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How to Get the Perfect Makeup Look in Under 5 Minutes

Jeanette Crutchfield

You’ve done it again... you stayed up late last night. Your alarm didn’t go off this morning and now you’ve got 5 minutes to do your makeup before you have to be out the door to start your day. Cue panic mode!

Not to worry, here’s 5 steps, using 5 products, to get a fresh makeup look in 5 minutes.


Take the 60 seconds to do this step. You won’t regret it. It will ensure your makeup application is as smooth as possible and stays on all day. vegan face primer will be your best friend when you are in a rush as you can very easily smooth it across your face with your fingers and have it blend seamlessly into your skin. Have skin that needs to be moisturized? Choose face primer to get optimal hydration using squalane. Need to control oil all day? Go with a matte primer with kaolin clay to absorb excess oil. If you want glowing skin then go with a luminous primer with hyaluronic acid and collagen to illuminate and plump your skin. If you have acne prone skin try an acne primer with 1.8% salicylic acid to help fight and prevent acne. Need brighter and more even skin-tone? Pick a primer with Vitamin C to help improve your skin over time. Regardless of the formula you choose, you are going to get a smooth, velvety texture that glides over your skin seamlessly and helps grip your makeup for all-day wear and a flawless finish.


When you have less than 5 minutes to get ready, you want a foundation that multi-tasks harder than Martha Stewart. Choose a foundation that has a medium but buildable coverage. This allows you to put a light application all over, but then you can add a little more where you need it (think under eyes, around nose, chin). And SPF is a MUST. When it’s included in your foundation, it saves you an entire step during your routine. Bonus points if your foundation has added skincare ingredients! If you are going to wear it on your face all day, you might as well get some extra benefits. Think skin loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help provide hydration as well as plump up your skin. Niacinamide can help to brighten and even out your skin tone and peptides can give you a more refreshed complexion. Our Camo CC Cream can do all this and more and comes in shades to make everyone happy.


Your complexion is smoothed out, but you’ve got 60 seconds to get your cheeks and eyes done and the clock is ticking. Reach for a cream multi-use makeup blush stick to add some quick color to your face to both wake you up and give you a gorgeous flush. A cream multi-use stick is exactly what is says: a cream stick (think super easy application using your fingers) that has multiple uses (you can use it on your eyes, lips, and cheeks). Using the multi-use stick, also known as a blush stick, rub your fingers across the bullet and pat the color into your cheeks to give you a warm flush as well as lift your entire complexion. Using your index finger, dab some of the color on your eyelids to help awaken your entire eye area. Simply pat it into place smoothing any excess onto your lips. Our makeup stick is a highly blendable, versatile cream-to-powder formula that is perfect for days like this as well as for doing touch-ups on-the-go. With shea butter and vitamin E, it also gives your skin a nourishing and moisturizing boost.


Your eyeshadow is done (thank you multi-use stick!), but your eyes still need a little something- something. Grab your favorite volumizing mascara and go to town. Wiggle the wand back and forth to deposit the mascara around each lash, then dip the wand in the tube again and this time wiggle it just on the outer corners of your eyes. This will help give a slight cat-eye look and lift your overall complexion. You can also wiggle the mascara right at the base of your lashes depositing the mascara on them making them appear thicker, but doing this also puts a little mascara on your skin at the lash line helping to define your eye shape when you don’t have time for eyeliner. Just don’t press too hard otherwise you’ll get raccoon eyes!


You’ve got to get out the door! Time to grab a tinted lip balm. The best thing about these little guys is that you don’t need a mirror to apply them. You can smooth it on your lips as you are grabbing your bag and heading out the door. Choose ones that have added hydration benefits like vitamin E to help nourish and moisturize your lips all day long. Our Hydrating Core Lip Shine is the perfect last step to your 5-minute makeup routine. It gives you a sheer tint of color with an ever-so-soft shine. It nourishes and conditions with color that melts into your lips.

There you are! 5 minutes, 5 steps, 5 products, and out the door you go. Just because you are rushed in the morning doesn’t mean you have to skip your makeup routine. And if you only have one minute??? Toss each of these products in a makeup bag and do your makeup on the subway or in the bathroom when you get to your destination. It’s a quick but also very portable look!