5 Minute Makeup Routine


I’ve already admitted it, but I’m the laziest person ever when it comes to beauty. Which is why I’ve come up with tricks to make it work for me, like my 5 minute makeup routine.

I’ve been meaning to get better at makeup for a while now. In an age of YouTube Beauty Gurus, I’ve seen high schoolers that put my makeup game to shame. To be honest, usually I just rub products all over my face and hope it works out.

Only half kidding. I’m working on it.

But in the meantime, my morning makeup routine is as simple as they come. 5 minutes or less and I’m out the door. Every girl needs a 5 minute makeup routine for those days you’re feeling crunched for time. Am I right?

Especially if it’s daytime. I’m all about that fresh faced look. I just don’t feel like myself when I’m wearing tons of makeup. If anything, it makes me feel even more self conscious. I’m all about a solid skincare routine and minimal makeup.

Despite being totally clueless at doing makeup, somehow I’m a product junkie? I could live and die in a Sephora.

I don’t use many products, but the ones I do I’ve tested a million times over. Here are the products I can’t live without (and the ones that get me out the door ASAP in the morning).

Tinted Moisturizer – I don’t typically use primer during the day. My skin is on the drier side to begin with, and I prefer a dewy and natural look. I used to HATE foundation, but Nars Tinted Moisturizer is a godsend (I use the shade St. Moritz). Think your skin, but better. Sometimes I’ll use a beauty blender, but I honestly think it looks just fine using your fingers. Plus, SPF!!! This product is amazing. I could sing its praises for days. I also LOVE Armani Luminous Silk foundation if I want more coverage.

+ Brows – a polished brow is key! I seriously cringe when I look at photos of myself from 5 years ago – talk about a HORRIBLE brow. This pencil is the best and the end with the spoolie is a lifesaver – always brush your brows UP and brush out any extra product. Voila! Fool-proof, easy brows.

Mascara – my ladies with lash extensions, this is a step you get to skip! For me, I always make sure I curl my lashes first. The trick to your fullest, most voluminous lashes with mascara is to LAYER. Depending on how dramatic I’m trying to go, I’ll use up to 3 (!!!) mascaras. I always use this primer and this mascara. If it’s nighttime or I’m feeling dramatic, I’ll layer on another one. Right now I’m liking this mascara a LOT.

Bronzer – I’m not the biggest fan of blush. But I do love adding a swipe of sun-kissed glow across my face. Check out this list of the absolute best bronzers. I typically just use whichever one I’m feeling that day. And um, I don’t contour. No idea how.

Honestly, that is IT. If I have a little extra time or want to add something more, I like this highlighter and this lip pencil. Easy peasy.

What’s your easy daytime look? Especially my beauty product junkies and fellow bloggers – I am always looking for ways to streamline my morning routine!

xx, Amy

17 Discussion to this post

  1. molly says:

    Loving this post! Your makeup always looks amazing 🙂


  2. Lauren Nakagawa says:

    Haha, I’m similar Amy. If it takes more than 10 minutes, I’m out! But really, I think if we nail our skin woes, we won’t have to use that much product, which I’m a fan of 😀

    Love those perspex heels btw.


    • Amy Zhang says:

      Hi Lauren! I totally agree, skincare is #1!! I’ve been loving the product reviews you’ve been posting and would love to know what your skincare + makeup routine is as well!! xx

  3. Taylor says:

    Great post!
    Love your shoes in the photo also!

  4. sepatuholig says:

    Awesome tips, thanks for sharing…..
    IG @grace_njio

  5. Konstancja says:

    Loving this post, I hate spending hours to do my make up, especially in the morning- I’d rather have a few extra minutes in bed! 🙂
    XO Konstancja


  6. Jennsemble says:

    I definitely need to check out tinted moisturizer! I used to use a BB cream but have now switched to Milani’s 2-in-1 and that has been my summer staple!

    Thanks for sharing 😀
    XO Jenn

    • Amy Zhang says:

      Ooooo I’ll need to check out the Milani 2-in-1!! And lmk what you think of the tinted moisturizer – NEVER used to wear foundation, but this stuff has been a godsend. Tbh I try to go completely foundation free when I can to let my skin breathe, but tinted moisturizer is the next best thing! xx

  7. love those heels!!!!

    xo- Gem+Elli

    Insta @gem.and.elli

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