The simple five-minute makeup routine that EVERY woman should follow during the coronavirus pandemic
Beauty expert Zoë Foster-Blake has shared the five-minute facial routine every woman should follow while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic – and why, even though you are no longer in the office, it is important to take care of your skin.
The 39-year-old former beauty editor and founder of Go-To said she has been working from home for about 10 years, during which time she perfected the ‘five-minute face.’
“It’s a very simple routine and gives me everything I need in the field of skin care, as well as a little bit of makeup, so I feel like a human being when I need to make a video call,” Zoë said in a Instagram video.
So what should you do?
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Beauty expert Zoe Foster-Blake shared the five-minute facial routine every woman should follow while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic (pictured before and after)
The 39-year-old former beauty editor and founder of Go-To (pictured) said she worked at home for 10 years, perfecting the ‘five-minute face’ at the time
Zoe (pictured with her skin care) said that you should always start cleaning by using a water-based cleanser to remove any residual before applying a mist and then applying a serum
First of all, Zoe said you should always start cleaning.
What are the five skin care steps?
1. Water-based cleaning agent
3. Vitamin C serum
4. Facial oil or facial cream
She uses Go-To’s water-based cleanser to get rid of all the residual products from the night before and then applies a mist before applying her serums because ‘active serums like damp skin’.
“I use vitamin C serums every day, which are really good for smoothing skin tone and brightening the complexion,” said Zoë.
She ends with Go-To’s face oil, which is ‘light and nourishing’ and gives her skin a ‘glow-y boost’ before applying SPF 15 sunscreen – to make sure she has enough sun protection for a day indoors.
“Remember, the general order in which you should apply your products is light and water-based and thin and active to thick and nutritious,” said Zoë.
It’s also important to wear sunscreen even when you’re indoors, she said, because you may be near a window and you can also expose your skin to UV rays without protection.
When it comes to makeup, Zoe (pictured with her makeup) said that a little bit of foundation can help counteract the harshness of video cameras, while blushing and eyebrows give you a human feel
Zoe (pictured) curls her lashes and applies some Snapscara mascara with a touch of Shiny Shimmer eyeshadow from Trinny London, making her eyes look ‘awake’ and ready to go
What are the main makeup items to use?
1. Foundation or tinted moisturizer
4. Brow gel and pencil
5. Eye shine
6. Cream blusher
Once you’ve put on your skincare, it’s time to switch to makeup.
While Zoe said that base is not always essential, the beauty guru added that the cameras can be ‘loud’ in video calls and therefore it might be a good idea to apply a little extra base.
“I love this mineral-based Vapor foundation that I picked up in the United States,” said Zoe.
“It’s quite greasy, which I like because it helps moisturize my skin. I put it on with a BeautyBlender, otherwise it just sticks to my fingers. ‘
After this, the 39-year-old said that she uses her middle finger to apply a little concealer lightly on her eyes and around her nose.
“Don’t press too hard or the rules will only get worse,” she said.
Zoe then curls her lashes with an eyelash curler and applies some Snapscara mascara with a touch of Shiny Eyeshadow from Trinny London, making her eyes look ‘awake’ and ready to go.
Zoe (pictured) said that as she grew older she found that she needed more definition on the lash line than before – so she tightens the top of her eyes
“As I get older, I find that I need more definition on the lash line than before,” said Zoë.
“What I do for that is outline the top lashes tightly, which makes my eyes look less cap-shaped and more awake.”
Zoe uses a budget Covergirl eyeliner on the inner corner of her lash line to define and lift her eyes, then applies an eyebrow pencil and gel to her brows.
She ends with a cream blush, which she applies to her cheeks, brow bones and finally to her lips for some color.
“You may not think so, but now that you can’t go to your facial doctor for a while, we have to do the heavy lifting at home,” said Zoe.
The inverted triangle trick (pictured) would lift your look and hide all under-eye circles while brightening your face
Zoe Foster-Blake said you should apply concealer in the inner corners of the eyes instead, as you try to highlight the dark areas, ‘don’t add extra makeup where you don’t need it’
Earlier, the beauty expert revealed why you should avoid the tried and true approach of applying concealer in an inverted triangle and instead just apply concealer in the inner corner of your eyes.
“I don’t recommend doing this thing that many videos might tell you, especially as you get older,” said Zoë, imitating applying concealer in the reverse triangular way.
“Just do it in the corner there because you’re just trying to highlight the dark areas, don’t add extra makeup where you don’t need it.”
Zoe recommends dabbing the concealer gently in the inner corners of the eyes with warmed fingers.
She also swears by tapping a little bit in the outer corners and over the eyelids to act as a base for eyeshadow.
“I can’t understand why anyone would use a concealer to make them look tired and old,” said Zoë.