Here’s a 5-minute make-up routine for the busy person

You only need five minutes to create a natural make-up look. Picture: Freepik/Anastasia Kazakova

You only need five minutes to create a natural make-up look. Picture: Freepik/Anastasia Kazakova

Published Jan 22, 2024


Mornings are the busiest time of day for many parents.

Between trying to get children ready for school and having a good breakfast, one seems to have no time to apply make-up.

You might think you don’t have enough time but it really shouldn’t take that long to apply a natural look.

If you can find five minutes in your morning then here’s a simple and quick make-up routine for you.

Prep and prime - 1 minute

To start your make-up routine, make sure to prep your skin by moisturising thoroughly.

This step ensures a smooth canvas for your make-up application.

Next, apply a lightweight primer to help your make-up last longer and create a flawless base.

Prep your skin by moisturising thoroughly. Picture: Pexels Sora Shimazaki

Conceal and perfect - 1 minute

Focus on areas that need extra coverage such as under-eye circles, blemishes, or redness.

Use a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone and blend it out seamlessly with your fingertips or a small brush.

For a natural finish, opt for a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser. Apply this sparingly all over your face. Don’t forget to blend!

Enhance your features - 2 minutes

With your foundation and concealer in place, it's time to enhance your natural beauty. Follow these quick steps to emphasise your features in a subtle yet impactful way:

- Brows: Using a brow pencil or powder, lightly fill in any sparse areas, shaping your brows with short, feathery strokes.

- Eyes: Sweep a neutral eyeshadow or a soft shimmery colour across your eyelids. This will add a touch of luminosity and open up your eyes.

For extra definition, apply a thin line of eyeliner close to your lash line and finish off with a coat or two of mascara to make your lashes pop.

Apply a coat of mascara to make your lashes pop. Picture: Pexels Andrea Piacquadio

- Cheeks: Apply a natural-looking blush or bronzer to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush of colour.

Opt for cream or powder formulas that are easy to blend and build up gradually if you need to.

- Lips: Choose a lipstick that compliments your skin tone and apply it quickly.

Lip gloss is quick and easy to apply. Picture: Pexels George Milton

Tinted lip balms, sheer lipsticks, or lip glosses are excellent options for a low-maintenance yet polished look. Avoid bright matt lipsticks that require precision.

Set - 1 minute

To ensure your make-up stays intact throughout the day, lightly dust a translucent powder all over your face using a fluffy brush.

Use a fluffy brush to apply translucent powder. Picture: Pexels Cottonbro Studio

This step will help control shine and set your make-up without feeling heavy.

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