Easy five minute makeup for beginners
Whether it’s one of those mornings that calls for a bumpy on road application, a quick fix after a lunchtime gym session or just not feeling confident with your brush, there’s no need to stress you’re only five minutes away from a flawless face.
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If you’re already short on time, chances are you’re not going to have time to touch up again later in the day. It’s often the first step bumped off when in a rush but the key to all day staying power is a good primer, reveals makeup artist Sam Hart. “It only takes seconds to apply but extends your make-up for hours,” says Hart.
When time’s not on your side stick to light to medium coverage with a dewy finish as it's more forgiving and easier to apply on-the-go. Hart recommends lightweight formulas as they can be applied with your fingertips, saving valuable time down the track. Multi-purpose coverage options are ideal for busy women as they hydrate, nourish, illuminate and even out skin at the same time.
bh loves: YSL Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Foundation, $92
Trick colleagues into thinking you had a full eight hours sleep with smart application of the right concealer in tell-tale fatigue areas. Use your ring finger and a yellow based concealer to cancel out purple hues. Pat underneath the eye from one corner to the other, then spot excess concealer onto blemishes.
To give the illusion of a 30 minute application, apply highlighter in key areas. “Highlighter provides colour and radiance for that lit from within glow,” says Hart. Applying highlighter in just three areas will attract light and add lift. “Tops of the cheek bones, brow bone and cupid’s bow [upper lip line] are the best places for that instant luminosity,” adds Hart.
Eye Shadow or Eye Liner
Decision time! It’s one or the other when time is of the essence. Keep it neutral with a natural eye shadow shade (check out our favourite palettes with natural shades below), sweep it over your lids and blend to create a warm look. For a bolder eye, apply liquid liner along the lash line, as close to the roots as possible. We recommend using a chocolate liner when you’re time poor – it’s universally flattering and mistakes are less noticeable.
Sculpted brows frame the whole face, so if there’s one step you need to miss, it’s not this one. Stay away from gels, liquid and powders and opt for a classic fool proof pencil. Simply mimic the natural direction of the hairs to fill out and define the brows. Pencils with a triangular tip are best for precise and easy application. Bonus points if there’s a spoolie brush at the end of your pencil – these are great for brushing through and adding texture to your brows.
It goes without saying that it's the most important part of a five minute beauty routine when the mascara is applied correctly! To complete the look and open up the eyes, Hart applies generous lashings of mascara with a volumising and clump-free mascara.
Now for the finale! When there’s no time for lip liner, it’s best to opt for a more subtle sheen. We recommend using a lip crayon as they glide on easily and provide moisture, doubling up as a lip conditioner, or a nourishing natural lipstick.
Beauty ed's #1 tip
One of the most important beauty lessons I've learned, whether you have five or 30 minutes up your sleeve, is to moisturise. I like to think of make-up like painting, the face acts as the canvas and when it’s not prepped properly, it will shine through in the final product. Smooth and ultra-hydrated skin is my secret to radiant skin. Always apply your moisturiser at the end of your skincare routine to ensure an ultra-smooth and prepped base.
Check out my favourite moisturisers for acing my base below...
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche, $32.99
What are your go-to products for quick makeup?