Five Minute Makeup Options + Tips

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Most of the time and especially during the summer months, I always opt for time saving, quick and easy products as well as easy and effective makeup so here are some of my favourite products to create five minute makeup looks with, featuring natural, glowy and summer ready products along with some basic tips on how to save time getting ready in the morning! 

Luminous & Radiant 
When it comes to base products, foundation, concealer and powder, I need moisturising, radiant and natural looking products to combat my dry and uneven skin. My top luminous foundation include the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation, Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation and the gorgeous Giorgio Maestro Glow Foundation which is the perfect radiant foundation for summer, for those with dry or dull skin. There are many annoyances when it comes to having eczema, especially around my eyes and that's when it comes to concealer, the vast majority of them look so drying and cakey but thankfully the Clinique Airbrush Concealer and the fantastic Essence Stay All Day Concealer are perfect for light to medium coverage without making me look like I haven't slept or moisturised in a week!

Sticking with the radiance theme, the Freedom Strobe Cream is fantastic to add into your primer at add radiance along with the Stila Smudge Crayon in Antique which makes my eyes look so much brighter in one swipe - it's also great as a emergency highlight too.  For mascara, summer calls for fluttery lashes with a formula that's easy to remove and the DHC Double Protection Mascara is an essential as it can easily be removed with just warm water, yes, just warm water! Lastly for lips, tinted lip balms are a great to add moisture and a wash of sheer colour that you don't need to worry about. 
Natural, Long Lasting & Summer Proof 
In the UK recently we've had a couple of heatwaves (31 degrees celsius in Manchester which is unheard of!) as well as very humid, muggy weather and my makeup has been suffering, until I started using these quick, easy and long lasting products together! 

The LA Girl HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation and the Vichy Dermablend Powder stay all day even through hot and humid temperatures, facial water sprays and sweat - they are well worth checking out as well as the fantastic Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation for a more matte option. 

For brows, there are a few pencils that I've been loving lately as they make filling in and defining my brows so quick and fuss free including the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Eye of Horus Pencil and Gel and the very inexpensive Eylure Brow Pencil which has a spoolie on the end so it would be great for travelling. 

Contouring can be a bit of a time hog when it comes to quick makeup but the NYX Blush in Taupe when used with the Real Techniques Multitask Cheek Brush makes it a 10 second process. Easy lip products that you don't need to think about are also time savers and the new Burts Bees Lipsticks are perfect (and the packaging is so cute!). Lastly, for waterproof mascara you can't go wrong with options from Rimmel or Essence. 

Now onto some time saving tips:

  • Lighting Direct have conducted research into makeup application and lighting, some of which is a bit shocking like the statistic that women over their lifetime will spend an average of £22,000 on makeup and did you know that 75% of women apply their makeup in poor lighting? You'll never apply your makeup well or quickly in poor lighting and that's my first tip. Apply your makeup in an area with good lighting or invest in a light up makeup mirror. I always apply my makeup at my desk as it's in front of a large window with my makeup mirror and where all of my current makeup is together; which leads very nicely into my second tip!
  • Keep the makeup you're using currently in one place so you don't need to waste time searching around for your products! I keep all of my skincare together and all of my current makeup in one drawer at my desk so it's in easy reach and I have everything to hand. 
  • Multi-use products and two in one products save time and money, for example, I use skincare that contains SPF, foundations that don't need powder as they are quite skin like and mattifying and brushes that can be used with numerous products. Also why not try bronzer or highlighters as eyeshadows, tinted lip balms as blush or eyeshadows as eyeliner? 
  • Make sure your skin is well prepped in terms of skincare and primer before you start your makeup as then you won't have to waste time and start again (which is something I do end up doing often because of my dry skin!). 
There are my current favourite quick and easy products and my time saving makeup tips! What are your favourite easy products or time saving tips? 

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  1. Some fab products here! Surprised by those tips. I have to say I can be awful at correctly prepping my skin sometimes!xx

    Lucy |

  2. Everyone is loving the Armani range right now, I'm yet to hear anything negative x

  3. I love both of the foundations you've mentioned here! I love the sound of the Brow Mousse xx


  4. Some great tips here! Love the look of that Armani foundation too x

  5. Definitely going to give that DHC mascara a look! I'm never done tearing my eyelashes out with pads and removers. Warm water sounds a treat! Lovely photography btw on your entire blog :)

    Megan x |

  6. Great options! I love the Vichy Dermablend Powder too. It makes my makeup last for so long x

  7. Love this post! So many gorgeous picks x

  8. Omg £22,000 is a crazy amount of money to spend on makeup when you think about it!!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  9. Oh I adore the maestro glow and and the Vichy powder. Your pics are truly stunning xx

  10. I use the Vichy Loose Powder all the time, it is incredible! I love a tinted lip balm for quick makeup days :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  11. I am definitely one of those people that applies makeup in poor light! I find it so difficult to get good lighting! X

  12. Lovely post with a great choice of products!

  13. I absolutely love the Vichy Dermablend powder! I use it everyday.

  14. Freedom is so underrated. Have you tried their Priming Water? If not you should it is so good.

  15. Some great products here and great tips xxx

  16. I wish I could do summer glow but I have such a hard time with shine!

  17. Love your product choices and tips! I keep my frequent products all together so I don't have to stress searching for them.

    Jessica || Of Purity and Simplicity

  18. I'm all for a quick face, if I am in a hurry I'll do foundation, concealer, brows and a bit of mascara!

    Cass | CassandraMyee


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