My go-to beauty products and techniques on an everyday basis, for other women like me, who always seem to be STRETCHED for time.
I’m not necessarily always in a rush - however, the morning somehow seems the fly by most days, and I find myself doing my makeup as quickly as possible. I never wear any makeup to work, I have to wake up at 5.30am and make coffee for hours, and I only ever see the same people every single day. I basically look like I just rolled out of bed when I’m at the coffee shop. However, on my uni days, or weekends, I like to put a little bit more effort in, whilst still trying to look effortless. It’s quite the paradox really.
I feel like putting makeup on, doing my hair and making myself look presentable somehow makes me a whole lot more productive, blog wise, study wise, and life wise really. I never wear active wear to uni anymore, nor will I ever rock pyjamas in a lecture. I used to go to the local shops without a care in the world what I looked like, sometimes, I still do. But if I spend just 15 minutes at the start of my day putting an effort into my appearance, not only does everyone else take me more seriously, but I take my self more seriously, because I feel like I have my life together. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t wear makeup or straighten my hair every single day. I actually hate the feeling of makeup on my skin after about two hours and having my hair down annoys the hell out of me. But I push through, because I honestly believe that the more put together I appear, the more put together I will be.
So, my super quick, go-to beauty routine is exactly that - no fuss, minimal effort, but great results.
After breakfast and a shower, I jump straight into the clothes I will be wearing for the day, usually I chuck on a pair of jeans, a shirt and my converse. Simple, but better than your track pants. By creating this ‘uniform’ as such for myself, I save so much time picking the right outfit - if you find looks that work for you, wear them until they become threadbare. It’ll save you time, money and the stress of getting ready in the morning. Now onto the beauty.
I normally do my skincare routine straight out of the shower, at this stage I would have already got my regenerating moisturiser and some SPF on my face, so I go straight into the primer. I have been using the same primer for about a year now, and I just find it is the best way to lock in your makeup for all day wear.
Next, for my everyday makeup, I jump straight to concealer. I rarely bother with foundation day-to-day, as I find it just takes up too much time and is even unnecessary most of the time. My trick here though, which some beauty experts may disagree with, is to choose a concealer that actually matches your skin tone. I am no expert at all (I’d like to make that clear) but I have gone through countless concealers that were a shade or two too light, and just made me look like a ghost, especially if I didn’t have any foundation on underneath. So, I like a light consistency, nothing too thick or heavy, that will do its job of erasing my under eyes, and cover up any blemishes, whilst blending in seamlessly with my skin. With everyday makeup, I like to simply extenuate what I’ve got, not change my features.
Once concealer is done, I skip powder and go straight to the eyebrows. I use a brown pencil to lightly fill them in, and a clear brow gel over the top to keep them in place. Eyebrows are definitely not my forte, and I prefer a very natural look, so maybe change this step up if eyebrows are your thing.
Next, I go straight onto the eyes. Now this might be controversial. But, to save time, and money, I use the same eyebrow pencil as my eye liner at the moment - I run it under my eyes and then create a small cat eye tick, using my finger to smudge it all out. Very subtle, but the brown just makes my little eyes pop, without it being too heavy like a black eyeliner would. If I’m feeling fancy, I might opt to put a little natural shimmer on my lids, usually just choosing one colour shadow to add a little something more. Then, its a lick of mascara, and I’m almost good to go.
If my skin is looking a bit sallow, sometimes I opt for a bit of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones, or even, some bronzer. But this step is optional. Finally, I add a simple lip balm or a really natural lipstick, like the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in the shade Rikugien. So, that is my face all done and dusted - using on average, six products in total. That will take me no longer than ten minutes. I never fuss too much with makeup, I think the less time you spend on it, the better it ends up looking (in my case anyway).
And that is all! My 10 minute beauty routine for a normal day in the life of me. I hope this enlightens those of you who don’t bother because they think they don’t have the time, and encourages those of you who spend hours on their appearance to cut it down a bit, because I promise you, it is definitely doable. The benefits of being effortlessly put together go far beyond your appearance - I promise you, you will feel more productive, get out of the house more, and all round just feel calmer knowing that you can take whatever the day throughs at you at any moment. Happy getting-ready!