The Five-Minute Face Edit
This past week was my first week of school after Christmas break, and my sleep schedule was still not quite right. On Friday morning, even though I set my alarm to give myself more than enough time, I ended up with twenty minutes to get ready (including a shower and breakfast!). Despite my panic, it resulted in a cool edit of six must-have products for when you’re in a rush (or if you just like to get your makeup on without much fuss!).
A versatile concealer is, in this situation, your complexion-perfecting best bud. My choice is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in ‘Amande’ (bonus points for the shade name being one letter away from my name). It works under the eyes and to cover dark spots or blemishes.
A setting powder that is appropriate for your skin-type is another great idea. I like Rimmel Stay Matte powder because it keeps me matte throughout the school day. If you’ve got dry skin, a loose or brightening powder might be a better option.
A fuss-free blush helps give the whole face a pick-me-up without taking up too much time. Benefit Rockateur is like a blush and highlight all in one, and you can pack on the colour without ever looking cakey or overdone.
An eyebrow product is a tempting step to skip, but eyebrows frame the face and make you look pulled together. I use NYX Nude Matte in ‘Betrayal’ as a brow powder. It’s inexpensive and super blendable.
Mascara is a step I cannot skip. (I think I curled my lashes on Friday morning, too.) It gives you a little definition and helps open up your eyes. In a rush, I skip my mascara trifecta and just go for step 1: Maybelline’s The Rocket Waterproof.
A tinted lip balm is something you can swipe on on the way out the door. It’s hydrating, and gives a sheer hit of colour without much effort at all. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in ‘Coral’ is working nicely for me these days, but I’ve also tried (and nearly finished!) the Berry shade.
And that’s it! Six products and five minutes for the days where you’re running late but don’t feel like going completely bare-faced.