Mastering the art of contouring and highlighting, perfecting color correcting techniques before applying concealer, and nailing a three-shade eyeshadow – ain’t nobody got time for that. Well, unless you’re a makeup enthusiast who can get up early in the morning to do a complex one-hour makeup routine of course.
But for the rest of us, we fall back on the same messy bun and lip tint routine because we kept on choosing sleep over anything else.
If you’re always in a hurry (or you’re just too lazy to do your makeup) but you don’t want to look basic either, here are 7 easy makeup looks you can pull off in ten minutes or less.
1. Winged Eyeliner + Red Lipstick
The classic Pin Up Girl makeup, with a polished cat eye and a bright red lipstick, is enough to set you apart from anyone else.
Perfecting the eyeliner flick is easier than applying three shades of eyeshadow over the eyelids and blending them out. You just need to have a light hand to nail this. You can go for light, clean lines or rock heavy, overdrawn eyes like Amy Winehouse. Finish the look with your a classic popping red lipstick.
2. Rosy, Luminous Cheeks + Glossy Lips
Tired of your flat everyday matte makeup? Stand out from the crowd with a doll-like dewy skin, rosy cheeks, and glossy lips.
After doing your everyday skincare routine and foundation, apply pink cream blush or cheek tint on the apples of your cheeks using your fingertips, then blend out and up. You can also use your classic blush powder.
Dust some highlighter onto your cheekbones, brow bone, nose bridge and temples for a subtle sheen. Popp on a peach gloss to complete your naturally glowing look.
3. Peachy Eyeshadow + Peachy Blush + Peachy Pout
A monochromatic peachy look is a hot trend that will never go out of style. It doesn’t only work on all skin types – the fuss-free look also saves you a lot of time too. When you’re looking for a timeless go-to look, a uniform tone comprised of a peachy eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick always works.
4. Color Eyeliner + Color Lash Mascara
Here’s to all the daring ladies out there who love to break the rules.
Liners and mascaras don’t have to be black and brown all the time. They come in fun and vibrant colors too, which can be as subtle as burgundy or as striking as red. You can even go wild with color combinations, like matching a peach eyeliner with a blue lash mascara.
When your eyes are as bright and vivid as these, it’s really hard not to notice. Pair your statement eye makeup with a coral or pink balm for a cheery look.
5. Neon-Bright Eyeshadow + Neutral-Colored Lips
Who says only high fashion models can rock neon orange eyelids?
Instead of navigating through various neutral shades, put a bright color onto your eyes to up your makeup game. Top makeup brands offer a wide range of vivid, creamy palettes, including shocking shades of hot pink, neon orange, electric violet, and aqua.
The rule of thumb: If you have bold eye makeup, pair it with a simpler lipstick shade, like a nude lipstick or a light pink shade.
With the right application and color choice plus the right amount of confidence, you can look magazine cover-worthy.
6. Metallic Rose Gold Eyeshadow + Creamy Matte Lipstick
Take your looks from basic to Beyoncé with sparkly eyelids.
Glimmering metallic eyeshadow can instantly glam up any look. They come in different shades but rose gold is a crowd favorite since it flatters all skin tones. They’re available in forms of liquid or powder, which are easy to wear.
Make sure to lightly line your eyes with a black liquid eyeliner and apply mascara to define your eyes. Blush your cheeks and finish it off your favorite creamy matte pink lipstick.
7. Bare Face + Full Brows + Bold Lipstick
Stepping out with a bare face and well-done brows? There’s nothing a swipe of bright red lipstick couldn’t do.
If you want to skip your classic red and go for a sweeter take, opt for vibrant shades of pink, purple, peach, coral, and orange. Dark and dramatic shades of red, brown, and purple, on the other hand, work perfectly for a striking, vampy look.
And if you’re daring enough, break conventions with a blue, black, or green pout. Don’t mind the strangers on the subway staring at you. Work it!
Author Bio: Mina Natividad is a resident writer for, a leading luxury makeup brand in Australia, which prides itself in delivering top of the line cosmetics and makeup courses. Sticking to the heart of the cosmetics brand, she aims to empower women with articles about style and beauty.