No matter how early my appointments are, I am always made up when I get there. People are normally skeptical when I tell them that my make up took me about 5 minutes or less but it’s true and I’ll show you how.
Take good care of your skin
The real secret for fast make up routines to work is that you really need to take care of your skin and minimise blemishes / broken skin etc. My skin is not perfect. I have fine lines under and around the eyes, super dark circles and discolouring over my eyes, acne marks on the nose and also a dented scar on the left side of my face on the cheekbones. I lived with oily / acne prone skin for years in my teenage years all the way into my late twenties, being able to keep blemishes to a minimum is the result of trial and error over the years. Strange, but ageing helped too – it changed my skin type from combination with very oily bits to dry, which I really think is a lot easier to take care of.
Treat your skin well before applying make up
Whether you have oily or dry skin, the most important step for make up to look good is to moisturise and wait for it to be absorbed. If moisturiser is not completely absorbed into your skin, your make up will not look as good. So be patient and wait. I use a watery moisturiser that absorbs within seconds into my skin, so that the waiting time is very much minimised.
Customise your base
Other than the usual “if the colour disappears, it’s a match” theory, only you know what colour you’d like yourself to be. If you don’t already, practice more often and you will. I like my colour to be just a little lighter than my exact shade with light to medium coverage, depending on my mood. I tried different foundations but eventually found a solution to suit my ever changing requirements – simply mix it myself!
I mix whatever foundation I’m liking at the moment with my sunscreen. Add more if you turn darker, less if you turn fairer or if you are aiming to achieve a lighter skin colour. It works with all kinds of foundations. If I’m using pressed foundations, I just break it up (with this method, I’ve not had the need to touch up my foundation at all throughout the day, so doing things like breaking up my pressed / compact foundation powder was not a problem.) and store them in a container that makes it easy for me to access. If I use minerals or liquid foundations, I just dispense enough to mix. Whatever you use, just remember that sunscreen is a “white” colour additive to the existing colour – like painting, you may need to trial and error for a while to get the colour mix right.
My sunscreen adheres to skin like a glove, that helps a lot because it means that my colour adheres super well and I enjoy sun protection at the same time. Take note that sun protection factors in foundations may affect sun protection factors in your sunscreen though. In my skincare world, sunscreen is more important than anything else so, I normally do not like foundations with sunscreen factors because firstly they are not enough to protect your skin and secondly, they interfere with my sunscreen.
This method may sound troublesome initially but once you find your mix and get the hang of it, you’ll never look back. I take like half a minute or less to mix and apply my “foundation” like a sunscreen.
Draw your brows
I have embroidered brows but I like them to be dark brown, so I colour them with mineral brow powder and an angled eyeliner brush. It takes about 7-10 seconds for me to finish both brows.
The whole purpose of a quick make up routine is so you can look presentable quickly, but what’s the point, if it doesn’t last through the day, right? I wear primer on my eyes. Just a tiny weeny bit makes my eye make up last throughout the day and if I don’t want to, I don’t have to carry any make up with me when I go out.
Most people apply only on the lids but I also apply under the lids to make my concealer last longer (they never do last all day on me, no matter what I do!).
Line your eyes
Google tight lining and do it. I tight line and then I line my eyes above the lash line the way I like it, taking care to draw on the inner conner of my eyes as well. This makes your eyes look much bigger. After I’m done, I set with the same brush and colour I used to colour my eyebrows.
You don’t have to, but for me, I like to line my waterline. White / off white / beige liners doesn’t work for me, dark brown does. Find out what suits you and do it even if it’s not trending. :) Tip, connect the bottom eyeliner to the top!
I do not apply concealer directly under my bottom lash line. I dot them on the back of my hand (to make it less concentrated / cakey) and then dot slightly lower on my under eye before using my fingers to spread them out by tapping (not rubbing!).
I go for an orange toned concealer which may not be my exact shade. Orange tones covers dark circles better and concealers can also be used for lighting up dark areas of your under eye. If you like, you can apply a light dusting of finishing powder over it to set. I dust finishing powder over a single ply tissue paper over my concealer when I go for special events. Too lazy to do that on a daily basis.
Give yourself some color
Always wear colour or you’ll look flat (one dimensional). I use the same colour for my cheeks and eye (yes, you read right, eyes!) because I find that this way, my look always looks harmonious.
The colours I use are normally strong. I apply them by lightly brushing on with my cheek brush then pat out the colour to make it more even.
Next, without adding more product, I use the angled portion of my cheek brush to work colour into the sockets of my eye. This is super simple, quick (takes just seconds!) and effective. I’m often asked how I manage to get eye colour on in such a short time, now you know!
I use a mini eye kabuki brush for multiple uses. One side of it is for blending colours and the other side for highlighting (or strobing, as they now call it). Just buff lightly over the brow bone, under eyes and on nose, or wherever you want light to reflect.
Treat & Color your lips
Sometimes, I don’t wear lip colours but I will always wear a lip balm. No special technique on normal days, just apply and go and reapply if I feel like it, although I mostly don’t. For special occasions, I apply balm sparingly, colour my entire lips with a lip pencil that goes with my lip colour or one which I want to mix with my lip colour, apply lip colour and then set with loose powder so that it stays on all day long.
It took me a while before I found a lip colour that looks very natural on me. On others, its actually a medium pink but on me, it looks like my own lip colour, but better. Now it’s with me 24/7. So don’t give up, find the one.
And there you have it, super quick make up that lasts a long time. I can do this even on the go in the car if I’m being driven to my destination and with practice, so can you. Will you have 5 minutes in the morning to spare for this?
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