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How to create a 10-minute makeup look

How to create a 10-minute makeup look
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For those of us who love our sleep and would rather have less time to get ready and more time to rest, a 10-minute makeup look is just the ticket. It doesn't have to look sloppy either, instead, go for something fresh and minimal that can help you face the day. This super quick and easy tutorial includes 5 steps that take two minutes each, giving you an everyday makeup tutorial in just ten minutes.

If you want to create something subtle like @freshlengths in the picture below, all you need to do is read this 10-minute makeup tutorial.

Step 1: Prep, prime, & moisturise

  • Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer 30ml

    Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer 30ml

    4.86 Stars 21 Reviews
    £29.00
  • Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 50ml

    Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 50ml

    4.83 Stars 223 Reviews
    £45.00
  • MAC Prep + Prime Skin

    MAC Prep + Prime Skin

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    £23.00

As we’re trying to save time, the more steps you can get from a single product, the better. Go for a primer that moisturises and blurs, prepping your face for a flawless base. Bobbi Brown’s bestselling Vitamin Enriched Face Base sorts your skincare and makeup in a single step, while also offering SPF protection.

If you’re after something more affordable, Smashbox’s The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer is infused with a blurring formula to conceal imperfections. Thanks to a gel-like texture, the primer effortlessly applies, revitalising the skin to resists a cakey or dusty appearance, ensuring a flawless finish every time.

Step 2: Barely there base

  • Skin In Motion Ltd Work IT Tinted Moisturiser 30ml (Various Shades)

    Skin In Motion Ltd Work IT Tinted Moisturiser 30ml (Various Shades)

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    £25.00
  • Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow All-in-One SPF25 Tinted Moisturiser 40ml (Various Shades)

    Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow All-in-One SPF25 Tinted Moisturiser 40ml (Various Shades)

    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £28.00
  • Caudalie Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturizer - Light To Medium Skin (30ml)

    Caudalie Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturizer - Light To Medium Skin (30ml)

    4.17 Stars 6 Reviews
    £19.00

For an easy base that doesn't need to be set or baked, try a tinted moisturiser. Offering second-skin coverage and a natural-looking glow as well as next level hydration, tinted moisturiser does it all. Just remember to remove it at the end of the day like you would any normal foundation to avoid breakouts!

French skincare brand Caudalie's Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturizer is great for those with lighter skin tones or drier skin types, as it is infused with Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid.

For those with darker skin tones, try Smashbox's Halo Healthy Glow All-in-One SPF25 Tinted Moisturiser or the Skin In Motion Ltd Work IT Tinted Moisturiser. What's more, Skin in Motion's formulation is actually designed for exercise, meaning its non-comedogenic formula won't clog your pores if you decide to work out later - saving you even more time!

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Step 3: Put your brows in place

  • Max Factor Brow Revival Densifying Eyebrow Gel with Oils and Fibres 4.5g (Various Shades)

    Max Factor Brow Revival Densifying Eyebrow Gel with Oils and Fibres 4.5g (Various Shades)

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  • NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eye Brow Gel - Clear

    NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eye Brow Gel - Clear

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  • NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara (Various Shades)

    NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara (Various Shades)

    4.72 Stars 32 Reviews
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Whether you need to tame your bushy brows or volumize your thin arches, we've got what you need. To make this step as quick as possible, throw aside the pencil and pick up a tinted brow gel. For something that lasts all day and night, you'll love the smudge-proof Max Factor Brow Revival Densifying Eyebrow Gel. Available in a range of shades, the formula grooms and tames the brows with a single stroke.

If your brows are already on the bolder side, a simple clear gel will work best. The NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak gel locks the brows in shape without leaving a sticky residue.

Step 4: Lengthen those lashes

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara - 01 Black 2.2g

    Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara - 01 Black 2.2g

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  • L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara - Black 9ml

    L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara - Black 9ml

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    £10.99
  • benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara Black

    benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara Black

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Now for the step we can't live without: mascara. Although we want to get through these steps quickly, don't rush this one, or you'll have to spend more time cleaning up! For those who like a fluttery look, the L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara is armed with a unique brush that separates and coats each and every lash.

Get guaranteed next level length with anything from the benefit range. We love the cult-classic They're Real Lengthening Mascara because it gives a false-lash effect without feeling heavy.

Or, try the TikTok trending Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara. Boasting unbelievable length at a modest price, this mascara is definitely on our must-have list. See for yourself:

Step 5: A juicy pout

  • bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick 3.6g (Various Shades)

    bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick 3.6g (Various Shades)

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The finishing touch of this 10-minute makeup routine is a moisturised and juicy pout. @freshlengths created her look with the bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick using the shades Willpower & Integrity.

If you don't have time to create a two-tone look, just choose your favourite and work from the cupid's bow out, gliding over the lips one half at a time, as if there were a mirror image. We love the bareMinerals formulation because it's naturally fuelled and super hydrating, coating the lips with a glossy sheen. Not to mention, the ingredients are all sustainably sourced.

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As a haircare obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for new products and methods that will define my crown. I can never stick with a hairstyle for too long, and I love to pair minimal makeup with a bold lip. I specialise in haircare, with a mission to make all hair types and textures look and feel fantastic. If you’re after a new routine or product – I’m your girl, I’ve tried every haircare challenge and all the curl creams I can get my hands on. I couldn’t live without my wash-and-go routine, and I follow the Curly Girl Method religiously. Unable to find my perfect salon, I’ve always cut, braided and dyed my own hair, working as a freelance hairdresser since 2016. Although I’m a long-time fanatic, I’ve been writing about beauty since 2019, working with haircare specialists from Cantu, Boucleme and Mielle Organics to uncover the best tricks and tips. Felicia Leatherwood is my haircare guru, and Scary Spice is my all-time icon.
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