Busy parents rarely have time to do a full beauty routine in the morning. For a lot of parents, leaving the house not covered in food or grime is a success. But being busy doesn’t detract from your desire to look your best, which is why mastering a quick makeup routine that takes you 10 minutes or less is a smart idea. You don’t need full contouring and a smoky eye to highlight your beautiful features each morning.
Start with Under Your Eyes: 2 Minutes
Parents often go without a full night’s sleep. When you’re running on just a few hours of shut-eye, you don’t want your face to broadcast that fact. Dab on your favorite under-eye concealer. Use one that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone, and apply it in an inverted triangle shape before you blend it. Good Housekeeping shows you how to do the triangle concealer trick for brighter eyes. Whether you prefer a liquid or a powder, the finger blending method or a blending brush, the aim here is to get it done fast.
Conceal Obvious Blemishes: 2 Minutes
Next, grab a concealer or powder and apply it to any blemishes you might have that day. Hopefully you can skip this step; unfortunately, acne is a very real irritation for many adults. A concealer with a bit of yellow or green tint in it will help tone down the redness from zits. Blend it in with your finger or a brush so you don’t have a little circle of makeup on your face. Then dip a fluffy brush in some powder and quickly go over your entire face to blend everything in.
Reach for Blush Next: 1 Minute 30 Seconds
Add life to your complexion with a light coat of blush. If you have a round face, the apples of your cheeks are the perfect spot for a dusting of blush. If you have a square or angular face, gently apply the blush to the ridge of your cheekbone. If you’re extra pressed for time, Glamour Magazine recommends getting an all-over color stick. These products work as eyeshadow, blush, and even lipstick because they’re neutral in tone and designed to give you a bit of natural shimmer.
Perk up Your Lashes: 2 Minutes 30 Seconds
Few people have time to spend perfecting a cat-eye or applying perfect eyeshadow every morning. Instead, focus on your eyelashes. A simple tube of black volumizing mascara should be your go-to eye makeup when you don’t have time to do anything else. Spend a little extra time here separating your lashes to give them a defined, obvious look. When you have some extra time, look at Amway’s blog for mascara application techniques you can master in minutes, like wiggling the brush a bit to separate your lashes.
Gloss Your Lips: 1 Minute
Forget dark lipstick. Go with lip gloss or a glossy lip stain. With lipstick, you have to be precise with your edges and careful about your color. Gloss or a light stain isn’t nearly so finicky. Dab some on your lips for a fuller pout. You don’t want to go too dark. Something close to your natural lip color, but either a few shades pinker or a few shades darker, will do the trick. Aim for subtlety!
Dry Shampoo Hair Spruce: 1 Minute
You’ve got a minute left in your 10-minute makeup routine, so grab a canister of dry shampoo and use it to lift your roots. Even on clean hair, dry shampoo is a great volumizer. Spritz a little near your roots, brush out the whiteness, and enjoy some extra volume in your hair for the day.
The more you practice your quick makeup routine, the easier it will be. You might get some of these steps down to less than a minute, giving you time to add in a few extras, like a swipe of eyeshadow or eyeliner. Or, use those extra minutes to sleep, meditate, or eat something. You might be busy, but you’ve got this!