I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. No amount of beauty products can get me to willingly wake up before 10am. I mean, I once got up early to go to a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show, but that’s about the extent of it, haha.
My point is, my typical early morning routine tends to be pretty minimal and whatever products I do manage to use need to be quick and have a big impact. You might be surprised, but I’m a girl who can barely manage to properly towel dry her hair in below zero temperatures, so putting on makeup in the early morning is completely foreign to me. Wake up early for makeup? No way - I can barely wake up without snoozing at least 20 minutes as it is!
I’ve noticed that lately, there are a few go to products I reach for when my skin isn’t looking so great. (Ugh) I hate to admit that while these products are great, I may actually be reaching for them because they’re easy to smoosh on while waiting at a red light while driving to work… (Oops)
Benefit Eye Bright is a pale lilac pencil that really lifts the droopy outer corners of my eyes. It takes a few seconds to apply and I was sold the second I saw Lisa Eldridge use it in a video. For the days when my skin needs a bit of coverage, I'm sure to grab the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick to quickly even out my complexion or cover any redness. If I want a bit of eyeshadow, I tend to reach for the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks.
If i have a little more time (ie 5 minutes at home rather than in a moving vehicle), I try to do a little more. Perhaps a bit of liner and mascara, but what I noticed really makes a difference is curled lashes. I'm a bit dodgy with conventional curlers so the Japonesque Heated Eyelash Curler is my friend, and if I can manage a bit of lip color too, I'm a happy girl. There's all sorts of lip colors in my bag but I seem to get lots of compliments when I throw on Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino. It is an easy, creamy formula I don't have to be too careful about and it really looks like I made an effort. (Sneaky!)
So there you have it - my 5 minute and 5 product face that I've been relying on these last few months! What products do you reach for when you have no time to spare? I'd love to know your tips for looking totally put together when you're really not... :)