Pretty in Pink | Feat. Stila MATTE’ificent

Woke up late and found yourself in a rush? Here’s my 7-product, go-to makeup routine. 

For many years, I shopped for my high end makeup and skin care products at a different cosmetic retailer, but once I discovered the convenience of being able to shop both drugstore brands AND luxury brands all in one place at ULTA Stores, I was hooked! The first time I walked into an ULTA location was when I was on vacation, and I remember being in complete awe and amazement when I first laid my eyes on all of the makeup, skincare, fragrances, brushes, hair products, brow studio stations, and big black mesh bags waiting for me to fill them.

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I can’t tell you how many times I wake up in the morning, look at the time, and realize that I overslept and lost about half of the time that I needed to do my makeup and hair! If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You know, the full blown panic that runs through your not-so-well-rested head, thinking about how you have time to do your hair, but not your makeup, but that your hair won’t look as good as it would if you had a full face to go with it, etc etc etc. Yeah, I’m talking about those mornings.

Luckily for you, I’m sharing my 10 minute makeup routine for those who wake up feeling just like that, and just need to slap on something before rushing out the door. This is also a great beginners look, so if you’re trying to learn more about makeup and what-goes-where, you’ve come to right place 🙂

First things come first! Brush those pearly whites, take care of your skin, and send your honey bun a quick good morning text…. I’m half kidding.

After I’ve prepped my skin with my fast but effective skin care routine, I’m ready to apply my foundation. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (only $42) is an all time favorite that I reach for again and again. Perfect for oily skin, this matifying foundation provides completely full coverage, and dries on it’s own, so there is no need to set with powder! Woohoo!


After I’ve applied my foundation, I highlight under my eyes with the L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer. Don’t let the price fool you! Even though it’s ONLY $4.99, this little guy is jam packed with pigment, and comes in a great range of shades to serve many skin tones. I put this in an upside down right-triangle to highlight under my eyes, and it looks like a dream. Not everyone needs to set this, but if you want to, I recommend the Derma Blend Loose Setting Powder (only $27).

Don’t forget to add some color on your cheeks to make you “look alive”! Anastasia Beverly Hills has new blush trios (only $30) that give you the freedom to pick and choose from three shades in the same palette, and also the ability to take it with you on the go. At only $30 for this palette, you are paying just $10 for each blush. These blushes blend seamlessly and I’m sure I don’t have to remind you how incredible this brand is. This is truly a steal!

So- now your face is done, but you realize you only have 5 more minutes before you have to be done so you can catch your train, bus, carpool, what have you. Luckily for me, I lived right beside the 6 train at 23rd street in Manhattan, so I had the luxury of being about to walk out of my place and basically be right there. However, when I lived in Brooklyn, I had a 10 minute walk to the S shuttle to take me to Q, and then another 45 minute wait on my commute to work. If I were to miss that S shuttle, I was royally screwed. Some of y’all know the feeling!

To keep you from that issue (@NYCMTA, ya hearing this??), here are 3 products to save the day.

I quickly brush on some of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade (only $18!) on my brows for a fuller and more defined look. I’m tellin’ ya, it is uh-mazing how big of a difference that makes. I also wear false lashes everyday, but on the days that I’m in a hurry and can’t do that, I layer on a coat or two of the IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara (only $24). It is truly gorgeous and adds both length and volume without being too clumpy, smudgy, or flaky.

I can’t say I’m done until swiping on the Stila MATTE’ificent Lipstick (only $22). Wow. This lipstick is just gorgeous. The pigmentation is unbeatable, and lasts for hours without drying out my lips, transferring, or getting patchy. My favorite shade recently is Etoile. It is a beautiful light pink that is so pretty for this time of year, and can also be worn into the fall season as well. Also, TODAY ONLY, you can get this lipstick for JUST $11 for Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale! Wowza.

Pairing this pretty-pink lip with a natural and subdued face is the best way to finish the look! Take the lipstick with you and reapply after stuffing your face during the lunch break and stay on top of your game all day. No one will even know you woke up late!

There ya have it! Head over to my board on Maven to shop this routine all in one place! Don’t forget to join my email list to be updated with more posts like this.


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