How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes

When your morning is hectic and you have only minutes to make yourself look your best, follow this video’s fuss-free approach to applying makeup. It’s guaranteed to make you look awake―even when you don’t feel that way.

What You Need

  1. Check moisturizer
  2. Check foundation
  3. Check mascara
  4. Check lipstick or gloss
  5. Check blush

Follow These Steps

  1. Rinse and moisturize your face

    Cleanse your face quickly but thoroughly and follow up with moisturizer.

  2. Dab on foundation

    Use foundation only where you need it to even out your overall skin tone. Focus on your chin, the sides of your nose, and around your eyes, all areas that can be prone to redness or dark shadows. Dab it on using your ring finger.

  3. Sweep on black or brown mascara

    Mascara (a black shade is universally flattering; brown is a good choice for the particularly fair) opens up the eyes and makes you look refreshed. Sweep on one coat from root to tip. No need to pump the wand; doing so lets air into the tube, promoting bacterial growth.

  4. Apply lip color or blush

    Apply blush to the apple of each cheek (the roundest part when you smile), sweeping back toward the ear. On your lips, use color with a sheer or gloss finish, which requires less precision (and time) than a liner-and-lipstick combo.