A Quick 5-Minute Makeup Routine

A quick 5 minute makeup routine

Life can get busy. Trust me, I know! Finding time for a full makeup routine can be challenging sometimes. However, looking polished and put-together is still possible with a 5-minute makeup routine. This blog will cover an easy, quick, simple makeup routine with limited products. Whether you’re a busy professional, a student with a tight schedule, or simply prefer a simpler approach to makeup, this routine will help leave you looking effortlessly beautiful in just five minutes!

Step One: Building a Base

It’s essential to build a base for your skin before applying makeup in every makeup routine. And with this 5-minute makeup routine, it’s the main element of the entire routine.

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After cleansing your face, you will want to start with a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen to hydrate and protect your skin. This will also serve as a lightweight layer of coverage. Neutrogena Purescreen+ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen is perfect for that no-makeup look that blends into your skin so smoothly and kills two birds with one stone! That may be plenty of face coverage for you. If so you can move onto concealer.

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If you want a bit more coverage, you can apply a lightweight foundation. Revlon’s Illuminance Skin-Caring Liquid Foundation with its skin-caring properties gives your face a healthy radiant appearance. 

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To complete your base step, apply concealer under your eyes to hide discoloration and/or brighten and anywhere else needed to help even out your complexion. Physicians Formula Butter Glow Concealer is perfect for this step as it is easy to apply and has a lighter-weight look and feel, complimenting the rest of your base and not looking too thick or cakey. 

If you prefer cream color products, apply those before setting your face with powder. If you prefer powder color products, Go ahead and dust your face with a very sheer translucent powder so the products on top will apply smoothly and last all day. A great setting powder for all skin types and ages is Wet n Wild Photofocus because it never looks powdery or cakey and remains ultra-sheer.

Step Two: Adding In Color

Now that you have the base of your 5-Minute Makeup routine, you want to bring color back into your complexion with the help of light layers of blush and bronzer.

On your cheeks, gently blend cream or powder blush upwards towards your temples, giving you a natural flush and glow. Following blush in a similar motion, dust the bronzer onto the high point of your face, such as your forehead, cheeks, and jawline. Try quickly dusting some in your eye crease almost up to your browbone for added eye dimension too!

For cream blush, Persona DreamStick Cream Blush adds the ideal touch of color to your skin and blends out quickly. Catrice Summer Obsession Bronzer, Blush, & Highlighter Palette Matte and Glow is perfect for quick routines as it has all the products you need in one palette and eliminates the need to match tones. Plus, the silky powder formulas are easy to apply and blend with a brush leaving you sun-kissed in seconds!

Step Three: Finishing Touches

This last step of your Quick 5-Minute Makeup Routine is the home stretch. These finishing touches to your brows, eyelashes, and lips will finish your look quickly.

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Brows frame our face, so swipe through them quickly with a tinted brow gel like Flower Beauty Fiber Fix or if you need more filling in, use a pencil that works very quickly to fill in missing brow hairs yet still looks natural. A staple for me on quick days is NYX Precision Brow Pencil. Those of you with full brows that simply need taming may just want to use a clear brow gel to ensure brow hairs go in one direction and stay in place. Physicians Formula Butter Brazilian Brow Lift is fantastic with its weightless formula that lifts, tames, and shapes.

Then, you can apply one to two coats of mascara. Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara is an excellent mascara for this routine as it gives you soft, fluffy, full, long lashes that enhance your eyes to look more open and expressive, which complements the natural makeup look you’re creating. The waterproof version is a great formula too.

Finally, as the cherry on top, it’s time to apply some color to your lips, which makes this light makeup routine look more polished and pulls the whole look together effortlessly! Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm never fail me and are splurge-worthy products to add to your makeup routine.

There you have it— in just 5 minutes you’re ready to go. An effective but Quick 5-Minute Makeup Routine is key to helping you look and feel your best when you’re time-crunched. This routine is simple and versatile enough to adapt to wherever the day takes you. Try it out and remember this 5-minute makeup routine for your next busy day!



  1. Sagifen12
    January 26, 2024 / 4:12 am

    Tips on cream and powder products before applying the powder are extremely helpful, sometimes I get confused about the order of the Soccer Skills World Cup. Now I know to cream first if it’s my jam!

  2. Miliked
    January 22, 2024 / 1:56 am

    I’m totally on board with a 5-minute makeup routine! Life always seems to be running at a million miles an hour, so anything that helps me look polished without taking up precious time is a total win. Controlling geometry dash world will help you master dangerous roads that you can’t see in time. When playing this game you have to be really alert because of the fast pace and dazzling black lights.

  3. December 18, 2023 / 7:11 pm

    Your message means a lot to me, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your thoughts.

  4. December 18, 2023 / 4:34 am

    I appreciate your positive remarks regarding the article. Thank you for the encouraging remarks Thank you Stephanie. Have a great day!

  5. November 29, 2023 / 4:23 am

    Just 5 minute! I think this is very convenient!

  6. November 2, 2023 / 12:24 pm

    a 5-minute makeup routine can be a savior in the middle of a busy day or in any situation where you need to get ready in a hurry. The article not only explains which steps to implement quickly, but also provides recommendations on which products you should use. This helps users achieve a natural and fresh look. However, 5 minutes is never enough for me.

  7. TerriSea
    August 16, 2023 / 12:55 pm

    Thanks for this! 🙂 I forgot how much I used to love Full N Soft Mascara! It was my go-to for many years! Now I like both formulas of Milani Highly Rated (Lash Extensions Tubing and Anti-Gravity). But I’ll definitely check out the Full N Soft again next time I replenish. Also Essence Pure Blush is a genuine find, a smooth and silky powder with all day staying power. And WOW-oh-WOW how great is Hard Candy Glamoflage foundation. A must try, if you can find a good color match! I have been wearing it to work all week and no touch ups needed. Best to you Stephanie!! 🙂

  8. Karen
    August 16, 2023 / 12:46 pm

    You couldn’t find any lip products from the drugstore???

    • Susan
      August 16, 2023 / 2:38 pm

      This was a really great blog post. Getting ready quick is so nice when everyone is so busy. Thank you Stephanie. Have a great day!

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