Beauty in Five Minutes or Less

Even though I’m a SAHM, I try really hard to plan my day so that I shower, dress, and put my “face” on. Sometimes, my plan is thwarted and I’m alloted only a short time to put on said face. So I was forced to get back to basics – find out what I can make work in 5 minutes or less. You know what? I like this “face” better than my going-out “face”. Here’s what I do:


1. First things first; I don’t have to tell you to moisturize, do I? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! There, now you can’t say I didn’t tell you. Anyway, step one {after moisturizing} is easy-peasy. I put primer on first.  It evens out your skin tone and keeps your make-up face looking fresher, longer. Just a little squirt covers my whole face. After that, I sweep on a smidge of powder foundation – not too much! It’s not meant to be seen. Lastly is blush. Some people seem to think that blush is an out-of-date sort of makeup but I whole-heartedly disagree. I mean, it gives you that soft, feminine color on your cheeks without pinching. Who could ask for more?


2. Next – it’s about the eyes. Just eye shadow and mascara. It’s that simple. For the eye shadow, you don’t need much of anything for a day-time look, but a little swipe of something neutral – a blush pink or a tan – brightens the eye a bit. I’m a fan of MAC’s Naked Lunch. My favorite mascara of all-time is Maybelline’s Volum Express Falsies Flared. I just do a couple of quick coats on my upper lashes to wake my eyes up.

3. Finally – lipstick. I’m a recent lipstick-convert. I used to only wear chapstick, or at most, a nude gloss, but for years I’ve had friends tell me that with lips like mine I should wear lipstick. So, I took the plunge. Even if your pout isn’t so full, lipstick really gives a nice finishing touch to a made-up face. I’m wearing MAC’s Ruby Woo. For a blushy-pink I like Maybelline’s Mauvilous Shine. Just do what I do – go to Walmart or Target and look at all the colors, pick out what works for you!

And that’s it! Just a few quick steps for a fab face in a flash.

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. Yes! This is totally my routine, too, minus the primer and plus a little smudge of eyeliner (or else it looks like I don’t have eyes at all, which is just not a good look.) I adore a really bright lip with a simple look like this. You are stunning!

  2. thanks megan! i think i may just add a smudge of eye liner to this routine….i do like the drama it brings 🙂