Quick! 3 Minute Makeup.

Happy first Hump Day post from school! In case you haven’t heard, Coming Up Roses is in Back-to-College mode. Since I’m an RA for 26 wild n’ crazy (just kidding, they won’t be wild n’ crazy in MY hall…) frosh, these past two weeks have been jam packed with trainings and hall decorations and writing notes to my freshman year self.

Going back to school is so rough when you’re a kid. When it’s college…it can be rougher. Your late night bonfires and Netflix marathons are over, and you’re lucky if you have one totally free weekend to spare on binge-watching a new OITNB series (priorities, people).

But, I’m a fan of the –ism, “Life can be rough, but throw on some red lipstick and it’s a party.”

I just made that up. Catchy, right?

Really though, I think one of the easiest ways to feel better instantly (and get a quick brain break!) is by playing with some new makeup.

Time is of the essence in college, though, and going through a full beauty regimen everyday just isn’t possible.

But, do you have 3 minutes?

As I always seem to be running on the brink of lateness anymore (sorry, mom), I’ve mastered fast makeup.

And I timed myself to prove it.

2:39.65 later, I’m ready to go tackle this day.

The key? Stick to the essentials. Figure out what you need to cover, what you want to emphasize, and what will have lasting power. I got right to concealing my problem spots (i.e. T-Zone blemishes), making my eyes pop (since they’re my favorite feature), and adding a touch of moisturizing shine to my lips.

The clock is ticking…


3 minute makeup



Fresh-faced, first thing in the morning.


Start the clock!


First up, some acne-fighting concealer.


I use a makeup sponge for any preliminary concealing. Note my blurry hand. That’s called SPEED, baby.


This is my new all-time favorite when it comes to face goop. It’s Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer, and it’s a gift from God.


Next, I dab spots of tinted moisturizer all over and blend it in via brushing. It’s like painting on a canvas, and I like it. Faster, faster…


WOO! The skin is d-o-n-e.


0:28.91. On the fast track.


Quick makeup needs to be easy, so a three-in-one palette is the way to go! This one is part of the MaryKay at Play line, which I’ve been absolutely loving thanks to my friend, Ashley. (She can get you 10% off of your next order, too! Just click on her ad on the right sidebar.) My baked eye trio is in On the Horizon.


When ain’t nobody got time fo’ liquid liners and winged cateyes galore, a palette with a darker pigment works wonders. Swipe your darker shade of choice along your lashlines for a more muted look that doesn’t need to be perfect to still look en pointe.


And the clock keeps running…


I can curl my eyelashes in 7 seconds flat, wanna see?


My Falsies mascara has taken a beating this summer, obvi. Not my favorite, but gets the job done.


Sidenote: This whole thing would be so much cooler in video form, wouldn’t you agree. Comment below if I should just go for it and start a YouTube channel.


2:13.23 and going strong. Next up, eyeliner and a finishing touch!


I’m a hauuuuuge fan of Maybelline’s black eyeliner. I apply directly onto my lower waterline, and it’s one of the few I’ve found that actually go on smoothly and last down there!


Waterline: That innermost part right above your lower lashes. It’s wet (hence, waterline), so finding the right liner that stays is tricky.


My peepers are done! On to my pucker…


I bought tinted Burt’s Bees on a whim after hearing this flavor/tint recommended highly by one of my favorite beauty vloggers. So I’m giving it a go…




Ze finished product. To give you some perspective, refer back to picture numero uno.


And VOILA! 2 minutes and 39 seconds later, I’m ready to run out the door.


And there you have it, ladies! Your makeup is done…time to pick out a killer outfit for a comfy and chic day.

How do you get ready when there’s seemingly no time to spare? What makeup products go on easy and FAST?

In other news, a lot of you have requested that I do a post on how to maximize your LinkedIn profile, and this series seems like just the perfect time to do it! Be sure to check back in on Friday (yup, FRIDAY!) to find out how you can get that “All-Star” rating on your LinkedIn and make genuine connections that lead to something more.

Adios, amigos! It’s been a fun 3 minutes.


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