Getting up in the morning and immediately launching into your beauty routine can be a fun way to start the day — or it can feel like the absolute worst. On days when you’ve slept late, woken up to a breakout, or even just hate the feeling of layers of coverage (been there!), knowing a few makeup tricks for people who hate wearing makeup can save you time and stress. Going barefaced can be the best option on days like these, but there are a few quick makeup hacks to consider for when you do want a little extra coverage.
Instead of heavy foundation, try protecting your skin with SPF mixed with a hint of coverage, especially if you spend a lot of time outside. If you’re not into spending hours blending your eyeshadow, opt for one creamy color to give you a sultry, smokey look. And if you always struggle with mascara that flakes and gets into your eyes, try giving your lashes a little TLC with a long-lasting nourishing primer.
If you absolutely cannot stand wearing makeup, there’s no need to wear any at all. But when you do enjoy playing with colors, some of these products can definitely help you figure out what you like to wear. Ahead, explore some of the more streamlined makeup items that create the look you love — with none of the cakey, pore-clogging feeling you don’t.
Ditch Foundation & Opt For Tinted Mineral Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
There’s no need to clog your pores with heavy foundations when you can protect your skin and add a little coverage, too, with the La Roche-Posay Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It’s a lightweight mineral sunscreen that quickly absorbs and has a matte finish, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing a shiny product all day. The antioxidant protection nourishes skin, and because it’s lightly tinted, you can forego the foundation or other makeup coverage you’d normally apply.
Color-Changing Tint Enhances Natural Lip Hues
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Frog Prince
The Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Frog Prince actually turns into a pretty pink shade customized to enhance your own natural lip color. The formula has shea butter to add moisture and Vitamin E to soothe your lips, and it even adds antioxidants, so lips feel and look healthy and soft. The shade wears like a glossy tint, too, so your lips won’t feel like you’ve caked a drying layer over them.
Forget Contouring & Use Bronzer The Old Fashioned Way
Cargo Bronzing Powder
While contouring might be too time-consuming every morning, you can add a little color and dimension with the Cargo Bronzing Powder. This mineral powder formula can be built up for as much glow as you want, and one user said the finish “does not look orange or overly sparkly.” Take it back to the pre-Kardashian era, when bronzer was just used to make you look like you spent the day outside. Just dust on where the sun would naturally hit, and you’ll have a natural-looking glow.
Try a Smokey Eye With One Catch-All Color
Make Cosmetics Molten Shadow
Finding your crease and blending multiple colors (with even more brushes) until everything looks seamless can get complicated. The Make Cosmetics Molten Shadow is a vegan, cruelty-free cream shadow that you can blend with just a finger. Its creamy gel is long-lasting, so there’s no need to lug around touch-up colors in your bag, and the easy-to-layer pigment means you can easily apply as little or as much as you want.
Add Vibrant Lip Color With No Goopy Feeling Later
theBalm Stainiac Beauty Queen
Sticky lipgloss and drying liquid lipstick can use up a lot of patience, buttheBalm Stainiac Beauty Queen lip stain gives you noticeable color without the feeling of a heavy product. It’s water-based, so it gives a subtle tint, but as you apply more of the stain, the more vibrant the look becomes. You can even use it on your cheeks, too, to add just a bit of a flush.
Multitask With Shimmering Powders
Stila All Over Shimmer Duo Powder in Kitten
For someone who doesn’t want to use a ton of different products, the Stila All Over Shimmer Duo Powder is your beauty jack of all trades. Its light-reflecting powders can be used as a highlighter on your cheekbones, a blush for a little extra warmth, or a shimmery eyeshadow all over the lids. The micro-fine pearl powder adheres to your skin, so the pigment lasts all day. That means one less item in your bag for touch-ups!
Define Brows Without Feeling Sticky
A lot of people are all about the brow, but filling yours in can way take too much time in the morning. The Tweezerman Browmousse is a clear gel that keeps your brows in place — without feeling sticky or gummy like some gels tend to do. Users love that it’s hypoallergenic, so it’s gentle on sensitive skin and eyes, and one fan said converting to this one over drugstore brands gives her brows a more volume without flakiness.
Wake Up Skin With One Easy-to-Use Product
LORAC Double Feature Concealer/Highlighter
On mornings after you stayed up late, it’s easy to add some brightness with the LORAC Double Feature Concealer/Highlighter. The concealer has hydrolyzed collagen to plump up tired skin and the highlighter has mineral oil to boost hydration. Just swipe some concealer under your eyes, and mix in with the blending ball to brighten up dark circles. Flip the tube over to apply liquid highlighter to your cheekbones, then pat it in with your fingers for more definition.
Coat Lashes With a Nourishing Primer
Blinc Lash Primer
If run-of-the-mill mascara is getting clumpy and flaking off, opt for the Blinc Lash Primer. It’s black, so it looks just like mascara, but instead of only coating your lashes — it nourishes them with panthenol, which is a form of Vitamin B5. This ingredient creates a moisturizing film around the hair shaft to condition lashes and keep them healthy. Add mascara over this primer if you want, or just use it on its own for light definition.
Instead of Cat Eyeing, Smudge Liner To Save Time
Butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil
Define your eyes without spending ten minutes balancing a cat eye wing. Instead, work the Butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil’s creamy formula into your lash line. It glides on smoothly and blends easily with an angled brush or your finger. It’s waterproof, too, so it lasts all day — even if you find yourself rubbing your eyes because you forgot you were wearing makeup.