How to look fresh faced in 5 minutes

8 a.m. is early. Going into the second week of school, you probably know this to be very true.

You want to hold on to as many blissful moments of sleep as possible. This means, cutting back time spent doing other things, including your makeup.

Photo by Alexis Paige.
Photo by Alexis Paige.

Here is a quick and easy makeup routine, broken down minute-by-minute for your early days:

:00 – 1:00

Foundation: Take a minute to even out your skin tone and blend in your foundation. This will immediately brighten up your face.

Pro tip: Maybelline’s “Fit Me” liquid foundation is worth a try because it’s weightless and looks super natural. Plus, it is easy to blend in. Just don’t forget your neck!

 1:00 – 1:45

Concealer: Spot treating acne and redness, along with brightening up your dark circles, will trick people into thinking you got a good night’s rest. Hopefully, paired with a cup of coffee, it’ll convince you too!

Pro tip: Almay’s “Wake Me Up” under eye concealer has a cooling effect that helps depuff your eyes.

1:45 – 2:00

Powder: You won’t want all of your hard work to slip off when you doze off on your desk during Psychology. Use a powder to set it.

Pro tip: Use a translucent powder – you won’t have to worry as much about blending. But, do note that it won’t offer any extra coverage.

2:00 – 2:30

Color: Bring some color back into your face by using bronzer on your cheek bones, around your jawline, on the bridge of your nose and on your temples. This is where the sun naturally hits you. Then, pop some color on your cheeks and lips.  

Pro tip: Use a cheek and lip stain. This is a two-in-one product that will save you a few seconds. Josie Maran’s “Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée” works great. So does Benefit’s “Benetint.”

2:30 – 3:30

Mascara: Curling your lashes and applying mascara will open your eyes and make them look brighter.

Pro tip: Add a white or apricot colored liner in your waterline to make the whites of your eyes look brighter. “Fascinating” Eye Kohl by MAC is a good one.

3:30 – 4:30

Eyebrows: Brush ’em and fill ’em in. Your brows frame your face and will finish off any look. You gotta be on fleek.

Pro tip: Start at the tail (the outer part) of your brow, so you can place the most product there. Then, work your way in. This will save you from using too much product.

4:30 – 5:00

Take a step back and appreciate what you just accomplished. Putting on a whole face of makeup in five minutes is no easy task.