Editor’s note: Please welcome today’s guest blogger: Gillian Moody from Champagne Cartel. With an extensive background as a professional makeup artist, she is sharing her tips on how to save time in the morning with a five minute makeup routine.
I used to be one of those people that would love taking my time to get ready for work in the morning. Before I had kids, my standard was to allow an hour to get ready.
Hahahahaha, an HOUR!
It seriously makes me LOL just thinking about that. What on earth was I doing with myself that could even take an hour, I ask you?
Anyway, these days I have my makeup-in-minutes routine down pat and I know that as long as I have five minutes to spare I can be sorted and looking my best.
Before you start
Give your skin the best preparation by applying your serum or moisturiser immediately after you get out of the shower while your skin is still damp. Do this straight away and let it sink in as you finish drying yourself and get dressed.
Then put on your moisturiser (with SPF!) and you are good to go.
Minutes 1 & 2
Pulling together a smooth base is the focus of your first two minutes. Having lovely smooth foundation will give you a professional finish that no one will ever guess you did in two minutes!
1. Apply your foundation. I use a BB or a CC cream as they are very easy to apply and most forgiving. Do your eyelids as well, this will prep them for later when you do your eyeshadow.
2. Use a foundation brush or a makeup sponge and blend, blend, blend. Go all around the hairline, the corners of your nose, under your chin and around the eyebrows.
3. Get out your Touche Eclat or whatever is your preferred concealer and cover up any blemishes and then paint a downwards triangle under your eyes. Use your ring finger to pat very gently and blend it, remember that your under eye area is very delicate like tissue paper, and if you are rough you’ll stretch the skin and it won’t go back into shape (no-one wants an under the eye area like a foreskin EEEK).
4. If you use powder or bronzer, apply it now but don’t go too hard at it, you don’t have time to fix mistakes, so err on the side of caution with the amount of product you use. You want to be naturally radiant not all scary and Geordie Shore.
Professional Tip: Invest in a very good quality large powder brush. It will make application very fast and you won’t have to waste time picking unsightly black hairs off your chin that fall out of your cheap brush.
1. & 2. Apply your eyeshadow using colours that you know and love (and ones that love you too!). It really is best not to start experimenting with the latest looks when you only have a few minutes.
3. Find your go-to colour palette. I love my old L’Oreal one (similar to the L’Oreal Colour Riche Quads in Forever Bronze) which contains a light coloured base I apply all over my eye, then a smoky khaki colour for shadow effect and a bronzey coloured tone to blend everything together.
Professional Tip: After you’ve applied your eyeshadow, grab a light slightly shimmery colour and apply a dot in the corners of your eyes near the nose – this will really lift your brows and make your eyes pop. This is a technique makeup artists use all the time, if you lighten the inside corners, the whole eye looks bigger and brighter.
Minutes Four & Five
1. Put on mascara, and eyeliner if you think you’ll have time. Colour in your brows with a pencil and finish with some brow gel to stop any stray hairs flying about.
2. Apply your lipstick. Give it a little rub around with your finger to ensure you don’t have any visible edges or harsh lines.
3. Apply the excess lipstick as blush. Look in the mirror and smile, where the apple of your cheeks form, just put a dot of lipstick right in the middle and blend so it isn’t a circle of colour.
4. You’re done! And looking fabulous in five minutes.
Final Professional Tip
My best advice is always to just enjoy yourself and have fun with makeup, it should never feel like hard work. If you feel too stressed to put on makeup in the morning, just bloody well give it a miss, who cares!
Do you have any other tips you can share with busy women to save some precious time in the morning?
Gillian Moody is a Napoleon trained make-up artist who has styled, art directed and produced numerous fashion, editorial and corporate photographic shoots over the last 15 years. She is absolutely passionate about style, make-up, fashion and beauty. She loves to share her knowledge on how to look good and feel great through her blog Champagne Cartel, that she writes with her business partner Carolyn Tate. Gillian runs group makeup and skincare workshops and individual coaching for women of all ages.