Your 5 minute
makeup routine

Hannah Pownall
The Guide Editor

Hannah is our resident Editor of The Guide. Having worked across various beauty brands, as well as 7 years experience as a makeup artist, she brings a mix of journalism with real beauty knowledge.

"Want to put your best face forward but have no time? We’ve got a fool-proof beauty routine down to just 5 minutes."

Want to put your best face forward but have no time? I know the feeling! I’ve got a fool-proof beauty routine down to just 5 minutes to make your morning that little bit easier.

Step 1: BB for your base

After cleansing, smooth on a BB cream. I love BB creams as they’re designed to ‘do it all’. You can skip your moisturiser, corrector, sunscreen and foundation as they have all of that in the one product. Garnier BB Cream contains light reflecting particles, working to blur imperfections and give you that naturally flawless look with minimal effort. Ah, yes please! Apply it like you would your regular foundation. I use my fingers so it blends into my skin seamlessly, and if I need extra coverage I apply a second layer.

Step 2: Extra coverage

If you’re using the Garnier BB cream like I have in the video, you can simply layer more of the product in the areas you need extra coverage to fight dullness and fatigue. The best way to apply under your eyes, is to dot the product onto that dark ‘half moon’ circle, and also up into your eye crease – where your eye socket meets your nose. Then simply pat and blend with your fingers. I also like to apply around my nose as during the cooler months as you could get some redness there. I prefer to use my fingers in a patting motion, layering more where it’s needed.

Step 3: Naturally blushing

I love anything that does more than one thing. Cue: cream blush. I love that you can use this on cheeks, lips and eyes (given it’s not a crazy bright colour). For the most natural look, you want to match your lips to your cheeks. I’ve chosen a petunia pink colour here. Again, the best way to apply this is using your fingers! Simply dab the product on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards and upwards where you would naturally blush. Then simply dab some on your lips.

Step 4: Build those brows

Brows make SUCH a difference! Even by just adding a little wash of colour or softly filling them in, you’ll look so much more polished and your eyes will be framed beautifully. Some people are nervous to fill their brows so I always suggest starting with a tinted gel which will add some colour and depth, and also help keep those stray hairs in line. Simply sweep through lashes, directing the hairs upwards and across.

Step 5: Make eyes pop

Mascara is a must-have for so many. The go-to tends to be black, however if you’re fair, try a dark brown. The red undertones in brown help accentuate blue and green eyes, and it’s softer and less harsh on a blonde. Especially if you’re battling dark circles. The best way to apply mascara is to get the wand as close to the lash line as possible and wiggle the brush side-to-side, going upwards on your lashes. This way, the brush picks up each and every lash, and helps them separate so they don’t clump.

And there you have it – a 5 minute makeup routine that every woman can do.

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