5 Ways to Speed Up Your Makeup Routine

I often get the sneaking suspicion that one day-- perhaps after the one millionth time of shouting "Just ten more minutes...I PROMISE!"--that my patient husband will finally go psycho and plot the untimely doom of my beloved products. That...or just straight up throw my vanity out the window. 
It's easy to get carried away (at least for me) when applying makeup whether it's getting ready for a date or putting your face on in the morning. Over the course of a few years, I have found ways to cut down on my getting-ready time. I have even set timers on my iphone with blaring (sometimes downright frightening) alarms to get my ass into gear and out the door. These are some of the time-savers I have learned to adopt...although sometimes begrudgingly. 
1. Keep a makeup organizer or makeup bag filled with your daily products out and ready- I have made it a habit to keep the products I use for my everyday makeup routine in a small acrylic organizer on my vanity. I can't tell you how much time this one simple idea has saved me in getting ready each morning. Instead of digging through drawers and playing hide and seek with my products, I have everything I need laid out before me. To keep my routine fresh and interesting, I rotate products out frequently. 
2. Use some products as multitaskers- So many products can easily be used on multiple areas of the face. Using a product as a jack of all trades is a mega time saver since you don't have to keep opening up and putting away a billion products. I use my powder face highlighter not only to add glow to my cheekbones, but also as a highlight under my brow-bone and next to my tear ducts to make my eyes appear larger. I'll dab the stuff on my cupid's bow and in the center of my lips too in order to fake a big Victoria's Secret pout. Sometimes I'll use my lipstick both on my lips and as a cream blush for a more natural flush to the cheeks. 
3. Limit the amount of products in your routine- Not to be Captain Obvious, but less products really does equal less time to complete your makeup routine. I am probably the biggest culprit when it comes to not following this advice...hehe...whoops. Sometimes I just need to remind myself that I'm not Michaelangelo painting the Sistene Chapel...I really don't need to use 100 eyeshadows for one look. 
4. Use your fingers- Your fingers are conveniently attached to you so it makes sense that those would be faster than taking out a different brush for each step. I often find myself on an awkward search mission for a specific brush when I'm in a hurry. Using your fingers cuts straight to the chase and you can just go, go go. The touch of your fingers will also warm up the product so that it blends more seamlessly. Marilyn Monroe's makeup artist was a true advocate of this method. 
5. Join several steps into one- Makeup takes a lot of time when you are layering product after product over the other. I find joining multiple steps together especially useful in my skin/foundation routine. To speed up the process, I'll squeeze facial lotion, primer and foundation out onto the back of my hand, mix them all together, and apply the concoction directly to my face. 
Let me know if you have any other strategies that speed up your routine! 

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Currently in My Makeup Bag | Summer Daily Makeup Routine

If you read my recent blog post, 5 Beauty Lessons I Learned While Sick, you will know about the fiasco my husband and I have been having recently with our little flea friends. After chemically bombing the apartment to high heaven several times to no avail (I'm pretty sure the Apocalypse could occur and they would be the sole survivors), we have decided to re-pack everything we just finished putting up and move to a new apartment complex. C'est la vie.
In between moves, my parents have adopted our cute homeless selves into their home and I've adopted  a makeup bag to tote around. I filled it with some summery everyday products from my squirrel stash. The rest I tucked away all snuggly to be moved to the new apartment. In the meantime though, these have been my everyday essentials. 

The Skin Prep:

I'm testing out a new facial lotion, Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, and I really like it so far! It hydrates and brightens the skin for a youthful, refreshed look before applying makeup. If I wake up with dark circles, I massage a drop of my handy-dandy MAC Fast Response Eye Cream into my under-eye area and then seal it all in with my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer. Before applying any makeup I dab on a bit of Nivea Lip Balm to soak into my lips. Crusty-crust lips ain't a cute look under lipstick y'all.  

The Face: 

Since it's hotter than Hugh Jackman's abs out there, I'm currently using Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation. It dries to a powder finish so it keeps my oily skin at bay. I like that it also protects my skin  during the day with SPF 20. For a heavy duty concealer that doesn't budge, I'm using MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (seriously best concealer ever...check it out in this blog post.) To seal everything in, I'm using MAC Prep + Prime Pressed Powder--a translucent setting powder that knows no limits when it comes to sweat. As usual, I bronze/contour my face with my NARS Laguna Bronzer. No surprise here. It's just perfection and I haven't found anything I like better. Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink has been calling the apples of my cheeks its home lately. Such a pretty baby doll pink! For a golden glow, I like to apply my Hard Candy Bronzer in "Tiki" to the tops of my cheekbones (or anywhere on my face I want to look particularly angelic that day).

The Eyes: 

As usual, I'm still filling in my eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in "Auburn." It's so precise and just so simple to work with and I love the color. I decided to switch it up and use MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot instead of Painterly. While it's definitely more sheer, it still primes great and provides a great coral sheen to the lids. It pairs great with MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in "Sweet Satisfaction." Together they make a warm sand-beige color that I love. In the crease, MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in "Uninterrupted." Absolutely beautiful. The color is such a warm, rich mustard/camel brown that just screams summer. I'm currently using Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in "Smog" to line my eyes and intensify the warmth in that area. To create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes, I rim my waterline with a NYX Eyeliner in "Pure White" and also apply it to the brow bone as a matte highlight. To top it off, I curl my lashes and then apply Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara--which is ahh-mazing (and the commercial for it is hilarious, btw).

The Lips:

If it's a particularly hot day--haha jk that's everyday recently--I apply MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer to prevent my lip products from feathering and smearing throughout the day (this blog post is also great if you have that problem). I then line my lips with a great browny-nude color, Jordana Lipliner in "Rock N' Rose." Depending on my mood that day, I either fill them in completely with the lipliner and pair NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée on top (for a beautiful nude lip) or I fill in the lips with a fun orange coral color, MAC "Vegas Volt."

What's in your summer makeup bag? 

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