College is often like a mysterious black hole of lost time. This concept is particularly evident on those mornings when you oversleep, have less than ten minutes to get dressed, and haul yourself across campus to your anthropology seminar. Whether you’re hungover from a wild night out or just exhausted after writing a midterm paper until four in the morning, you may not have the time or energy to adhere to your regular makeup routine. But, that doesn’t mean you have to leave your room looking as zombie-like as you feel. Here are a few quick steps to a flawless face in five minutes or less:
If you don’t have time to apply and blend foundations and powders, dab on some simple, tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone. Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer, or if you can swing it financially, splurge with Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer.
Hide the telltale dark circles under your eyes by dotting concealer beneath your lower eyelids and blending lightly. Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer is easy and affordable.
To create the illusion of wide-eyed alertness, quickly sweep on a coat of thickening mascara to your upper lashes. You can apply a small amount to your lower lashes as well. Trish McEvoy’s Thickening Mascara is an excellent option.
Apply your go-to lip product: gloss, stick, even balm. The Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment is a great product and also happens to be Sephora’s free (I repeat, free) birthday gift this year.
Dab a little bit of your lipgloss or lipstick on your cheeks and rub it in a circular motion. If you’re really pressed for time, you can pull a Scarlett O’Hara and pinch your cheeks to create a natural blush.