I’m always short on time, so I swear by these 6 make-up products to get ready fast

Everything you need for a 5-minute face

Quick Makeup Products
(Image credit: Mica Ricketts)

Applying my make-up used to be something of a ritual for me—I would purposefully carve out time in my day to prep my skin, bounce on foundations, mix-and-match concealers and apply a multitude of highlighters, eyeshadows and powders. These days? I have approximately three minutes to spare before one of my small children needs me, and that means that my make-up routine needs to be fast. In fact, more accurately, it needs to be super-speed.

Thankfully, I’m a beauty editor, which means that I’ve been able to make it my mission over the last few years to decipher which quick make-up products are actually worth the time (or lack of). Trust me when I say that I have dedicated a lot of working hours to testing and trialling products that apply quickly, look good on the skin and—most importantly—last. Because, seriously, who has time for touch-ups? From cream blusher to brow gels, keep scrolling for my definitive list of the quick makeup products that I swear by.

1. Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick

2. Milk Makeup Mini Lip + Cheek

3. Vieve Skin Nova

4. Hourglass Arch Brow Volumising Fiber Gel

5. Naturium Phyto-Glow Lip Balm

6. Kosas Revealer Super Creamy Concealer

Mica Ricketts

Mica Ricketts is a freelance beauty editor and contributor to Marie Claire. She has written for titles including Refinery29 and Who What Wear UK, and also works with beauty brands on content messaging and marketing copy. She was previously Who What Wear UK's beauty editor. As someone that has tried basically every acne product on the market, she has a particular passion for debunking skincare myths and finding products that work. Plus, with two small children at home she is all about time-saving beauty routines that boost glow and disguise dark circles.