The Ultimate Guide to Lazy-Girl Makeup

It’s tough to put on a full face every day, but sometimes you’re also not quite comfortable leaving the house without spackling on the foundation. The good news is that you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to pull off a pulled together look—in fact, there’s a really comfortable in-between place that makes it easy to achieve a flattering look. Even if you’re feeling extra lazy and less than enthusiastic about applying concealer, meticulously doing your lips, or packing on the eyeshadow, you can make this work for you. Here, is our ultimate guide to lazy-girl makeup.

It Starts With Your Skin

A great look begins with flawless skin—but you don’t need to commit to an hour-long session with a foundation brush, concealer, and some sort of thick paint-like foundation. Instead, invest in a high-quality tinted moisturizer that is designed to conceal imperfections, hydrate, and generate a smooth and elegant canvas for the rest of your makeup. A formula like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($26.99) takes its job seriously: It’s a little bit of everything all rolled into one, including BB, CC, and tinted moisturizer. Feel free to add an extra layer for deeper coverage. It’s especially comforting for drier skin types.

Time needed: 2 minutes

The Eyes Have It

Whether you’re genuinely lazy or just in a rush, you probably don’t have time to sit down with your collection of makeup brushes and artfully render a runway-worthy eye look. And we don’t want that for you, either, which is why we’re so excited about the Tigi Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in Bubbly ($17.29). This shade, in particular, is the ultimate choice when you’re not feeling it—it instantly brightens up tired eyes, which in turn helps wake up your whole face. It’s a no-crease formula with some light shimmer, and the easy cream-to-powder formula is ideal to smooth on and go.  Time needed: 1 minute

 Get a Little Cheeky

There’s nothing like a dual-purpose product that effectively handles multiple needs at once. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) is a one-stop-shop for your complexion and your lips. Available in three colors, it’s easy to apply directly from the tube. Simply swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks, blend, and watch a beautifully natural flush appear. Then add a bit to your lips for an equally natural finish. This is a great option for anyone who prefers a pared-down makeup collection, doesn’t want to bother with hefty brushes, and doesn’t really care much about the precise application.

Time needed: 1 minute

A Pop for Your Pout

Never underestimate the power of a kiss of color on your lips. If you have time for nothing else, make this the one step you do take before you go about your day. We recommend a brightening lip balm that leaves behind just a tint so that you don’t have to concern yourself with issues like going outside of your natural lip line or what might happen if you apply sight unseen while on the go. bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($14.99) is ideal for this purpose. It’s available in eight hues, all of which deliver just the right amount of color and leave behind a stain-like finish. And because it’s not drying, your lips with feel soft and look healthy all day long.

Time needed: 45 seconds

Take It All Off

The last step on the lazy girl’s agenda? Removing the makeup, of course. The good news is that since you don’t wear a lot, it won’t really take you long at all to remove it—but it is important to get it all off before you hit the sack. We love Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Cleanser ($18.99) because it gets to work on contact. Made with seven essential oils, it transitions from a smooth gel to a lightweight oil as you massage it into your skin. Simply blend in, rinse off, and pat dry.

Time needed: 2 minutes


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