If there’s one thing I’m learning from my beginnings in the corporate world, it’s that doing my makeup is becoming a shockingly low priority for me. Out are the days of sitting in front of my mirror for twenty minutes perfecting my Swiftian flick, in are the days of barely scraping on a coat of mascara with my shoes half on as I run out the door.

In my usual fashion, I have identified my problem, and here I am reporting on my makeshift solution: the how-to of natural, bare-minimum makeup (with a side of lazy). We’re talking the safe middle area between impressing successful strangers and being relatively invisible á la Mia Thermopolis.

I’ll give you the quick product rundown. On the face we’re working with a light coat of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in the shade “52 Vanilla” (one of my favorite drugstore options) and a bit of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I blend it all together with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. To finish off, I do a quick set with the Bourjois Bronzing Powder (Note: American alternatives: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, NYC Sunny Bronzing Powder). And, if I’m feeling real nice I’ll add a bit of MAC’s Warm Soul blush on the Real Techniques Blush Brush.

If I’m in a real hurry/having a good to decent skin day I’ll skip the foundation and just go with a bit of concealer under the eyes and some bronzer to give me that goddess glow or something.

The eyes are my problem area, as they really do show my tiredness/hungover-ness. To correct all of this great stuff (cue: the bags under my eyes are Prada joke), I prime the eyes with some of the NARS Smudgeproof Shadow Base (which I will forever repurchase, it’s the only one that works on me), and a light dusting of Café from the LORAC Pro-To-Go palette. Any neutral eyeshadow works, though. Last but not least, I’ll top off with the brow routine and a coat of the world’s best mascara: the L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.

There you have it folks: the not-too-much but just-enough makeup look of your daily dreams.

Are there any products that get you out the door faster? (Please give me excuses to buy more makeup).

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

In the middle of an existential crisis. If you have one of those super long phone chargers can you send it to me?