Our Favorite Beauty Products for a 5 Minute Morning Routine

Time is precious, especially in the mornings. We’ve put together a list of our favorite products from Sephora that will have you out the door and ready to take on the day in just five minutes or less. Ready, set, hit that snooze button one more time!

By: Heidi | August 24, 2018

For most of us, we’ve got our morning routine down to a science. But if your beauty regimen has gotten pushed to the wayside for the sake of time, we are here to tell you that with our favorite products, five minutes is all it takes.

With the help of the experts at Sephora, we’ve put together a list of the best products for an easy, everyday morning routine that can fit into nearly anyone’s schedule.

Take a look…


Pure Skin Face Cleanser [First Aid Beauty]: $32

Every great skincare routine starts with one thing: a great cleanser.

This cleanser from First Aid Beauty is an oldie but a goodie. It is a light, foaming formula that gently cleanses away dirt, oil, and makeup to leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated for the day.

It’s made for all skin types, even sensitive or troubled skin. It’s dermatologist recommended, 100% fragrance free, and even anti-redness. Because it’s not harsh at all, it’s the perfect way to prep your skin for your beauty routine.


The Water Cream [Tatcha]: $68

After cleansing, moisturizing is a must.

This Water Cream moisturizer from Tatcha, an all-natural Japanese skincare brand, is amazing for locking in moisture and promoting soft, supple skin.

Like the name suggests, this moisturizer is water-based. It has simple ingredients that work with all skin types for a lightweight feel and quick absorption. We even found that it helped prolong the wear of our foundation!

The key to glowing skin is hydration. Our favorite trick for getting the most out of our moisturizer is to apply it when your face is still slightly damp after cleansing (bonus: this saves a couple of seconds in your routine!).

Foundation (for dry, normal, or combination skin)

Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Rainforest of the Sea Collection [Tarte]: $39

We picked out two different foundations that work for different skin types. If you have dry, normal, or combination skin, this Water Foundation from Tarte is for you.

This foundation is super easy and quick to apply because of how lightweight it is (like the name suggests, it’s water-based!). With a light to medium coverage, the final result is a beautiful, flawless-looking finish.

It also comes in over 20 shades, which means once you find the perfect match for your skin (the experts at Sephora can help you with this!), you can effortlessly apply this product without fear of the dreaded makeup lines.

This foundation contains marine plant botanicals and SPF, which help fight aging and promote healthy skin. Skin protection should always be a priority, so finding products that check that box and fit into a five-minute routine is a win in our book.

Foundation (for oily skin)

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation [Fenty Beauty by Rihanna]: $34

For oily skin, Rihanna’s new best-selling foundation line is everything.

Applying this foundation is super easy because of how thin it is, but don’t be fooled. It’s almost completely full coverage! It’s also sweatproof, humidity resistant, and super long-lasting (like 13 hours long!), which is nearly unheard of for those with oily skin.

When Rihanna created this line, she made it her mission to make it inclusive for every skin tone. With 40 different shades, a Sephora expert will be able to help you find the color that looks like it was made for you.

Pro tip: We love applying foundation with a brush! It’s way faster (and less messy) than doing it with your fingertips.


Match Stix Trio [Fenty Beauty by Rihanna]: $54

The Match Stix Trio from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna was made for the five-minute routine. This product is a 3-in-1 set of sticks for contouring, concealing, and highlighting.

Like you can see in the photo, the Match Stix Trio comes in a box with three different sticks that are all curated to work together. If you can’t decide which set is right for you, one of the experts at Sephora will be able to guide you in the right direction.

We love a few swipes of the concealer stick under the eyes, a little bit of contouring below our cheekbones, and some highlight on our cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. The best part about these sticks is that they’re super buildable, so you’ll never overdo it.


Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel [Benefit Cosmetics]: $24

Brows are a huge deal right now, and for good reason. They frame your eyes, after all!

Gimme Brow+ is king when it comes to full, natural-looking brows. It comes in eight different shades, so you’re sure to find one that matches your brows.

The small, mascara-like brush means precise, hairlike strokes that create dreamy brows in seconds. Just a few swipes and you’re ready to go!

Eye Shadow

Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio [Smashbox]: $22

If you love a little color on your eyelids like we do, the Smashbox Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trios make eye shadow application super simple.

These tiny palettes contain three colors that are all curated to blend together and complement each other, which takes the guesswork out of eye shadow.

There are 13 combos to choose from, so pick your favorite and follow these simple directions: 1. Apply the big color to the base of your eyelid (thank you, Smashbox, for understanding how much faster we go through the base color than the others!) and 2. Use one or both of the other colors in the crease of your eyelid.



Better Than Sex Mascara [Too Faced]: $24

The last step for eyes (and our favorite step): mascara!

This Too Faced mascara is a longtime cult favorite, so you’ve probably heard of it. But if not, here’s why we love it: The brush is hourglass-shaped, which means it provides tons of volume and length without leaving behind clumps of mascara on your lashes. The formula is also infused with collagen, which promotes long, healthy lashes.

For everyday wear, we always stick to the normal formula. But if you have a big event coming up or it’s pouring rain, the waterproof formula for this mascara is one of our favorite waterproof mascaras we’ve tried.

Lip Color

Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss [Marc Jacobs Beauty]: $28

You probably still have a few seconds left in your five-minute routine, which is more than enough time to finish off your look with some lip color. Lip gloss is our favorite product for quick color because it’s hydrating and chic, and application just takes a swipe or two.

This Sephora-exclusive line of Marc Jacobs lip gloss is our go-to because unlike so many other products, it’s not sticky at all. We’re also obsessed with the peppermint-y sensation it gives when you wear it!

There are a ton of colors to choose from, but if you’re looking for a beautifully simple everyday color, we can’t get enough of Sugar Sugar. It’s not too pink and not too brown; it’s the perfect nude color to pull together your whole look.

Looking for more ways to simplify your morning routine? Check out our tips for an effortless beauty routine here.


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