5 must-haves for when you absolutely have 0 time for makeup

5 must haves for when you have 0 time for makeup | Emily Gets ElegantYou’ve seen the videos on YouTube:

  • “How to do your makeup in 5 minutes”
  • “Do your makeup when you’re running late”
  • “Look made-up when you’ve just woken up!”


With 5 minutes, you still have time to actually sit at your vanity/stand in front of your bathroom sink.

You have a freakin’ MIRROR.

Some of us can’t afford those luxuries when you decide to commute with your husband to work and you woke up at an ungodly hour. Did you even get time to shower? … And FORGET the hair. But luckily you somehow managed to grab a few makeup items on the way out.

Sometimes, I’m doing my makeup at 70 mph on the highway (disclaimer: in the passenger seat, y’all)

Sometimes, I’m doing my makeup in the parking lot.

And by now I’ve gotten pretty good at doing my makeup super-fast and still look decent.

So ladies, pull down your visor or aim your rearview at that pretty face. Here’s how to do your makeup when you are squeezing every moment out of the 0 time that you have.

What’s in the bag?

1. Spare sponges

Do yourself a ‘fave and the next time you’re at the store, purchase those triangle-shaped makeup sponges.

They are useful for EVERYTHING. You can use and throw away and not feel bad, because they start at $2.

2. Light coverage foundation — preferably with its own applicator

Last thing you want to be doing is applying anything with your hands or touching your face in this unsanitary environment (I am SO against touching the face with hands. Oil, dirt, grime and God-knows-what-else can be on your hands).

Makeup with its own applicator is a win. Plus, less to carry.

I prefer L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation because it goes on with a nice, light coverage, makes you look fresh (see: Lumi), and comes with its own super soft sponge applicator.

If you want to use a different foundation without its own applicator, grab one of those spare sponges you bought and blend away!

3. Eyelid primer

Eyelid primer will ensure a smooth color on your eyelids, whether or not you have time to dust on eyeshadow or not. A quick swipe with a sponge on both eyelids and you’re good to go.

ELF’s Eyelid Primer is one of my makeup essentials. And it’s about $2, found at most big box and drugstores.

4. Gel eye liner

In my extensive experience with eye liners, I’ve found that a gel-based eyeliner works best as far as easy application and staying power. Once it’s on, it can essentially be smudge-proof. Just let it dry thoroughly after applying (fan your eyes a bit).

Coupled with the eyelid primer (and maybe some eyeshadow, if you have some, you lucky dog you), the eyeliner will frame your face nicely. If you try to use eye liner without primer, you can end up with an oily eyelid and smudgy lines. Yuck.

DO take a bit of time on applying this as you MUST have even lines, otherwise you’ll look like you had 0 time to put your makeup on (see what I did there 😉 ).

I’ve been using Marc Jacobs High Liner Gel Crayon in Black that I got as a sample from Sephora.

5. Tinted lip balm

There’s NO time to make sure you get the perfect pout (maybe after lunch?), so glide on that tinted balm, like CoverGirl’s Oh Sugar!

You’ll get a hint of color, moisturize those lips, and no need to worry about lipstick on the teeth or bleeding color ’cause, ****, by this time you’re already late! 😮

Ok, so you need at least 30 seconds to 1 minute for this makeup routine…

But anyone can do this while sitting in their car, at a red light, or running to the bathroom before being seen by co-workers!

Do you often find yourself doing your makeup at the last minute? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 surefire ways to keep appointments

3 surefire ways to keep appointments
3 surefire ways to keep appointments

Yesterday I was running around like a mad woman. I woke up at a decent time (6ish), got ready and almost immediately got to work. My day started to go downhill, however, when I was 1 minute late to my DMV appointment to change my name and my wait got extended to 70 minutes. (I stopped to chat to my elderly neighbor… trying to do something nice and it ended up nipping me in the butt. Ugh). Then I had 2 errands to run and by the time I got back home, I had been gone for 2 1/2 hours. A HUGE chunk of time. I was stressed, I was mad, I was anxious by the time I got home at 4pm.

I started to stress out too because our house was a mess and we were expecting company that night. I ran around trying to clean the house. Then I had to leave at 6pm to go meet my husband at an event 40 minutes away. Well, with poor Calendar work and miscommunication, we arrived at our even 45 minutes late and ready to kill. Being late really stresses me out, on top of everything else.

After our event, we went to the airport. We picked up my brother-in-law, got dinner, and by the time we got home it was midnight. Frickin’ midnight! I was exhausted, to say the least.

Our situation made me think: What could’ve been done differently here? Where did we fail?!

I failed yesterday on a number of points. Here are my thoughts on what could’ve been done better:

  1. Double-check appointment information. I should’ve double-checked our event invitation wayyy earlier in the day. I assumed we knew where we were going (you know what happens when you assume). We ended up running around trying to find the place and circling the airport for 30+ minutes. I felt foolish.
  2. Leave a lot earlier for appointments. I underestimated traffic on my way to the DMV. I should’ve left about a half hour earlier, not 10 minutes beforehand. I am chronically late for appointments, I really need to work on this habit.
  3. Plan ahead. Thirdly, and overall, I should’ve planned my day better! I need to seriously start making a task list either the night before or when I wake up. We tend to overestimate the amount we can do in a day (I do all the time) and I end up with a huge list of items still to do at the end of the day, which makes me feel un-productive.

I am continuously working on improving myself and my habits. These are some key points that I’m working on now. I’m hoping that this will lead to less stress and more productivity.

What are some days/times that you failed to make appointments? What could’ve been done differently or better? Leave a comment below! 🙂


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