Functional Beauty

We all love looking and feeling our best, but sometimes our morning routines just don’t seem to agree with us that’s why we all need a little bit of functional beauty! If you’re like me, and you love catching those last five minutes of much-needed rest while still being able to walk out the door looking flawless in your makeup, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s my oh-so-coveted five-minute beauty routine that’ll leave you looking effortless and confident!

 1) Start out by priming your face with a BB or CC cream.

Though I usually still opt to use a traditional moisturizer as a base, BB/CC creams do it all! Moisturize, offer sun protection, and coverage, while not retaining the heavy feeling of most foundations. My all time favorite CC cream is this one by It Cosmetics, which comes with a hefty SPF 50.

2) Set your face with loose powder and a setting spray.

Setting your face is absolutely necessary, so don’t skip this step! Setting your makeup prevents creases, separating, and makes sure your makeup stays on your face while you’re going about your day. My favorite setting powder is this one from Glossier, which I find keeps my makeup longwearing without looking cakey. I usually pair it up with this setting spray from Morphe.

3) Fill in your brows and apply mascara.

Filling in your brows makes all the difference. Eyebrows frame the face, and by filling in your eyebrows, you can give your face depth and dimension in just a few simple strokes. Lightly fill in your brows with any brow pencil or brow powder to keep them looking natural and soft. To play up your eyes, choose any water-resistant mascara and apply generously to your lashes – I prefer this one from Benefit.  

4) Apply a nude lipstick and you’re done!

 Lastly, apply a soft nude lipstick to your lips to finish up this fresh and natural look. I usually opt for traditional lipstick over liquid, as I find that it gives a much less harsh look and is also much more hydrating. This lipstick by Colourpop is my all-time-favorite universal nude.

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Remember: this look is super simple, so you can easily add to it if you find you need a little more glam, or need to switch it up quick from a daytime to nighttime look. Have fun and play away!