If you only had two minutes to apply makeup, what would you use?


If you only had two minutes to apply makeup, what would you use? Share!

Fill in my brows and apply some tinted moisturizer!

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Veronica Avatar

Concealer under and around the eyes, mascara, and cream blush on the cheeks.  My 2-minute fix on the bus when I hit the ground running to work.  🙂

candleashes Avatar

foundation. or tinted moisturizer and concealer. really miss my high school days when the answer would have been lip gloss and mascara, lol

origami Avatar

A little under eye brightener, some concealer for any pigmented spots, and Benefit’s Dandelion blush/highlighter. Depending on how fast I was working I might throw in a little UD Primer potion in Sin.

Xero Avatar

Wet n’ Wild Brulee under my eyes as concealer, Revlon Pink in the Afternoon on my lips, and the browbone shade in the Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio on my lid if I had time.

mini0001 Avatar

What are your favourite brow products to fill in your brows? I have the same hair and skin tone as you and I find it really difficult to find a brow pencil that is dark enough and yet black just looks wrong! Please give me some suggestions!

xamyx Avatar

This isn’t actually too far from my reality, LOL. I just throw on a TM with SPF, MF with SPF, tinted lipbalm, mascara, and a swipe of a something from a neutral palette (usually *random*). If I have an extra 30 seconds, I’ll fill in my brows. Two minutes is actually quite a bit of time; I *rarely* need more than 10 minutes for a “complete” look. I’ve gotten used this routine, as I’m not a morning person, and I have no major skin issues (anymore). That being said, on the rare occasion I dress up, I like to have a full hour (a serious luxury with a 5 year old). I worked at a bank for 3 years, where makeup was expected to be minimal, and I typically had only 30 minutes to shower, dress, and put on makeup, so I got used to doing it quickly.

Quinctia Avatar

I’m always running behind, so I’ve managed to be able to do my full face in around ten minutes or less.  If I had two, I’m positive I could manage to apply BB cream, a little face powder, and an UD 24/7 Shadow Stick.  (In a color like Sin, that makes a decent standalone on the eyes.)

Adele Avatar

I wouldn’t! I’m perfectly fine going out with a naked face and I don’t personally enjoy tossing on simple and boring makeup — it’s a full face of color and glitter or nothing!
 
I suppose if I was forced to, I’d put on tinted moisturizer, black eyeliner, and black mascara.

martina14890 Avatar

concealer and mascara. and if i have a few seconds left, something on the cheeks, a blusher or a bronzer (depends on the season)

Margot Avatar

I would do my brows, as they definitely make a big change to my face and make me look more awake, and I would probably apply a little blush and some lip balm! 

John 3D Avatar

I’d slap on some Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen mixed with a tiny bit of tinted moisturizer or foundation, then fill in my brows. Brows are super important! A few days ago, I did a makeover/lesson on my friend who never wears makeup, and though she has decent brows, when I filled them in, she was over the moon about how different and better she looked. So let that be a lesson to  you everyone! 🙂  

Por Avatar

I would curl my lashes, apply concealer under eyes, and then apply mascara. I think looking awake makes me feel better about my day. =D

madeange Avatar

OMG, two minutes??? The horror. DOn’t we all hate those days where the snooze button gets the best of you? Since I have acne scars and uneven skintone I’d use those precious two minutes to apply either of my two of precious MUFE Duo Mat or MAC Studio Fix powder, blush and mascara. Lipgloss as I run out the door!

wwendalynne Avatar

Oohh this is a fun question!  I would do my eyebrows which I wouldn’t leave the house without doing (the meds I take have made them sparse), put on some tinted moisturizer and if I still had the time, a colourless lip balm.  I wouldn’t put on mascara.  Weirdly enough, I do not like my eyes with just mascara as I think it makes me look tired and my eyes look smaller.

summerblue Avatar

2 coats of mascara & buff in (after moisturizer) either LG’s Balance & Brighten or BN’s Banana powder.  If I had an extra minute I’d go for blushes, brows & lipgloss.

Kristen J Avatar

I often only have two minutes (it’s hard getting up at 4… Somehow 4:30 is easier :S). So I will usually do foundation, cheek color and either just curl my lashes or, if I have an extra 30 seconds, curl and apply mascara. 

Kimmie T Avatar

I am not going to lie! If I only had 2 minutes I guess I will be late! The least amount of make up that I wear is liquid eyeliner, mascara, fill in my brows, and some blush and chapstick. Thats it.

Fitrah Avatar

a cream eyeshadow, if i really wanted to wear something. but honestly, if i only have two minutes, i’d more likely just go without.

puttyrocks12345 Avatar

I would just be fine with the naked 1 palette, I would do a nice simple look then instead of the primer potion in original i would use eden as my concealer. But only if i had naked 1 always wanted it but too pricey :'(

Wenz Avatar

Im not even gonna lie thats probably how long I take to do my brows alone!!!! LOL!! But if I could I must fill in brows & concealer (under eyes & acne scarring) & a quick swirl of power to set.

Kafka Avatar

1 minute= red lipstick, 2 minutes=red lipstick & sunscreen, 3 minutes=red lipstick, sunscreen and fill in my brows. What can I say, my priorities are skewed.

nicsviolet Avatar

I’m always watching the clock when getting ready and I know it often takes about 2 minutes to get my mascara on.. my lashes are blonde so that’s what I’d go for.  And if I had some really good mascara that I didn’t need to fiddle with for 2 minutes, then I’d try for a little powder where I have redness and blush.

Brittany Glidden Avatar

my make up only takes 2 mins. tinted moisturizer, bronzer, shimmery pink or brown shadow, mascara, blush and lip gloss. #NARS everyday

Siân Richards Avatar

Mascara and cream blusher.. Done right that blush turns into eyeshadow, cheek colour and lip tint! Mascara pressed into lash bed doubles as liner too!! Follow me @LondonBrushCo.. Global makeup artist for 22 years..

borncrabby Avatar

First grab large paper grocery bag, cut out two holes for eyes, then grab makeup bag, drive to destination and then skulk to nearest ladies room and apply whatever I can get away with timewise!

borncrabby Avatar

Sorry, should read ‘tear out eyes holes’…and if makeup cannot be done, I’ll be very late…or come down with the flu or something…

simone lymbery Avatar

i agree with you Christine i use tinted moisturiser,of  i would also use some concealer and a touch of translucent powder on top  as a general day to day make up routine.

Sondra Villanueva Avatar

Moisturizer w/SPF, face primer & Fast foundation using my fingers. That’s all. I did that just today. Was running late to meet w/ someone.

Safyre Avatar

BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer and a lip balm or tendertone. It’s what I usually do before I go to work out (for the SPF :P, I walk 5 miles outside) or if I need to go and am rushed or lazy

Becca Avatar

l’oreal magic smooth souffle because it takes like no time and is my foundation, fill in my brows, lip balm, bronzer and concealer if I had time or had a pimple or something. Also maybe mascara.

Elle Avatar

I’m pretty fast when it comes to putting on my make-up; so I’d go for an “all-in-one” mascara (Guerlain’s Le 2 De Guerlain), tinted moisturizer (NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer) and tinted lip balm (Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector).

blueraccoon Avatar

I rarely take time with makeup on weekdays (I work in IT, so no one’s looking at my face anyway, plus I work in a windowless room with dim lighting. What’s the point?) so either I’d do nothing, or in two minutes I’d put on some mascara, a bit of blush, and either lip gloss or lipstick. 

AbbiPemberton Avatar

Concealer for blemishes if needed, and always mascara, then either eyeliner or blush, maybe all three if I was quick about it!!!

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