The 5-Minute Face: The Quick and Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman

The 5-Minute Face: The Quick and Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman

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by Carmindy, Palma Kolansky

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Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC's popular show What Not to Wear, believes that the secret to a great look is to enhance your best natural features with sheer washes of color, not to hide under layers of artificial-looking makeup. In The 5-Minute Face—now with an all-new updated Shopping Guide—Carmindy shares her positive beauty


Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC's popular show What Not to Wear, believes that the secret to a great look is to enhance your best natural features with sheer washes of color, not to hide under layers of artificial-looking makeup. In The 5-Minute Face—now with an all-new updated Shopping Guide—Carmindy shares her positive beauty philosophy. She offers a practical, easy, fast, and mistake-proof makeup routine that works for all ages and skin types.

Each chapter contains valuable advice on perfecting the makeup technique that's right for your face—and includes product tips and “toolbox” sections describing the best implements to use with each type of makeup. And there's more:

  • How to Get Brows That Wow: Learn what brow shape best frames your face.
  • What's Age Got to Do with It? Tricks and trade secrets that keep every woman looking beautiful at any age.
  • Beauty Comes in All Colors: Freckles? Blemishes? Carmindy helps you find the perfect makeup for your special skin tone.
  • The 10-Minute Face: Carmindy shows how to build on the 5-Minute Face for special occasions.

With beautiful photographs by Palma Kolansky, The 5-Minute Face is every woman's guide to enhancing her unique and beautiful features.

Editorial Reviews

Stacy London and Clinton Kelly
“We’re so happy that the amazing advice Carmindy has contributed to the show is now available for all women.”
“An easy-to-follow, foolproof routine that . . . gives radiant results in a mere five minutes.”

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The 5-Minute Face

The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman
By Carmindy

Regan Books

Copyright © 2007 Carmindy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-06-123826-0

Chapter One

Skin Essentials

One of my main goals when I apply makeup is to let my clients' skin show through; I don't cake on foundation or concealer. But in order for skin to be in its best possible shape, you've got to treat it well. It isn't hard. Just find the right cleanser, wash your skin in the morning and before bed, and use moisturizer regularly (a daytime lotion with SPF and something richer, like a cream or serum, at night) to make your complexion radiant. And when skin glows, so will the rest of you. Below, find your skin type and take note of the easy-care steps.

Oily Skin

Oily skin tends to break out more, even into your forties, but regular cleansing can go a long way to keep your face clear. By about age thirty-five, you may notice that oil output slows and skin is more normal. And, good news: that extra oil keeps your skin looking soft and youthful longer than other skin types.

The right cleanser For day, use a foaming gel cleanser. The lather will help break down sebum (skin's natural oil), and since foamers typically don't leave extra moisturizers behind the way creamy cleansers do, they are your best bet for keeping skin clear.

The right moisturizer Use an oil-free lotion. A lot of women assume that if their skin is oily, theyshould skip moisturizer. Not true. Your skin will feel dehydrated and will overcompensate by producing more oil. Trick it into thinking it has enough moisture by using an oil-free formula. This will also function like a primer to even skin texture so foundation goes on smoothly, which will help makeup last longer. At night, apply an oil-free lotion with alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate skin and keep pores clear. Use this regularly and you'll notice softer, smoother skin and fewer breakouts.

Normal Skin-Combination Skin

The truth? Normal skin is combination skin! Yup-we all have more oil glands along our T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin) than on the rest of our face, and every one of us sees shine there. Normal skin has a dewier T-zone midday, but few pimples. It can teeter toward oily or dry.

The right cleanser Use a daily liquid cleanser. Liquid cleansers tend to be mild and well balanced, so they will wash away dirt and oil but won't overdry your skin.

The right moisturizer Use lightweight lotions. Lotions will give you the perfect amount of moisture without being too heavy. At night, use the lightweight lotion and add a cream formula on your drier areas. This is the ideal time to apply a rich cream that may be too greasy for daytime use-your skin will be glowing when you wake up!

Dry Skin

Dry skin has its pros and cons. Pores are usually less visible and you rarely get a blemish, but if you skimp on moisturizer, lines can stand out more and skin can look flat.

The right cleanser Choose a creamy cleanser. This type of product will offer lightweight hydration. Keep in mind that dry skin needs moisture added to every beauty step, including cleansers and foundations.

The right moisturizer Use a cream that will replace lost moisture to keep your skin soft and supple. Try to remember this five-minute rule: if skin feels tight five minutes after applying moisturizer, your formula isn't rich enough. Try applying the cream to damp skin in order to lock in water for maximum softness. At night, add a super-rich cream with antioxidant vitamins. Just keeping your skin well hydrated will plump it up for a youthful, fresh look. Tip: Use a humidifier in the winter. You'll be amazed at what it will do for your skin (and hair, which may also be dry). Tap on a rich eye cream and lip balm at night, as well.

Eye Cream: Worth the Splurge

Sure, you can apply face lotion under your eyes. But dedicated eye creams are made to be gentler, with nonirritating ingredients that won't sting this sensitive area or cause tears. I'm not one for extra stuff rattling around my makeup case, but this splurge is worth it. If you have puffiness, look for formulas that firm. Circles? Try products with vitamin K.

Toner Talk

Twenty years ago, toners were made of witch hazel, alcohol, or both. They were marketed to banish excess oil, and they did-too well! Most of us who used them were left with parched skin. Not surprisingly, they fell out of favor and were viewed as an unnecessary step. Today, gentler versions are available. Botanical toners are refreshing and smell especially good. Myself, I love simple rose water (it's hydrating and calming) or cucumber water (it's a mild astringent and good for oily skin). Both can be found at health food stores. Tip: pour rose or cucumber water into a spray bottle, store in your fridge, and spritz away to rejuvenate skin on a hot day.

Sunscreen Smarts

I am diligent about wearing sunscreen, and you should be, too. It is the single best way to keep skin looking young and healthy. Not convinced? Here's what regular use will help prevent: fine lines, deep wrinkles, discoloration (like light or dark patches), roughness, crepey texture, sagginess, broken capillaries, and of course, skin cancer. That's quite a list! I use SPF 15 for intermittent exposure-when I'm running errands from store to store-and SPF 30 or 45 at the beach or when I'm out for a bike ride or hike. Read labels and choose a formula that's "broad spectrum." It will protect you against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) rays. Choosing daytime moisturizers with built-in suncreens will also save you time in the morning, cutting out an extra step.

Beautify Your Body!

Want fabulously sexy skin all over your body? Who doesn't! These easy tricks will leave you touchably soft and radiant from your neck to your toes.


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Organized by feature, the book covers everything from eyes and brows to cheeks and skin care, and includes travel tips and ways to channel your inner "glamazon." Whether you want advice on creating perfect smoky eyes or need help picking the perfect shade of foundation, Carmindy has tips for daytime routines, nighttime glamour, travel, and every other time you want to look and feel beautiful in your crazy, busy life.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is beautifully presented, up-to-date, well organized and easy to understand. What I like most about this book is that is very new(it came out this year) and very modern so it talks about all the new cosmetics out there and the new trends in makeup that we have NOW. Other great makeup books from really famous makeup artists are very very dated, it doesn't matter that they are great if they are from the 90's. I like that Carmindy did not encourage people to buy pricey cosmetics in order to look fabulous and she even gives some advice on how to use stuff that you already have at home instead of buying the expensive stuff like how to do your own shimmery lotion among others. This is her first book and is very well done, the models were beautiful and the makeup breathtaking, she covers everyone,blondes, brunettes, asian women, black women, women in their 50's, teenagers, brides, redheads,and more. She teaches you here on how to create all those trendy looks on makeup like smoky eyes, using metallics, jewel colors in your eyes, bronze colors, retro sixties, nudes, red lips, glowy face, and much much more. One of the reviewers said that she expected Carmindy to tell all the products and tools that she use in the show, but if Carmindy did that then people will say that she is promoting people to buy those brands, so I think it was smart of her to just let people buy any brand they want. In the back of the books though she mentions all the products that she used on the model and then she gives another cheaper option which I thought was great. I love the show WNTW and love Carmindy because she really knows her stuff and I recommend this book 100%!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Instructions are easy and basic, and the ideas are wonderful. And I love the way this book celebrates the natural good looks of all women no matter what their age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. Im a make-up artist for 10 years and let me tell you, is perfect. It has everything from types of skin to how to find the perfect colors for your skin. I love it!! Carmindy is the best....10+ for her. I recomend this book to everyone from teens to older woman, its worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before buying this book, I bought Bobbi Brown's Makeup Manual. What can this add, you ask, to a book that tells you EVERYTHING about makeup? Carmindy's Five-Minute Face brings makeup home for any woman. I'm fat; I have splotchy, uneven, ugly skin; I just graduated college where I walked around barefaced all the time--nary a lip gloss on my face. When I tried makeup, it looked totally incongruous on my face. I just couldn't make it work! Then came this book. She keeps it simple, cuts out a lot of steps that makeup artists always want to add into your routine, and simplifies the whole art down to a checklist. With her simple, step-by-step system, I made myself--my incorrigibly ugly self--astonishingly attractive. You think those What Not To Wear moments are TV magic, or only work when the makeup artists are standing by? Wrong. I just transformed myself in my bedroom, using the tools I already had, even though they weren't exactly what I needed (I used shimmer eye shadow instead of highlighter, for instance). The results are what you were looking for. This system works. And her skin tips are welcome too--the homemade shimmer and toner spray, for instance, are handy tools for keeping things easy and cheap. Carmindy does go into a guide on specific looks you might want to achieve, so for those who want a guide to popular looks or special occasions, she has that too. Wonderful book for the makeup-weary. Thank you, Carmindy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
5 Minute Face by Carmindy is SOOO helpful to me as a 'tweenager' we tend to not know the correct uses of make-up or don't even wear it! I'm an individual who wanted to play with fun colors and TONS of eyeliner, which really isn't the best for a 'normal everyday look' I think the most helpful thing to me is the skin care because as you start to hit into your teenage years we start to get break-outs :[ but with fondation, spot concealer, loose powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter my skin looks MUCH more improved!!! I still LOOOVEE my eyeliner and mascara and eyeshadow and eye glitter etc. etc. but it's nice on a daily bases to make your face look like you don't have to try your just gorgeous natrally (which we all really are)!!! :] I'm a HUGE fan of What Not To Wear on TLC, I loved Carmindy portion of the show! I found out about this book as I was flipping throguh my OK! magazine as a critic's choice as a 4 star rating!!! I checked it out at the book store and I was TOTALLY impressed! Highly recommend it!!! Have fun and stay beautiful!!! :D
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really glad I bought this book. Carmindy gives great explanations of make-up application and what is best for your skin tone. I also love that she explained how to correctly shape your brows. At the end she gives examples of products (one high price the other lower priced) for everything she mentions in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Carmindy shows you step-by-step the do¿s and don'ts of make-up. If you enjoy watching Carmindy¿s makeovers on ¿What Not to Wear¿ then you should defiantly take a look at this book! I am 14 years old,and this book was great for me, I believe it would be for just about any age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days! It's been amazing and carmindy has covered everything you can possibly use or wonder about. She goes step by step, including the products you should use by name. She gives 2 choices, dept store or drugstore. AKA- expensive or cheaper. Plus, some makeup looks for skin tone and hair color. Then she had even more full picture demo's of how to apply the makeup. From wedding to bronzed beauty. This is up to date and easy to understand. Best beauty book in a long time. The other ones go on and on like a book, but this is a manual and worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and practical (well, as practical as a book about make-up could be) book from TLC's 'What Not To Wear.' She has down-to-earth advice for all women. Seperated by age, hair and skin color, evening, and everyday. She also has a long list of products from cheap to expensive that has proven to be super helpful.
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What a perfect book for beginning makeup mavens. It's simple, easy and very helpful. So many other beauty books are too high fashion and out if touch. Carmindy nails it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good if you've never worn or understand make-up, a concept that is lost on me since I have been wearing it for as long as I can remember - and I'm still in my twenties. That said, I thought this would be a good book simply because I always like how the clients on What Not to Wear look. I have been trying to achieve a fresher look using good products, not just piling things on to hide or look like someone else. This book offers a few (very few) pointers, which mostly are her personal tips. I am going to use some of them but this book is not for someone who is into make-up - it will be secrets, myths, and tasks that you've probably already heard..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some really good tips here. She breaks it down by skin tone, hair color, and other details to figure out the best look for you. I've gotten lots of compliments using her techniques.
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