As much as we'd love to wear a full face of makeup every day, who has more than a minute to get ready? All that time spent crafting the right blend of eyeshadow or the perfect lip is more realistically used wrangling kids and packing lunch for work. But just because you have limited time, it doesn't mean you have to avoid makeup or wake up 10 minutes earlier. With the right products and beauty hacks, you can easily pull off a low maintenance look in just one minute or less. And no, we're not exaggerating. Whether you simply want to fill in your eyebrows or give yourself a nice glow without going through the hassle of foundation, the makeup combos below are the perfect way to polish your look in only two steps.
Fill in your brows and conceal undereye circles.
If you only have a second before you have to get out the door, but you hate how sparse your eyebrows look or how your dark circles reveal how little sleep you got last night, this two-step arsenal is all you need. Simply use an eyebrow pencil to lightly fill in the thinnest parts of your brows and cover with a brow gel. You can easily find two-in-one pencils to save you time. Next, use a roll-on concealer to cover up those sleepy eyes. Easy.
Where to buy: Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Define and Fill Duo, Amazon, $6.94; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, Amazon, $7.89
Cover dark spots and blemishes and emphasize your lashes.
If you don't have time to fuss around with messy liquid foundations or powders, but don't want to step outside with a bare face, a tinted moisturizer is the easiest way to get some quick coverage. Because the moisturizer can get stuck in your eyelashes, finish off the look with a quick sweep of a mascara brush.
Where to buy: Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer, Amazon, $13.32; L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, Amazon, $4.99
Add a bit of color and dewiness.
If you simply need to brighten your face and add a hint of color, use a multi-color stick in place of powdered blush. Simply glide it across your cheeks — and even your lips — for instant color. If you need to blend, your fingers or a tissue can do the trick. Next, top off the look with a finishing spray to moisturize your skin and give it a nice glow.
Where to buy: HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Natural Cheek and Lip Tint, Amazon, $16; Valo Vitamin C Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist, Amazon, $11.84
Quickly play up your lips and eyes.
No one has time for lipstick or eyeliner in the morning, especially if you only have a minute. However, if you need something, a tinted chapstick is an easy way to play up your lips without the hassle of applying real lipstick. As for your eyes, eyeliners are notoriously tricky to pull off when you're in a hurry, but a quick swoosh of an eyebrow pencil can be done in 30 seconds.
Where to buy: ChapStick Total Hydration, Amazon, $4.49; Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil, Amazon, $4.95
Add a touch of warmth to your face.
On those days when you can't bother putting on a full face, but still want that a little color in your face, simply use a little bronzer before rushing out the door. With an angled brush, swoop some bronzer on your cheekbones, forehead, and chin and you're ready to start your day.
Where to buy: e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer, Amazon, $4; Mypreface Rose Golden Synthetic Blush and Bronzer Brush, Amazon, $6.99