When it comes to easy makeup ideas, the 5-minute face is a life skill every woman should master. We’re talking about a go-to makeup look that literally takes you just five minutes to apply, blend and finish, so you’re ready to head anywhere from the office, to the school run, to cocktail hour.
While it might take some practice to shave the minutes right down, the key here doesn’t necessarily lie in your makeup skills. Whether you’re a black belt or a beginner, the real secret to the 5-minute face lies in picking your products carefully. You need to look for swift, easy application and formulas that can multi-task.
Luckily, we’ve got a few of those in our limited edition Beauty Case, which you can buy right here if you haven’t already ordered yours. Ready for the low-down on how to put them to good use? Here’s the GlossyBox guide to crafting a super easy look, super fast.
Moisturise with the Bio-Extracts Glow Boost Serum, to smooth and soften your skin while adding plenty of radiance. We love this multi-tasking serum for a healthy, glowing complexion in seconds.
Using the Nip + Fab Colour Corrector, dab it under the eyes to cover up any dark circles or puffiness, then use a beauty blender to pop it anywhere else you need a little help. A full coverage concealer as well as a colour corrector, this is a great fix when you don’t have time for all-over foundation.
Using a handy palette like the Studio 10 Bronzing Veil, which comes with a bronzing powder plus a highlighter, add a little definition to your face by sweeping the bronzer under your cheekbones and around the edges of your face. Look for a soft medium-sized brush like the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F41 Flat Tapered Cheek Brush.
Grab a precision brush like the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F31 Targeted Contour, and use it to press highlighter along the highest part of your cheekbones for added glow and definition, as well as along your brown bone for instantly brighter eyes.
Swipe a brow gel like Pixi Brow Tamer over your eyebrows, then coat your lashes with the Lash Perfect Black Mascara—it’s great for fuller, thicker lashes in just one coat.
Finish up with your lips. The Rodial Suede Lips crayon in Big Apple is the perfect soft burgundy shade to suit everyone, and it’s versatile too. Smudge it on and blend in with fingers for a soft day look, or team it with a lip liner and layer up the colour for a more impactful pigment come evening.