This is how a makeup artist does a five-minute face

Learn how to nail the basics and streamline your entire beauty routine.
Published June 12, 2020 1:11 p.m. EST
Last Updated June 12, 2020 1:11 p.m. EST

When it comes to getting ready for the day, many of us would rather snooze for an extra 30 minutes instead of spending more time on our makeup routine. Whether you have a video-conference meeting or are heading out for a quick appointment, having a quick and easy go-to makeup look can be a huge life saver! Makeup artist Christine Cho shared her tips on how you can nail the basics and still look your best.


While some prefer to wear foundation daily, it definitely doesn’t have to be a necessity. However, if you feel more comfortable with full-face coverage, try mixing a few drops of serum or oil into your foundation so that it spreads and blends quickly. This will also give you a sheer hydrated glow! You can also dab a few concentrated drops of foundation or concealer around the eyes or any blemishes. Another time saver is to skip powder!


If needed, fill/shape your brows by brushing up the hairs. A dual-ended brown pencil is a great versatile tool to have in your makeup bag for this. You can use the precision tip brown pencil to fill in any sparse areas and create your desired shape/thickness using small angled strokes. Use less pressure in the areas where you want a softer look and more pressure where you want more density. To finish up your brows, brush up the hairs with bristle end.


For those that don’t regularly wear eyeliner, you can skip right to mascara. Otherwise, add a dark neutral eyeliner into your top lash line by tilting chin up while looking at self in mirror; then press just above and into lashes in small dashes and shimmies rather than an actual line - this creates illusion of thicker natural lash line rather than drawn on "eye liner". Then follow with one coat of mascara by wiggling wand horizontal while lifting lashes from base to tip. Apply extra to tips for more volume


When it comes to lips, you can use a simple tinted lip balm for both your lips and cheeks! Just dab some directly onto the apples of your cheeks and blend it in with your finger. This will give you an instant natural flush without the need of multiple products.