Some of us have the time and patience to spend an hour in front of the mirror to complete our makeup look for the day, but not all of us have that luxury! However, it’s more than possible to still look fabulous and put-together without needing to spend that much time at the vanity.

Read on for our top tips on how to put on makeup when you have a limited amount of time!

1. Prep Your Skin

Successfully creating a fast and easy makeup routine is all about preparation. Think of your skin as your canvas – without some prepping, you’ll have a harder time applying your makeup smoothly.

Your skincare routine will vary depending on whether you have oily, dry, combination, or acne-prone skin, but here are the general steps for a routine that your skin will thank you for!

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturize
  4. Sunscreen

Sunscreen may seem like an unnecessary step, but every time you go outside, it’s recommended to use broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. This will reduce the chances of skin cancer, premature aging, and sunburns.

2. Apply Foundation and Concealer

Once your skin is prepped, your next step is to apply the base. Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and feels comfortable on your skin. Your concealer should be no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone, otherwise, it won’t blend seamlessly.

Apply your concealer to any areas of your skin that your foundation hasn’t covered, along with your under eyes. Don’t try to heap on lots of foundation in order to cover problem areas – let your concealer do the work. The best chemical free makeup will be easy to apply without the worry of causing blemishes or allergic reactions.

3. Add Color

When you want to get ready fast, contouring your face with highlighter and bronzer isn’t necessary. Instead, opt for a high-quality cream blush and apply it directly to the apples of your cheeks. Then, blend upwards towards your temples.

Cream blushes are typically fast to apply since you’re using the pads of your fingertips – just make sure your fingers are clean! Start with a small amount of blush and gradually at more till it’s to your liking.

A little hint of color on your cheeks will go a long way to adding dimension.

4. Riveting Eyes

You don’t need to break out four different eye makeup brushes to get a look that looks beautiful and polished. Opt for light, subtle, shimmery shades that you can apply directly with a finger, like gold or peach.

Next, with a shadow that’s one or two shades darker than the base, use a crease brush to apply the eyeshadow to your crease till it’s well blended. Instead of eyeliner, use an angled brush and a slightly darker shade of eyeshadow to line your upper lids and the outer corners of your lower.

Lastly, apply two coats of mascara to your eyelashes to complete the look.

5. Don’t Forget Eyebrows

Your eyebrows are just as important as your eyes – they can actually make or break a look! With a clean, disposable spooley brush, brush your eyebrows into shape. Then, with your preferred pomade or other eyebrow product, fill in sparse areas with multiple small, quick motions. This will give you realistically full brows in only a few minutes.

6. Lush Lips

You’ll want to add some color to your lips to balance out your look. You can opt for tinted lip gloss, but make sure to bring it along with you as you’ll need to reapply it throughout the day.

If you like wearing lipstick, a useful trick is to apply concealer to your lips lightly with a sponge and then blot your lips dry. This will act as a base for your lipstick that ensures it won’t smudge or fade during the course of the day.

If you have trouble applying lipstick quickly straight from the tube, consider using a lip brush! This will give you greater control and help you become less prone to mistakes.

Exfoliating and moisturizing your lips is recommended for a smooth base, but you can do this the night before to cut down on your preparation time in the morning.

7. Set It and Forget It

Last but not least, you’ll want to set your makeup so that you won’t have to do touch-ups throughout the day. Use some translucent powder until your face doesn’t feel sticky. Follow that up with a setting spray applied evenly across your face.

How to Put on Makeup Fast: It’s Not About Perfection

One of the top reasons why some of us spend so much time in the mirror is because we’re seeking perfection. Of course, this isn’t an issue if you enjoy the process, but if you need to break away from the mindset that your makeup needs to be perfect before its finished, this is a great way to break the habit.

Knowing how to put on makeup fast is all about knowing what kinds of makeup make the most impact and the look you’re going for. For instance, natural looks don’t need heavy eye shadows, contouring, and bold lipstick.

On the other hand, it’s also possible to create a dramatic look with makeup products that have ample payoff and that are easy to apply.

Looking for more easy and fast makeup tips to jumpstart your morning? Keep reading our blog!

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