If we asked you to run us through your typical morning routine, we highly doubt you would use words like ‘leisurely,’ ‘relaxing,’ or ‘tranquil’ when describing it to us.
For most women, mornings involve wolfing down whatever form of breakfast we can get our mitts on while frantically trying to get ourselves (and our families) ready and out the door – and while we love to look out best, often there just isn’t time for a complicated makeup routine.
Luckily you don’t need to carve out 20 minutes (and own 536 products) in order to look gorgeous – five minutes and a couple of tried and true natural makeup staples are all you need.
“I’m all about using less, and I think when you find a few great products this is easily achievable,” says natural makeup artist and Depths of Beauty founder Emmily Banks. “It’s all about complimenting your best features and still allowing lots of natural beauty to shine through.”
MULTI-TASKING MAKEUP MASTERPIECES
To shave time off your morning makeup routine, stick to the bare necessities where possible. “For example, if you have naturally even skin tone you can skip foundation and head straight for concealer, or if you have naturally dark lashes and brows, leave the mascara and brow pencil and focus instead on your eyeshadow,” says Emmily.
“Multi-use products will also save you digging around in your makeup bag and have you out the door sooner – and just because a product isn’t labelled two-in-one doesn’t mean they can’t be multi-purpose. Most of my lipsticks also double as cream blush, and powder blush and bronzers also make great eyeshadows. Don’t be afraid to get creative!”
Here are some of our favourite multi-tasking masterpieces:
WELEDA SKIN FOOD
“I love Weleda’s Skin Food, a beautifully nourishing all-rounder that can be used as a moisturiser, primer, highlighter and lip balm,” says Emmily.
ERE PEREZ CLEVER CARROT CHEEK & LIP BALM
“Ere Perez’s Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balms are brilliant compacts for a little lip and cheek action,” says Emmily.
VAPOUR ILLUSIONIST CONCEALER
Use a light application of this creamy and pigmented concealer to disguise dark circles and hide blemishes.
LAVERA EYEBROW PENCIL
Beef up your brows by applying this universally flattering shade of eyebrow pencil using soft, feathery strokes.
W3LL PEOPLE BIO EXTREME EXPRESSIONIST MASCARA
We love the volumising skills of this bad boy – one coat is all you need for fat, fluttery lashes.