It’s Monday morning, and you wake up to realize you have to leave in 30 minutes to make it to that meeting on time. You panic a little, then quickly try to figure out how to cut your daily beauty routine in half. Whether you are in a hurry, or you want that extra 20 minutes in bed in the mornings, worry not. Here, I bring you a makeup routine of mine that covers all the beauty bases and achieves an effortless, natural look. And the best part of it is that it can get you ready in just 15 minutes.
(from left; Beauty Water, Antioxidant Rejuvenating Serum, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Veil Mineral Primer, Pink Cloud)
First things first – even though you may feel rushed, proper skin care to moisturize your skin is essential. Our skin is a protective barrier that defends us from infections, so it is crucial to keep it hydrated, especially during winter, when the air is cold and dry. This is why I make it a habit to follow a routine of toner – serum – lotion – moisturizer, so I can build a strong foundation for other makeup products that follow.
I start with a toner, Beauty Water by Son & Park, to even out my skin texture and prep for makeup. This is a multi-use product that also gently exfoliates, so you can even use it as a quick morning cleanser. Then, I pump the Antioxidant Rejuvenating Serum from Whal Myung a couple times and massage it onto my face for a subtle, healthy glow. This serum uses naturally-derived ingredients and hyaluronic acid, which help with locking in moisture. Next, I apply the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + from Clinique and gently pat it onto my face. I’ve been using this lotion for over 5 years now, and I will continue to use it because it’s gentle on the skin, yet very effective in keeping the skin moisturized. I use Herbivore’s Pink Cloud afterward, a natural moisture cream formulated with rosewater. This cream provides me with a dewy complexion that lasts the whole day.
(from left; Killawatt, Coralista Blush, Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder, Intonaco Master)
(from left; Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick, Look At My Eyes Eyeshadow, Lash Queen Fatal Blacks Mascara, Drawing Eyebrow Pencil)
Now that I have a fully hydrated canvas for makeup, I want to add some vigor and color to my face during the little time I have. First, I use my all-time favorite makeup primer, Veil Mineral Primer from HOURGLASS. This lightweight primer makes sure my skin texture looks silky smooth without redness. Then, I blend Too Cool For School’s Intonaco Master onto my blemishes and dark circles to conceal them. Its creamy texture will effortlessly cover your skin imperfections and let you get away with not wearing foundation.
I use a brush to blend just a little bit of Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder into my hairlines and jawlines, then sweep it down the side of my nose as well. This way, I can naturally sculpt my face without taking too much time. Next, I quickly sweep Benefit’s Coralista Blush across my cheeks to add some warmth and bring my complexion back to life.
If you have perfectly bold eyebrows, you can easily skip this step, but if you don’t, like myself, go ahead and use an eyebrow pencil to just fill in the gaps in your eyebrows. I use the Drawing Eyebrow from Etude House to do so. I dab a matte nude tone of Etude House’s Look At My Eyes eyeshadows (#BR401) onto my eyelids to smooth the surface and add subtle depth. I simply skip eyeliner and use Helena Rubinstein’s Lash Queen Fatal Blacks Mascara instead, to instantly achieve fully volumized lashes.
For the finishing touches, I wear Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick (#112) on my lips to add a natural pinkish color. Then, I take Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt (Lightning Dust / Fire Crystal) and use a brush to apply the Lightning Dust swatch on my forehead, cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and chin to add a last-minute pearly glow. The Killawatt can also be used as an eyeshadow, so feel free to pat some onto your eyelids before you leave.
So the next time you need to get ready in a hurry, keep this 15-minute makeup routine in mind. You still have the right to look as good as you can and feel confident about yourself even when you’re running out of time.
By: Jamie Oh
Photos by Jamie Oh