15 Beauty Products Made for Lazy Girls
No one will guess your makeup routine only took three minutes.
This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.
Lazy? Sure, sometimes. Lazy is a state of mind, and often, that state of mind is: We woke up late, we’re running out the door, we’ve grabbed a granola bar and our keys, and we can’t be bothered to spend half an hour at the mirror perfecting our eyeliner. For those mornings—or those lazy Saturdays when we want maximum impact with minimal makeup effort, we reach for these beauty products. Beauty products that have multiple uses, are easy to apply, and last all day are the name of the game. No touch-ups here. This is a touch-up free zone. No labored process or tricky application required (thank goodness). Lazy girls don’t have time for touch-ups, nor can we be bothered to carry a makeup bag with us. We have places to go and people to see. We don’t want to sit in front of the mirror forever…but we still want to look fantastic. These products say, “Can do!” to our lazy girl routines. So enjoy mixing and matching these high-impact, low-effort beauty products—we guarantee that no one will guess your makeup routine only took three minutes. Lazy? Maybe. Or perhaps we lazy girls just have our priorities in order.
For the ultimate lazy girl, (i.e. the one who can’t even wait five minutes for her moisturizer to sink in), might we suggest a hydrating mist? Quicker than a cream moisturizer, with just enough hydration to smooth skin and allow products to apply more easily, the lazy girl is bound to rely on this quick-dry mist.
To buy: $15; us.caudalie.com
Fill in your lips with this long-wear pencil, top with a lipstick (or not), and the color will last all day. No touch-ups needed. Lazy girls will like the lassiez-faire maintenance of a lip liner as a lipstick, plus the fact that, in one quick step—even if you’re otherwise barefaced—you’ve got a statement feature.
To buy: $24; nordstrom.com.
Scribble it on your eyelid—the messier the better—and then simply smudge it out with a blending brush. It will look so much fancier than it should. And isn’t that what we all want anyway? These Charlotte Tilbury pencils actually enhance your natural eye color—check the product description to see what pencil to use for blue, green, hazel, brown, and dark brown eyes.
To buy: $27; nordstrom.com
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A dry shampoo with the fragrance of a sultry Elizabeth and James perfume, this product does double duty. It’s perfect for second-day hair, since it gives you a boost of volume and an infusion of texture, plus you’ll notices hints of subtle fragrance throughout the day. Win-win. (Try Nirvana Black for notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla and Nirvana White for peony, muget, and tender musk.)
To buy: $28; sephora.com
As easy as a balm, with all the color of a lipstick, these lip treatments give your pout a pretty tint while moisturizing and nourishing your lips. Major work done here, and all you have to do is choose a color (out of the four pretty hues in this set), uncap the tube, swipe it across your lips, and move on with your day.
To buy: For a similar product, $77, go to neimanmarcus.com.
Let’s talk base. Foundation is notoriously time-intensive, and we lazy girls really can’t bother with it. Instead, opt for a BB cream with coverage and breathability that evens your skin tone and lasts through the day. (Plus, you can apply it with your fingers if you don’t have a brush handy.) This Garnier option is easy on the skin and on the wallet.
To buy: $9.99; target.com
If the lazy girl has had a long day, she wants to fall into bed immediately. We can relate. Don’t worry too much, because—in a stroke of genius—you can take your makeup off when your head is already on the pillow. Thanks to these handy make-up removing wipes, you never have to sleep in your mascara again.
To buy: $4.99; target.com
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The lazy girl doesn’t want to retouch her lipstick all day, and she certainly doesn’t want to carry around a mirror. Solution? Choose a nude-hued tint close to your natural lip color. This way, you can reapply on the go, anytime, without a compact. Check out MAC’s selection of colors—from peach to mocha to taupe to rose—in a variety of finishes.
To buy: $17; nordstrom.com
So easy, you don’t even need a brush. A newcomer to Sephora, this brand has major buzz, and for good reason. Swipe this matte stick bronzer wherever the sun would naturally hit your face, smudge into your skin with your fingers or a sponge, and you’re good to glow.
To buy: For a similar product, $24, go to urbanoutfitters.com.
Part blush, part highlighter—we’re all for it. Blend one of these gorgeous shimmery colors into your cheeks, and you’ll have a just-in-from-the-cold glow. The whole process takes about six seconds, so it’s perfect for minimal makeup days and for those winter months when you want a natural looking flush in no time.
To buy: $39; sephora.com
This red lip crayon (or pink, mauve, or berry) does not budge. Once you apply the velvety formula in the morning, it will take you through your coffee break, a long lunch, and all your afternoon meetings. Lazy? Maybe. Genius? Definitely.
To buy: $7.99; target.com
Thanks to this mascara, in a snap—or a swipe—you’ll have rainproof, cry-proof, glossy black lashes that are ready to take on the day. Oh, you woke up this way? Of course you did. No one needs to know otherwise. This mascara will keep your secret, no questions asked.
To buy: $21; sephora.com
Lock your face into place with this finishing spray. It’s like hairspray, but for your makeup. It sets, moisturizes, and ensures that your makeup doesn’t move. Period. Prolonging wear? No smudging? We’ll give it the lazy girl stamp of approval.
To buy: $14; sephora.com