighter for an added pop of dreaminess. Dab on lips and blend. For extra delicious color, repeat. Make sure your lips are hydrated before using a tint!”

“Lollitint’s color is buildable: as you apply more stain, it gives a more intense tint and adds staying power. It all depends on your personality. Are you adventurous? Or are you more modest? Whether you like to intensify your tint by layering, or prefer to be a one-hit wonder, you need to blend quickly. For a heavenly flush, apply Hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of Lollitint. You’ll thank me later.”

“Tints will soak into the top layers of your skin and help the color look more natural rather than just sitting on top of your skin. For a really subtle flush, blend a tiny speck of foundation with your tint of choice. Your flush will truly look like it’s coming from within.”

“Benefit Lollitint is [inspired by] Radiant Orchid, which Pantone Universe crowned color of the year for 2014. The flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle, the warm violet hue brings out the best in everyone regardless of skintone or hair color. Lollitint is the perfect purple. Falling into the middle of the color spectrum—not too warm or too cool—she’s as sweet as candy and plays up a healthy flush on the skin!”


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Benefit / Lollitint

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Benefit / Cha Cha Tint

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Benefit / Posietint

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Benefit / Benetint in Rose

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Benefit / Hervana

The Expensive List: Best Bang for All Your Bucks

Immediate Disclaimer: I can in nooo way fuckin’ afford all of this shit at the same time. NO. But, like expensive, contoured clockwork, every year on my birthday and just sometimes when I am heading to an event (re: bar) where I want to look extra “fancy,” I will go into Sephora or MAC or a department store and splurge on a few items. I want those few things I shell out dough for to be ah-mazing, even though they (Sephora, at least) have a pretty stellar return/exchange policy. I just want the good stuff quick, and I don’t even want to be tempted to go back, even for just a return, because I will buy every tiny thing on the “mini-shit while you wait on line portion of the store”//Even though most of that mini shit is 20 bucks?? Anyway, as it stands now, my makeup is a mix of about 80% drugstore and 20% higher end stuff, and because of that I’ve tried a range of products..some of which, like NARS concealer, I swear by (I’ve put a ** by those I always have in stock)..and some of which, like the Hourglass powder, I love but cannot see myself purchasing unless I get invited to like, a fucking BALL. Anyway: I have TRIED all of these products (but alas, it is a limited list because I am a drugstore budget baby), and many more that I thought were dog crap, and here are the ones I would highly recommend to you IF you were in a splurging mood:

Marc Jacobs “The Starlet” Palette
Urban Decay Naked Two Palette
**Urban Decay Naked Three Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
MAC Eyeshadow in: Naked Lunch, Swiss Chocolate, Shroom, Phloof, Mulch, Carbon, Orb
Benefit World Famous Neutrals—Most Glamorous Nudes Palette
Two Faced Natural at Night Palette

Primers and Shit
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Sin
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Cover FX Mattifying Primer
**Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray (I bought the smaller bottle and just spray it once or twice whenever I am going out for a LONG night)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (shit stays on forever)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (the turquoise shade is gorgeous)

Too Faced Better Than Sex (depends on what kind of sex you are having…what about a better than pizza mascara???)
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
**Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Tarte “Lights, Camera, Splashes” Waterproof Mascara

**Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil
**Benefit Gimme Brow
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade

Benefit Boxed Powders: The Rocketeur, Coralista, Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
Benefit Benetint or Lollitint
**NARS Orgasm or Super Orgasm
Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot

**Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder
TheBalm Bahama Mama

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim or Ambient Light
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
Benefit’s Watts Up ( I always think of 4 non blondes)

Foundation/Concealer/BB Cream:
NARS Sheer Matte Foundation
Benefit’s The Big Easy Liquid to Powder Complexion Perfector
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Powder Foundation (weird but it works)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation
**NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Benefit Boing Concealer
Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen

**Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red or any color, really
Nars Lipstick in Scarlett Empress
**MAC Lipsticks in almost anything (I love Rebel, Lady Danger, Cyber, Candy Yum Yum, St. Germain, Angel, and Ruby Woo)
MAC Tinted Lipglass
OCC Lip Tar (try Black Dahlia)
Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick (I love the Violet shade)
Dior Addict Lip Glow
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder

For the Fall 2014 Opening Ceremony fashion show, the makeup look was created by our own Artistry Ambassador Aaron de Mey using the Sephora+Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection, starring the versatile and feminine Radiant Orchid (and a chocolate wall—really). The Sephora Glossy caught up with Opening Ceremony’s visionary founders, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, to hear how they got inspired by the shade. HOLLY SIEGEL

What do you find inspiring about Radiant Orchid?
HUMBERTO LEON & CAROL LIM: We love that while it is bold, there is an effortlessness to wearing it. The rich, saturated color makes you feel vibrant.

You used Radiant Orchid not only in beauty, but also in your fashion collection. Tell us about how they complement each other. 
CL: It was natural for us to “think” in this color and incorporate it into our collection, as it translates well into the color palette. Radiant Orchid looks and feels very rich in the fabrics and techniques we used to bring our clothing to life.

How was it collaborating with Sephora’s Artistry Ambassador Aaron de Mey? 
HL: We love collaborating with Aaron, he is both a visionary and an inspirational partner. Aaron is able to interpret the mood we want to create into polished, exciting looks and always exceeds our expectations!

How did you strike a balance of the color on different features—eyes, cheeks, lips, nails? 
CL: We always look at the entire picture and see where we want the focus to be. From there, we work with the other features to enhance that focus. For our show, Radiant Orchid is featured on the cheeks of all our models—the rouge appears as a very natural, beautiful flush. We loved that it had such a feminine effect on the look. The rest of the makeup look is a bit softer in contrast.

Bumble and bumble is doing the hair. How did their styling enhance the beauty vibe? 
CL: We have worked with Bumble before, and they have always been incredible at working with us to create the right mood for the hair. It is always a three-way dialogue among us, Aaron, and [stylist] Anthony [Turner]. We work together to ensure that one element doesn’t overpower, but rather enhances, the other.

Carol, how would you take this beauty look from the runway and make it your own? 
CL: For me, I love taking one of the elements and incorporating it into my look: one day it might be the sheer balm on the lips, another day it might be a bolder shadow on the eyes. There are a lot of elements to play with.

Did you learn any beauty tips or tricks to recreate this look?
CL: Yes…to always start by making sure all the basics are covered! An even skintone, good eyebrows to frame the face, and moisturized skin!



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Benefit Cosmetics / Lollitint

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Smashbox / Be Legendary Lipstick in Fuchia Flash Matte

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Make Up For Ever / Rouge Artist Natural in Purple

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Urban Decay / Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy

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Fresh / Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Berry

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Sephora Collection / Rouge Cream in Love Test

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OCC / Lip Tar - Matte

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Dior / Voluptuous Care Lipstick in Mauve Mystery

Absolutely dying to get my hands on these lip balms by Benefit Cosmetics!

Being a long time fan of Benefit and their liquid tints, I have always loved the perfect rosey red of the original Bene Tint but never cared for its awkward and messy packaging… And the lip balm promises to be a great low maintenance improvement !

Lollibalm, an orchid colored balm version of their latest tint is already on sale at for $18 and the other shades are coming soon !

Also coming soon from Benefit: They’re Real Eyeliner, a perfect complement to the award winning mascara !