My Quick + Easy 5 Minute Makeup Routine.

If there is one thing that I struggle with more than any other, it is that I am always pressed for time. In this fast paced 24/7 world that we live in, I don’t have time to waste. That holds true every morning when I am applying my makeup. While I certainly do have times when I spend 20 minutes (or more) applying a full face of makeup, most days of the week I spend a quick five minutes on my makeup. Yes! just five minutes! You can too. With the right makeup products and and my tips, you can also be ready in a flash. Here is my super quick and super easy five minute makeup routine.

The best makeup products to use for a fast + easy 5 minute makeup routine.

I start out my five minute makeup routine with a tinted moisturizer (see my top tinted moisturizer post). A tinted moisturizer offers coverage that will blend onto the skin to hide flaws yet look natural. It is also hydrating so it is forgiving. You don’t have to be perfect with this like a foundation, it can be quickly applied and blended in with the fingers. A few really good tinted moisturizers to try include Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.

East Five Minute Makeup: The best tinted moisturizers to start with

Next up, I apply concealer (see my top concealer post) to my undereye area and any spots or flawed areas that need extra coverage. I apply concealer over tinted moisturizer in this case because tinted moisturizer does not add in the same amount of coverage as a foundation. The concealers i use will add more coverage and blend out over the tinted moisturizer to further perfect my look. I do use a concealer brush to apply my concealer because it is really the only to get a flawless look. Some really great concealers that are easy to work and cover fast are NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer and COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The best concealers to cover flaws in a flash

For the rest of my face, I keep a bronzer/blush palette on hand (see my top bronzers post). I like a palette that is all-in-one meaning that I can blend the bonzer and blush together. I’ll tell you why. First I will quickly stroke on the bronzer, just on my cheekbones then I will apply the blush just to the apples of my cheeks. Remember, we are not going for a full-on makeup look here, just a natural everyday makeup look. I then take a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and run it though the bronzer and blush which will give me a custom warm shade and I dust that right over my lids. It’s so simple, natural and pretty. Some bronzer and blush combination palettes that I like are Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palette, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (there are a lot of shades available) and Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: Use a Bonzer/Blush Palette to Put on Your Face FAST

I finish my eyes with a quick coat of mascara. You can use your favorite mascara (see my favorite mascaras post). I go for a good everyday mascara like COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara, Lancome Definicils or Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes. Just make sure it is easy to apply, doesn’t clump or smudge and lasts all day.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The Best Mascaras for Full Lashes in a Flash

I complete my look with a natural lipstick color (see my best nude lipsticks post). I like a nude or pink-nude lipstick color for everyday. It’s quick so I don’t have to be careful in applying. I use a long-wearing lipstick that is comfortable on the lips. I suggest Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, MAC Lipstick and COVERGIRL Outlast Lipstick.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The best natural lipsticks to apply and get out the door quick

Feeling Confident in Glasses + Makeup Tips for Wearing Glasses.

I remember back in the 2nd grade when I was told that I was going to need to wear glasses. Not just for reading, but to see everything. For me, this meant that I would be different - no one in my class at school wore glasses so this was a big deal. It was made an even bigger deal because the day I got my glasses I went into school late with a note explaining why. Of course, I didn't wear the glasses as I walked in. I sat down at my desk, and my teacher actually stopped the class and told me that I needed to put my glasses on. I was mortified. So not only was I going to be different, the entire class was made aware of it and was staring at me. I was beat red! My teacher gave me a compliment (I don't remember what it was) but then I remember one of my friends started to clap and the rest of the class followed.


Makeup Tips for Wearing Glasses

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Mally's Makeup Tips for Every Age.

Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist behind some of the most beautiful faces such as Beyoncé! and her own makeup line Mally Beauty, she knows a lot about makeup and what works for everyone. Specifically Mally has a few makeup tips that she shares with everyone, no matter what age they are.

Mally's Makeup Tips for Every Age


Shimmer shouldn’t be too thick at any age. Instead, opt for a fine shimmer that just adds a touch of light. Apply it to your brow bone, cheekbones and down the center of the nose. Try Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer. It contains a Blush, Highlighter and Bronzer in one palette. $40.00.

Pink Cheeks

Pink cheeks work on ALL ages – I even encourage women in their 60’s and 70’s to wear bright color on their cheeks. It brightens up the skin so you can be radiant all day long. Try Mally Beauty 24/7 Illuminating Blush. A special, dry-texture cream lays a base of beautifully illuminated light on the skin, while the natural blushing powder works with the base to give you a natural, lit-from-within look that lasts. $35.00

Red Lips

No matter how old or young you are, a red lip is a classic and fool proof way to complete your look. If  you are in your 20’s, opt for a brighter more orange based red. Work a true, bold red if you are in your 40’s. Try Mally Beauty Red Lip Kit. It contains 3 products; a Primer, a creamy lip liner and either a cool, neutral or warm red Vitamin E infused Lipstick $35.00

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