5-minute makeup has been a necessity most mornings for me for years now. Nothing will throw you off a perfect smokey eye quite like the sound of a toddler as it wreaks havoc around your home – all before 7am.
Even with a more hectic lifestyle, makeup remained (still remains) a much-loved part of who I am and how I identify. So it was important to me to work out how to continue to use it but in a way that didn’t cause any additional stress.
Maybe you want to look more polished, but struggle to find the time? Or maybe you just want to reduce the time it takes to do your makeup in order to free yourself up for more exciting things?
Whatever your motivation, you too can also achieve a your-skin-but-better look easily within the space of 5-minutes.
But before we look into how to do it, here are a few things to consider…
– You’ll naturally require less makeup if your skin is in good shape.
– Adopt healthy skin care habits such as cleansing, toning & moisturising daily. Remove your makeup thoroughly every evening.
– Look after yourself from the inside with a balanced diet, keeping hydrated & exercising regularly
– Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
– Get as much sleep as possible.
Now you’re ready, set your stopwatches, here’s how to do your makeup in 5 minutes…
5-minute makeup routine:
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01. Onto clean skin, apply a BB cream or tinted moisturiser using your fingertips like you would your moisturiser. BB’s are designed to help blur imperfections and even out your skin tone. They’re also buildable, so you can apply more if you need more coverage.
Good to Know: A lot of the BB’s contain an SPF (some are factor 50+) which is great for sun protection and fighting the signs of ageing.
Recommended: I’m currently using Bobbi Brown BB Cremé*. It glides on easily, is SPF 35 & on days where I want to wear a full foundation, doubles as a primer. Alternatively, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One B.B. Cream, is a good budget option, not as long-wearing as the Bobbi Brown, but gives a nice dewy finish.
02. Follow with an application of cream concealer to your under-eye area to lighten and brighten.
I talk about my favourites here: Recommended: Under-eye concealers
03. We only really want our personalities to shine out, not our faces! So I recommend applying a dusting of powder, concentrating on the T-Zone. It helps to set your look & give the makeup a bit of staying power.
04. Now add a hint of colour to your eyes. Using your fingers blend a neutral-shade eye-shadow such as Chanel Ombre Premieré in 804 Scintillance* from the bottom of your eyelid up to slightly over the crease.
05. Finish by applying a gentle sweep of a highlighting stick across your brow bones.
Recommended: No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter – this is also available in a bronzing version too.
Can’t go out without an eyeliner? Consider substituting eye shadow for eyeliner. Unless you’re very practised and could do both quickly.
06. Next use an eyebrow pencil to build some definition to your brows.
Recommended: No7 Beautiful Brow Sculpting Pencil (£8) is super easy and near foolproof to use. I talk more about it here: Recommended: No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil
07. Follow this with a slick of mascara on your lashes. My favourite for quickness is Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara Dramatic Volume Waterproof.
08. Add a cream blush for a hint of natural colour to the apples of your cheeks. The key to cream brush is to go lightly and add more only if necessary.
Top Tip: select a shade that is as close to the natural colour that appears when you pinch your cheeks.
09. Finally, finish your look with a clear or tinted lip balm. Super simple to apply, they moisturise whilst making your lips look naturally plumper. All without the need for lip liner or layering.
And that’s all folks!
This is a quick, cover-all-the-bases routine – but it’s completely customisable. If you prefer to wear more eye-makeup and are less bothered about foundation – switch it around. Maybe you don’t even need a full-base, just concealer in certain areas would work better for you? It’s completely up to you what you concentrate on.
Just, remember, the more practised you are the quicker you become. Don’t try to do something you’re not practised at when you’re budgeted on time.
Top tip: Lay out everything you need before you start. Don’t have your daily makeup buried in a mass of other products which you have to then rummage through to find. If everything is easily to hand it makes it quicker and easier.
Remember this really isn’t the be-all and end-all. You’ll notice things about yourself much more than other people will. So it’s important that whatever you do, you do to please yourself. The happier you feel, the naturally better you’ll look.
Was this what you were expecting a 5-minute makeup routine to look like? Did you expect to be able to do more or less within that time? How do you make time to make up in the day? Do you have any other top tips to add? Any good products to recommend? Whether you have questions or comments – get in touch via the comment box below. I’m happy to help and I always love to hear from you!