5 Minute Makeup Routine


You guys, I made my first video tutorial! But you're probably here because you already know that. What you may not know is how long it took me to get up the courage to do it. Two years to be exact. The thing about creating a blog is that it's as much of a learning experience for the person behind the camera as it is for those reading. And it can be terrifying at times. Because once you put yourself out there, it's out there for good.

I've heard a number of other bloggers confess that they blogged anonymously for months, even years, before telling any family or friends. For me, it was 5 years from the time I thought of the concept for this site to the time I actually bought the domain chicagolatte.com and published my first post. One of these days I'll have to write a post reflecting on my experience growing this blog. But for now, let's talk makeup.

This video is a quick little tutorial using some of the products I reach for on a daily basis. My skin was already prepped before I started applying foundation. If you're interested hearing more about skincare, just let me know! And apologies for the poor lighting. Unfortunately 90% of the walls in our apartment are a shade of yellow or orange, and there's nothing we can do about it. Oh, the joys of renting! I may need to figure out how to shoot the next video in the hallway...for real.

Here's the rundown of what I used to create this look:

Tools: Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker #45.  I use this same brush for foundation, concealer, and cream blush. It just makes everything so easy. Real Techniques makes a nice one too at a lower price point.

Foundation: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Finland. I had a love-hate relationship with this foundation at first. It has a matte finish, which is great for combating mid-day shine, but you have to be careful not to overdo matte formulas because they can easily cake and cling to dry patches. It took me some time to figure out that this formula works best when applied over freshly moisturized skin and when it's buffed into skin with a brush (instead of fingers or a sponge). When you do use a rich moisturizer (like my current favorite, Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich) and apply with a brush, it blends out to a beautiful finish. Less is more! Start with a small dab, and build it up as needed.


Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. This is a cult classic concealer for a reason. I've gone through so many tubes and keep buying more. I use a shade slightly lighter than my skin and apply to the areas of my face that I want to elevate and brighten. A damp beauty blender works wonders with this concealer, but in the name of morning laziness, I often reach for the same brush that I used for foundation.

Powder: Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium. This is a relatively new discovery for me, and I love it. I focus on the areas where I used the concealer to set everything in, but I also apply a light dusting across my whole face. In case you're wondering, the brush I'm using to apply it is also by Glossier.

Blush: Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Perk. This is the product that got me hooked on cream blush. It's such a subtle shade and perfect for everyday use. I like the cream formula because it has a slight dewy finish that keeps the powder and matte foundation underneath looking natural. I'm applying with the same brush that I used for foundation and concealer. Simplicity is key!


Brows: bbrõwbar Brow Definer in Cinnamon Spice. You know all those eyebrow products that look like mascara? Yeah, those don't work for me. I need a twist-up pencil. I originally got this product through Birchbox and was immediately impressed with the super-fine point.

Eyes: Sephora Beauty Amplifier primer. This was my first time using this primer, and unfortunately it's a dud. I gave it a second shot the next day, but my shadow was creasing by lunchtime. I should have used the tried-and-true Urban Decay Primer Potion. For the lids, I applied L'Oreal Color Riche shadow in Little Beige Dress from lid to brow bone. In the crease, I applied BareMinerals shadow in Granted from the Wish List palette. Unfortunately, I think this palette is now completely sold out! BareMinerals shadows are great though, so I'd recommend picking up any of their other palettes. The brush I'm using came with a Lorac PRO palette, and it's my favorite crease brush ever. I wish you could buy it on its own, but I don't think you can.

Lashes: Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara and Lash Primer. I talked more about how much I love this mascara here. It's really nice how the lash primer and mascara are conveniently packaged in one tube, and the thin wand is perfect for reaching the lower lashes.

So there you have it! That sounds like a lot, but it's really very quick. So quick, you can even sleep-in a few extra minutes. 😴


This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own. I would never suggest a product that I wouldn't want to use myself :)