How to do your makeup in 5 minutes

Author: Danielle Cauchi   Date Posted: 23 March 2019 

When time is limited, you still need to do your makeup but you need to be quick. Here's how to glam up in five minutes!


It’s 8 o’clock in the morning. You’ve slept through three alarms, work starts in an hour and it takes you at least 45 minutes to get there without traffic.

You’re not having the best skin day, so the natural look isn’t really an option today, especially since you’re so close to getting that big promotion you’ve been waiting for and you want to look presentable.

How are you going to pull this off?

Thankfully, you don’t need five different eyeshadow palettes and baking powder to pull a look together.

When you’re in a time crunch, the key idea is to be intentional with what you use and be selective with your steps. You might not get that full-faced glam effect, but you will still be able to achieve a chic, stylish and sophisticated look in the matter of minutes.

No need to stress! We’ve got you covered.

Here are our best tips for successfully pulling off a five-minute makeup look.



#1 BB Cream > Foundation


Whilst there’s no denying that foundation will give you the most flawless finish, BB Cream is your best option when time is ticking on.

Not only will BB Cream give you moderate coverage and colour correction, but these multi-purpose products are also known to provide moisture and hydration as well as sun protection.

A BB Cream like this one from e.l.f. is a great option as it delivers natural coverage, SPF 20 protection and nourishing Vitamin E, Jojoba, Aloe and Cucumber to the skin.



#2 Get those brows in order


Brows really do frame the face. You want to make sure your brow hairs are groomed in place and any sparse areas have been filled in.

If you’ve been naturally blessed with full brows (*cough* the general population envies you), opt for a tinted brow gel like LA Colors Browie Wowie Tinted Brow Gel to keep unruly hairs in place and bring in some more definition.

If you’re lacking in the brow department, fill in your brows with a brow powder such as the Revlon ColorStay Brow Maker Eyebrow Powder. Brow powders are the most forgiving when you’re in a rush and will give you the most natural finish.



#3 Bring on the mascara


Realistically, you won’t have a chance to apply eyeshadow if you’re half-way out the door.

Rather than risking a poorly blended eye look (which is flattering to no one), it’s best to jump straight into mascara.

Go in with a volumizing mascara to add some drama and definition to the eyes without the help of liner, shadows and falsies. Don’t forget the bottom lashes!

We recommend Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara 276 Brownish Black to get that defined look!



#4 Cheek and lip tints > Blush and lipstick


First and foremost, you’re not going to have enough time to precisely apply a bold lipstick. Secondly, cheek and lip tints look incredibly natural. And third and most importantly, multi-purpose products are time-saving life savers!

Just pop a Revlon Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette in your purse and quickly dab some colour onto the cheeks and lips to pull your final look together.



Good luck ladies!

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