Beauty in Minutes: 15 Minute Skincare and Make-up Routine
25th July 2019
By Natalie Chui
Ring, Ring! You wake up to your alarm and check the clock to find out you only have minutes to get ready before you need to head out. Fear not, we’ve got a time-saving beauty routine for you so the next time you’re in a rush, you don’t need to compromise your style.
We all can remember waking up to mornings where we’ve barely got a scrap of time before we need to be out of the door. Whether you’re someone who likes to spend an hour primping your face or five minutes, we all have moments where we wish we could half the time of our morning routine. So, to help you out, we’ve got a few time-saving tips for the next time you need to look put together in a pinch.
When you’re in a rush to get ready, it’s very easy to panic. Remember to stay calm and just to focus on the most important parts of your routine. If you wear [mascara](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/mascaras) everyday, do that first, if [lipstick](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/lips/lipsticks) is your signature, then apply that first. Also, keep a handful of multi-purpose products at hand so you don’t have to spend time finding products for each feature.
Here, we’ve got a quick [skincare](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare) and [make-up](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up) routine for you to follow whether you only want to spend a short time on your face or rushing to get out of the door.
#### 5-Minute Skincare
**1\. Cleanse: 2 minutes**
Even if it’s the only thing you have time to do, always remember to prep your skin. Fortunately, [cleansing](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/cleansers-and-toners) takes up minimal time and [Clarins’ One-Step Facial Cleanser](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/cleansers-and-toners/cleansers/one-step-facial-cleanser/2500001092502.html) gently removes make-up and tones in one motion, leaving your skin instantly refreshed. Splash your face with cold water, then squeeze a dollop of cleanser onto your hands before massaging it only your face, then rinse off with a damp cloth.
**2\. Moisturise: 3 minutes**
Next, reach for a [moisturiser](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/moisturisers) to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. [This moisturiser by Clinique](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/moisturisers/day-creams/moisture-surge%E2%84%A2-72-hour-auto-replenishing-hydrator-30-ml/2530003847763.html) is designed to automatically replenish skin for up to 72 hours for a long-lasting finish. It can also be applied to dry cuticles, elbows and the ends of hair. Simply apply it after cleansing over the entire face.
**Total time: 5 minutes**
***Optional step: Mask for 3 minutes**
If you have a few extra minutes to spare, detoxify your skin with a [face mask](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/treatments/masks) for a radiant complexion. [Estee Lauder’s NightWear Plus-3 minute Detox Mask](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/moisturisers/night-creams/nightwear-plus-3-minute-detox-mask/2500000724664.html) is a liquid-light formula that takes only minutes to work and livens up lackluster skin. Smooth a thin layer over clean skin, then after three minutes, wash it off with a damp cloth, and follow up with moisturiser.
#### 10-Minute Make-up
**1\. Foundation: 3 minutes**
Start by perfecting your base and in a short span of time, forgo applying [foundation](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/foundations) with brushes and instead use your fingers for a more natural look. A few drops of [The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/foundations/serum-foundation-spf-15/2530007696701.html) will cover your entire face and its ultra-pigmented formula leaves a lightweight, flawless finish.
**2\. Brows: 1 minutes**
Next, frame your face by filling in your [eyebrows](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/eyebrows) as it helps to give overall definition to your facial features. A pencil helps to quickly groom brows, and [Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/eyebrows/brow-lift/2500000807312.html) is slightly angled for steady control. Sketch out the underline shape of your brows before filling them in with feather-light strokes, then use the spoolie at the opposite side of the pencil to brush through for a natural finish.
***Optional step: Brow Gel for 30 seconds**
If you want to really enhance your brows, reach for a tinted brow gel like [Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brows](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/eyebrows/legendary-brows/2500002482081.html). This gel shades and defines every hair with a small applicator and only takes seconds to apply. Alternatively, if you have no time to fill in your brows with a pencil, then just brush a brow gel over them as it will help give subtle definition.
**3\. Highlighter & Eye Shadow: 4 minutes**
Add a glow to the face with [highlighter](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/highlighters) and [NARS’ The Multiple](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/highlighters/the-multiple/2530003528204.html) is a multi-purpose stick that can be used over the cheeks, eyes and lips for a shimmering finish. Available in a variety of shades, use the stick straight onto the highpoints of your cheekbones and blend through with your fingers. Then take the same stick and apply it directly over your eyelids and blend through. Layer it for stronger pigmentation or leave it sheer for a light-reflecting shimmer.
**4\. Blush: 1 minute**
Create a rosy flush with [Charlotte Tilbury’s beach sticks](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/blushers/beach-sticks/2500000754425.html), an easy-to-apply stick [blush](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/face/blushers) that gives a flash of colour. A simple way to look radiant, simply apply a tiny bit onto the apples of your cheek and then blend outwards with your finger.
**5\. Mascara: 30 seconds**
The easiest way to look wide awake is to apply [mascara](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/mascaras) onto your lashes, as it instantly opens up the eyes. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler if you need to, then take [Hourglass’ Caution Extreme Lash Mascara](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/eyes/mascaras/caution-extreme-lash-mascara/2530007451522.html) and comb it through your lashes. One coat delivers volume and its wand separates each lash from root to tip for strong definition.
**6\. Lip Tint: 30 seconds**
Finish off your face with a bold lip in a shade of your choice as it’s an easy way to instantly transform a look. A lip tint is easy to apply and [NARS’ Oil-Infused Lip Tint](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/make-up/lips/lip-stains-and-tints/oil-infused-lip-tint---the-orgasm-collection/2530009020177.html) adds a hint of colour to the face and also hydrates and moisturises the lips. Swipe it directly onto the lips for a perfect, fuss-free pout.
**Total time: 10 minutes**