Introduction: My 10-Minute Makeup Routine

There's something liberating about having a routine. Routines save time and mental bandwidth, two valuable and finite resources that need to be allocated wisely! I love to get creative with my hair and makeup, but most days I stick to a simple, quick routine that helps me look rested, healthy, and polished. Read on for a breakdown of the products and techniques that I use on a daily basis.

Step 1: Prep

I start with a clean, moisturized, and sunblock-ed face. My products and tools are as follows:

  1. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab
  2. Kett Cosmetics Fixx Creme in CC Light, Medium
  3. Nyx Suede Collection Eye Shadow Palette #2, #5
  4. Kett setting powder
  5. MUD Cheek Color in Poppy
  6. Baby oil
  7. Mud mascara
  8. Scandal-eyes liquid liner
  9. Tweezerman eyelash curler
  10. Esum G53 blush brush
  11. Esum G49 powder brush
  12. Esum T45 liquid foundation brush
  13. Esum T41 concealer brush
  14. Esum W35 eyeshadow brush

Step 2: Skin

  • I pour a few drops of Nars foundation onto the inside of my wrist (where it's warmest) and lightly apply with the T45 brush to neutralize any redness - usually around my T-zone (forehead, nose, mouth) and eyelids.
  • Then I blend the Fixx Creme concealer in light and medium with the T41 and apply under my eyes. Here's a more detailed Instructable on how to conceal dark under-eye circles.

Step 3: Setting Powder

I pour a little bit of setting powder into the lid of the jar that it comes in, then swirl the G49 into it and lightly dust my face. This creates a smooth service for adding color and helps the makeup last longer.

Step 4: Blush

Using the G53, I apply just a touch of the MUD blush to my cheeks - lightly from the apples across the cheekbones for a healthy, subtle daytime look.

Step 5: Eyeshadow

Using the broader side of the W35, I apply the Nyx Suede Collection eyeshadow #2 (a pale taupe) across the whole eyelid, and then use the angled side of same brush to apply the #5 (a charcoal) closer to the lashline and blend out. If you have heavily-lidded eyes, you might want to apply the charcoal into the crease rather than blending at the lashline.

Step 6: Eyeliner

I obsess over a good cateye. Here's how I draw mine:

  • Using the Scandal-eyes liquid liner, I first draw a line across the top of my lash line.
  • Then I decide where I want the corner of the cateye to be, lay the tip of the liner brush at that corner and draw inward toward my lashline.
  • Finally, I go back and add liner under my lash line to fill in any gaps. This probably does more to make my lashes look fuller than even adding mascara.

Step 7: Final Touches

To finish, I apply 2 coats of mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat to the bottom. Then I rub the tiniest amount of baby oil into my palms and apply to the tops of my cheeks and onto my lips to seal in hydration and give my skin a nice glow.

Voila! A fresh, everyday makeup look in 10 minutes or less.

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