I Tried to Squeeze My Nearly Hour-Long Makeup Routine into 5 Minutes

This gave me so much anxiety!
Publish date:
June 22, 2016
Urban Decay, kat von d, Dior, marc jacobs beauty, makeup routine, Fast Makeup

Every day, I spend approximately 45-minutes on my makeup, which is a total of five hours and 15 minutes per week. I have to admit, sounds a little crazy. Think of all the Netflix I could be watching during that time! So much Orange Is the New Black!

So I challenged myself to create three different looks — 5, 15, and 45 minutes — to see the difference time really makes. I set my timer on my phone and it was brushes down at the buzzer. (I took this very seriously, friends!)

5-Minute Face

This gave me so much anxiety. I felt so rushed to complete (most of) the steps I utilize during my everyday routine.

How I applied the look

I started with the feature that's most important to me personally — my complexion — because I knew I'd at least have that done by the time five minutes was up. I quickly squeezed a pea-sized amount of my Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base and a pump and a half of my Urban Decay Naked One-and-Done in Light on the back of my hand, mixed them together on my fingertips, and then used circular motions to buff them into my skin, starting at the center of my face, working outward.

On my areas of redness and acne scarring, I patted on some additional One-and-Done by itself to build up a little more coverage. My skin was pretty OK on that day, so I didn't need to spend time applying anything full, but I was definitely nursing some former break outs. I used my CoverFX Perfect Pencil in X-Light, drew directly onto my still visible blemishes/scarring, and used my #57 Sephora fluffy concealer blush in a stippling motion to get rid of any visible lines and edges. I also used my flat concealer brush to apply Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque under my eyes, and I used the #57 to blend. For me, brushes are faster than fingers when it comes to concealer because I can build up saturation a bit more quickly.

By the time I was done with these steps, half my time was over. I decided it was best to skip the setting powder and use my Armani Cheek Fabric Blush in 305, which was smart for timing, but bad for my overall result (my cheeks were blotch city).

I combed through my brows with Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep, which is always my go-to when I have limited time. My brows are extremely uneven, so I used a tiny bit of Urban Decay Brow Beater in Dark Brown only to fill in splotchy areas and create symmetry.

I QUICKLY threw on a coat of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara and my Urban Decay lipstick in Menace. I knew I wasn't going to have time to do my eyes (which is why I left them for last), so for me, a bold lip made me feel a bit more put together after rushing.

I hit five minutes as I was using my #57 to lightly dust the remaining bit of corrector left on the brush to my lids.

The result

I'm impressed with how much I can get done in five minutes when I'm moving super-quickly. I think the bold lip truly is what made this look work (because it did a lot to make my skin look healthy thanks to contrast). I didn't love the texture visible on my cheeks. I wasn't even breaking out and it was still a bit inconsistent and muddy.

I went to meet my best friend, Cannada, after doing this experiment and I (almost) didn't change anything about the look (I added a pair of lashes before leaving the house — I have a problem, you guys). He complimented my makeup, as he does every time I see him (reasons why he's my BEST friend). He did admit it was a bit "different" from what I normally wear, but was impressed that it only took me five minutes (which, even impressed me).

The worst part about this look, however, was that it didn't last at ALL. By the time I went home, the complexion was uneven, the blush was pretty much gone, and It looked... off. I'm glad to know I could do a look in five minutes if I needed to, but I just didn't feel like myself the whole night.

15-Minute Face

This look was a bit more my speed. I still had to work fast like a bunny rabbit, but I got a lot more done.

How I applied the look

I started with complexion again. On this day, my skin was breaking out SO BADLY (because I had forgotten to charge my Clarisonic for five days in a row — #rude). I spent five whole minutes trying to cover up all the blemishes.

I started with primer again. This time I mixed my One-and-Done with a pump of Dior Glow Maximizer Primer (because I wanted that lit-from-within effect before I mattified the surface). I applied my YSL Neutralizers (the green to my redder areas and the peach to my under-eye). I blended out the edges with my #57 brush. I then used a big stippling brush to pat on Dior Airflash Spray Foundation in 100 (which I use from time to time for fuller yet natural-looking coverage) starting at the center of the face, working out toward the edges.

I again used my Bobbi Brown Corrector on my undereye as concealer and set EVERYTHING with my Sephora Collection Microsmooth Powder (which is my best bae when I want to use 10 pounds of powder to prevent oil from bleeding through, but don't want to look dry or cakey). I applied my Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer in 15L using a 3 and an E motion around the perimeter of my face to bring back the color and add depth (since I knew I wouldn't have time for full contour).

I used my NARS Orgasm blush, which gives me both color and a slight glow, sweeping from the apples of my cheeks upward toward my temples. To give my brows a little more structure, this time I applied the Anastasia Brow Definer in Dark Brown using little strokes to mimic brow hairs. I set my brow using the same Gimme Brow from the previous look.

I wanted my hooded eyes to look a bit more open and awake, so I started by applying Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden all over the lid. I used my Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette shadows in Laetus and Samael to contour my eye. I lightly dusted the former all over my lid, and blended the latter into my crease.

I quickly used my Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer to draw some dashes between my lashes to make my lash line look fuller. I again used my Velvet Noir mascara. I utilized the Sephora Collection lipstick in Oh, No!. Because I was able to be a little bit cleaner with my eyes and complexion, I felt I could opt with a more natural, yet visible, lipstick.

The result

I feel like my minimum for makeup on days when I'm breaking out would have to be at least 15-minutes long, especially since I spent 5 minutes of the process applying my complexion alone.

This look lasted on my skin quite a bit longer and my complexion was noticeably more clean (thanks to my setting powder and the additional coverage). It definitely wasn't perfect, though.

Because I was still rushing. The one downfall is that I didn't have time to do anything really fun on my eye, like color or a winged liner. If I were to do this look again I probably would opt for for a brighter lip color, since my eyes were still a bit too beige for my personal style.

45-Minute Face

Now this is how long I normally take to do my makeup in the morning. Mostly because applying my makeup is my favorite part of my day. I catch up on my favorite TV shows while doing so and I zone out a bit. I take my time and relax, which helps center me for whatever crazy day lies ahead. The more time I have, the more creative I get. I can really sit and think about color harmony and unexpected pairings.

How I applied this look

This time I started with eyes (bless) because I knew I would have enough time to do all of the makeup things. I began with my Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I applied using my pointer finger from my lash line to my brow bone.

For this look, I used three different palettes (le sigh), but I really only used one or two shadows from each. I started by sketching the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blaquer from my lash line up to my crease. I blended out the edges to create a smooth transition. I used a flat brush to pat the Burgundy shade from the Marc Jacobs The Vamp palette to my lid, ending at my crease. I blended Ludwin from the Shade + Light palette, and Slowburn (the orange shade) and Savage (pink) from the Urban Decay Electric Palette into my crease (using less and less product every time). To finish the eye look (for now), I blended a little of Shax (the black shadow) from the Shade + Light palette into my outer V.

My complexion routine remained very similar. My additional steps: after my initial mix of One-and-Done and Dior Glow, I used a little of Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer on my nose, chin, and forehead (where I get more oily and have much bigger pores). I also used my Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence spray after using the Dior Airflash.

I set my makeup like normal, and applied my blush like normal (this time I used the same Armani blush from my 5-minute look). I used a tapered contour brush to apply the lightest contour shade from my shade and light palette to my cheekbones and my nose. I placed my Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey on my cheek bones, nose, Cupid's bow, and brow bone.

For brows this time, I used my new Benefit Ka-Brow to achieve my signature super-defined brow look, which I again set with Gimme Brow. While I had my Ka-Brow out, I also used the point of the angled brush to apply a few beauty marks here and there (which has also become a part of my signature look).

I finished up my eye look by smudging Savage and Ludwin onto my lower lash line and lining the inner rim of my eyes with the Highliner. I used my Velvet Noir mascara again (as I always do), and followed up by applying a pair of lashes from a Japanese $1.50 store called Daiso.

For my lips, I created my own shade by applying KVD Lolita II, followed by KVD Requiem, which resulted in a soft, muted pink. To finish, I set my makeup with the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray.

The result

I finally feel like me! My intense, artsy makeup is such an integral part of my personality that I'd rather wake up and hour and a half before I have to go anywhere rather than get extra sleep (I know, I'm crazy). I love this look because it allows me to freely express my creativity and advertise it to the world.

The best part about this look: it lasted THE WHOLE DAY! I blotted my face twice, and reapplied my lipstick three times, but when I got home, my look was pretty much the exact same as when I had left in the morning (and this was 14+ hours later). And, even though I was breaking out still, my complexion looked awesome, if I do say so myself.

I'm glad to know that I can do my makeup in five minutes if I ever needed to, however, I think I'm going to continue on with my 45-minute morning self-therapy/creativity sessions for my own personal happiness.

  • How long do you spend on your makeup in the morning?
  • Have you mastered a five-minute face?