I woke up early one morning, lumbered sleepily to the kitchen to boil water for a cup of coffee… and stepped into a puddle of water. Opening the cupboard under the sink unleashed a torrential waterfall. Apparently there was a leaky pipe dripping water into some pots under the sink, and it had overflowed. So instead of making coffee before I left, and taking time to dress and put on my face, I was left mopping and cleaning up the kitchen for about half an hour, leaving me about 10 minutes to get out the door and to work.
To add insult to injury, I had an early morning start and I had a long day to go so I had to have makeup that would last. Here’s how I got my makeup on in 8 minutes or so, and the products I used (and why I chose to use them)
Foundation – Clarins Everlasting Foundation (1) + I Nuovi Illumina Heaven (2) + loose powder (3) + Dior Skinflash (4) – 2 minutes
I chose the Clarins Everlasting foundation because I knew from experience that the medium coverage and long lasting power was what I needed. I added the I Nuovi Illumina to add glow to an otherwise flat foundation. Pumped 1.5 pumps of foundation into my palm, added a squirt of Illumina and applied it to my face quickly. Brushed on some Dior Skinflash concealer/highlighter on the undereye and I looked alive! Puffed some Lavshuca loose powder over to set and I was done in about 2 minutes. Patting on the loose powder helped set the liquid makeup and helped it last.
Eyes – Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow in Birthday Suit and Strut (5) + Smashbox Liquid Eyeliner pen in black (6) + Shiseido Perfect Mascara (8) + Shu Uemura Brow Pencil (7) – 4 minutes
When I have to be quick, brushes are the last thing I want to fiddle with so its fingers all the way! Out came my idiot-proof magical combination of Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows in Birthday Suit and Strut. Adds definition to the eyes and its not as easy to screw up. Line with the Smashbox liquid liner pen that dries quickly and stays put all day long and added mascara with my “guaranteed get compliments” Shiseido Perfect Mascara in black. Filled in brows quickly with Shu Uemura brow pencil.
Cheeks – Benefit Bella Bamba blush (9) – 1 minute
Blush brush, smile, Bella Bamba on the cheeks. Done!
Lips – Dior Serum de Rouge (10) – 30 seconds
Alright, slightly over the mark if I added lipstick but since I applied it while heading out the door, does it count? It took about half a minute to slick on the lipstick (I chose Dior Serum de Rouge in Peach Serum as my lips were feeling a bit dry and I realized I needed some colour on my face) and I was done.
This is probably the quickest I’ve ever attempted and completed a full face makeup look. I’m going to try to shave off even more time and get it down to maybe 6 minutes so it becomes my no-fuss express makeup look for emergencies The eyes take the longest so I could probably cheat and go without eyeshadow altogether but that wouldn’t be a “full face” any more would it? No pics of the look I did unfortunately. I did say I was in a hurry…
What’s the quickest time in which you’ve done your makeup? What mistake proof items do you use when you need to put on makeup in a hurry?