Beauty in a hurry: the five minute face

Some days, there’s not enough time to do much of anything. Breakfast is burning in the toaster, your phone is ringing, the cat needs to be fed, and you’ve got 20 minutes to be at work, 10 minutes away. That doesn’t mean you have to roll into work looking like you just rolled out of bed. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Stick foundation


The stick foundation featured above, by Tom Ford ($78 at Nordstrom), goes on easily and quickly, and you can blend it in a hurry. Now, for those of us who aren’t loaded to the gills with cash and/or smoking crack, Maybelline makes this budget-friendly alternative, or for darker skin tones, there’s this one by Black Opal.

2. Blush or Bronzer


Take a big, round powder blush (not one of those wimpy things marketed as a blush brush) and hit the round part of your cheeks with a blush like this one from Physician’s Formula. Bonus: it contains ingredients that mimic the effect of endorphins to boost your mood!

3. Eyeliner


Use a self-sharpening, twist-up eyeliner to go along your upper lash line. Don’t worry about the bottom, and don’t use a regular pencil, because chances are you’ll have to sharpen it. I use Clinique Quickliner for Eyes as my go-to.

4. Waterproof Mascara


I love trying out different mascaras, but for a rush job, you want one that’s going to give volume, definition, and curl all in one step, and a waterproof formula is going to reduce flaking and smearing later in the day. A mascara like this one will give you what you need in one coat, and it’s inexpensive–Walgreens runs buy-one, get-one-half-price offers on Maybelline all the time.

5. Lipstick


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is the perfect lipstick. It looks good on just about everybody. Slick this on, and you’re ready to roll.

Makeup doesn’t have to be super-complicated. If you’ve got the right products and the right tools, you can pull your look together even on the most hectic of mornings.


2 thoughts on “Beauty in a hurry: the five minute face

  1. Interesting. I’ve never used make-up on a daily basis, but I’m going to more and more business events at which I feel I need it. I’ve been considering replenishing my used once a year and about 10 year old supply. What foundation do you recommend for extremely fair (bordering on ill-looking) complexioned people who are allergic to most make-up products?

    • Depends on what your allergy is. My mother has skin allergies, and one of her major irritants is fragrance (even the neutral masking fragrances that they put in to keep it from having a scent at all). Her go-to brand is Clinique, and I know that Clinique has a good very fair foundation. Look for a color name in the Porcelain or Alabaster range.

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