I absolutely love a full face of makeup, but some days there’s just no way to make it happen. I find it hard to pare down my routine, so much so that I’ll end up being late to work so that I can put on eyeliner. Having more responsibilities in the lab now, I really can’t push the limits of my arrival to work. The past few weeks, I’ve figured out some easy ways to cut down my makeup routine to just the basics, while still managing to get some warpaint on my face.
1. Don’t skip skincare!
This is an area where you never want to skimp. Having a good skin day makes it easier to go light on makeup. Basics are good enough for me: wipe down with micellar water (I like Bioderma), and go in with a nice moisturizer + SPF.
2. Think about what makeup steps are most important
For me, I am good to go with a light coverage BB cream (Dr Jart Premium is a fave) to even out my skin tone, but I really need to use concealer on my dark circles so no one knows how tired I really am. From there, I like to wake up the rest of my face with a light, shimmery eyeshadow, highlighter, and lip gloss. I can skip liner, contour, blush, and ornate eyeshadow.
3. Lay everything out the night before
One of the more time-consuming parts of my makeup routine is when I’m searching for items or deciding what to wear. Having everything ready on my desk makes it easy in the morning when I might not be able to find my Benefit Gimme Brow (it’s so little!).
4. Allow yourself a couple of options
But not too many! For base products, probably just one option is okay. When it comes to color, I might not be in the “mood” for what I picked out the night before, so I’ll leave myself two fairly different choices. This also gives me a much better chance to not get sick of the same lid color day in, day out.
5. Be strategic with product choices
Multitasking products can make all the difference. For instance, I need eye primer to make my shadows last, but I don’t want to spend the extra time to apply it. In this scenario, I like to just go with a MAC Paint Pot, which can multitask as primer and eyeshadow color.
6. Limit distractions
I’m usually catching up on Instagram, watching YouTube videos, or eating breakfast (sometimes all three) during my routine. This causes me to lag while applying makeup because I’m not focused. Eliminating my phone and other distractions helps me stay on track.
7. Use fingers for application
I love my beautyblender, but running to the sink and back is just another time-burgling step. As I follow step 5 and am strategic with my product choices, I stick to creams, like ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (shown in Lunch Money), that are simple to apply with fingers.
8. Think about steps that can wait
I keep a small mirror in my desk drawer to apply lipstick or lip gloss (Buxom White Russian, anyone?). I have also been very sneaky at my desk and applied a By Terry Ombre Blackstar for a quick bit of color.
On the days when I have plenty of time to do my makeup, I usually take my time. I came to regret this when I realized I had to unexpectedly speed up my process. The days with ample time are the best days to try to test yourself to see how quickly you can get your routine down and figure out which products are fast to apply.
I filmed a video showing my super quick no-makeup makeup routine if you’re interested, embedded below.
I hope my steps will help you speed up your makeup routine if you’re short on time! Let me know your favorite speedy makeup items! ↓↓