When it comes to organising myself in the mornings - I have my go to 5 minute beauty routine down to a fine art. Keeping my look super natural with a focus on brown tones & highlighting, below are my go to essentials I use (& why) in my morning beauty regime.
1. The Base: Approx 1 min
Skin wise, my face is quite sensitive and unfortunately I am still prone to breakouts, especially when my stress levels get high. The Renewal Hope In A Jar is one of those moisturiser that has complimented my skin type - hydrating in a light weight form that doesn't clog up my pores.
TIP: Make sure you moisturise your neck and decolletage as well.
2. The Eyes: Approx 1 min 15 sec
If their is one thing I can't live without it's the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil from MECCA! It the best combination of a brow powder, pencil & wax mixed into one. Touching up my brows is alway that one thing that makes my look feel complete & takes me approximately 45 sec! I always finish my brows by brushing them upwards with a clear gel to set them for the day.
When it comes to my eyes I always go for brown toned MAC eyeshadows. This palette keeps my look natural but also opens up my eyes enough to give them a fresh day time look. I have terribly short lashes but I do my best to pretend I have some! My go to mascara is the NARS Audacious Black Mascara
3. Highlight: Approx 1 min 15 sec
NARS Bronzing Powder is a great way to give your day time look a bit of glow. I naturally have very pink / red skin and avoid blush at all costs but a bronzer is my best friend, especially for giving my round face & full cheeks a bit of definition!
The MAC Mineralise Skinfinish is another favourite of mine I use daily to highlight the top of my cheekbones along with a small touch under the open edges of my brows. This definitely elevates my day-time look that little bit further to tackle the day ahead with confidence.
Brush wise, I recently discovered the NARS Kabuki Brush and it's literally the perfect staple to carry with you in your handbag. It has so many uses and is a great tool for blush, bronzer or highlighter.
4. Lips: Approx 30sec
I love an 'oh natural' lip and always opt for either Lucas Paw Paw lip balm (especially in Winter when my lips are really dry) otherwise I go with a natural shade lipstick from MAC. Personally my favourites are Syrup & Shanghai Spice.
5. Body: Approx 1 min
Finally for the finishing touch on my speedy morning routine, I always moisturise my arms and legs with the Grown Alchemist Mandarin and Rosemary Leaf Body Cream to keep my skin hydrated. Followed by a spritz or 2 of my favourite scent - my current obsessions are CK2 or Mui Mui!
And then... I'm good to go!
From your face shape & your skin tone, to the way you like to do your makeup and the products you like to use, everyone is different! And thats what I love so much about beauty.
Take the time to look at your face and trial focusing on different areas in order to create a signature look that makes you feel great & gives you that #girlboss confidence to attack the day ahead! Some of my friends opt for a winged eyeliner as their signature 'daytime' look, while other focus on an understated eye & a bolder brow or lip etc everyone is different!
Once you recognise your go-to look, make sure you have all the products you need and when you start to get low, re-stock before you physically run out! There is nothing worse than getting up in the morning to find out your brow pencil is completely gone! It leaves you feeling un-finished and flustered and is just generally a huge pain for your morning routine! Trust me - Ive been there and I had to desperately use one of my brown eye-shadows for 2 days until I had time to run to MECCA! Painful!