The time I spend doing my makeup every morning is one of the most relaxing parts of my day--unless I’m in a rush. Then it becomes a frustrating, chaotic process involving a lot of cosmetics accidentally spilling onto the floor.
Over the years, I’ve learned to give myself extra time (at least 15 minutes if I’m doing a cat-eye) for my beautifying needs, but sometimes things just come up, and I have to rush anyway. Today I'm sharing five products (two of them are in the same palette!) that help me speed through my makeup routine.
I normally use moisturizer and foundation separately, but when I’m rushed I reach for this Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, which does the work of both products and provides SPF and oil control. I apply this using both hands and it cuts two minutes from my makeup routine.
Brow Powder & Eyeliner
I use Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow on most days, but dark shadow applies quicker (I just drag my brush around in a few swipes) and is easier to blend. I’ve been using a combo of the brown-black Crave shade and medium brown Faint shade in my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette to fill in my brows.
If I have a few seconds to line my eyes, I skip pencil or gel and go for shadow liner. Using a pointed brush, I trace my lash line softly with Crave, from that same UD palette. I don’t even bother with a cat-eye when I’m in a rush.
A Light Mousse Blush
I know this is pricey--and if you know a dupe, do share--but I can’t get enough of how gorgeous YSL’s Kiss and Blush in Pink Hedoniste is. I only have to apply a little of this lightweight, pastel-pink blush to get a decent flush, and it blends so well I can pat it on without much precision.
Tinted Lip Balm
I love sporting bold lip color, but when I need to head out immediately, I opt for a tinted lip balm since it doesn’t stain or require precise application. I am a huge fan of Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose. It’s a very subtle color that I can swipe on without looking in the mirror.
- What products do you reach for when you're in a rush?
- How long does it take you to do your makeup in the morning?