Everyday 7 Min Makeup

Everyday 7 Min Makeup

I’m going to begin by saying that this post is for the lazy, poorly educated (in makeup of course) and just-want-to-look-borderline-presentable people like me. Makeup pros, shut the window immediately because you might cringe at multiple things, feel sudden palpitations and eventually start dying a slow death.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to say that this has been one of the most requested posts, particularly on Snapchat. I honestly know nothing about makeup. I do the basics and repeat the same thing every single day with little or no variation. My entire makeup routine is packed into a solid 5 min operation (7 when the eyeliner is misbehaving) and I don’t own much beyond these few products that I’m going to use. If you’re really, really at a beginner level, you’ll find this of value, otherwise you’re better off doing something meaningful like ignoring your kids or something.

This is the makeup I do when I have to go to a meeting or meet a friend or just generally look presentable. Let’s discuss these 7 minutes of my life.

Step 1 (15 secs): Moisturize on a clean face. I generally do 1 min on my Clarisonic before getting ready, it just helps the makeup sit better but that’s part of my showering routine which nobody needs to know.

Step 2 (1 min): I take a tiny amount of my bb cream and slap it all over my face. Then I blend it in with a beauty blender. I always use a beauty blender, without it I feel like the makeup is floating on my face which I don’t have good feelings about. I also prefer to use the medium shade because it looks super natural, even though it makes me 1% darker than my actual complexion.

I’m crazy about this one: Garnier BB Cream, Miracle Skin Perfector in Medium for Combination & Oily Skin (even though my skin is normal but it works for me). I use the bb cream that’s made in France. I’ve heard there’s another pasty version out there, so if you want to try this, go for the French one.

Step 3 (30 secs): I pump out the tiniest dot of concealer and split it under both eyes. And then blend it in.

I use the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25.

Step 4 (15 secs): Blend all over the face with the beauty blender one more time so it looks like my own skin.

Step 5 (3 mins): Do the eyeliner (of course, I do it with one hand. If it’s in the picture, it’s true). I don’t care if both sides are not perfectly matching. As long as a human being in a 5 feet vicinity can’t tell the difference, I’m cool with it.

I use, wait a second, I’m DEPENDENT on the Chanel Stylo Eyeliner (really Chanel, you couldn’t have come up with a better name?). It’s the only high-end item I own and it’s magic.

Step 6 (30 secs): I do one swipe of a mascara. For a natural look, I wear a light mascara (left pic) but if I’m going to a fancier dinner, I use a heavy one (right pic). I do mascara even if I skip eyeliner, I don’t really appreciate my life if I’m going without it.

Maybelline on the left for a natural look (nearly all Maybelline ones are good). Arcancil Volume Ooh Lala for a pumped-up, fake-eyelash look; I LOVE this mascara.

Step 7 (1 min): Lipstick is like oxygen for my soul. I rarely ever go without it. I always put it on and then rub it in with a finger. I just feel like that blends it in and I prefer a slightly worn-in look. Perfect lipstick doesn’t go with my face. (Also, if you look at the picture carefully it’s like I’m giving you the finger. Random fact. Sorry about that). Here I’m wearing one of my faves: Sweet Touch 904.

Step 8 (15 secs): If I feel like I’m in the mood, I’ll put on a light blush, otherwise I’m done. I only own a couple of blushes but the one I wear 90% of the time is MAC Peaches.

That’s about it. Look inside your brain and tell me your thoughts.

Until next time.

28 Comments

  1. I do all of this too but I don't look anything like you….
    life sucks…

  2. you are one of the most adorable people ever.

  3. You look nice but the mascara is a bit clumpy! You should try Benefit's "they're real' mascara.

    1. Author

      oooh I've tried that, but it wasn't as heavy. I keep this one for a super heavy look and I don't mind thora sa clump 🙂

  4. That's my 7 am (early hospital duty *sobs*) makeup routine too. Love your liner though, gonna get it soooon. I love love love (life-dependant love) bb cream. I use the light one coz it goes with my skin tone. Used medium once and my ammi disowned me for 15 mins. (Seriously)

    Loved the post… as usual…

    <3 for you..

    ^F^

    1. Author

      Oh my god you just reminded of the time I used to have a reporting time of 7 am. I'd get dressed in literally 3 mins! Good times, I feel you 😛 And thanks 😀

  5. Love ur all blog shehzeen !! I will be in uae from next year onwards so your blogging about shopping and others is like life saviour for me !! I surely adore you for this ! I love how u share ur tiny miny daily life things 🙂 keep it up you truely are a wonder woman <3

  6. Note to self – should own a concealer!

  7. I bought the Clarisonic because of you and though I hated it at first, I came around to love it. It's a staple now.
    My routine is the same as you but I do my brows and curl my eyelashes as well and I wear kajal instead of eyeliner.
    You look super pretty waise. Very fresh.

    – Mahnoor

    1. Author

      Yay for clarisonic. It's such a staple for me too. Brows and curler (never used) – I think I don't need both, but they should totally be in the routine for most people. (Y)

  8. Omg thank you so much for the post. I am 25 and I don't even own a bb cream and concealer as I dunno jack about makeup. But I think I am gonna invest in a bb cream and concealer.

    1. Author

      Hehe. I was right there at 25 myself! A bb cream is a great starting point and a concealer is also a great purchase if you like going without eyeliner/kajal, makes you look less tired (Y)

  9. Love the Beauty Blender (BB for short or Bby however you wanna play it). God mine is so ractchet I am EMBARRASSED to use it but oh well. And the Clarisonic has been the single greatest thing to have ever graced my life since May 2014 (when i bought it). Love the makeup routine though I wear bright pink and orange blushes and red lipstick. Though how others do their face is of vital importance to me :p

    1. Author

      Haha. My BB/ BBy 😛 is also always looking pretty terrible. I washed it well for the post lulz. Red is my go-to as well (Y)

  10. Love the Beauty Blender (BB for short or Bby however you wanna play it). God mine is so ractchet I am EMBARRASSED to use it but oh well. And the Clarisonic has been the single greatest thing to have ever graced my life since May 2014 (when i bought it). Love the makeup routine though I wear bright pink and orange blushes and red lipstick. Though how others do their face is of vital importance to me :p

  11. My life was as simple as this ONCE! then my face got fat (:p) and i was introduced to a whole new level of highlighting, contours and concealing (my skin is acne prone!) and primers and fix sprays (thanks to my sisters). Dayum! dont go there I tell you. You are very pretty wesay hi MA!

    1. Author

      Haha, I think I'm maxed out for now on the makeup skills. But super impressive how much you know (Y)

  12. some of the pics made you look like a real person for the first time..not so attractive (just like the rest of us).

    also, i didn't like the mascara application. too clumpy and not very neat. the rest is amazing. love your hair. waiting for the living room reveal!

  13. This is a perfect post for someone like me. Thank you Shehzeen! You look gorgeous with and without makeup! :*

  14. MashAllah you got glowing skin you don't need much to cover. the funny thing is my daily makeup routine is pretty much the same just add some blush on and cream highlighter on cheeks it just gave you instant glow.

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