Five-Minute Makeup Routine - Look Gorgeous in Minutes

By Katherine Huether  

Are you pressed for time most mornings? Your child loses a shoe and you need to help him find it before the bus comes. You hit snooze one too many times and find yourself scrambling to get ready for work. Mornings can be very hectic and no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to find the time you need to get ready for your day properly.

If this sounds all too familiar, you may think you don't have time to put on makeup. The reality is that no matter how pressed for time you are, you can still find some time to apply a little color. The secret is that you should develop an effective five-minute routine designed to help you look your best in a limited amount of time.

Everyone needs a five-minute makeup routine. Even if you're the type to wear a full face every day, it is still worth your while to develop something you can do fast, just in case. Not only that, but a shorter routine is perfect for midday touchups or for those moments when you want to transition your makeup from your day look to your night look. Here's some information on what every five-minute routine should include.

Apply Simple Base Makeup
The first thing you should do as part of your quick makeup routine is to apply base makeup. There are several strategies you can use.

Tinted moisturizer. This two-in-one strategy saves time. You can either buy a tinted product for your skin type and complexion or you can mix your regular moisturizer and foundation together for easy application. This is ideal if you would like to still apply your full eye and lip makeup.


Regular foundation. If you are willing to forego your regular eye and lip makeup, or streamline the two routines, making your regular base makeup a priority is a great strategy because it evens out your skin and makes it look flawless. After your done with this step, however, you will only have time for a few other steps.

Face powder. Of course, you can skip your base makeup all together and swipe some powder over your skin after you apply makeup. This will provide a simple and effective base for blusher and eye shadow. However, it does little to even out your skin tone.

Concealer. If you think you have enough time, you may want to apply concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes or uneven skin pigmentation. After applying concealer you can either apply your powder, tinted moisturizer, or your regular foundation.

Add some color. At this stage, and if time permits, you may choose to add a quick swipe of blush. This step is especially important if you feel tired or sick because this feeling tends to show on your skin. You can opt to apply bronzer instead of blush. Chances are, however, you won't have time for both.

To maximize this step, it helps to work with a professional makeup expert to help you find the correct shade. Base makeup only does its job of making your skin look flawless if you select the right color.

Quick Eye and Lip Strategies
When developing your five-minute routine, you need to decide if you will focus most of your attention on your eyes or most of it on your lips. Even though you can manage to look polished in a short period of time, you need to streamline your routine. When in doubt, choose the feature you like the best.

Focusing on the Lips
If you choose to focus on the lips, you still may want to apply a thin layer of eyeliner and a few quick swipes of mascara to define your eyes in a subtle way. Next, choose a lip color that compliments your skin tone.


Make sure to select a color that is appropriate for your needs. For example, if you work in a conservative office, you'll want to find a color that defines your lips without being too loud.

Defining Your Eyes
Rather than draw attention to your lips, you may want to focus on your eyes. In this case, you may still want to apply some lip gloss or a very neutral lip shade. If time permits, you may have a change to apply a full eye makeup routine that includes eye shadow, eyeliner, and even mascara. If you are truly pressed for time but still want to define your eyes, apply powder to your lids for a base, apply eyeliner, and then a quick swipe of mascara.

With only five minutes to make your face look polished, you don't have enough time to define both your lips and your eyes. Choose your best feature and focus on that.

Sample Five-Minute Routine
Here is a sample routine designed give you an idea of how to execute your own routine. This particular strategy assumes that you will focus on defining your lips, not your eyes.

  • Wash your face as usual.
  • Dot concealer on any problem areas.
  • Apply tinted moisturizer, followed by a quick swipe of pressed powder.
  • Using a large brush, apply bronzing powder on your forehead, nose, and cheeks.
  • With the same brush, apply a little blush on your cheekbones.
  • Apply a few coats of mascara to your lashes. Curl them beforehand if you feel you have enough time.
  • Line your lips with your favorite lip pencil. Fill in with your favorite lip color.
  • Put your pressed powder compact and lipstick in your purse for quick touchups throughout the day.

From start to finish, this routine should take no more than five minutes. Make changes to this routine depending on what your needs are. For example, if you prefer to highlight your eyes, you won't want to spend all your time applying lipstick. A quick swipe of gloss while you run out the door will be enough.

As you can see, coming up with an effective routine that takes only five minutes is completely doable. It may take some trial and error before you are comfortable with the techniques and the methods that work for you.

Solutions To Everyday Makeup Storage Frustrations

By Mike Hartwick  

Most of us have a lot of makeup in our bathrooms. It can be found strewn on the counter, crammed into vanity drawers, and overflowing small makeshift storage containers. Each day we threaten to put an end to the clutter, and quickly forget our plight until the next time we apply our makeup. Putting an end to this frustration starts with researching the different makeup storage options available to you.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

Organizing your makeup will likely end up being something that you wish that you would have done much sooner when you experience just how good it feels to have everything in its place. Getting a makeup collection organized may only take one reasonably sized storage container, or it may take several. You must first look at just how much makeup you need to keep organized before you decide on a container. Regardless of how much makeup you do have, there are nearly endless makeup storage options available that will help you get organized.

What Type of Makeup Are You Organizing

Just as there are several types of makeup, there are several types of storage containers to keep it tidy. Containers that have special slots or compartments that are perfectly sized for lipstick tubes and nail polish bottles make it a breeze to store these items separately from the rest of your collection. If you have a large amount of one type of makeup this might be your best option. Generally, there are several sizes of these custom containers available so you can easily pick the one best suited for how much you need to store.


Endless Options to Satisfy Every Personality and Need

We are all different, and so are our preferences. Some may prefer a cylinder or cup style of makeup brush storage container; and you may find that a roll up brush pouch better suits your fancy. Since you will have plenty of sizes, styles, colors, and materials to choose from, it won't be hard to find a comfortable system to organize your makeup. Just remember to choose one you feel comfortable with using daily.

Popular Makeup Storage Containers

Makeup organizers such as acrylic cubes and counter top containers, makeup carousels, box bags, makeup storage boxes, and expandable cylinders are all among the most popular storage containers. The acrylic versions of each design are often chosen over those made from other materials. Acrylic storage containers take makeup storage to a whole new level because you can see everything and find things more quickly.

A Container for Every Need and Budget

Though acrylic containers are considered more convenient and aesthetically pleasing, they can be quite expensive. However, there are plenty of cheap makeup storage options if these are out of your budget. If able to spend a little extra for acrylic containers, you should definitely do so, you will likely be happy with your decision for many years to come.

When shopping online or locally for makeup storage containers it is wise to know exactly what you need. Knowing where you will keep your container, how large it needs to be, and what types of makeup it will be in charge of holding will help you make a satisfactory purchase. You will fare better if you buy a container that is large enough to allow your makeup collection to grow. After all, you can never have enough makeup, enough time to apply it and try new makeup techniques, or enough space to keep it all organized.

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