My 5-Minute Makeup Routine

Hello Beautiful! I’m back today to tell you about my 5 minute makeup routine that I do just about everyday.  I’m a mom to 2 young guys and I work full time as an RN so I need a quick routine in the morning that will also last all day. Using a few key products I can go from tired and dull to fresh and bright without taking forever or costing a small fortune. Let’s get started!

First a quick thin layer of primer. This is an extra-credit product that might not be necessary for everyone’s skin type or need. I use one for multiple benefits – I love how it minimizes the look of my pores, smooths the application of foundation and keeps it from breaking up on my skin, and, most importantly, makes my makeup last longer. The one I’m using currently is Urban Decay’s Optical Illusion. I really like this product, it’s got the consistency of a dry cream and it smooths on to the skin very easily. I use a small dot and smooth it around my face focusing on patting it in my t-zone area. It has a little bit of an illuminating effect.

Now we are ready for foundation! I plan on doing a full post just on this topic because it’s the one product I get the most questions about (understandably!). For now though I am using and loving Estée Lauder Double Wear. I am in the shade Desert Beige. I really love this foundation for how well it wears for a full day, the smoothness and skinlike effect it gives, and how well the color works for me. I normally apply with my fingers and blend all over my face, up into my hair line and down my jawline. I’ll blend even further with my beauty blender for a flawless, skin-like finish.


For concealers I have been really loving Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in the shade moderately fair. I will apply this with my fingertips and blend super gently with my beauty blender. My under eye area is a bit of a trouble zone for me. I have some pretty dark circles that have gotten worse with age (I’m 35) and some fine lines. I love how this concealer helps plump and tighten the area while being moisturizing with great coverage. I set my under eye area with a quick swipe of e.l.f. Smooth and Set Eye Powder. This is a recent discovery for me but I am LOVING it. I love that it’s a super finely milled powder that has a bit of a pearly, illuminating effect while setting my thin under eye area without looking cakey or creasing. At $4, it really can’t be beat. I used Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder for years, and loved it. It set my under eye area, brightened, and the product lasted a long time. However – I actually like the e.l.f. product more! It looks more natural to me (no visible reflective “glitter” like pieces) and stays on my skin longer.  I use a small eyeshadow blending brush (like this) to apply this powder just around my eyes and up on to the lid.


My all-time favorite setting powder is Mac’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in the shade medium. It is pricey but I despise the way powder can make you cakey so fast (especially as I get older), and this product doesn’t leave that powdery halo behind.  It will also last a super long time! I use this product with a powder brush mainly in the center of my face and over any concealed area. I love that it doesn’t dull my skin or make it look dry, it really does have a skin like finish.

I always go straight to my eyebrows after I’m done with foundation, for some reason it feels very needed after evening out my skin. I only use one product on my brows most days – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Ash Brown. This is a soft, but finely pointed brow pencil that gives amazing pigmentation and stays on all day. I only twist up a small amount of product before I apply because it is a softer pencil that can break off. I love the fine tip for applying hair like strokes through my brows and MY GOD what a difference it makes.

A quick blending of blush on the apples of my cheeks really wakes up my face and helps me glow. Right now I am loving (and have loved for years) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Seduce – a perfect rosy nude. I also have Blissful which is a bright peachy rose. I love this blush for it’s pigmentation and how long it lasts on my skin. The colors are just so pretty, too. Another shade I reach for often is NARS Orgasm (love that name). There’s a reason this is a classic shade that everyone loves. It’s just such a perfect neutral toned peachy pink that has a pretty shimmery finish that really looks like a natural glow.

Last up I apply two coats of mascara. I had been hearing so much about Loreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise, so I decided to give it a try. I really like it, I do find it very comparable to Too Faced Better Than Sex (which is one of my all time favorite mascaras). However, for me, it dries out so quickly. I find that after a week or so of using it I have to put a few drops of contact solution in to loosen it up again. Having said that though, for the price it really is a great mascara.

From here, I am good to go! Some days I finish with a quick spray of my go-to Setting Spray to really keep my makeup locked in all day so I don’t have to worry. Other days, I’m out the door!

I think that these few basic steps help elevate my look and keep me polished for a quick and unfussy day look. It is so easy to touch up and add to for transitioning to evening (future post idea!). I filmed a highlighted video on my Instagram showing my step by step routine – it’s my first time filming myself but I think it could be helpful for some so I went for it :). Let me know what you think! We’ll chat about my go-to eye look next!


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