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The 5-Minute Minimal Makeup Look

Pauline from Zilch Beauty here again. I'm a certified makeup artist based in New York City, with the perfect 5 minute makeup routine.

Lately I've been wearing super minimal makeup. A full face just has not been my vibe these days, and I'm sure it hasn't been for a lot of people.

So I wanted to show you a really quick and easy way to just spruce up your face before you get out the door using the subtl stak

The 5-Minute Minimal Makeup Look

Step 1: Protecting and Perfecting

First things first, I always prioritize skin protection. If I'm not applying SPF as the final step in my skincare routine, I'll reach for a BB or CC cream with built-in SPF. Using my trusty beauty blender, I quickly blend it onto my face, creating a flawless base.

Step 2: Concealing and Brightening

To tackle any under-eye circles or blemishes, I grab subtl stak concealer in the shade Arlington (shade 005C now). I love how easy it is to work with this product. Whether I use my finger or the beauty blender, I apply just a small amount under my eyes, blending it in for a seamless finish.

Step 3: Adding a Pop of Color

For a fresh and youthful touch, I turn to subtl stak's Lip and Cheek color in the shade Perfectly Pink. This cream product is super convenient to use. I warm it up with my hands and apply it to the apples of my cheeks, gently blending it upward along my cheekbones. I also like to add a touch to my nose and the high points of my face to achieve a sun-kissed glow. Plus, if I'm feeling extra playful, I use it as a lip color too!

Step 4: Setting and Controlling Shine

To ensure my makeup lasts throughout the day, I rely on subtl stak's Shine Control Powder. Using my beauty blender, I lightly set the concealer under my eyes. Then, I dust a small amount on areas prone to shine, like my T-zone and around my lips. This step helps me maintain a matte finish and keeps any excess oiliness at bay.

Step 5: Adding a Subtl(e) Glow

If I want to amp up my natural radiance, I reach for subtl stak's Highlighter. I love a subtle glow, so I apply a tiny amount to the tops of my cheekbones. It instantly enhances my features without overpowering the overall look. For an extra touch, I dab a bit on the inner corners of my eyes to make them pop. Remember, less is more when it comes to a minimal makeup look!


In just a matter of minutes, I've achieved a fresh and minimal makeup look that perfectly complements my busy lifestyle. With subtl stak by my side, I can effortlessly appear put together without sacrificing precious time. Whether I'm going for a bike ride, taking a leisurely walk, or meeting up with friends, this quick and easy routine gives me the confidence to conquer the day. So, embrace the summer adventures and enjoy the simplicity of subtl stak. Stay safe and have a fabulous summer!

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