My (less than) 3 Minute Face

I think something that has always intrigued me about beauty guru's, whether it's YouTubers or makeup artists I've met in person, is the time and detail they put into applying makeup. The blending alone tests my patience and I'm just a viewer.

My lack of patience might prevent me from being a beauty guru but it's been perfect for my real talent, speed makeup application. If applying makeup were a sport I could probably qualify for the Olympics.

On an average day I usually wear under eye corrector and concealer, blush and mascara. I wish I I could say I felt comfortable with a completely naked face but I don't. If I am feeling a little fancy I will add a base (foundation or tinted moisturizer), eye shadow, bronzer, a powder and something on my lips (if I'm being honest it's usually just chap stick). I might curl my lashes if I'm feeling crazy.

Since most of us have very little time in the morning I decided to see how long it actually takes me to apply a full face of makeup when I'm short for time. (Thomas was in the other room starting to get fussy... this wasn't a drill, people!) My love for speedy makeup application started when my love for sleeping in started so this has nothing to do with being a mom. I didn't use any tools aside from a blush brush and the eyelash curler. I started the timer on my phone and got to work. Even I was a little surprised that when I hit stop the timer was at 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

I'm not going to do some tutorial and pretend I have any tips to share but I thought I could share some of the products I've been reaching for lately. I have realized that if I want to spend very little time on my face I need to make sure that the products I'm using do the work for me. I need them to blend easily and give my face life with little effort.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Benefit Erase Paste
Mac Select Cover Up
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
Urban Decay Bronzer in Beached
Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Palette in Light/Medium for blush
Urban Decay Naked 2 
Tarte Tarteist Mascara
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip in Nude Flush

I'd love to hear what products you use when you're in a hurry. And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... a close up selfie of my face. Here is the finished look! Enjoy ;)


  1. Love the look! My question is about the bronzer you use - I am also super pale and always on the lookout for bronzer that isn't super shimmery but not too orangey - I usually try to do a little contour type action under my cheeks without it looking like I'm wearing racing stripes (or looking like a tiger). How you do you like the bronzer? THANKS!

    1. Hi Bethany! Sorry for the late reply! If you're wanting to do a nice contour I really like the too faced chocolate bronzer. It's matte and for my skin tone I haven't found it too orangey at all. I received a sample of it (which I still use for contour) and it's in the colour chocolate which is the medium colour. It would be too dark for me to use as a full bronzer in the winter but it's great for contour! I just put a little bit and blend it out and it blends nicely and not stripey at all! If you're finding a powder bronzer is applying stripey just make sure you apply a bit of face powder before your bronzer so it doesn't stick to any patches on your skin (this has happened to me more than once when I'm rushing haha). Now for the bronzer I'm wearing here, it's also a matte bronzer which I really like. It blends nicely and I haven't noticed it looking too orange at all. I do prefer this bronzer as an overall bronze versus a contour though. If you're ever unsure, Sephora's return policy is great (at least it used to be, I haven't tested that recently) so it's a good place to purchase and test bronzers out. I agree that in the winter I don't want to look glimmery. My favourite bronzer for the summer is a drug store bronzer actually. Anabelle's biggie bronzer! It does have shimmer but it's perfect for the summer months.

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Hopefully my answer helps!


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