Makeup For The Short Attention Span

I am a huge fan of a foundation that you can slap-on in about thirty seconds. That's not to say I do not enjoy the ritual of getting ready, I certainly do.  I'm simply dealing in the everyday stuff here; those in-between days where you have to be at work at a certain time,  or maybe the day where you just don't want to run into every single person you know in the produce aisle of Whole Foods looking wan and insipid.  I am a fan of any product that delivers on a promise to make me less wan and insipid in under a minute. Amiright?

Personally, I have two products in my cache that have served me well for this very purpose.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Foundation (warm sand)
 Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium

Both of these products are buildable products. You can use the Bobbi Brown foundation wet or dry. It comes with a wee sponge, but you can also put it on with a brush. I always use it dry (with the sponge) after my moisturiser. It also contains an SPF of 12, although I certainly wouldn't rely on just that to protect me from the rays....outside of Scotland, that is.

The Maybelline BB cream is basically a really nice tinted moisturiser that also contains some silicone elements to function as a face primer, and an SPF 30 sunscreen, which is always a plus. It has a nice, oil-free finish and leaves a subtle glow. Great for summer.

So let us look at each of these in turn, shall we? And remember people, this is science, so please be serious. You at the back of the room, please turn your iPhone off. You can play Temple Run on your own time. Yes, you.

Ahem. In order to keep conditions stable in the experiment, I used the exact same accompanying products for the testing of both foundations. Here are the accompanying products I used to create my "everyday minimal makeup yet rosy and fresh like a daisy" face:

From left: L'Oreal Super Liner in Intense Black

Let's begin the experiment, shall we? . First the control group. The no makeup face.

Right. That's enough. Look away now. 
Moving swiftly on.

This is the fresh as a rosy daisy but almost like I'm not wearing any makeup (yeah, right) look with the Maybelline BB Cream.

Total making-up time elapsed = 10 minutes (with some eyebrow plucking time in there)
This is the BB cream freshly applied. It does have a semi-matte finish when you put it on, but there is a sheerness to it that doesn't really translate well in the photo. This is a wonderfully light, yet moisturising option that does not go on greasy, and I like this as an option for a beach holiday or sailing trip...basically anywhere where you don't want to look like you have on a lot of makeup but still want a bit of a finish because you're like, forty and don't always get enough sleep and you like to play outdoor tennis and don't always remember to put on sunscreen and so what!?

But it's nice though, right?

Next up is the Bobbi Brown powder foundation. this is my go-to most of the year.

Total making up time = 7 minutes (although I have more practise with this one so there is bias in the experiment).

Very similar, non?  But yet...this one has a bit more staying power than the BB cream. I like how easy it is to apply, and you can literally just slap it on and move on to the next step. It does have a wee bit of a luminescence to it, but that is part of the charm. Probably a bit much for a sunny holiday or hot humid weather though. At least for me. If I'm going to sweat buckets, I actually prefer less makeup with less staying power, as sun and sand and exercise and shiny, oddly-clinging foundation is rarely a good look.

So there they are. My two current favourites in my quest for a lazier way to achieve a rested, rosy, just in from a walk in the hills (not quite) no makeup look.



  1. Both look good on you...I ditched all my liquid foundations in favor of Bare Escentuals mineral makeup, with which I can do my entire makeup routine in less than five minutes and be out the door. My other current fav is Eucerin Hyaluron Filler day cream--it's a fabulous base for foundation but it works so well as skin-care that it often makes foundation optional. If you haven't tried the latter it's available in many pharmacies and imo well worth a try.

    1. Thanks for that! I will definitely give it a whirl. I used BAre Minerals for a long time but stopped, not for any particular reason, but I just found it really hard to travel with, and I travel a lot. I tried their matte version but didn't like it as much as the original. One of these days I'll give it another go. But the that is a good tip. :)

  2. hhaha love the name of the post


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