VIDEO: Your 3-minute morning makeup routine

No touch-ups necessary!

Beauty Crew Editor / January 19 2017

Creating a makeup look in the morning that will withstand all of the obstacles life will throw at you – rain, sweat, tears, heat, humidity, phone calls, and the like – is challenging. 

Throw into the mix that you’re most like busy and you don’t exactly have the time to life-proof your makeup, and you’ve probably resigned yourself to the fact that a fresh face is impossible come 5 p.m. (without touch-ups, that is).

Well, the good news is that it is possible to have a three-minute makeup look last you the day, you just need to know which products to use when you apply in the morning.


Start with a long-lasting foundation

Using a foundation that’s easy to blend into skin will cut down your makeup routine by a good few seconds (hey, they all count), and if you use one that has long-lasting benefits to keep your skin looking as fresh at the end of the day as when you applied it, you don’t have to worry about touch-ups come lunch time.

Fun fact about the Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Makeup used in the video: it’s been tested to withstand 200 phone calls, 200 face touches and 1000 drops of water.

apply longlasting foundation


Give your eyes definition

The biggest downside of leaving your eyes out of your morning makeup is that it can leave you looking more tired, and even a bit washed out. Use a brow pencil or powder that matches the shade of your brow hair colour to groom and enhance your brows, and then apply a lengthening and volumising mascara to give your lashes definition. The combination, while only taking a minute maximum, will leave you looking more awake.

give eyes definition


Finish with some colour

The thing about doing your makeup in the morning is that sometimes you don’t have the time to spending looking for a million makeup brushes. The solution? A cream blush and your finger!

Gently dab the colour on the apples of your cheeks and up your cheekbone towards your temples. The whole process should only take a short while, but the creamy formulation should stay put all day. 

Before you put your blush away, apply some of the same colour to your lip for a subtle, stained finish.

cheek colour

Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.