Running Late Makeup Essentials

If there’s one thing I’ve masted since entering the “real world” (aka life beyond college), it’s how to make yourself look like you tried when you really didn’t. These are some of my go to tips for those mornings when I’ve hit the snooze button a few too many times. If I’m going to be at work all day, I want to at least look nice and put together – even if I’m exhausted. I’ve pretty much got this everyday routine down to a science. I can usually get myself looking presentable and ready to take on the day (even if I’m far from it) in about 10-15 minutes. These products are my running late secret weapons:


1. Primer

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Applying a face primer really makes all the difference. It ensures that your makeup stays on all day. I will often apply it quickly after washing my face in the morning as a face lotion. My face is then ready for makeup!

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener/Illuminator

No matter how much sleep I get, I will always have dark circles. Taking the extra 15 seconds to apply this under my eyes really makes all the difference. I use my hands to rub it in so it’s super fast and easy.

3. Matte Powder

Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Applying a powder helps to cover both shine and blemishes on your face. I usually go for a translucent shade so it doesn’t add any color – this way I don’t have to worry about blending or anything. I also find it easier to reapply throughout the day when it’s an invisible shade.

4. Bronzer

Pixi Bronzer Subtly Suntouched

If I’m in a rush, I usually won’t take the time to apply eyeshadow. I find that applying some bronzer to the crease of my eye really adds definition and makes my eyes appear larger. It also makes you look like you tried way harder than you actually did – and isn’t that the point here?

5.  Cream Blush

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal

I love using cream blush in the mornings. I use my fingers to apply it so it’s really fast and easy. Blush helps to add some color to your face – making you appear more awake, put together, and ready to take on the day.

6. Brow Gel

Maybelline Clear Great Lash Gel

Whether you take the time to fill in your eyebrows or not, brow gel is a great thing to use. It helps to keep your brows in place all day. It also gives a nice glossy finish.  To me, brows frame your face. If I’m having an off eyebrow day then I feel like my whole look is off.

7. Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner

This eyeliner is my go to secret weapon right now. It has a really thin felt tip that makes it extremely easy to apply. This liner is so thin it’s practically mistake free. Even if I don’t have the time to do my top eyeliner, I will always tightline. It makes your lashes appear a lot fuller and darker than they really are.

8. Eyelash curler

I skipped this step for years but recently I can’t leave the house without doing it. It is super fast and easy and really makes all the difference.

9. Highlighting Powder

Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Highlighting the high points of your face (cheekbone, browbone, etc.) gives you a nice, glowy sheen. It really accentuates your facial features and makes your face look glowing and perfect. I love using powder when I’m in a rush because once again, you can use your fingers.

10. Neutral Lip Crayon

Sephora Glossy Lip Pencil in Glossy Pale Pink

Applying a quick neutral lip color makes you look like you tried a lot harder than you actually did. This Sephora Lip Pencil is perfect because it lasts for a really long time. It’s also the perfect neutral color to give you a barely there look.

(Sorry I’ve been slacking in posting lately guys! This weekend was my birthday and between that and studying for midterms, I’ve been swamped! )


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