If you have never had a rushed, panicky morning, then you’re not human. Unfortunately, we’ve all had those sucky a.m. misadventures where the alarm doesn’t go off, there’s no coffee left, our wardrobe looks barren, and we have five minutes—tops!—to do our make-up and get out the door. But even if these times are inevitable, there’s a bright side. Putting on make-up with seconds to spare is easy if you have the right tools and techniques.
Sephora CC cream, $26
When you’re on a tight schedule, all your products need to pull their weight. In other words, they should be multi-tasking! This CC cream evens out your skin tone, moisturizes, covers up blemishes, and protects you from the sun. Put it on, and you’re freed from applying moisturizer, SPF, or concealer.
Next, add some color by applying this to both your cheeks and your lips. It will give you a flushed, healthy glow that will last the whole day. If you want more of a lip gloss effect, put on Chapstick or Vaseline after for some shine.
T-minus three minutes! Illuminate your face by putting this highlighter on your cheeks, cupid’s bow, temples, and brow bones. Then, instead of using eye shadow, use Watt’s Up! on your eyelids and the corners of your eyes. You’ll look ten times more awake; plus, this highlighter’s staying power far outdoes that of regular eye shadow.
Forget designer mascaras — this is the best one I’ve ever tried. It goes on smoothly, adds miles to your eyelashes, and has minimal clumping. Wear the most on your outer lashes, fanning out towards your temples, for a dramatic effect. Warning: friends might mistake you for Twiggy with the huge doe eyes this mascara gives you.