Waking up on time for school, work, or volunteering can be difficult for those of us who don't call ourselves "morning people." I, for one, am a night owl by nature, and I often set three alarms to make sure I get up on time.
For those mornings where you just can't get out of bed, creating your own five-minute face that you can practically do with your eyes closed is important.
I use the products below to look put-together in just five minutes. A little bit of makeup on your face when you feel less-than-prepared for the day can really change your entire outlook on life. Set your timer because here we go:
15 seconds: Moisturize
I like to use a lightweight, moisturizing lotion all over my face and neck before applying makeup so everything goes on smoothly. Makeup will cling to dry patches, so exfoliate, if necessary, and then apply a product like Simple's Hydrating Light Moisturizer.
15 seconds: Wait for moisturizer to sink in
If you apply your foundation right after you moisturize, it will mix with the lotion and give lighter coverage. I let the lotion sink into my skin and dry a bit before putting on my base.
45 seconds: Apply base
Next, I apply a foundation or BB cream. During the day, it is important to use SPF, so I choose something like the Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream. This product also gives me a glowy look.
If your lotion has SPF or if it's nighttime, you can use the Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous foundation, which gives beautiful, medium coverage without looking cakey or heavy.
I would apply both of these with my fingers or a sponge for a five-minute look, but I would use a foundation buffer brush if I had more time.
30 seconds: Apply concealer
Maybelline makes great concealers, like the option below, FitMe, or the YouTube-famous Instant Age Rewind Undereye Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer.
I use the FitMe more often when I am in a rush because it looks great under the eyes and on blemishes around the face. It also blends out easily with your fingers.
15 seconds: Dust face with powder
Setting powder is crucial for a lasting makeup look. The Rimmel Stay Matte powder is a great option because it keeps you looking fresh-faced all day and prevents oil breakthrough.
I dust this powder under my eyes and on my T-zone to set foundation and concealer. Make sure you don't overdo it, or you could end up looking cakey or dry.
15 seconds: Apply blush
Blush is exactly what you need to wake up your face. A flush on your cheeks gives you life and adds some color. Choose the best shade for your skintone; I like Hard Candy's color range in their Baked Blush formula.
Smile and brush the blush onto the apples of your cheeks, then blend back toward your temples. I use a small powder brush for this step.
30 seconds: Bronze and contour
NYC's Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny is a cult favorite for beauty lovers because it is affordable, finely-milled (so it goes on smoothly), and adds warmth to the face.
I put this powder onto my temples, the sides of my nose, under my chin, and in the contour of my cheeks to add color and lightly contour. If I am in a hurry, I use the same brush that I use to do my blush to save time. I simply brush any excess powder on my wrist and clean the brush later.
15 seconds: Swipe on cream eyeshadow
Cream eyeshadow, like the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, is a great choice when you're in a hurry. I use this shade because it brightens up my eyes. It's a light color, so it's easy to swipe on with your finger when you're in a hurry because it does not require precision.
20 seconds: Blend bronzer into the crease
I use the NYC Sunny bronzer to add definition to not only my cheekbones, but my eyes, too! It is the perfect warm color for a transition between the cream eyeshadow and your brow bone.
Simply use a blending eyeshadow brush to sweep the bronzer into the crease of your eyelids above the cream shadow. Don't forget to blend out the edges.
1 minute: Fill in and shape eyebrows
Your eyebrows frame your eyes and add a lot to the look of your face. It is important that they are "on fleek," even when you don't have much time! That's why I dedicate the longest amount of time to my brows; they are the most important part of my look.
The NYX Micro Brow pencil is a dupe for the ever-popular Anastasia Brow Wiz. It has a thin, retractable, waxy pencil that keeps brows looking good all day long. It also has a spoolie on the end to brush your brow hairs into place.
30 seconds: Apply mascara
Like filling in my eyebrows, applying mascara is a must for me. No matter how much time I have, I will put on mascara, even if it means doing it in the car or on the bus.
I love the unique wand shape of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves mascara. The broken-heart-shaped brush and thick bristles brush through my lashes to create curl and add volume and length. Just don't go overboard because this mascara can get a bit clumpy.
10 seconds: Apply lip product
Finally, you have ten seconds remaining to use a lip product! I love lip crayons like the Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush balm because they are easy to apply. I make sure to choose light colors, such as nudes or pinks, so I can apply them quickly without worrying about a messy mistake.
What about your five-minute face?
The key to perfecting your five-minute face is a bit of practice and planning to know which products will work for you and your needs. I sometimes use different products than those listed above, but these are tried-and-tested no-brainers for me when I need a quick, polished look.
Let me know in the comments what products are your holy-grail, no-fail, five-minute face winners. I can't wait to compare our choices!