Let’s be super clear. I just do NOT have time to mess with my face in the morning. Whether it’s because I run a company and have children or too much to do or because, at 42, I just don’t care enough to do more, the result is, I want to do as little as I can.
Basically, I’m just aiming not to look homeless. So, the bar is low, people.
But I know a lot of Penelopes feel the same. I know because several have asked me my favorite products to get out the house fast.
So, here’s my list of faves. These take fewer than 5 minutes to apply. I know this because I have timed it, actually, for real, about 10 times. 4:10 is my average.
One quick aside: I think the ONLY way a 42-year-old gets out the house with very little make up on is to at least have a decent skin care routine. My mama taught me that as a teenager and I’ve lived by it ever since.
I’m really careful to remove my make up every night and wear a moisturizer with SPF every day without fail. As to the rest of it, boiled down, it’s basically a cleanser, a good daytime moisturizer with SPF and a nighttime serum and moisturizer.
I have tried EVERYTHING in all price brackets and have found that, weirdly, it’s the Arbonne RE9 line that works best for me. Note: I do not sell Arbonne in any way, I just like it. It keeps me moisturized, has almost entirely gotten rid of any visible pores and never makes me break out.
The Holy Grail product for me is their Genius Resurfacing Pads. I’ve done lots of experimenting and have found that that product is the one I can’t live without. I use one pad every 4-5 days (they AIN’T cheap, I gotta make them last) and it keeps my skin looking much better than without it. I’m not saying I’m some skin model, I’m just saying it helps my skin look the best it can look.
Here’s my most recent make-up free photo. It’s Christmas morning, so ignore the weird, I-haven’t-had-coffee-yet glazed smile.
Alright, onward to the actual 5-minutes of make-up.
First, goes on my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free with SPF 20 (my color is Nude). I wear this instead of foundation or powder. It’s the only thing I find that doesn’t gunk up in my under-eye region. (It’s gettin’ a bit crepey under there, so, gotta be careful or I’ll look 90.) If I’m feeling fancy, I might use a brush to give fuller coverage because it’s very buildable, but usually it’s all hands. I want to be able to see my freckles most of the time.
Next, I do a quick sweep of blush from my Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette, and a base coat of the lightest eyeshadow from that same palette, called Full Moon. I like all the colors in this palette and will use them to do a much darker eye for special occasions, but for my daily quick look, that’s all I use. This palette is a great all-in-one, though, and I always take it when I travel.
Now I spend 20 seconds loading up my lids with my favorite eyeshadow ever: Folie eyeshadow from Mac. I am not joking when I say I use this almost every day. It is the perfect shade for my green eyes. Not too dark, but with enough oomph to bring out the color. It looks dark, but it goes on just lovely. And you can build it up to be very dramatic, should you desire. I luuuuuurve this eyeshadow and would recommend for any light eye, blue or green. (Thanks for fellow Penelope contributor Jenna for knowing this would be the right color for me.)
Often, I take the time to quickly line my eyes with Clinique’s Quickliner in Roast Coffee, but sometimes, I can’t be bothered. The Folie really does the work.
Then, a few seconds with my favorite mascara and we’re just about there. Now, I realize that the Guerlain Maxilash Mascara is pricey. It is. But it lasts forever and is so easy to apply. It never gets that crispy, sticky feeling and comes off really easily, when you want it off. It has a lovely light smell, too. I’ve tried about 100 mascaras and I love this stuff.
Finally, a quick swipe of Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey (has a great sheen and just enough color) and I’m out.
See? Quick. And just enough for a real person to get out the door looking fairly pulled together. Again, not a model here, but enough to feel I look the best I can for my age and stage of life. And that’s just right for me.
Now I would LOVE to know: how fast can you get out the house with make-up on? And, what are you favorite products? Share!!!