If you are like me and are always in a hurry, you’ll know that getting ready in the morning and in particular for me, applying makeup in the morning can sometimes be a struggle. Today I thought I would break down my everyday makeup routine into 5 easy steps. This routine is an art that I have learned to whip out in 15 minutes (sometimes less depending on how many times Ive hit the snooze button). I’ll share how I do it and approx how much time I dedicate to each section.
Step 1: Moisturize
Technically not makeup, but because the face is our canvas, it needs to be well moisturized for a smooth, flawless finish.
Step 2: Eyebrows
I know you may be thinking- but its just the eyebrows..why do you spend 1/3 of your time there?? I personally think that well groomed eyebrows are the most important step in my everyday make up routine and I always make it my first step. The eyebrows frame the face and when done correctly, can give an instant facelift. When I do my eyebrows I don’t aim for them to be identical, I just take my time making sure that the shape is just the way I want it. Choose a brow pencil that is easy to work with. I use Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner because it gives a really precise fill and it comes with a brush on the other end to blend with for softer looking brows.
Tip- Do eyebrows first to give moisturizer a few minutes to absorb into the skin before applying the foundation/ powder
Tip- Use a concealer a few shades lighter than your skin tone to line the lower part of the eyebrows. Use a concealer the same shade as you skin tone to line the upper part. This will give the illusion of freshly waxed/threaded brows.
Step 3: Eyes
Eyeshadow Palettes are a great way to save on time because the creators have a selected a series of colours that look good together and organized them in one place. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is a great choice for its selection of neutral colours. I pick 2 colours (one light one darker) and apply either using my finger (yes fingers) or a brush.
Tip- Use your finger to apply eyeshadow to the lid then use a blending brush to blend out any harsh lines
If I am really in a hurry, I skip the eyeshadow and go straight for the eyeliner and a coat of mascara. When applying mascara, remove the wand from the tube in one motion and apply to the top lashes first. Apply lightly to the bottom lashes- one or 2 light strokes should do.
Step 4: Face
I begin by applying the Maybeline Baby Skin Pore Eraser to prime/ fill my pores for a smoother finish. (Lets be honest, when your in a hurry, this step is optional)
Then I apply my foundation using a beauty blender. Picking and sticking to 1 foundation as my daily foundation has helped me out a lot. I used to have a selection of foundations that I would choose from depending on the look I was trying to achieve that day. Some days, I would apply a foundation and have to remove and re-apply because the shade made my skin look funny under a certain light or some other reason.The mornings are not the time to experiment. Know what works and stick with it. I use 2 pumps of the Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation every single day because I know thats what works.
Tip- Apply foundation to skin using fingers then blend using beauty blender. Using fingers warms up the foundation and allows it to blend easier. Also, less product is wasted using this method.
I use a concealer to conceal dark under eyes but this step is optional when in a hurry
Using my Mac Mineralized SkinFinish Powder, I set the foundation (this step is so essential for a flawless finish and takes only 30 seconds)
Step 5: Lips
For an everyday look, I would recommend a pretty light pink/nude lipstick (depending on your skin tone) and a gloss. I use the Rimmel London Lipstick in Asia (077). I combine it with my Mac Lip Pencil in chestnut.
By far the biggest thing that has helped me was displaying my most used items so that I don’t have to go digging for anything when Im hurrying to get ready. I will make a post in the future detailing exactly how I store/organize the items I use on a daily basis.
In the meantime, I would love to hear some things you do to speed up your morning makeup routine?