Minimalist Makeup Routine – Look Flawless in 5 minutes or Less!

Hello, Beauties!

I have a confession to make. Even though I run a beauty blog I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I do love getting glammed up for a fancy party from time to time, but in my day to day life I prefer to keep my beauty routine simple.

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I even have some friends that don’t like wearing makeup at all ever. However, the older we get the more it becomes necessary to wear some makeup.

Looking fresh, glowing and flawless doesn’t take much actually. So, if you have been feeling pressured to wear three layers of foundation, highlight, contour and wear five different eyeshadows the good news is that you really don’t need to.

You can look polished and professional with minimal effort and a minimal amount of products.W hy spend an hour doing your makeup when you can have a 5-minute routine?

What are some of the reasons for going basic?

  • It saves time
  • Saves money
  • Saves space and cuts down on clutter
  • Great for teens 
  • Perfect for busy moms and women who don’t enjoy putting on makeup
  • It’s better for your skin

The average routine nowadays consists of 10-13 steps or in other words 10-13 products that you are applying to your face. That’s a lot!

Unless you are Kim Kardashian or another celebrity that is constantly being photographed by the paparazzi you don’t need that much! Even they don’t need that much in my humble opinion.

I may mention several different products throughout my posts and write a bunch of product reviews, but my goal is to help you find that one perfect foundation, eyeshadow, primer etc.

They are not all created equal and what works for one person may not work for another as I am sure you know. But my advice is that when you do find the exact right makeup product you have been searching for – stick with it!

So what should a 5-minute routine consist of?

  • Tinted Moisturizer or BB/CC Cream
  • Finishing Powder (if you have oily skin)
  • Brow Gel
  • Mascara
  • Lip & Cheek Tint

That’s 5 products maximum, 6 if you need concealer. If you are lucky enough to have naturally thick brows skip the brow gel altogether. Same goes for the tinted moisturizer if you have really clear even skin. But let’s break this down further…

Perfect Your Skin

The first step to looking great is having flawless skin and the best way to get flawless skin is to take proper care of it. The better your skin looks the less makeup you need. It really is that simple.

Ditch as many chemicals as possible and go for organic skin care and make sure you are eating a healthy diet. Great skin and diet go hand in hand. And of course, another way to have perfect skin is to fake it.

You can achieve this with a light foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream to smooth and even out your complexion and a small amount of concealer if needed and only where you need it. Make sure you have the exact right products for your skin so that it doesn’t look like you have anything on.

Some great products to try are the SPF 30 Mineral Tinted BB Cream and Blemish Clearing Powder from Juice Beauty or the Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer and 2nd Skin Concealer from 100% Pure Cosmetics.

Here is a really excellent video from makeup artist Wayne Goss on how to properly match your foundation or tinted moisturizer. His advice really helped me finally find the correct shade.

The real key with these types of products is that they contain skin care ingredients, so you are getting a primer, moisturizer, and foundation in one.

So, instead of just covering up your skin you will be getting some added beautifying benefits in the process. Apply only a very small amount of finishing powder as needed. This way your skin will still look like skin. Fresh, glowing, and dewy!

Groom Your Brows 

Well groomed brows perfectly frame and enhance your eyes. So make sure that you get yours cleaned up either in a salon or do it yourself at home.

Once your brows have been shaped the way you want them all you need to do is to swipe on some brow gel to fill in any sparse areas and to set them in place.

I prefer gels over creams, powders, and pencils since they are super fast and easy to apply. It’s the perfect no-fuss way to get on fleek brows. I like the Green Tea Brow Builder from 100% Pure Cosmetics.

Here is a really great tutorial on the perfect DIY brows –

Enhance Your Lashes 

Simply curling your lashes and applying a couple of coats of good mascara can make a huge difference in your overall appearance. It will make your eyes look brighter and you will look put together.

If you are simplifying your routine it’s okay to skip the eyeshadow, but don’t skip the mascara. See the difference in the pictures below?

You definitely want to go with a clump and flake-free natural (preferably organic) formula especially if you have sensitive eyes.

The Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara in Black Tea from 100% Pure Cosmetics and the 100% Lash Natural & Organic Mascara from Root Cosmetics are two of my favorites.

A clear mascara or lash serum works well too. It really all comes down to your personal preference. If you don’t even like wearing mascara just try curling your lashes.

Cheeks & Lips

Adding a pop of color to your lips and cheeks helps to give that fresh healthy glow. Look for lip and cheek stains or creams for a 2-in-1 product. I love these kinds of products because they are easy to use and very portable.

You can just toss them in your purse and go! The Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tints from 100% Pure Cosmetics and the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek are two very good options.

If you are not feeling totally inspired by now then check out these lovely ladies who are totally rocking the simple beauty look!

And if you are not quite ready to embrace the minimalist side of beauty here are some tips on how you can at least cut down on some of your products and declutter your makeup drawer:

Makeup Palettes – 

Instead of purchasing a bunch individual products look for sets that come in the form of a palette, refillable palettes are even better!

Eyeshadow collections and even full face collections have been all the rage for a few years now so if you haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon now would be a good time!

100% Pure makes a few lovely makeup palettes and Root Pretty offers a refillable case that contains a large mirror and storage for your favorite brushes and even lipstick.

Refillable palettes are a great way to minimize waste from product packaging. More and more companies are now offering recycling programs and/or refillable packaging as well.

Narrow Down Your Lip Colors –

All a gal really needs is 3 shades lipstick – a nude, pink, and red. The perfect nude lip should match with your natural lip color but be a little bit better. I like to match it to the color of the inside of my lip since it is a little deeper and a slightly pinker.

For pink shades choose something close to the shade of your lips and cheeks when they are flushed and then go maybe a little bit brighter or deeper depending on your personal preference.

When choosing a red try on a few different shades until you find the one that is most flattering to your skin tone. A classic true red (not too blue or orange) is flattering for all skin tones.

Have any time-saving makeup tips you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below!

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Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.


Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.

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