Saturday, 5 April 2014

Face Five Challenge

Last year I did a post that counted how many products I used every day (you can read it here), and at the time 11 out of the products I'd used that day were related to makeup. So when the lovely Lauren at Will Sing for Makeup tagged me to do this challenge which is about creating a full face look using only 5 items (how CRUEL is that) I had to think long and hard about what I was going to use, which wasn't easy since I had to follow these rules:
1. Use only 5 products to create a complete makeup look
2. Each different product counts as 1 product. Multipurpose products count as 1 product, such as Benetint, Bombshell the One Stick, Nars Multipurpose Stick. 
3. No palettes are allowed. No trios, quads or multi-shade palettes.
4. Tag Five others to complete the Face Five Challenge
The key to get through this TAG for me clearly was to find great multi purpose products, so let's have a look at what I came up with. First of all I quickly eliminated primers and makeup setting sprays and for a while I even toyed with the idea of not using a foundation since my skin has been behaving pretty well lately, however since I was asked to create a complete makeup look I guess foundation should be included. To make sure that I didn't need to use a concealer I needed a foundation with medium to full coverage and you probably won't be surprised to hear that I decided to go with my beloved YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation (£37). I love so many things about this foundation; that it gives super coverage and still feels so lovely and light on the skin, that it includes skin care elements that drip feed the skin throughout the day, the long wear and the subtle glow that it gives. Deciding on foundation was an easy choice, but after that it got a bit more tricky and I thought of all kinds of product combinations that would do what I needed - could I use mascara on my brows? would it work with using a lip chubby on my eyes?

In the end I thought I would play it more safe and to go for a natural look using browns and corals. On my eyes I went for a Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow (£6.99) in shade 16 Orange Epicew, which is a lovely golden cinnamon color, and I love how it brings out blue eyes. The Little Round Pots are wonderful eye shadows bases - they are soft and easy to work with and you can be creative with the intensity of color using them wet or dry. I used the Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil (£2.99) to line both the upper lid and the waterline. I really like using a brighter color on the waterline for a lovely contrast, but if I were to stick with the multi purpose product approach I don't think that my eye brows would look good in green or purple so in stead I went for the shade 011 Sable. It's a lovely soft and blendable texture and it's long lasting, which is always a plus when you wear it on the waterline. Since it's so soft it worked surprisingly well on my eye brows, although the color is a bit darker than I would usually go for. Mascara is a must wear for me if I'm going for a complete makeup look and since this 5 product look would be fairly natural and subtle I applied the YSL Babydoll Mascara (£24.50) in Brown for wonderful long, volumized lashed. I really love this mascara and the brush is great for reaching every single little lash which creates a very full and wide eyed look. 

Now I only had 1 more product left to use, but this was another easy decision for me since the last product I had in mind is a true 2-in-1 product - Benefit's Cha Cha Tint Lip and Cheek Stain (£24.50). When I first got this little product I thought the color was stunning but I was a bit worried about applying it. It's a creamy liquid tint that you blend into your cheeks but if you just take your take time and use tiny amounts to build the color up until it's right for you, it's very easy to use. The shade is a beautiful coral shade that sets into a lovely matte finish and it's very long lasting. I would usually only wear this on my cheeks since I prefer to use a very moisturising lip product, and although the color is very pretty, and if feel light when you apply it the formula isn't hydrating enough for me to wear as a lippy on regular basis. 
This was fun but surprisingly hard to do and I really had to plan which products I would use. The learning point I guess is that you can actually get by with fewer products - but why would you to yourself when there are so many goodies waiting to be tried out! As usual everyone is welcome to join in and I'd also love to see what the following lovelies can come up with using only 5 products:

Anoushka from Anoushka Loves
Catherine from Catherine Loves
Sarah from MyBeautySleuth
Shubha from Blue Velvet Addict

Have a wonderful day everyone! Xx

56 comments:

  1. Ah this would be so hard for me! x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  2. OMG ... you look awesome dear :) !! xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you :o). Xx

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  3. Well, uh, since I don't really wear makeup, I don't think it's cruel. I may think that way once I start using it ;) :P
    Anyway, I really enjoyed this post, Charlotte. You look amazing!!! <3

    Relationships.College.Love

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  4. I love my makeup bag, I would find it so hard to narrow down to 5! Love your finished look
    www.naomitalksbeauty.com

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    1. Me too, it's definitely doable to only use 5 products, but why do it to yourself :o). Xx

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  5. I love this challenge, I often wear 5 or less products so I think this would be quite easy for me - tinted moisturiser, mascara and eyeliner <3 xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  6. Thanks for tagging me :D This is going to be fun!

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    1. Yeay, so happy you'll join in - can't wait to see your look :o). Xx

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  7. this would be so hard for me i use 12 products every morning... but I do really want to do this... I know what I'll be blogging about monday aha. great post x

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment Amy, I'll check in and see what you've picked :o). Xx

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  8. This sounds like a great challenge, and I love your picture!
    Miss Stylicious

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    1. It was harder than I thought it would be :o)! Ah - thank you very much. Xx

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, it's a natural and subtle look :o). Xx

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  10. Awww, you look so pretty here! I really like Cha Cha Tint, I have a small sample of it - it's such a lovely shade. <3

    Tara x

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    1. Thank you so much :o). Oh I agree with you - it's a beautiful coral, and so much easier to work with than I initially though :o). Xx

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  11. Looks gorgeous! It would be so hard to select only five as I use about 900 different things on my eyes and I like to double up my eyeliner so it stays longer. I know you said you don't usually wear ChaCha Tint on the lips, but are you wearing it on your lips in the picture? :)

    Ellie xx | http://theleobeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much - yes I am wearing ChaCha Tint on the lips and it's such a lovely color I just wish it felt more moisturising :o). Xx

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  12. awe, I wish I could have joined in on this challenge, that's my everyday makeup..only 5 products lol ;)

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    1. Wow - I admire your minimalistic approach :o). Xx

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  13. This looks like such a fun challenge! I also need to try that YSL foundation, I keep hearing amazing things about it! x

    Cat | LilacGhosts

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    1. I really enjoy the YSL foundation, it feels so lovely on the skin :o). Xx

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  14. Great challenge, I actually only use five products for everyday looks, you created a beautiful makeup look!

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  15. This would be super hard for me but I love the look that you did!

    Allthingsglitterandbeauty

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    1. Thanks a million - It wasn't easy that's for sure :o). Xx

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  16. 5 products and look what you made! A perfect makeup look! Love it! Natural and beautiful. By the way: I rarely apply more than 3 items for a makeup look ^_^. I'm using foundation, rouge and mascara. That's it. So I guess I'm a rookie in beauty affaires :D

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you very much :o). Xx

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  17. this would make a great travel kit , really want to try out the bene tints x

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    1. I could never travel with just 5 products, I need at least 2 or 3 lipsticks to swap between :o). Xx

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  18. Wow so great!!! Love this because it forces you to really get creative with your products.
    xo
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    1. That's very true and I guess I could have done something really avant garde with lots of color :o) Xx

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  19. You look lovely. I'm really bad with makeup so I'd find this really easy as I don't use much at all!

    Corinne x
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  20. This is a nice challenge but yeah I would find this hard to do! you look lovely :) xx

    FeelBella

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    1. Give it a go one day, and see what you'd choose :o). Xx

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  21. Oh man, this would be so hard!! You did a great job :)

    BeyondBlush

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    1. I could probably have been more daring and tried even more unexpected product combinations, but at least it's a wearable look :o). Xx

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  22. This is such an interesting challenge, I love the final look x

    daisy-drops

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it :o). Xx

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  23. Love this post, would be hard to do but a good challenge. Can see what you really need to an extent.

    Kristy | http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Definitely, and had it been during the summer I probably would have cut out the foundation and added some more color instead :o). Xx

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  24. ..awwe..thanx hun!..
    will be on it...asap!!
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    Blue Velvet Addict

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  25. I am going to find this a hard challenge! you did it so easily. Thanks for the tag x

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    1. Will be great to see the look you come up with :o). Xx

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  26. I love this tag!! I wouldn't be able to complete a look with just 5 products haha!

    xx Anine
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