With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare

When your day is full of places to go and people to see, it can feel nearly impossible to find time to incorporate a beauty routine into your busy morning. So when you’re fighting time but still want to throw on a little something on top of your standard morning moisturizer, follow these easy steps for a quick go-to morning routine that will keep you glowing all day.


5-minute basics

Step 1: A tinted moisturizer or BB cream is great for quick, sheer coverage that evens out your skin tone. If you need a little more coverage, use a foundation stick for spot coverage.

Step 2: Add a little color by pressing cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. We love Glossier’s Cloud Paint, which is seamless, sheer and beautiful, giving you a healthy, flushed glow.

Step 3: Lightly apply a powder highlighter to the high points of your cheekbones, and directly above and below the arch of your eyebrows for an instant lift.

Step 4: Finish it off by defining your lashes with 1-2 coats of mascara.

Bonus: Once you’ve gotten it down with time to spare, apply a shimmer cream shadow to the inner corners of your eyes and add a lightly tinted lip oil for a high shine.


Get the Look

1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46, Nordstrom.com

2. Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, Glossier.com

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $38, BeccaCosmetics.com

4. Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $9.99, LorealParisUSA.com


10-minute glow-up

Step 1: The first step to glowing skin starts with an essential: skincare. For smooth skin, start with an exfoliator to buff away dead skin and follow up with a moisturizer to create a smooth surface to work with.

Step 2: To create a subtle glow before even reaching for your highlighter, prime your face with an oil or illuminating balm after moisturizing for a natural-looking radiance.

Step 3: Apply tinted moisturizer, BB cream or foundation as desired. Tip: For a dewier look, blend your foundation out with a damp Beautyblender.

Step 4: Apply a blush + highlighter duo to your cheekbones.  

Step 5: Apply a light shimmer eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes and directly below the arch of your brow.

Step 6: Complete the look with a high-shine lip gloss. If you’re looking for extra glow, apply highlighter to your cupid’s bow.


Get the Look

1. Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm | $68 | Sephora.com

2. Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 | $42 | MilkMakeup.com

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | $40 | Nordstrom.com

4. Urban Decay Hi-Fi Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss | $20 | UrbanDecay.com