I'm usually someone who wears a full face of makeup almost every day, which means that a substantial amount of time is required for foundation, concealer, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, bronzer, blush, and lipstick. However, having to get up early for school hardly gives me much time to get ready anymore. So, here's a super quick look that I go for when I'm running late!
Time required: Less than 10 minutes
Step #1: Unless you're part of 10% of the population blessed with no eye bags, grab that under eye concealer to avoid looking exhausted and lifeless. Use something that you can directly apply on your face and easily blend with your fingers like the ever so popular Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. Avoid heavy-duty ones that take longer to blend or require a brush.
Step #2: If foundation isn't incorporated into your daily makeup routine, then go ahead and skip this step. I, however, have a lot of redness to even out and my face happens to have a lighter, pinker tone than the rest of my body, so I find this step quite necessary. Just like concealer, go for something that won't need a brush or anything else that will lengthen the process.
Since I prefer a matte finish with good coverage, I usually reach for my new trustee foundation from Covergirl because it's easy to dispense, has great blendability, and practically fool-proof. If you don't like to apply a full coverage foundation on a daily basis, then definitely go for a lightweight BB cream or tinted moisturizer.
Step #3: Quickly set with powder especially if you typically turn into a grease ball by the end of the day. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder which really isn't the best at combating oily skin, but I haven't found anything that does a better job. Also, make sure to keep a compact in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day if necessary.
Step #4: If I have let's say five minutes to get ready, then a bulk of that time frame will be dedicated to my eyebrows. I was actually blessed with thick, youthful brows, but at some point in high school, I completely butchered them by overplucking and they've never looked the same ever since. So much regret in that. With that said, this step is absolutely crucial for me no matter how little time I have. Plus, your eyebrows frame your face, and shaping and/or filling them in correctly will make a sea of a difference.
Since I'm at school for 10 or so hours throughout most of the week, I always grab my all-time favorite eyebrow gel by NYX because it truly lasts all day. If your eyebrows are perfectly groomed but you want them to look fuller or lighter in color, go for a tinted eyebrow gel like Benefit's Gimme Brow or Etude House's Color My Brows. I'd add this step if I have more time just to look a little bit more polished.
Step #5: If you want to add more life to your complexion, dab a little bit of cream blush using your fingertips for a quicker process. My absolute holy grail cream blushes so far are my new Rimmel Stay Blushed pigments which I recently reviewed here! The one I'm using is in the shade Sunkissed Cherry. Benefit's cheek tints are also ideal for lazy/running-late days because they're a breeze to apply and they look incredibly natural.
Optional: Since I've been recently sucked into the bronzer/contour bandwagon, I can't leave the house without it, so I usually reach for my NYC bronzing powder in Sunny or my beloved Hoola bronzer.
Step #6: If there's anything that makes me look like myself in other people's perspective, it's my signature winged eyeliner, so naturally, it has to be squeezed into this super quick makeup routine. I usually go for gel when I have time, but since that takes a lot longer to apply, I'd opt for a liquid eyeliner like my Maybelline Line Stiletto. This process probably takes me a minute or less if I'm really on a rush. I've also been skipping out on waterline eyeliner because I'm gradually appreciating a cleaner makeup look.
Step #7: If you haven't mastered the art of winged eyeliner (or any kind of eye makeup), then skip the previous step and load your lashes with mascara instead. I don't exactly have a cult product yet, so I usually just alternate between my Estēe Lauder Sumptuous Extreme and Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant. Use an eyelash curler beforehand if necessary.
Step #8: Lastly, finish your look with a pop of color on your lips. I've been really loving Maybelline's Matte Color Sensational lipstick in Touch of Spice, which might have just replaced my holy grail Revlon matte balm in Sultry. It stays on all day long and the color is the absolute perfect shade of natural berry.
Fun fact: I can't stand having bare lips. One time, I was running super late to school and forgot to pack a lipstick in my makeup bag, so I frantically went to my school's bookstore and purchased a lip product, and thankfully it was tinted. Yep, you can say that my lipstick obsession is getting a little bit out of hand.
That's it for my everyday makeup routine (for school). I hope you enjoyed the gifs despite the overexposed lighting and grainy texture! This whole look took me about 7 minutes to do, which is totally doable if you're on a rush, so I hoped this helped!