Whether you’re racing out of the house to head to work, or to drop off the kids, or to head to class there will probably come that point in your morning routine when you have to decide if you have the time to throw on some makeup. If you’re like me you stare at yourself in the mirror and see that you should’ve gotten a bit more sleep last night, but then you glance at the clock and realize that you better leave the house in the next ten minutes.
You begin to ponder questions that need answers. Do you have time to do your makeup? Do you even feel like having a full face of makeup? What corners can you cut? You must make a decision.
If this morning dilemma sounds familiar to you, or you just want some tips on how to have a natural no makeup, makeup look then keep reading.
The tutorial that I’m about to share is my routine for those crazy mornings, when I look at the clock and know that I only have five minutes. Consequently, there are some standard steps that I skip compared to my full face routine, which I will describe in another post.
I have timed myself numerous times while completing this routine and some days I’m faster than others, but every time I am finished by the time the 5:00 alarm sounds
First gather all of your tools and makeup and take them with you to wherever you will be applying your makeup. You don’t want to waste time running back and forth to retrieve brushes or sponges! Your five minute makeup routine depends on this.
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Once that’s done start your engines cause it’s GO TIME!!
Step 1. Dab a little bit of primer on a clean and moisturized face. Hopefully you took care of this step when you first woke up. I like to use Benefits the Pore Professional primer. It really helps me with my oily skin and does an excellent job minimizing my pores.
Step 2. Now that your face is primed, take your favorite concealer and dab or dot it on your problem areas, E.G. any hyper-pigmentation or acne scars, etc. Then apply a little bit under both eyes. Blend with a beauty sponge or a brush, whatever you prefer.
Personally I like to use my brush on my face and the sponge under my eyes. I find that that the sponge tends to absorb more of the concealer than I would like so I don’t use it to blend the small amount of concealer that I placed on my face.
For the past two years I have lived by and loved my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in the color Amande. But I recently ran out and couldn’t quickly restock so I gave Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer a try. The color 410 blends in perfectly to my skin and undertones. I may have a new love.
I apply my concealer like this because I’m not trying to cover my entire face with makeup. I just want to cover up my skin imperfections. So I’m careful to blend the concealer well.
Step 3. Next lightly apply a face powder or powder foundation all over the face focusing on the under eye area. I do this step to keep my concealer from creasing, which I’m not overly concerned with since I didn’t apply that much.
I like the Maybelline Fit Me Set + Smooth powder in the color 355. I don’t shy away from using drugstore brands particularly with face powders. This one perfectly matches my skin, gives it a fresh smooth finish and is designed to set my makeup, which is what I need. I’ve tried other brands but this one gives me what I need and is less than $6 so #winning!
Step 4. You’re halfway there and the clock is moving so get a move on. The next step is to fill in those brows. Do this with quick strokes from a smooth eyebrow pencil. Be sure to flip your pencil over and brush out those brows.
use the E.L.F. Essential Instant Lift Brow in Deep Brown. Let me just park here for a second. I know there are dozens of brow pencils out there. Some of them are beloved and expensive for good reason.
However, I have tried several and none compare to the value and quality of the e.l.f pencil. It glides on effortlessly and stays in place. Which for a lady who only has five minutes, this is invaluable. You cannot beat the price point--3 pencils for less than $10. This isn’t even a question for me my Instant Lift Brow pencil is a holy grail for me.
Step 5. Throw on some mascara. If you check your timer and see that you have some spare time, then line your waterline with a eyeliner. (Most of the time I don’t get to do this step, but there are the few occasions when I’ve been really focused and have about 90 seconds left and can squeeze this in.)
Mascara is one of those products that doesn’t matter whether it’s high end or drugstore, you will be able to find one that you really like.
For a long time I used Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara, but then I switched over to Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. They both give me what I’m looking for concerning extending and separating my lashes. I just prefer the brush from the Benefit mascara.
Step 6. Last but not least apply your favorite lip gloss and you’re all done. (Helpful tip: be sure to moisturize your lips when you apply your face moisturizer first thing in the morning).
Right about now your five minute timer should be going off, and your kids are probably yelling that it’s time to go. Take one quick look in the mirror and see you. Your natural beauty is on full display. You are ready to take on the day, and leave them wondering, “Is she wearing makeup?” with your no makeup, makeup look.
That’s Cynthia’s mindset on the 5 minute no makeup, makeup routine!
Remember to keep a live and learn mindset.
Share your mindset and tips in the comments below. Don’t forget to share the mindset with others.
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