These days it seems we’re all in a constant mad dash to get somewhere. Whether our destination be the office, a hot date or an afternoon hang sesh with the girls, we can’t seem to get out the door fast enough. And, as much as we live for makeup, our 12-step beauty routine is often the reason we’re late for just about everything. We can’t have you harboring resentment against your beloved makeup arsenal, so we’re going to play therapist here. We enlisted the help of two of our fave makeup artists to sound off on some quick solves that can speed up your makeup routine.
#1: Go Back to Basics
We hate to say it, but you don’t always have to go full-force with your makeup, especially on easy, uneventful days. Sometimes, sticking to a few key items will do the trick and get you out the door in minutes. “Don’t feel like you have to apply everything all at once,” says New York-based makeup artist Ashley Rebecca. “Create a five-minute makeup routine only involving your key essentials: tinted moisturizer, mascara, blush, concealer, and a lip product.” Hey, if it’s coming from a pro, we’re all about cutting corners.
#2: Invest in BB or CC Cream
In the world of multi-tasking beauty products, we would say BB and CC creams are the reigning king and queen (interchangeably, depending on which one you worship). Los Angeles-based makeup guru Rachel Halsey swears by them, as these magical products really flex their powerful muscles on those rushed, manic mornings. Not only do they provide skincare benefits, but theyalso give you coverage, saving you the extra step of throwing on foundation. We’re so on board.
- Product Recommendations: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB, La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream
#3: Make Bronzer Your Everything
While we’re on the topic of multi-tasking products, we can’t forget to mention our other beauty savior: bronzer. This ray of sunshine can give you a complete, natural look in just a few strokes of a brush. It can also serve as a contouring product for those days you want to look a little more chiseled and defined!
- Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer, NYX Matte Bronzer
#4: Get Yourself a Multitasking Eye Pencil
Eyes and brows can be quite the time suck, especially when you have to rummage through your makeup stash for the 20 products it takes to get the job done. “I recommend doubling up with a two-toned eye pencil — one for the brows and one for the eyes,” says Halsey. You can also find a one-stop-shop formula that works as both an eyeliner and brow pencil!
- Product Recommendations: NYX Slim Eye Pencil
#5: Plan Ahead
Already have your clothes laid out for tomorrow? “Create a makeup look to go with your outfit or whatever function you are attending so you can jump right into your routine the next day,” says Rebecca. Go the extra mile by having your products out and ready to be applied before you hit the hay!
#6: When In Doubt, Opt for Tinted Lip Balm
Sometimes choosing a lipstick can be a time-consuming process. And, when you’re already running behind, time is not a luxury you have. Halsey recommends keeping a tinted lip balm in your purse for those rushed mornings. Pick a shade that will give you a versatile hint of color and will work with any outfit.