How To Do Your Makeup When You've Only Got 5, 15 Or 30 Minutes

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26/03/2016 4:55 AM AEDT | Updated 26/03/2016 4:55 AM AEDT

When we're in a time crunch, the last thing on our minds is how we're going to do our makeup. We're lucky if we can even find some mascara, concealer and a brow pencil to toss into our handbags before rushing out the door in the mornings.

After trial and error, we've managed to come up with three makeup routines -- 5, 15 and 30 minutes -- that have saved us stress, time and money. Consider this the motivation you need to quit overusing product and start a simpler, straightforward regimen that enhances your natural beauty. 

5 Minutes

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When you're short on time, a makeup look that's focused on enhancing healthy, glowing skin is key.

Minute 1: Conceal blemishes or dark under-eye circles with a cream concealer.

Minute 2: Brush up your eyebrows and fill in only where needed. Then, brush again to evenly disperse product through hairs.

Minute 3: Dust eyelids with a nude shimmering shadow to whiten irises. Apply a few strokes of mascara to the top and bottom lashes to really open up eyes.

Minute 4: Warm up your complexion by adding highlighter to your upper cheekbones, along the temples, down the bridge of nose, Cupid's bow and on the chin.

Minute 5: Finish with a tinted lip balm or your go-to lipgloss.

15 Minutes

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All you need is a few extra minutes and some patience to get the perfect cat-eye.

Minutes 1-3: Use your fingers or a damp Beautyblender to apply a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation.

Minute 4: Spot conceal any dark spots or acne blemishes with a thin layer of concealer.

Minutes 5-6: Brush and fill-in your eyebrow with a fine pencil. Take extra care to shape and cover up any sparse holes. 

Minutes 7-8: Apply a neutral eyeshadow to lids, making sure to blend well.

Minutes 9-12: Dress up your eyes with cat-eye makeup. Create the line with a pencil first, and then go over with black liquid eyeliner. Add a few strokes of mascara.

Minute 13: Add a pop of color to your cheeks with blush.

Minutes 14-15: Line lips with concealer or a nude pencil to prevent fading. Then, put on lipstick or stain.

30 Minutes

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Thirty minutes is more than enough time to get creative with your eyeliner or lipstick.

Minutes 1-7: Prep skin with a primer to provide a smooth and even base. Tip: Matte makeup primers will help to minimize shine or oil. Then, apply your foundation with a large, flat brush in circular motions for an air-brushed look.

Minutes 8-10: Conceal any blemishes that are still coming through and set your face makeup with a loose powder.

Minutes 11-15: Use a gel or powder brow product to fill-in your eyebrows. Don't forget to brush up and into your desired shape!

Minutes 16-20: Go for that eye makeup look you've been waiting to try -- whether it’s a vivid liner or smoldering shadow. 

Minutes 21-22: Give your lashes extra oomph by curling them before applying mascara.

Minutes 23-28: Play up your bone structure with contouring. Here's a tutorial to help guide you.

Minutes 29-30: Prep your lips with a primer, outline with a pencil and fill in with your lipstick or gloss of choice.

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