4 Makeup Essentials in Under 4 minutes.

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March 11, 2017

How to do your makeup in under 4 minutes with only 4 makeup essentials.

I am a teacher so despite my love for make up. I don’t always like to show up to work with a face caked with glitter and bright red lip tint and over-done eye brows. So, I have a general routine that keeps me and all the little kids who have to stare at my face all day, happy.

Also you guys, I am a mom of two kids and my one and only job in the morning is to get them out of bed, changed, fed, new diaper, new socks, breakfast, hair combed, teeth brushed, in the car, buckled in, and perhaps clean up whoever dumped their milk down the back of my pants. That’s it, that’s all. The reality is, I just do not have time to sit in the bathroom and stare at my contour job and make my nose straight. I wish I did, but I don’t. So for those of you who know what I am talking about, this one is for you! It is my 4 makeup essentials and in under 4 minutes.

Here is how I squeeze in my makeup routine in under 4 minutes. And feel good about it. Here are the things you will need and some links to the same or similar products.


1.) All-Over Foundation

This is the most vital part to any makeup routine. I am sorry, but all it takes is one wrong shade and you’ve lost the battle with natural light. And let’s be honest, no one wants to live in a cave just so their face matches their neck.

For me, my job is teaching so I don’t need much going on. I prefer a lighter weight foundation throughout the week. Something that stays extremely well and something that doesn’t make me feel like my face will melt off if I step outside. Blend your all-over foundation in really well, you want it to become one with your face.

2.) Under Eye Foundation

This is it’s own category for the simple fact that you can just do this step and be A-OKAY. Somedays if I feel like giving my skin a break, I will just go for this step and skip step 1. This step also doesn’t take quite the same blending technique as all over foundation. I find just patting it in with the pad of my finger or a small triangle pad, does the trick. Don’t blend, blot.

3.) Eye Shadow

This step is totally your call. I enjoy a little natural tone or some shimmer when I am dressed in more of a blouse or dark jeans look. But there are days where the t-shirt is out and the light jeans and a nude matte look is all I need. That’s what is great about this quick and easy makeup combo, you don’t need much of anything else. Less is more in this step.

4.) Blush

This time of year (in rainy Seattle at least) is grey and overcast with minimal to no shadows on our skin. When deciding what to do here, go red, rosy, pink. I find going for the brown or bronze tones during the fall or gloomier times of year tends to lead to the burnt marshmallow look. I am sorry, I care too much about you, I won’t let that happen to you. The rosy cheek look is great for the colder times of year and leaves for a more natural appearance.

Under 4 Minutes

I am telling you it is true. If you start with your foundations and then the eye shadow and blush. It’s a solid 3 and a half minutes of makeup. You feel fresh, natural, and ready for the day. I hope you enjoy. Would love to hear your tips and tricks and quick morning routines! Share below! Happy Saturday my friends!

Chanel West

I am a 29 year old mother, wife, teacher, photographer, artist and lover of life and all of the little things in between.

4 Comments

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    wildandfreeoutdoors

    March 20, 2017

    Yes I totally agree! I LOVE the blush that you pictured! I use it everyday. Concealer is always a must for me!

    • Reply

      Chanel West

      March 20, 2017

      Love this. Me too!

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    kaylaraeweb

    March 20, 2017

    So True!!! Love the part about rainy Seattle! Realest thing I’ve read all day! 🙂 Great pictures too!

    • Reply

      Chanel West

      March 20, 2017

      😘Thank you so much. ☔️ ☁️

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