5-minute makeup – it can be done!

As past-life office dwellers and busy moms/mums of school-aged kids, we know how hectic mornings (for anyone) can be! Nowadays, we still want to look polished, but without the kiddos getting tardy notes from the office, so we have finely tuned our 5-minute makeup routines.

We’re both working toward replacing everything with clean, cruelty-free, and less toxic beauty items (more on this in a later post), so you’ll see a few good ones in our stash. Cleaner beauty picks will be highlighted with an *.

The 5-minute makeup routine

We have pretty similar routines starting with a clean and moisturized face.

5 minute makeup products quick makeup routine

Step 1

CC cream or a tinted primer to even out skin tone. We don’t fuss too much with this, just blend it in with your fingertips.

Claire uses *Pacifica Ultra CC Cream, in shade warm/light with SPF 17.

Katie uses Glo Minerals tinted primer, in shade medium with SPF 30.

Step 2

Concealer for under eye circles and spots. Dab gently under eyes or on spots or blemishes and blend with fingertips or a soft brush.

Claire uses Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, in shade Brightener/Illuminator.

Katie uses Glo Minerals Camouflage Oil-Free Concealer, in shade Natural.

Step 3

Use blush and highlighter to define cheekbones and add a little extra glow. Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks while smiling, and brush up the cheekbones to add depth. Make the shape of a 3 with the highlighter, starting above the eyebrow, coming in above the cheekbone and out again along the jawline. Think about the areas where the light hits your face.

Claire uses *Pacifica Coconut Blush, in shade Beaming & Tenderhearted.

Katie uses Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in shade Gleam.

Step 4

Fill in and define eyebrows using light strokes of the pencil. Blend, blend, blend with a spoolie (or a clean mascara wand).

Claire uses Color Pop Brow Boss in shade Light Brown.

Katie uses Billion Dollar Brows, Triple Threat, in shade Taupe.

Step 5

Add 1-2 coats of mascara. If you prefer a more made up eye, try gently moving the brush from side to side at the base of the lashes before brushing through to the ends.

Claire uses *Pacifica Stellar Gaze, in shade Supernova (black).

Katie uses Too Faced Better Than Sex, in shade Black.

Step 6

Slide on some lip gloss or lipstick to finish the look.

Claire uses *Alba Botanica Fast Fix for Thin Lips tinted plumping gloss (Also available at Wholefoods).

Katie uses *Hurraw! Tangerine Chamomile Lip Balm SPF 15. In the US you can purchase here.


We goofed around together this morning (we were recently in the same country, yay!) and got our 5-minute makeup done in 4 minutes and 40 seconds. Winning!

Let us know your favorite clean, quick makeup hacks. We’d love to hear how you guys are doing it!


Claire and Katie.






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