When we interviewed Benefit’s girl boss Annie Ford-Danielson last year, she said something about the cult brand that really stuck: “We’re not a runway, fashion, or makeup artistry brand. We’re a brand that solves beauty dilemmas. We create instant beauty solutions.” It was as simple as that—their universal appeal, explained. If you have a beauty problem, Benefit probably has an answer. And today, that’s exactly what we’ve set out to prove.
We’re tackling one of our common reader questions: how do you spruce up your face when you just can’t be bothered? Well, according to Benefit, you can hack it down to just three things: a glow-boosting primer to awaken your complexion, an iridescent blush for a healthy flush, and a few coats of intensely volumizing mascara for brighter, wide-awake eyes. It’s basically a makeup routine for people who want to do the most without actually doing much at all. Sounds easy enough, right?

Below, see exactly how in three simple steps. It won’t take any more than five minutes tops!

STEP 1: The Porefessional Pearl Primer Mini

WHY WE LOVE IT: Formulated with a pearly, pink tinge, this primer blurs out texture and evens out skin tone with a radiant, soft-matte finish.
Dispense a pea-sized amount of product and distribute it over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Using your fingers, spread the product over your skin in light, sweeping motions. Don’t rub—this will only cause the product to pill! Once it’s evenly spread, gently pat it into your skin to make sure the primer is evenly spackled over every nook ‘n’ cranny.

For extra brightening, add another layer across your cheekbones and nose bridge for a highlighting effect.)

Shop it right here for P640 (on sale for a limited time only).

STEP 2: Gold Rush Blush Mini

WHY WE LOVE IT: This gorgeous blush imparts a subtle nectar shade with a delicate golden sheen. To quote one happy reviewer, this silky pigment is the way to go “if you want something that’ll help you shine bright and glow beautiful.”
Dip the brush into the powder pigment and tap off any excess. Then, sweep the color over the apples of your cheeks, moving upwards towards your temple. For a more intense finish, build on more layers until you achieve your desired effect. Make sure to blend out any harsh lines.

(If you’re a fan of the drunk blush look, go ahead and sweep a light layer across your nose bridge, too!)

Shop it right here for P720 (on sale for a limited time only).

STEP 3: BadGal Bang! Mascara Mini

WHY WE LOVE IT: Made with aero-particles derived from space technology, this gravity-defying mascara coats lashes in pitch black pigment and plumps up every single strand. It effortlessly mimics the look of falsies, all without the hassle of having to glue on a pair.
Remove the wand from the tube and wipe off any excess formula. On curled lashes, brush the applicator from the root of your lashes up until the tips. Add a second coating for extra drama.

Shop it right here for P640 (on sale for a limited time only).
Easy as 1-2-3!

Photos by Kat Echon.

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