15-Minute Makeup Routine + Products + Tips

So let’s face it, we don’t always have 45 minutes during the week to do a full face of makeup…at least I don’t. On the days that I work, I wake up at 5:45, get dressed, do my hair, eat breakfast, then leave my apartment by 6:30 AM to be at work by 7:00 AM. Today, I’m going to share with you all the products that I use to create a minimalistic, yet fresh makeup look in only 15 minutes. (Please keep in mind that though many products are mentioned, they are used very lightly. Also, not all products mentioned are used at once, but serve as options for those looking to explore similar products.)


Start with clean skin. This is always always always my first step. If you want to view my current skincare routine, click here.


Brows (3 minutes)

Do: Lean towards a natural, feathered brow look. For that particular look, I often use the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in ‘Deep’. It’s not as harsh as a pomade or pencil, and gives your brows a natural look. If your brows are sparse and you prefer a little more color, try using an eyeshadow or eyebrow powder about 2 shades lighter than your brow hairs. The goal is to have natural-looking brows.

Don’t: Create a full-on heavy brow. A heavy brow + a minimalistic face can come across as very strange looking and unnatural. Save that for a night out.

Eyes (3 minutes)

Do: Keep it simple and neutral. Personally, I don’t wear eyeshadow when I go to work, but it you do, I suggest only using 1 or 2 neutral colors. The Juvia’s Place Nubian Eyeshadow Palette is a perfect neutral palette, especially for women of color.

Don’t: Be dramatic. Dark colors and detailed eye looks are too complicated for this quick look.

For eyeliner…

Do: Use a pencil or a black liquid liner to make a quick line across your eyelid. Or, if you prefer not to wear liner, that’s okay too. I find that with a natural shadow look however, a simple eyeliner look will make your eyes pop without being too much.

Don’t: Be dramatic with your eyeliner. Even a winged liner can come off as too dramatic and can also be time-consuming for a 15-minute look.


Face: Base (2 minutes)

Do: Use a BB Cream or concealer only. I always just use a gel or cream concealer on my hyperpigmentation and blend with my damp Beauty Blender/Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. My absolute favorite concealer is the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in ‘Toffee’. This gem of a concealer has the perfect amount of coverage for those trouble areas.

Don’t: Apply a full face of foundation. The aim is for a light, natural face, not a heavy, super glam one.


Face: Contour + Highlight (5-6 minutes)

Do: Tone it down. The goals is a subtle highlight as well as a subtle contour. Use a  bronzer/contour for the perimeter of your face and and a touch of highlight underneath your eyes. (I typically only highlight underneath my eyes and not the other high points of my face for a more natural look.) Personally, I use palettes and sticks for highlighting and contouring. Palettes and sticks are simply convenient to have, as most of them already have your highlight and contour all in one place! Below are both cream and powder contour and highlight kits, as well as blush kits, that I keep in my collection:


Cream Highlight + Contour


Powder Contour + Highlight


Don’t: Overdo it. The purpose of this routine is not a full coverage look. Applying too much highlight, contour, and blush can come across as overdone. Use a light hand when applying these products

Lips (1 minute)

Do: Opt for a tinted lip balm or lip stain. I love the Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm in ‘Red Dahlia’. The goal is to choose a sheer color that will match your natural lip color.

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