My five minute fall face

My five minute fall face

Now say that five times fast. Kidding 😉


I recently started a professional development course and the commute requires me to drive at least one hour each way. Because of that, I’ve had to really shorten my morning routine to arrive on time.


In some ways, it’s a good thing because, as someone who has worked from home for more than five years, I’ve completely lost the ability to get dressed in a jiffy. On the other hand, it does restrict some of the creativity that I use when I get ready under normal circumstances.


In any case, I’m happy to have the opportunity to share something that will hopefully help you during your morning routines. The fall is a time of year that gets busier and busier until December.


So if you, like me, are finding yourself short on time with a to-do list of 34958734957394857345987 items, have no fear! Here are a few ways you can cut down your morning routine and start the day off with a glowing face.


After I groggily stumble my way to the kitchen and drink my first of many cups of coffee, I begin with skin. After washing with a gentle cleanser (I’ve been loving this one from Belif), I proceed with my morning skincare routine. This consists of toner, a serum, and a moisturizer.


After cleansing and prepping my skin, I move on the fun stuff! I first apply primer. I use primer on both my eyes and face. For the eyes, I switch between MAC’s 24-hour Extend Eye Base and Pixi’s Eye Bright Primer. The Pixi is not my favorite, as it doesn’t hold up well to humidity, but it does neutralize my lid.


Next, for my face, I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Fluid Primer now for about a month. I bought it after rave reviews from one of my favorite Youtubers. I have to say, it’s truly an excellent choice. Despite the fact that it is silicone-based, I still really enjoy it. I am generally not a huge fan of silicone, but in this instance I think it’s justified as I manage to get at least eight hours of wear out of any foundation with it.


In terms of foundation, right now I use a combination of Armani Maestro foundation and The Ordinary Serum Foundation. It’s a bit comical to mix something that costs $65 something that costs a mere $6, I know. Unfortunately, I was mismatched in the shade I purchased in the Maestro, so I tried to remedy by mixing.


For concealer, the quickest option for me is to use a peach corrector. It gets rid of my Mediterranean dark circles. My corrector of choice right now is the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Peach.


The rest of the complexion gets a quick swipe of blush (usually a now-discontinued MAC cream blush), and then I end with a quick dusting of the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder.


For my eyes, I swipe a quick line of brown gel liner across my upper lash line. No flick for me, as this is all about time-saving. Whatever is left on the brush is quickly smudged under my lower lashes. The eyes get a few lashings of mascara and a swipe of a tinted brow gel, and they’re done!


In terms of lips, I don’t have a regular product at the moment. I’ve been grabbing whatever works with my outfit for the day. But one thing is for sure: be smarter than me, and don’t apply your lipstick in parking lots 🙂

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