Perfecting the 5-Minute Face (Dark Skin)

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I have been compensated by QVC for this post. As always all opinions are 100% my own

I have two makeup faces: either not a single stitch of makeup (not even brows or concealer) OR I have on ALL OF THE MAKEUP. But because I’m a thoughtful beauty blogger and realize that a good majority of you like to see 5-minute makeup content, here I am with some FOOLPROOF 5-minute makeup content.

Yup, foolproof—as in the products are numbered so you know what to do in order. The recently launched Carmindy Beauty line at QVC is making doing your makeup a piece of cake (why did I say that—now I want cake smh) with easy to apply products at affordable prices. If Carmindy seems familiar to you, you’ll remember her as the makeup artist who transformed guests on TLC’s What Not to Wear. Related fun fact: I was styled by What Not to Wear‘s Stacy London for a campaign for Westfield Malls! So basically we’re all homies…lol.

Ok back to the makeup…

You get a set of good quality products in the sets that work well together but also play nicely with other products you might already have in your stash.

Carmindizing Skin System:
Step 1 is the All in Good Prime Universal Primer. You don’t always need a primer in your makeup routine, but you’ll like this one if you’re looking to get that extra “lit from within” look on your skin.

Step 2 is the Carmindizing Foundation. This has flexible coverage—you can go as light as a tint or layer it for more of a full coverage look. It’s like getting multiple foundation looks in just one product. This comes in 8 shades, but this type of formula is more flexible and can work on a number of skin tones. There are two shades in the fair category, two shades in medium, two shades in tan, and two shades in deep. It’s also formulated to be sweat resistant and works to not settle into fine lines and wrinkles. It has a nice satin finish to it.

Step 3 is the Tap on Concealer. I like the pencil format as it makes it super easy to apply and take with you on the go.

Step 4 is the Sheer Whisper Powder. This sets your makeup helping it to stay in place. You can also use it throughout the day for touch-ups.

You can buy the products individually (click on the link for each one for more info) or get the 4-Piece Collection for $69.50 at QVC.

Now that the complexion is set, you move onto the Carmindy 5 Minute Face System (this is where we add color and highlight to the face).

Carmindy 5 Minute Face System:

1. Carmindizing Highlighter in Ethereal. This is nice for a subtle glow that can be applied to the tops of the cheekbones, on the brow bone, on the lid as eyeshadow—basically anywhere you want a gorgeous glow.

2. Into It Eyeliner in Espresso

3. I Got You Mascara in Black Onyx. This has a thin brush that really allows the wand to grab every hair so you get the most coverage and volume for your top and bottom lashes.

4. At First Blush in Lovestruck Rose

5. Universal Love Lipstick in Perfect Rose. This is a pretty rosey nude, but I liked the pop of color I got from using the Look Over Here Lip Crayon in Poppy Splash. I also loved using the lip crayon to apply a pop of color on my cheeks.

You can buy the products individually (click on the link for each one for more info) or get the 5-Piece Collection (with Highlight Brush) for $59.50 at QVC.

I found all the products in the system to work nicely, but I have to point out some faves: Carmindizing Foundation (great for all skin types—love how you can apply it with the Carmindy sponges but I loved getting it on with my fingers), Carmindy Into It Eyeliner in Espresso (I’m a JET black liner stan, but have to admit that this dark brown pencil really rocked my world—love it smudged under my bottom waterline but it also doubled nicely smudged on my lids as a daytime version of a soft smokey eye that takes like 15 seconds to do), and Tap On Concealer (great color match, easy to apply, and really erased the discoloration under my eyes, on my eyelids, and on the bridge of my nose). I also loved using the Look Over Here Lip Crayon not just on my lips, but since I love bolder colors on my cheeks, I also used it there for a nice pop of color.

Shop the Products in the widget below:

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Video Demo:

See the products in action in the video below (there’s no sound so you can watch from almost anywhere)

Carmindy 5 Minute Makeup Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

I’m wearing the Carmindizing Foundation and Tap on Concealer in Deep.

Would you try the Carmindy 5-Minute Makeup kits? Tell me in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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12 Responses to Perfecting the 5-Minute Face (Dark Skin)

  1. Lynn B. Ramsey says:

    Yup…the big chubby lip/cheek would be first on my list to try.

  2. Rachel says:

    I would love to get to a no makeup face, not quite ready for that. I’ve been loving blush so I’d love to give At First Blush a try.

  3. Laticia says:

    I love the whole look, but the Carmindizing foundation looks so bomb.

  4. Amber says:

    Im always sweating like a pimp in church, so Im curious about that sweat resistant foundation.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Love thos! I am a big fan of carmindy and her effortless makeup looks. Love your 5min face!

  6. Tiara Sheeler says:

    I loved the demo! Your eyes were so well defined and the lip color is soooo cute!

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