My Five Minute Makeup Routine for Sleepy Mornings

If you didn’t know this about me, I’m a full time grad student and intern. That means, sleep is precious and I often don’t get nearly enough. I have many late nights, usually filled with work events, fellowship seminars, and mountains of papers to write – So. Many. Papers. All those late nights, plus just being a terrible sleeper in general, means that getting up in the morning can be super hard for me.

While I’m usually good about getting up when I need to, even if I’m exhausted, we all have those mornings where another 15 minutes just sounds too good to resist. And on those mornings, it’s necessary for me to rush through my makeup in order to get out the door on time. So with that, here is my no-fuss-in-a-rush-out-the-door routine:

1. A glowy primer

I find that a glowy primer is so helpful in making your skin look alive and awake. When I’m feeling sleep deprived, I notice that my skin starts looking dull, sallow, and overall lackluster. A primer with a little glow is just enough to bring it back to life.

Recommendation: Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This gives just enough glow without looking over the top (in my opinion) and really helps you look more awake than you really are.

2. Just concealer where you need it

When I’m really looking to head out quickly, just concealer will do. While I usually go for a light layer of foundation, strategically placing concealer where I need to is faster and gets the job done. I place it under my eyes, over any leftover acne marks, and on any areas with redness. Blend it out with a makeup sponge, and voila!

Recommendation: Ulta Full Coverage Liquid Concealer. This is such a great concealer! Full coverage enough to hide everything you need it to, but it doesn’t look strange worn on it’s own. Sometimes when a concealer is full coverage and worn without foundation underneath, it can look stark. This blends beautifully into the skin, doesn’t crease much, and hides what it needs to.

3. Brow gel

Ain’t nobody got time to fill in their brows when you only have a few minutes. Even on a day I’m not in a rush, I have little patience for filling in my brows with a pencil. Most days, I brush through them with a tinted brow gel to hold them in place and give them more definition and shape than they have naturally.

Recommendation: Essence Make Me Eyebrow Gel Mascara. This brow gel has fibers in it that make brows look fuller, while also keeping them in place. Plus, the teeny tiny wand makes it super easy to use!

4. Mascara

For me, mascara is a non-negotiable step of my makeup routine. Especially when I’m looking tired, mascara makes the biggest difference in helping make me look awake and alive.Two quick coats of a mascara that builds quickly, and I’m good to go.  

Recommendation: Essence Lash Princess Mascara. Like I talked about in my post about my favorite drug store mascaras, this Essence mascara does everything I need it to. It separates, gives volume, and adds length.

5. If you’ve got time: bronzer

Bronzer is optional for me, but if I’ve got a space second I’ll throw some on. On days like these, I make sure to choose a bronzer that’s super easy to work with and that I can be a little sloppy with. I’ll use one that blendable, not too pigmented, and looks natural.

Recommendation: BareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer. This is a newer discovery for me, and I’m so glad I picked it up! It’s everything I described above, plus it has a little bit of a sheen to it. Super user friendly and quick to apply.

6. Lip balm

Last step is to throw on a lip balm or gloss – and that’s it! I like to pick something glossy, sheer, and mistake-proof. Mornings like these, I definitely don’t have the time to mess around with something like a liquid lipstick. It also helps that my preference pretty much any morning is something glossy, sheer, and mistake-proof 🙂

Recommendation: L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks. I just picked one of these up yesterday, and I’m already in love! They’re sheer, glossy, easy to apply, and feel so comfortable on the lips. It really just feels like you’re wearing a super comfortable lip balm with some color to it. I need to get more shades!

And there you have it! There’s my quick guide to getting out the door on time, yet still looking put together by the time you get to work.

Tell me, what are your favorite products for busy mornings? I’d love to hear your recommendations! I’m always on the lookout for new, easy products!


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