As much as I love makeup, I understand that spending an hour every morning beating your face isn’t exactly everyone’s jam. Maybe you’re a busy mum, or perhaps after that 5 am gym class you don’t have a lot of time and your arms are aching! Whatever your reason, it can be hard to scrape together more than five minutes to spend on your face some mornings.
So, why should you? A five-minute makeup routine is totally achievable. Basically, it’s your skin, brows and lashes that make the biggest impact, so these are the only three things need for a polished everyday look. Here’s how:
This is the part that takes the longest, but makes the biggest difference. If your skin looks glowy and even, everything else just falls into place.
- Multi-task your base. The best way to save time is to choose products that multi-task. Rather than layering moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation, try a BB cream. They’re three products in one, with the added bonus of being able to apply it with your fingers. My favourite right now is the Napoleon Perdis BBB Cream because not only does it give great coverage, but it’s also luminous, eliminating the need for a highlighter later on.
- Add colour. Another great multi-tasker is a lip and cheek tint. A balm like Stila’s Convertible Colour is easy to use – just tap it onto the apples of your cheeks with your finger for a natural flush, and then you can pop some on your lips, too.
Hello, bright eyes. Concealing under your eyes will help lift your cheekbones and brighten your eyes. I’m lazy, so I like a concealer with a sponge applicator, such as the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer .Tap it on in three dots in a V under each eye, and then use your fingers or a sponge to blend it together and take it over your eyelid.
- Add staying power. To help your makeup last, and to avoid looking overly shiny, (there’s a fine line between dewy and disco ball), dust some setting powder over your T-zone, cheeks and eye area. I love Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder for keeping your skin from looking too dry, while still holding everything in place.
Since 2013, we’ve all known that brows are Very Important. If you’re really time-poor in the mornings, it’s an awesome idea to have your brows waxed and tinted regularly.
Then all you need to do is fill in the gaps with a pencil, such as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Simply feather the pencil through with short, fine strokes, then flip the pencil around, and use the brush on the other end to blend it through.
Try not to overdo it: my rule is the less eye makeup you have on, the less brow you need. Too much and you’ll end up looking like Oscar the Grouch.
To finish off, your look, you can apply a swipe of mascara to lift your lashes and open up your eyes, or you could consider investing in eyelash extensions.
Life hack: lash extensions or a lash lift are a lazy girl’s dream: not only do they save time because you don’t need mascara, but the process of having them done involves you lying down with your eyes closed for an hour or so (so you get to nap!). Winning!