Sometimes, there just isn’t enough time in the morning for elaborate and time-consuming makeup. When it’s one of those mornings when the alarm somehow didn’t go off, blaring all three scheduled timings of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” or if the kids refused to turn the television off, it’s a struggle just to get dressed on time. Don’t skip your morning routine of pampering yourself with your favorite cosmetics, instead employ your emergency backup method: the 5-minute face. A few years ago, this was all the rage on YouTube, and makeup bloggers and gurus took part in the challenge of a full face of makeup in 5 minutes or less. While it’s easy to look up one of those videos to take notes, it takes practice to get the routine down just right. Instead of spending a few hours in front of the computer and mirror to try your hand at mastering the routine, invest in a few items that will make your “5-minute face” a lot easier!
Do not skip this step! If you put only one thing on your face, choose moisturizer. No matter the season, it remains one of the most important steps in makeup application. For those who have dry skin, it helps avoid dry blotches and helps prevent your skin from “drinking up” your liquid foundation that can result in red, irritated skin, amongst other issues. For those with oily skin, it will help control the shine and breakouts that can occur when oily skin is not properly cared for. For dry skin types, try Neutrogena’s Healthy Defense with SPF. For oily skin types, try Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer.
Leave the 5-layer routine (that is, moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation, and powder) for days when you don’t have just 10 minutes to leave the house. Opt for a product which cuts down a few steps without compromising on the result, such as Stila Cosmetic’s One Step Foundation. This foundation combines primer, concealer, foundation, and powder to give you a flawless finish in just one easy step. If you’re anything like me, your first concern would be your skin type and how this foundation will work with dry or oily skin. Stila took it one step further as this foundation reacts to your skin’s need by hydrating and controlling oils. It minimizes pores, uses natural mineral pigments, and for those who put this highest on their list: it diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Best of all, it’s long wearing, fragrance-free, and high definition friendly!
Liner & Lids
Go for a nude look with liner. This allows for more versatile makeup to match whatever outfit you pulled out of your closet, and it also allows you to play with color on your lips. Swiping one color on your lips in a hurry is much easier than coordinating it with a combination of shadows, and when the clock is ticking, versatility really is your friend. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is easy to apply and stays put all throughout the work day, which makes it an easy choice for a go-to liner and offers 40 different colors for those adventurous types. If you insist on a shadow over your lid, try Sephora’s Matte shadow in No. 75 Sandcastle. It will add a warm beige tint to your lids to complement whatever shade of liner you choose. Note: avoid shimmers.
While products such as lash conditioners are great for when we have the time to apply several coats of different products, those “5 minute face” mornings call for something fool proof. Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes is a staple in almost every makeup artist’s kit, because it provides a quick and easy application with lots of pigment. The brush is a perfect size, which ensures that every lash is coated. It also helps separate to avoid clumps and those unsightly “spider lashes” that can occur all too easily. Just one or two coats will give you perfect lashes in hardly any time at all.
I have been the victim of those dreaded “bleeding lines” all too often, and if your lipstick tends to run, you feel my pain. The solution? A lip pencil that doubles as a lipstick. While this is surely not a new invention, NARS perfected the all in one lipstick with their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero or Dragon Girl among 14 different shades. It glides on easily, and does not leave your lips dry. For those who insist on their signature tube lipsticks, don’t fret – I have something for you as well! Skip the process of matching a liner to your choice of color. Instead, try a liner such as Sephora’s Universal Lip Liner which goes on clear and prevents any shade of lip color to smudge or “bleed” around the outline of your lips.
While it can take a few tries to perfect, the 5-minute face is completely achievable if you use the right products. Once you have the routine down, you can even incorporate your favorite items into the quick morning look, but who knows! You might just get addicted to these easy go-to items in your in-a-hurry kit.