The Five-Minute Face

Just recently I spoke about what I was wearing on my face on a typical day, but lately I've switched it up yet again. My previous routine was starting to take a little too long for my liking, and I started to prefer to spend a little extra time in bed. I almost regret picking the mattress that we did - it's so comfortable that I pretty much never want to get up. Anyway, I've been reaching for a different set of products to make me look awake and fresh, but it only takes about five minutes to slap on. An extra ten minutes in bed? I'm in.

I haven't been using any skin products except for the Clarins Instant Concealer recently. This little baby is quite well-loved, as you can see by all the writing having worn off the tube. This offers good coverage without being cakey or drying, and it spreads quite easily over the skin. I like dotting it on my problem areas: under my eyes, on my chin, and around my nose, and then blending it out all over. Who needs foundation, anyway?

My brow routine hasn't changed: a slick of the Glossier Boy Brow (I'm dangerously low on this and need to reorder pronto) to fluff things up and then a quick scribble of the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in any areas that are still looking sparse - for me, it's mostly the tails of my brows. This combo gives the most effortless and feathery looking brows, and I can't see myself finding anything else to use anytime soon.

For eyes I've been using a new addition, the Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Bronze. It comes in a little tube with a doe-foot applicator, so it's super easy to slick on and then blend out with a finger. It blends really well too - sometimes liquid shadows can be notoriously patchy or sticky, but this is neither. The shade is spot-on as well as a perfect everyday bronze. After a quick curl of my lashes, I apply a coat or two of the Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara - I'm still obsessed with this stuff.

All that's left is lips, and I actually usually just leave the house with my lip balm still on. Once I get to work I usually apply something else (especially as the balm has fully sunk in on my 45-minute drive in). I always go for something in a more neutral shade (what else) and that's hydrating. Lately I've been going for the Revlon Colorstay Balm Stain in Honey or the Nyx Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake. Both are lovely and affordable picks for every day.

What products do you reach for to get your makeup done quickly?