get the look…9 to 5 in fewer than 5

My one complaint about the fall and winter months is waking up to cold dark mornings. There seems to be a definite correlation between the decreasing amounts of daylight each day and the increase in the amount of time I spend procrastinating getting out of bed in the morning. Lately, I ‘ve found myself with about 20 minutes to spare in between the time I finally get up and the time I have to leave the house.

I’m sure you fellow gals out there can agree 20 minutes leaves little time for anything, especially a beauty routine. Luckily, with a few Benefit essentials, I can rush a makeup look in about five minutes without looking like I left the house in a hurry.

Here’s the beauty breakdown for an everyday look in minutes

EYES…my biggest beauty dilemma is my dark under eye circles, which is why I never leave the house without erase paste. I love the creamy and smooth texture of this product, and the way it instantly removes any sign of discoloration is remarkable. It’s also great for hiding blemishes!

Finish off those eyes with a coat or two of mascara. I love Benefit’s newest mascara, they’re real!, because it provides volume while lifting and separating lashes. It’s also great for the gal on the go because it doesn’t smudge or clump.

BROWS…the instant brow pencil is excellent for providing natural, well groomed brows in seconds. This product is completely fool proof. Simply run the pencil over your brows to apply the creamy wax formula. Finish them off by using the ‘spoolie’ on the other end to blend.

FACE…a good primer is a key ingredient in creating a flawless look that lasts all day. My go-to primer is the POREfessional because it minimizes my pores around the T Zone , while eliminating shine and leaving my face with a matte finish that lasts all day.

To fake a flawless face, apply a dusting of hello flawless. To obtain full coverage, I like to apply this powder foundation with a blush/foundation brush. To add some moisture and create a matte finish, I spray my brush with Benefit’s ultra radiance facial re-hydrating mist right before applying. It feels so refreshing and the subtle hint of floral and cucumber fragrance is incredibly soothing.

CHEEKS & LIPS…for a subtle pink glow that lasts all day, posietint is perfect. The instructions say to apply straight onto the apple of your cheeks and use your fingers to blend, but personally I like to use a blush brush in order to achieve a richer color and to avoid pink stained fingertips. This gorgeous pink tint is also great for lip color. Simply sweep the product over lips, rub lips together and you’re good to go!

My five minute face

 Do you have any tips for looking fabulous in a flash?