Crazy, Busy, Beautiful, Carmindy explains just how to make up your face in five minutes flat. The result? A sexy-looking you—and some time to spare.Only have a few minutes to get ready? Makeup artist and author of
1. Even Out Your Skin Tone
Create an even-looking complexion using a sheer liquid foundation, like Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup Oil-Free SPF 25 PA+++, $34, benefitcosmetics.com.
Apply the foundation to your skin using a dampened non-latex sponge, like Victoria's Secret Victoria Vogue Non-Latex Foundation Sponge, $1.59 for two, amazon.com, for a streak-free application.
2. Apply Concealer Where It's Needed
Using your ring finger, pat concealer underneath your eyes to hide any dark circles—and dab some cover-up onto any blemishes to conceal them, too.
Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer, starting at $17, amazon.com.
3. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight
Instantly brighten your face by highlighting it in three key places with a powder highlighter, like Revlon Highlighting Face Powder Pure Confection, starting at $9, amazon.com. If you're fair, use a frosty white shade; for medium skin tones use a pink-champagne hue; and for dark skin reach for a pale gold powder.
After you've applied your foundation and concealer, use a dual-ended brush, like Stila #15 Double-Sided Brush, starting at $20, amazon.com, to sweep highlighter underneath your brow bone with the larger brush. Then, flip it to the other side and trace the inner corner of your eye with the smaller brush topped with highlighter.
4. Line Your Lids
Define your eyes quickly by using an eyeliner pencil to trace your upper lashline only. Then, take your finger and smudge the line a little so it doesn't look so perfect.
Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eye Liner, starting at $18, amazon.com.
5. Lube Up Your Lashes
When you're trying to get ready fast, all you need to do is accentuate the upper lashline.
Don't focus mascara on the lower lashes, just coat your top lashes with Maybelline New York Volum' Express The MegaPlush Washable Mascara, $8, drugstore.com.
6. Fake a Flush
Swirl a little powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks, and blend the hue out toward your temples for a more natural-looking flush.
Two universally flattering ones: L'oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Barely Blushing, starting at $4, amazon.com, and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiègle, $43, chanel.com.
7. Swipe on a Lip Shade
Finish off your look by swiping a light or bold lip stick or gloss—since a bright shade won't compete with your subtly lined eyes—over your pout.
Try CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick, prices starting at $7, amazon.com.
More from Cosmopolitan: