In polite society, tardiness is classified as the most basic form of bad manners – but, what is a girl to do when she (accidentally) swiped her alarm off and fell back asleep with her phone in her hand? When faced with the impending horror of limited time *gasp*, knowing you have a full day of work ahead of you *even bigger gasp*, thinking quickly on your feet to fashion together a strategic beauty plan of attack that allows for a polished look with minimal time granted, is paramount. Let’s say you give yourself 10 minutes before you have to be out of the house in order to make it just in time for clock-in, give and take a minute or 5, the quick and smart approach to tackle no time ÷ wearing your best customer service voice on your face = refined imperfection. Translation, no time to fuss!
Since yours truly has had plenty of training in “oh shit” moments over the years, below I mapped out a step-by-step tutorial of the products I use to achieve my polished “I’m here” face using even less effort than the time I had to pull myself together.
- To begin, I conceal imperfections, even out skintone, and add a luminous glow to my skin in just one step using my Amorepacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 (my shade is 204). This is a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer that I find feels very light on the skin but gives me just the right amount of coverage while adding a layer of hydration. I have some areas of hyper-pigmentation from acne and it conceals them completely unless they are brand new and deeper in hue. It provides a radiant, natural finish and simply is the perfect base if you have to work with something less than a classic foundation.
- To brighten the complexion, next I apply Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (my shade is Light/Neutral) immediately after the tinted moisturizer so product blends better into the skin and looks more cohesive since it becomes lightly diluted. Here I focus on the areas of the face that are towards the center including the under-eye, down and around the nose, chin, and center of the forehead. To lift my brows, I will dab some concealer right above the arches – blending all areas using my finger for a smooth, natural finish.
- Since I do feel that I need to set my concealer, I will swipe the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light all over the face, including the eye area, to soften and illuminate the skin.
- The make or break point for me is brows, always. As long as my brows look somewhat acceptable, the rest just falls into place and I look put together no matter what. For a full and refined brow without using 5 different products, I simply comb the Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (my shade is Warm Brunette) through the hairs stroking along the natural growth of my brow hairs while taming any strays. The new Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel is a buildable, tinted gel formula infused with micro fibers to provide color, volume, and definition for bold, fuller-looking brows. I have been on the hunt for a new tinted brow gel and this instantly became my go-to when I first tried it, SO good.
- Now that my overall base is in order, I want to introduce both color and even a little depth to avoid that flat, one-dimensional look. Even though I have to forfeit on using bronzer since that adds one more step, and personally I like to take my time buffing and blending for a diffused and natural finish, I will dab and blend a small amount of the Nars Liquid Blush in Orgasm (reviewed here) onto the cheeks. This is a beautiful peachy pink with golden flecks and adds a natural wash of color that is easy to layer and build. It has a gorgeous soft sheen finish and instantly breathes new life into the face, which is what we’re going for here. To negate the need for bronzer to create depth and balance out the highlighted part of the face, I like to apply my blush higher up on the cheekbones as opposed to the apples. Applying color directly to the apples of the cheeks causes the face to sit lower than it really is, which in return can make you look older. Instead, putting blush higher up on the cheekbones, like the center, instantly lifts the face upwards, which gives off a youthful appearance and not to mention killer cheekbones. Then when I blend the product lightly forward and backwards, it mimics the look of a soft contour.
- Lastly my goal is to make my eyes pop without the help of multiple eyeshadows and liners. To achieve this I will pick one color from Tom Ford’s Nude Dip Palette (any shimmer shadow will do) and apply it all over my lid using my finger, blending it out into the crease and including the inner corners. Curl lashes (optional), then apply a single coat of Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara to the top lashes. For the finishing touch, I will lightly tap the lightest color from the Nude Dip palette on the high-points of the face to make myself look more awake even though my brain still has not fully synced yet.
And that covers my 10 minute uniform. What usually follows is me running down the stairs spraying on some kind of setting mist and frantically look for my keys before I come to a screeching stop only to stare at my Keurig while Lionel Richie’s “Hello” plays in my head.
What products do you use to look put together when you’re in a rush?