“Will likely be a little late because of who I am as a person.”

When I first saw this meme, I never felt so victimized but also so understood.

As a chronically late person, I am always rushed. However, it’s also given me lots of practice getting ready in a short amount of time. The other day, I did a full face in 15 minutes and I decided to write my steps down in hopes of helping you. I think everyone has felt the dread of racing against time and I hope these little tips can help ease your mind during your next hectic routine.

This might seem like a lot but, as the child of two teachers, I like to explain everything as best as I can. What may seem like a lot of steps and words is really just me being super specific so that even if you’ve never touched a beauty blender in your life, you can use it. (Which, by the way, beauty blenders should be a little damp when using to blend.)

Let’s get started.

Prep

After my AM skin care, I prepped with First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer which is, you guessed it, a moisturizer and primer. When I’m in a rush, I use multitasking products. I don’t do this all the time because I do feel like some products that claim to do a bunch of things will probably only do one or two things well with some random ingredients thrown in. Sometimes, you gotta get out the door and don’t have time to split hairs.

 

Base

This also is why I used a foundation with SPF to save a step. Also, don’t be afraid to mix your foundations to get the perfect coverage, shade and finish when you don’t have time to apply and blend perfectly. For this look, I mixed one pump of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Santa Fe with a half-pump (because a full pump of this is a ton) of It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ with SPF 50 in Medium on the back of my hand. To save time, I used my (clean) middle and ring fingers to mix it up a little and then dotted it all over my face. I concentrated on the center of my face since that needs the most help to cover blemishes, redness, etc. After, I took a damp beauty blender to blend it all out. I dipped my ring finger into Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium and patted it under my eyes and on any blemishes, redness or dark spots and blended with a beauty blender. When my face felt dry, I ran a big fluffy brush dipped in Glossier Wowder Finishing Powder in Light/Medium over my oily parts (forehead, nose, chin).

 

Contour and bronze

Contouring and highlighting are my favorite parts of doing my makeup because it brings shape and definition to your face by playing with light and shadow. Typically, I would use a few different shades to contour but, in a time crunch, I can get by with just one. I love Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha for easy contouring. I ran the stick underneath my cheekbones, along my jawline, sides of my nose and my hairline, then, blended with a beauty blender until lines looked like natural shadows.

Since it’s summertime, I like to look a little more bronze. I warmed up my face by using a trick I learned as a tween reading beauty magazines. I took a fluffy powder brush dipped in bronzer and swiped a backwards three on each side of my face from temple to cheek contour to jawline. I swear by Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, which has a natural, matte (and never orange) finish.

 

Cheeks

For blush, I combined Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn and Puff together for a super pretty coral-pink flush. I mixed a few drops of each on the back of my hand, patted it on my cheeks and blended with a beauty blender.

Highlighter placed on the high parts of your face that catch the light and give your look an extra oomph. Sometimes I want to be seen from space and sometimes I just want a natural glow. For this look’s subtle, dewy highlight, I swiped Glossier Haloscope in Quartz across my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, along my brow bone and in my cupid’s bow and blended it out with my finger.

Eyes, brows and everything else

You might think I’m crazy but I love to use false lashes in a rush because 1.) I can guarantee they’re going to look perfect; 2.) you can camouflage any mess-ups with eyeliner, and 3.) You don’t need to use any mascara or eyeshadow because lashes look so put-together on their own. I used Ardell Demi Wispies Black which look really natural and have a thin band that blends seamlessly into your own lash line. I think using an eyelash glue that dries dark — like Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe in Black — fills in spaces between your own lashes and the falsies and makes the lashes look even more natural. (If you don’t like them or really don’t have time, you can use a lengthening, volumizing mascara.) I filled in my brows with Colourpop Precision Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette, a super skinny pencil that creates hair-like stokes and then groomed and set them with my favorite pomade, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. Then, I swiped on Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma, a nude-brown lip stain, over my lips. Finally, I set everything with Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray.

That’s it! You can obviously pare down any of these steps or tailor them to suit your needs. Also, like I always say, you don’t need any of this. I just hope my chronic lateness and questionable time-management skills can help you the next time you’re in a rush.

I always will be late so you don’t have to.