When you're bolting out of bed in the morning looking to maximize every hour of a packed schedule, an hour-long communion with your makeup brushes and favorite eye palette simply isn't in the cards. Enter stylist Rachel Zoe's Five-Minute Formula, a five minute or less makeup routine packed with simple tricks to amp up your everyday look without the time commitment. As every career-minded woman could use an extra fifteen minutes in her day, it seems only logical to select several key, multitasking products to streamline your morning routine.
Executed by makeup guru Sarah Uslan, Zoe's routine consists of three ultra-simple steps: defining the eyebrow, lengthening lashes, and popping one's pout with a rosy lip color. By filling in sparse brows and deepening the natural shade of your eyelashes, Zoe insists, your eyes will appear better defined and lend you a more alert expression. And when it comes to a vibrant lip, nothing is quite as authoritative as a bold crimson hue.
Inspired by Zoe's own picks for the five minute face, here are five unexpected products to give your look extra impact.
1. Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro
Whether you wish to create an Audrey Hepburn-esque, defined eyebrow or define your eyes with a wash of neutral color on the lid, Armani's new Eye & Brow Maestro will serve as your elixir. Available in shades ranging from noir to taupe and red, the cream is a do-it-all product to keep at the ready for last-minute mornings.
2. Jao Brand Goe Oil
The beauty insider buzz may currently be about Lucas' Papaw Ointment, but rich, beautifully fragranced Goe Oil provides an equally essential array of uses. The rich ointment dissolves into a luxurious Monoi-scented oil which fixes a myriad of skin conundrums. For a healthy glow, swipe a dash over cheekbones and massage the oil into your skin. I
f you're intrigued by the look of glossy eyelids, a dot of Goe Oil on the center of each lid lends intrigue to an otherwise basic smokey eye. And if your hair happens to misbehave moments before you sprint out the door, a dollop of Goe Oil is all you need for a glossy coiffure.
3. Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow
Nothing beats a beautiful primer when it comes to setting the stage for a luminous complexion, and Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow is one of the best on the market. Wonderglow is aptly named, as the product is a sort of superhero when it comes to treating, preserving, and enriching the skin. In addition to infusing a dehydrated epidermis with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, the formula also provides a covetable blurring effect to conceal imperfections, and is infused with the faintest shimmer to illuminate a dull complexion. You may not even need foundation.
4. Antonym Organic Baked Blush
What could be better than an environmentally friendly, organically formulated blush that also lends one's visage a Gisele Bundchen-style, rosy flush? Antonym's Organic Baked Blush is a swirl of universally-flattering peachy shades which could easily be utilized on eyes and cheeks. As a beautiful bonus, the blush is created with natural ingredients whose names you can actually pronounce. A dusting of this blush and you'll be out the door in no time.
5. Estée Lauder Little Black Primer
If you had the choice, wouldn't you wish to treat your lashes and lend them a enviable volume instead of simply cosmetic enhancement? Estée Lauder's Little Black Primer provides that coveted volume and a deep, long-lasting tint to lashes instead of a clumpy coat over the top. One swipe and your eyes will be ready to take on the day.
Images: Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro, $34, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com; Jao Brand Goe Oil, $48, jaobrand.com; Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, $55, charlottetilbury.com; Antonym Organic Baked Blush, $28, abchome.com; Estée Lauder Little Black Primer, $24, shop.nordstrom.com