We all have had mornings where we layer mascara on at the red light, swipe on lipstick in the bathroom before heading to class or work, and splatter our face with foundation when we forget a makeup brush or beauty blender at home. Time does not pause for our makeup routines, and some of us don’t want to allot extra time in the morning to get ready (especially when you can barely get out of bed). Here are 5 quick makeup routines that take 5 minutes or less for people who are minimalist, lazy, or too busy to glam themselves up.
1. The Trifecta (Face, Eyes, Lips)
We have all heard that quote, “less is more” so many times that is practically drilled inside our heads. You don’t need a lot to get ready, only three products can make you look alive: foundation, mascara, and a lip product of your choice. For a very cost friendly routine, some products to consider are Maybelline’s Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation, Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara, and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.
2. Bold Lips And A Clean Face
Just a swipe of red lipstick can make anyone look done up. However, to balance a bold lip, you have to keep everything else as minimal as possible. To make your lips stand out, make sure you have a clean base. Use concealer to hide any blemishes or discoloration such as Nars Concealer. Another trick is to these quick makeup routines is lightly use concealer around your lips to make your lips have a nice shape. Nobody wants their lipstick to look sweared on like Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. A red lipstick that looks universally great on everyone is Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.
3. Multi-Tasking Lip And Cheek Makeup
Everyone loves a great multitasking product, especially in quick makeup routines. The beauty of lip and cheek makeup is that it literally transforms your face in a matter of seconds. Some of us just need a nice hue or glow to look more alive. Plus, two-in-one products are perfect when you are running late and need a quick, two second touch up. A great multitasker is RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek.
4. Eye Makeup Only
We have all been there. We wake up in the morning with crusty eyes and dark circles. To avoid looking like this all day long, dress up the “windows of the soul” by swiping on eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara such as L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. Just these three products can instantly make you look more awake. Another secret is to use white or nude eyeliner on your lower lash waterline, such as NYX Wonder Pencil, which helps open your eyes up. One last thing, always remember to use concealer under your eyes to make your eye makeup stand out, not the bags under your eyes.
5. Strong Brows
It is universally agreed upon that eyebrows are essential to one’s look. Your face can look entirely distorted if you pluck the wrong piece of hair. If you prefer an overall au naturel routine, just clean up your brows and shape them nicely and make sure your face looks clean as well. Foundation and powder can look very heavy and cakey so instead, lightly dab on concealer for a more natural look. Nothing screams quick makeup routines like a “no-makeup” look. Two eyebrow products to try are Glossier’s Boy Brow and Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
BONUS: Skincare Only
You have probably heard the saying “good skin is the best foundation.” Skincare provides the essential framework for makeup. You can buy a $40 dollar tube of lipstick, but if your skin is so-so, that luxurious lipstick might look horrible on. Sometimes all you need is a good, strict skincare regimen instead of hiding behind piles of makeup.