Considering my job as a beauty editor, you may be surprised to know I live about 80% of my life completely makeup-free, 10% of my life somewhat makeup-free, and the last 10% balls-to-the-wall done-up. (When it comes to beauty, I clearly have a very all-or-nothing approach.)
I’m so steeped in new products that I find myself less willing to actually wear the stuff at a matched ratio. I’ll swatch and swipe, but most of the time I arrive to work with completely bare-faced. That said, when I do apply makeup, I’m all in—foundation, blush, mascara, eyeliner, powder, and every other conceivable product you can imagine. It is, to be honest, a bizarre dichotomy. (Although I know quite a few other people in the industry who have the same M.O.)
But let’s not forget that other 10%—when I’m doing the limbo between bare-faced and fully made-up, usually because I need to look a little perkier than my makeup-free aesthetic, but chose to prioritize beauty sleep, woke up sick, or (eek!) had one too many cocktails the night before. (It’s not a habit, but it happens to the best of us, right?)
It’s in those instances I have a specifically reserved makeup routine with a separate and smaller slew of products to tackle everything in five minutes or less. Call it my lazy makeup vibe, my hungover saving grace, or chicken soup for the face when I’m sick, but it gets me by every single time. Ahead, my quick seven-step process for looking less tired, sick, or hungover in five minutes’ time, including the products I keep tucked away in their own special makeup bag. (Like a first-aid kit, but for my face.) Keep scrolling!