Picture this scenario. It's a weekday morning and you're sleeping soundly when your alarm goes off. You're still feeling tired, so you reach over and hit the snooze button. A few minutes pass. By the time you actually wake up, you realize that you have a very short amount of time to get ready for the day ahead, not to mention you have to get your kids out the door for school!
This scenario is very
common for many women. We juggle a lot of responsibilities and as a result, we're often left with little time to become glamorous. What's a girl to do? Well, we at AOL Shopping asked our readers to reveal their five minute beauty routine. Check out their tips and recommendations to use the next time you only have a few minutes to perfect your look.
"I've got five minutes to get ready, hair looks a mess and makeup isn't done. What do I do, and how will I pull off a polished look in such a short amount of time? I rush to the bathroom, plug in my hair straightener, and pull out just five cosmetic items. While my straightening iron is heating up, I apply L'Oreal's Bare Naturale Foundation (from $10.88)
to my face. Next, I apply Rimmel London's Exaggerate waterproof eyeliner in Noir. F
or my lashes, one coat of CoverGirl's Fantastic Lash waterproof mascara in very black does the trick. These two products seem to brighten up my eyes, making them really shine. Then I apply
Max Factor's Color Genius Blush in Peaches. Last, I choose a light gloss for a little added color. One product I love is N.Y.C's Liquid Lipstick in Liz. Finally, I run a comb through my hair and using my Conair Straightener, quickly go over the unruly pieces to make them lie flat. I use the small, 1 inch tool for these quick fixes as it is less bulky and allows me to move through my hair rather quickly. I unplug the styling tool, and am ready to head out the door in five minutes, feeling put together and rather pleased that I still look good." -- Brandi, Wind Ridge, PA
of the essence, but why should you go out the house without looking at least remotely sane? Who knows if the former football player turned pediatrician who happen to own properties in both the Hamptons and Dubai is grabbing for the frozen peas as you scour for
breakfast Hot Pockets. Here are a few quick and easy beauty tips to keep your face and maybe love life in the express line and out the door in five minutes:
It should take no more than 90 seconds to get that face in first gear. The key to a quick and easy beauty regimen is to incorporate healthy skincare on the fly. I do so with simple household products, I grab coffee grinds, like Café Bustelo's Instant Coffee (pack of 4 from $19.14),
then I blend it with Williams-Sonoma's House Olive Oil (from $26)
and let it rest on my face for up to 60 seconds. I rinse my face with warm water and step out all shiny and new. BUT, if you're worried about the coffee grind smell, feel free to rinse with a light soap. I use Noxema's Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser (from $8.99)
, it leaves the skin clean without the drying after-effect..." -- Ericka, Brooklyn, NY
"Sometimes I just want to run out wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses to avoid having to put on makeup but, it never seems to fail that it's just those times that I run into friends or acquaintances that I haven't seen in a while. To avoid that embarrassment,
I've come up with a five minute beauty regimen that helps me look pulled together but not overly made up for walking the dog or running errands. I always like to start with a moisturizing sunscreen to make my skin look dewy and get sun protection all in one. I like Coppertone UltraGuard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 90+ (from $8.04).
Next step is to fill in my brows. Years of plucking have left my eyebrows quite sparse, so I do a quick fill-in with Clinique Brow Shaper. It is super easy to apply with a brow brush and looks much more natural than an eyebrow pencil. I bring my lashes to life with a couple of coats of black mascara. The final touch is to add some color to my lips. I love a natural tone like Bobbi Brown Sandwashed Pink Creamy Lip Color topped with some clear gloss. Then I pull my hair into a neat ponytail and I'm ready to face the world (or at least my neighborhood)." -- Meryl, 49, New York, NY
gs seems to involve an express makeup routine. I always hit snooze one too many times or go to get my clothes out of the dryer only to find them still damp. From slip-on flats to my one-cup coffee maker, I cut corners where I can in the morning ru
sh and that includes speedy beauty sessions. Thankfully for me, there is a two-in-one product like Clinique's City Base Compact Foundation (from $23)
. It's a time-saver because it allows you to skip separate foundations and powders and accomplish the same flawless finish in only one step. It also works well with all skin types and offers great coverage. I have combination skin, and it is sometimes hard to find a well-balanced look and feel. This works wonders for me because I can leave it light where I need makeup least and build it up where I need it most, without it ever drying me out or clogging me up. I can't imagine spending any more time on makeup in the morning and luckily, with this little treasure, I don't have to." -- Deidre, 22, Jackson, MS
After taking a quick shower and scrubbing my face clean with Ivory soap, I grab some baby oil and my favorite moisturizer which is Nivea Tone. First, I slather on the baby oil followed by the Nivea Tone all over my face, arms, legs. I also use the baby oil to smooth my hair back. Then I slather a bit of extra baby oil on my dry lips. Next, I thicken up my thi
n lashes with Estee Lauder Lash XL (from $31)
in black. This mascara really thickens my lashes with one good thick application. Next, I use the very end of the mascara to draw a line close to my eyelashes. I also use the mascara to darken and thicken my eyebrows. Just one swipe across each brow and they look thick and dramatic. Next, I apply Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Almond to my lips. The final step in makeup application is a quick dusting of Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Powder in Transparent on my face, ears, and neck. This transparent powder blends right in with just about any skin tone from light to dark. The powder makes my skin look naturally smooth and flawless, and not like I'm wearing makeup. This routine usually takes me five minutes or less." -- BB, 46, Philadelphia, PA
"Like me and other women, we are on the go these days. As a makeup artist for over 15 years, here are a few tips that I use that leave a lasting mark and only takes less than a minute for
each step but it looks like you spent an hour in front of the mirror. The best part, I can put these few items in a small cosmetic bag and leave it in my purse for touch ups. I use this instead of lipstick because it lasts longer and it doesn't have the makeup taste. I use CoverGirl's Outlast lip stain. It comes in a variety of colors for around $8. I also put on a shiny lip gloss from Bath & Body Works called C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine (from $7.50)
. My favorite is the gloss with peppermint flavor. I love the moisturizing feel, high gloss, and a touch of minty flavor that gives a cooling sensation when applied." -- Miss Sassafrass
"As a mother of a 1-year-old, five minutes is about as much time as I can hope for to get ready. That is not enough time to do much with my hair, so I tend to focus on my face instead. I have sensitive, combination skin with pink undertones. My 5-minute beauty regimen starts with a CoverGirl Smoothers Concealer (from $1.99)
. I dot a little moisturizer on my fingers (I like Cle
an & Clear's Oil Free Morning Burst Shine Control Moisturizer), and I use the moisturizer to blend the concealer. Instead of a foundation, I put on Maybelline's Mineral Power finishing veil in "light." It provides translucent, natural coverage and never looks 'cakey.' However; I find that it retains oils, so I usually top it off with a little bit of CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder in "natural ivory," which I put on with a large round brush. I use the same brush to add some blush or bronzer, depending on the season. I finish off the look with Cover Girl's Lash Blast mascara, which adds incredible drama and has all-day staying power but easily washes off with water. If I have a few extra seconds, I'll add some sparkly taupe eyeshadow, and I'm out the door. This entire regimen takes five minutes or less and looks great all day long. I keep blotting sheets in my purse for mid-day shine removal, and this negates the need for any makeup touch-ups." -- Jen, 27, Olyphant, PA
"We have all heard how beneficial it is to drink gr
een tea, however not many know how beneficial it is when used topically on your skin. My favorite brand to use is, Yogi Super Anti-Oxidant Green Tea (from $2.98)
(or just about any tea will do). Simply pour one cup drinking water into a small sauce pan, add one Yogi tea bag, and hea
t until water begins to boil. Reduce heat to low and lean over the pan closely enough to feel the steam on your face but not so close that you burn yourself. Steam for just a minute or two and then dip a soft cloth or paper towel into the hot green tea, let cool slightly, then apply to face and neck. As it absorbs into your skin, you will actually feel the sensation of something wonderfully nourishing happening. There is no need to rinse it off. Simply continue with your normal skincare regimen. I can't tell you how often people comment on my skin after performing this simple and inexpensive regimen." -- Bonnie, Santa Rosa, CA
"The best beauty tip I've received in the past year came from a Bobbi Brown make up specialist at a Bobbi Brown party in my town of Montclair, NJ. As I sat in the chair waiting for the specialist to choose the colors for me, she picked up a dark brown eye shadow and held it up to my eyes. "Yes," she said to me, "This will be just the right color." I made a face in protest. I was used to wearing shades of green and blue eye shadow to match my hazel green eyes and fair skin. Surely this color, Bobbi Brown Rich Brown (11) Eye Shadow (from $20) would be too much? She told me not to fret, guaranteeing that I would like the results. As she prepared to apply this shadow to my eyes, she did something else unexpected. She dipped her Bobbi Brown Eye Definer Brush in water. She then tapped this wet brush into the eye shadow. When she was done, she held the mirror up for my skeptical inspection. Lo and behold, the dark brown looked amazing! It seems that with my fair coloring and undefined features, what I had been needing all along were the sharp, defining contours of a dark brown around my eyes. The same color can also be used to fill in faint eye brows, using the same brush. Now, when I'm in a rush and have little time to prepare my makeup, I know that applying that Bobbi Brown Rich Brown (11) Eye Shadow will do the trick to make me look instantly pulled together and sharp." -- Cynthia, Montclair, NJ
"Sadly, time management isn't one of my strongest attributes. Therefore, only having five minutes to get ready for an important event isn't unknown territory to me. To make matters worse, I have flat hair that if left unfixed, looks matted to my face. To counter this unfortunate trait, I first throw all of my long hair in a tight, low bun with about 10 bobby pins. I then take Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray (from $4) and squirt about 10-15 sprays in my hair. Next, I silently curse Julia Roberts for having such naturally full and beautiful hair while applying Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara and Mac Studio Fix powder. I once had a Rudolf-looking blemish catastrophe before a blind date and Studio Fix saved me. The guy turned out to be a loser, but at least my face looked flawless. Once I hit the five minute mark, I take out the bobby bins to reveal slightly wavy hair. I pull it into a low, loose side pony. If I find myself with only five minutes to make myself presentable, this is my never-fail beauty regimen." -- Amanda, 22, Montgomery, AL
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You've heard from 10 women across the country. Now it's your turn. What do you use when time isn't on your side? We'd love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.
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