In Minutes: 5 minute Makeup

I am by no means an expert when it comes to makeup. I am however, pretty decent at putting a face together fast. I don’t really like spending a lot of time on makeup and I certainly don’t follow all the “rules.” Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum and you put on full foundation, primer, setting spray, etc. every single day. Regardless of where you fall on the makeup wearing spectrum, I hope you will find my tips for 5 minute makeup helpful.

First things first, if you haven’t already, make sure you’ve read our 5 minute skin care post so that your face is fully hydrated and prepped for makeup. Your product will go a lot further & glide on a lot smoother on clean, moisturized skin.


These are the products I’m currently using:

  1. BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer
  2. Concealer
  3. Translucent Powder
  4. Blush
  5. Bronzer
  6. Eye Shadow & Tools for Brow Shaping
  7. Mascara & liquid eye liner
  8. Lip gloss/lip balm

To some of you, this looks like a lot. To others of you, it looks like the bare minimum! Lol. Let’s walk through the routine:

Fresh faced, no makeup – please ignore the messy bedroom behind me!
  • First I apply my BB cream or tinted moisturizer. If you don’t have one, you can use a dot of regular foundation mixed with a dot of moisturizer. That’s actually my favorite way to wear foundation. Most foundations can be pretty heavy and adding the moisturizer just lightens it up, helps it glide on smoothly, blends well and still has a little bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer.
I don’t actually mix these two, but just to give you an idea of the amount of foundation vs. moisturizer that I would use.
  • Next I use concealer anywhere I have redness or discoloration. For me, that’s my chin, the corners of my nose, under my eyes & then any blemishes I may have. I follow that with the translucent powder to set everything.
Foundation, Concealer, Powder applied.
  • After that, I have a blank canvas to start applying some color! First I take my blush and brush it on to the apples of my cheeks and back into the hair line. Following that I “contour” with bronzer. I am using quotation marks with “contour” because it’s a very quick, simple contouring pattern and there are much more detailed ways to do it. I don’t have time for that! So I suck in my cheeks and brush it under my cheek bones, around my hair line, down my nose, and maybe a tad along the jaw line.
Face contoured
  • Next is eyebrows. Now, I do not know what has happened to America (maybe even the world) but we are suddenly OBSESSED with eyebrows. Unfortunately, mine quit growing a long long time ago. At the age of 13 I went tweezer crazy and plucked them to bits! I have rarely had to tweeze them since. Definitely have not tweezed at all in 10-15 years and still they do not grow. So, sadly, my eyebrows are nearly nonexistent. They’ve also gotten increasingly lighter in color since having children (maybe they’re going gray first??). All of this to say…I now must draw eyebrows on my face. But pencils are way too harsh for me, and again, no time!! So I grab an angled brush & some dark shadow and I go to work! Shadow is much softer than the harsh lines a pencil can create, and allows for a little sloppiness.
Oh haaaaaaay there, eyebrows!
  • Now for my favorite part: Eyes! I have spent my life battling raccoon eye from eyeliner & mascara. That NEVER happens with these products: Artistry Liquid Liner & Artistry Length & Definition Mascara. I’m not just saying it cause I rep for those products either, I swear. The liner goes on so smoothly and it’s a felt tip, just like a marker! So it’s super easy to apply and get that little “flick” at the corner of your eye. It doesn’t feel like you’ve painted something on your eye when it dries. It doesn’t feel like anything! It can be rubbed off if you sleep on it, but it typically stays put.


The mascara is that really cool formula that wraps around your lashes. You can literally slide it off your lash in a tiny tube. So cool! I love this stuff! It’s waterproof, but when you do wash it off, it just balls up and comes off super easily rather than creating a big black mess on your face. Try it, you’ll love it. Saves me time in application & clean up. I have been known to wear one single application over an entire weekend, it stays put that well. You probably shouldn’t do that though. Might not be the best thing for your lashes (but you totally can if you want!! Lol).

Mascara & Eyeliner
  • At this point, sometimes I’m done. But if I’m getting really fancy I’ll throw on some gloss or lip balm. This is Artistry lip gloss over Baby Lips, both in nude colors. I like a nude lip, simply because it’s understated. I have a hard time choosing a lip color I’m really confident and comfortable in, and I feel like you just can’t go wrong with a nude lip.
Full 5 minute makeup face. Also sporting one of our 5 minute hairstyles!

It took me about 3-ish minutes to do this face. Even with a few interruptions or eyeliner redos, it can still get done in 5 minutes or so! What do you think?? Can you survive on this makeup? Can you try it out if you never wear any? Please let us know if you do! Take a cute selfie and tag us on Facebook & Instagram. We wanna see those gorgeous faces!

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