A 5-Minute Makeup Routine Is Possible With These Hacks

Considering my job as a beauty editor, you may be surprised to know I live about 80% of my life completely makeup-free, 10% of my life somewhat makeup-free, and the last 10% balls-to-the-wall done-up. (When it comes to beauty, I clearly have a very all-or-nothing approach.)

I’m so steeped in new products that I find myself less willing to actually wear the stuff at a matched ratio. I’ll swatch and swipe, but most of the time I arrive to work with completely bare-faced. That said, when I do apply makeup, I’m all in—foundation, blush, mascara, eyeliner, powder, and every other conceivable product you can imagine. It is, to be honest, a bizarre dichotomy. (Although I know quite a few other people in the industry who have the same M.O.)

But let’s not forget that other 10%—when I’m doing the limbo between bare-faced and fully made-up, usually because I need to look a little perkier than my makeup-free aesthetic, but chose to prioritize beauty sleep, woke up sick, or (eek!) had one too many cocktails the night before. (It’s not a habit, but it happens to the best of us, right?)