Today I thought I'd do a quick makeup "tutorial" on my everyday look/"5 Minute" makeup routine. This is what I generally wear on a daily basis to school and work - I swap out the products for whatever I'm loving at the moment but these are my go-to items. If you've been keeping up with my "Must Have" posts all of these items should look very familiar - they're all tried and tested, true favourites. This is a great "no-makeup makeup" look for when you just need to look awake and a little put together without looking like you put in too much effort.
Start off with a light foundation - Garnier's BB Cream is great for just evening out the skin tone and a tiny bit of coverage with a nice dewy, but not too oily finish. Apply a small amount with your fingers and blend out from the centre of the face. If I need some problem spots covered I'll swipe on the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer, especially for under-eye circles, and if I know it's going to be a long day I'll set with a powder like Rimmel Stay Matte.
Optional step but one I highly recommend for major impact - defining the brows. This step is what really brings together a makeup look and makes you look polished and put together - no one will ever guess you only spent 5 minutes getting ready. This e.l.f. duo is perfect for quick and easy application and the cream and powder combination lasts all day and holds your brows in place.
Save time on the eyes by using a cream shadow in a universal shade like the Maybelline Color Tattoo pots in Tough as Taupe. Use your finger to blend the color mostly into the crease and bring it down with a light sweep over the lid - don't worry about it being perfect, a smudged messy look is good - the goal is to add just a bit of definition and depth to the eyes without looking like you spent forever on your eyeshadow. Just blend the color until you're happy and then move on to the next step!
Some people may be shocked I included a gel-liner in my 5-minute favourites... but trust me! Use a pencil or liquid liner instead if you're more comfortable applying them, but once you're used to using gel it is the easiest thing in the world to do. I love it for a understated look because it is so easy to use a small angle brush to just smudge the liner into the upper and lower lash lines - adding volume to your lashes without even looking like you applied liner. The same look can be achieved with a pencil but I find a brush so much easier to work with. Just press the brush as close to your lash line as possible and smudge it a tiny bit to darken the base of the lashes - again, messy and imperfect is fine, don't aim for a perfect line! Try it out, you'll thank me.
Mascara, mascara, mascara. I tend to use Falsies on the top and Great Lash on the bottom just because of the size of the brushes - grab your favourite and apply 2-3 coats.
Finally, don't forget blush! Again, a cream product saves time - just swipe on the apples of your cheeks toward your temples with your fingers and blend well for a natural, dewy flush.
When you're done just apply your favourite lip product and you're out the door!
Let me know in the comments what your staples are for a quick everyday look! xo