Master The 10 Minute Makeup Routine

Years ago, I thought doing my makeup in 10 minutes was never a possibility for me. Really. This was a big deal. I would read posts by bloggers and watch videos of Youtubers that described their daily routines and wonder how they could be so fast. How could they look that good in 10 minutes? Yet I would then do exactly what they did and it would still take me 30 minutes and I would still be running late everywhere I went. But alas, after 20 years of life I think I can now say I have finally mastered the illustrious 10 minute makeup routine that I had once only dreamed of. Now I can wake up 20 minutes before I have to leave for my internship and still be on time. Who wouldn’t want that? So read on to see how I quickly do my makeup to still look good (I hope?) whether it’s for class, work, or anything else I’m doing that day because let’s be honest I don’t switch this up that often.

  1. Moisturizer

    • I first put on my moisturizer (Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer is my all time fav) and like I said in a previous post, I wait a few minutes to let is soak in before I put on my foundation so that it doesn’t look cakey. While I’m waiting for it I usually brush my teeth or do my hair (gotta multitask). To make this routine faster I use moisturizer as more of a primer, because unless you need your makeup to last for hours and hours you don’t really need to use both.
  2. Foundation

    • Next, I put on my foundation or BB cream or CC cream or really any kind of cream that’s going to make my face look better. I usually use IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream because it’s light enough for everyday use when applied with a wet BeautyBlender but offers fuller coverage if I blend it in with a foundation brush.
  3. Concealer

    • I always use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in one shade lighter than my skin tone and draw a triangle with it under my eyes to brighten it up a little. Then I go in with a concealer that’s the same color as my foundation to cover any blemishes that might have popped up to ruin my life that day.
  4. Powder

    • I use a brush to swipe on RCMA No Color Powder on top of my concealer, on my forehead, and anywhere else I might get shiny throughout the day, because beauty is really a delicate balance of looking dewy but not oily.
  5. Bronzer and Blush

    • I bronze under my cheekbones, around my jawline, on the top of my forehead, and on the sides of my nose, and then I put blush along my cheekbones to give my face some color. I use Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer and Dandelion Blush. This isn’t a precise science so no need to spend your whole 10 minutes here contouring your face perfectly.
  6. Highlight

    • If I’m running really behind I might skip this step but I highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, on my Cupid’s bow, and under my eyebrows with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. You can just apply it quickly with your fingers and blend it out and you’re good to go.
  7. Eyebrows

    • I first use an eyebrow gel and then go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade on a small brush. The gel really helps give a good base for me to fill in my brows and it makes the color more intense (kind of like getting your brush wet before putting on eyeshadow). And then I use more gel after filling them in to set my brows in place for the day. If you’re running low on time I would recommend always at least doing your brows if nothing else because this frames your face and makes you look more put together.
  8. Mascara

    • For my eyes I put on two coats of mascara. Sometimes I’ll swipe on a light brown eyeshadow, but I only wear eyeliner for special occasions because I’m very precise about it and it ends up taking me way too long. (Winged eyeliner is a different story- after a horrific experience of once spending over an hour trying to get perfectly even wings for prom I’ve sworn off this look forever.)
  9. Lip Balm

    • And finally, I put on some EOS lip balm and I’m ready to roll.

And there you have it- the simple 9 step makeup routine that I do almost every day. As someone who used to always be unapologetically late to everything, I can say that doing my makeup faster has definitely made my life better, if not just saved me 20 minutes that I then spend picking out my outfit instead. I’m practically a new person. Not really but you get it. Thanks for reading!



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