I know lots of busy mums tell me they don’t have time to spend ages doing their makeup in the morning… so I thought I’d do a really quick step by step makeup guide for 5 minute makeup in 8 easy steps!

Step 1:
Cleanse, tone & moisturise to prep your skin for makeup.

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Step 2:
Apply a light foundation with fingers for speed (I like Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum or Erborian CC Cream). Concentrate on the centre of the face – less product on the outer part of the face. If you worry about how to choose the right colour foundation, check out my blog “How to choose the right foundation” from last year by clicking here.

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Step 3:
Sweep a concealer pen under your eyes and dot onto any spots/blemished/pigmentation you may have (try something like Ariane Poole’s Mineral Illuminating Concealer).

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Step 4:
Using your fingers apply a cream eyeshadow all over the lid and slightly into the crease of the eye – don’t worry about being really precise, these are so easy to use, they blend immediately and require no skill whatsoever.  Go for a brown / gold / beige tone (my favourites are Mac’s Paint Pots in ‘Groundwork’ & ‘Painterly’).

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Step 5:
Curl your lashes! I know it may seem like an unnecessary time waster but honestly it will make the world of difference and only takes a few seconds.

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Step 6:
Apply mascara – for speed focus on the top lashes – leave your bottom lashes free of makeup for a more natural look.










Step 7:
Sweep a little bit of blusher across the apples of the cheeks with a soft brush – go for a universal colour that suits all skin types such as Nars Blush in ‘Orgasm’.










Step 8:
Finally for a super quick but groomed finish to your 5 minute makeup routine, apply a slick of lip balm/lipstick.  Opt for something easy that requires no messing around like the Clinique Chubby Sticks – my favourite colours are Heaping Hazelnut and Woppin’ Watermelon.








That’s it!!! I hope you can see how great a quick makeup routine can look!  We all deserve 5 minutes in the morning to put on some makeup to face the day, even if we have little ones wanting our attention or a mega busy work life.  This is so achievable and will help you look and feel a million dollars.

Mel x


If you have found this article useful and would like to learn more about makeup, I offer private makeup lessons and makeup lessons for friends and groups.  Click here for more info on makeup lessons…

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Mel England – Makeup Artist Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon, Leeds, York – North Yorkshire.