When time speeds up and you find yourself with only minutes to make yourself look your best before your class, follow these tips to help you to apply your makeup quickly and easily (in just 5 minutes!).
You will be left looking fresh, youthful, and ready to show.
1. Skin Prep
Start with a clean and moisturized face. Then you have a couple of choices:
Option A: Primer
Depending on the amount of coverage you want/need, a primer can eliminate your need for foundation and concealer, which will also save you more time.
These skin smoothers come as translucent lotions or in creamier white formulas. Apply yours using your fingertips in the same way you would your moisturizer.
Option B: Foundation and/or concealer
If you wear foundation, you can cut down your makeup time by applying it only to the areas that need it. The best (and fastest) way to apply it is with a (preferably damp) makeup sponge (not your fingers!).
Concealers come in stick, wand, tube or pot forms, and are most generally used to hide blemishes and under-eye circles. Some women use foundation as their concealer. It is simply a matter of personal preference and dependent on your skincare needs.
Using your ring finger, dab conceler on the areas of your face that can be prone to redness or dark shadows, such as your chin, the sides of your nose, and around your eyes, as well as on any blemishes.
When you have an extra 30 seconds: You can complete your skin prep with a sheer compacted powder for a quick matte finish.
2. Line Your Lids
Quickly define your eyes by using an eyeliner pencil to trace your upper lash line only. You can then take your finger and smudge the line a tad so it doesn’t look so perfect.
When you have an extra 30 seconds: A shimmery white eye shadow is a secret weapon for brightening up your eyes. Apply it to the inner corner of each eye, and then dot it on the centre of your eyelids and under your eyebrow arches.
3. Lube Up Your Lashes
When you are in a rush, you only need to focus on accentuating your upper lash line (rather than upper and lower). Sweep on one or two coats from root to tip. I recommend black for a more dramatic look.
TIP: Never pump the wand of your mascara. Doing so pushes air into the tube, drying it out and promoting bacterial growth.
4. Now Blush!
Using a brush blush, swirl a little powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks (the roundest part when you smile) and blend the shade up and out towards your temples for a pop of color.
5. Swipe on a Lip Shade
Complete your look with a gloss finish. They require less precision (and time) than a liner-and-lipstick combo. A bold or bright shade will look best in the show arena.
Ta-da, you’re done!