The Makeup: Minimal Makeup Musings

I’m not a whizz when it comes to truly minimal makeup, I can make it seem that way, but honestly I use about thirteen different products before I get to a level of minimal that i’m content with, and hey, that’s okay. I’ll just leave Five Product Faces and anything below to Anna, because she’s the boss when it comes to the real minimal makeup. However I did have to give myself a little pat on the back yesterday after using seven makeup items – one of which makes for the tiniest difference, and one double step that could be completely glazed over in a “five minute face” situation.

The Base
It goes without saying that a pea sized amount of the Dr Jart BB Cream was my base product of choice. Illuminating, correcting and hydrating – this is the BB Cream of angels (in my opinion anyway). Followed up with a dab of Origins Planscription Concealer under the eye and the Collection Illuminating Concealer on blemishes and along the high points of my face – I’m ready to go. The Collection concealer can be taken out of the equation on good skin days and “oops I got up far too late” mornings, but today I was fannying about a bit.

The Cheeks
My current blush of choice has been Neon Rose by Topshop. I loved this so much last year, and it’s been shoved to the back of the stash for far too long now. This week I’ve really fallen back in love with it, as it really brightens up my complexion. Teamed with the Jouer highlighter in Champagne along the tops of the cheekbones, I’m left looking fresh as a daisy.

Finishing Touches
To finish up I gave my brows the worlds quickest filling in with the Topshop brow pencil. It’s no good for shaping but when it comes to a tiny bit of filling in, I can’t fault it. The brush on the end helps me to groom them into place really easily too. I then slick one light coat of the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch and lightly pat it in with my finger. It brightens up my face and just finishes everything off nicely.

Not only is this super quick and easy, everything (aside from the pencil products) is applied with my fingers, so I have another few days before a brush washing session is needed… *high five’s self*


  1. Beth Bradley
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:04 am

    Gorgeous! I love the Jouer highlighter!

  2. Huyen
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:19 am

    love that minimal look, looks really fresh and healthy!


  3. Jenny
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:24 am

    Looks lovely, Suzie!x

  4. Anna Blush
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:37 am

    So pretty! Really wnat to try the Dr Jart BB cream and that Topshop blush looks lovely x

  5. Martyna
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:40 am

    Oh, I love the Bourjois ColourBoost Crayons, they are amazing! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  6. Justine J
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:52 am

    I love this Bourjois crayons, I have exactly the same one and I just love using it xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  7. Rosie
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:56 am

    This is gorgeous, I wish so much that Dr Jart did that formulation of BB cream in a lighter shade because all I hear is rave reviews of it!

  8. Romila Marie
    13 Jul 2013 / 12:14 pm

    I love this so much! You looks so pretty 'without' makeup on!


  9. Lou
    13 Jul 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I am yet to try Dr Jart BB cream, but I have read so much love for it. I love Topshop's blush, I use the one in 'Flush'. A great colour and easy to use.

    Have a good weekend.


  10. Lillian ParisianToBe
    13 Jul 2013 / 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous! You make me want to chase after all of these products and create a face that's nearly identical.
    xo Lillian

  11. Shradha G Loves
    13 Jul 2013 / 12:43 pm

    This is so gorgeous
    You've used so little but you look so gorgeous
    S xx

  12. Maddy
    13 Jul 2013 / 12:53 pm

    You look gorgeous, so glowing! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  13. Jodie Melling
    13 Jul 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Great post! I love this look. I would like to try the Bourjois pencil.

    Jodie x

  14. Velia
    13 Jul 2013 / 1:35 pm

    You look just lovely.

  15. Mimi Finerty
    13 Jul 2013 / 1:38 pm

    I live in cyprus and now summer and high 30's temperatures are here im trying to go minimal with my make up because too much slides off your face anyway in this heat. I like that you left your lashes mascara free. All mine have dried up in this heat so im trying tk embrace naked lashes too.

  16. Fleur Griffin
    13 Jul 2013 / 2:21 pm

    This is such a lovely post and you look absolutely stunning too! I've heard such good things about that concealer so I will definitely be giving it a whirl in the future!

  17. Emma Diggins
    13 Jul 2013 / 3:28 pm

    Beautiful! and lovely idea, I love to keep products to a minimum particularly in this heat!
    Emma x

  18. Lauren Smith
    13 Jul 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Suzie, can you stop being so gorgeous? Okay 🙂 x

  19. Anya
    13 Jul 2013 / 5:29 pm

    That looks like such an easy routine! I've never tried the Dr Jart BB cream before but it looks lovely on you.

  20. Katie
    13 Jul 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Neon Rose is an old favourite of mine. Definitely don't think it gets raved about enough!

    Katie x

  21. Izzi
    13 Jul 2013 / 6:22 pm

    This looks beautiful on you! I really like the Bourjois Colour Boost lipstick in Peach on the Beach and have been wanting to buy that orange shade! x

    A beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog by Izzi

  22. Katie
    13 Jul 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Love this look on you. You completely got me back into loving my dr jart, after hearing you singing its praises I dug it out and have used it every day since. Completely perfect for summer! X

  23. Luxe Life Aspirations
    13 Jul 2013 / 8:09 pm

    Lovely look! Neon Rose is a favourite of mine 🙂

  24. So-Oh-Phee
    13 Jul 2013 / 9:02 pm

    This is a lovely look – you look beautiful! I'd say 7 products is pretty good, I attempted as 5 product face but its scary using so little, I'd rather slap it all on in an attempt to look minimal!

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  25. Celina
    13 Jul 2013 / 10:05 pm

    I love minimal makeup looks and you look absolutely gorgeous!

    Celina | The Celution

  26. Aman Kaur
    13 Jul 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Love how simple this look is 🙂

    xoxo, Aman | coffee chic | twitter

  27. Gigi
    13 Jul 2013 / 11:56 pm

    You look soooo gorgeous! Lovely post 🙂 x

  28. Missmacbeauty
    14 Jul 2013 / 1:56 am

    you look gorgeous!


  29. Holly
    14 Jul 2013 / 11:16 am

    This is such a pretty look, so natural!

    Holly |

    14 Jul 2013 / 1:28 pm

    you look gorgeous! love the fresh minimal look for summer xxx


  31. Pippa Jones
    14 Jul 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Even with minimal make up you look lovely!

    Pipp xx

  32. Ellis Rose
    14 Jul 2013 / 6:37 pm

    I find the Dr Jart BB cream to be a really funny colour on me 🙁

  33. Christina Thorup
    14 Jul 2013 / 8:04 pm

    Need to try the colourboost! And the blush looks so great really hope that thopshop will start selling their make-up line here in Denmark!

    Christina xx

  34. Amber Hunter
    14 Jul 2013 / 9:02 pm

    I think minimal makeup is a quintessential part of summer and you've got the look down! While it may not be "5 products or under" it's still a simple and effective routine.
    Lovely Notions

  35. Gemma Oliver
    15 Jul 2013 / 11:29 am

    Oh my god, Suzie you are gorgeous! I love this look and it really brings out your features 🙂

    Gem x

  36. Bright Town Girl
    17 Jul 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Such a pretty basic look. x


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