This post was developed in partnership with Solar Shield.
I live in workout clothes and a ponytail, so I rely on my 5-minute beauty makeover a lot. Whether it’s my husband taking me out for an impromptu date or an event for one of my kids that I’ve forgotten about until the last minute, I usually only have a few minutes to make the transformation from drab to fab.
Since I’m all about doing things quickly and easily, I’ve figured out a few beauty essentials that make looking good in minutes a snap. They’re affordable, fashionable, and easy to work into your look when you don’t have much time.
Here’s what I use for my easy summer 5-minute beauty makeover:
The longest part of my normal makeup routine is applying eye makeup. It takes time to apply eye shadow primer, get my eyeliner line just right, blend my eye shadow to look natural and apply and wait for my mascara to dry.
When I’m in a hurry, I skip this step entirely and just throw on a pair of sunglasses. And Solar Shield has made my 5-minute beauty makeover so much easier with their new Iconic Collection. The Iconic Collection is inspired by popular iconic silhouettes.
If you aren’t familiar with Solar Shield, what makes them awesome is that their sunglasses provide all the same benefits of traditional sunglasses:
- Protection from the sun’s damaging rays
- 100% UV protection
- Polarized lenses that reduce glare
- Scratch-resistant lens
AND they can be worn over your prescription or reading glasses!
I wear prescription glasses when I drive and I hated shelling out money for prescription sunglasses too. Solar Shield eliminates that extra expense.
I know what you’re thinking, because I wondered too. And I’m here to tell you, they look great and no one will be able to tell you’re wearing glasses underneath! And yes, you can wear them alone, which is how I wear them when I’m not driving.
Another reason I love Solar Shield? They’re giving all of my readers 50% off all of their products! Shop their Iconic Collection and use code VN6 to get 50% off your order. Plus, free shipping in the US!
The sunglasses will have most of your face covered. Now, you only need to worry about your cheeks and lips. A lipstick in just the right shade for your skin tone can makeover both of these areas in 30 seconds.
Dab a dot of lipstick on each cheek and rub in to give your cheeks a rosy glow. Apply a layer of lipstick to your lips and dab briefly with a tissue. Your face is ready to go!
Now that your face is set, we need to makeover your outfit.
The easiest way to get dressed up quickly is to throw on a sundress. Even a casual dress makes you look like you put effort into getting ready, even though it takes just a few seconds to throw it on.
Added bonus: You’ll stay cooler in a sundress than in almost anything else you might choose to wear.
Like a sundress, sandals are easy to slide on and instantly transform your look. If you have a pedicure that’s chipping, just remove the polish and clip your toenails, if needed.
Unless you wake up with great hair every day, making over your hairdo will be the hardest task in this 5-minute makeover. I’ve found that bobby pins speed up this process substantially.
I can position them anywhere I want, which is helpful when I have lumps leftover from my ponytail or an errant strand of hair. Plus, there are so many different ways to twist, braid and pin up strands so you can create a unique look in minutes.
I keep a pair of dangly earrings in my purse so I can throw them on in these makeover emergencies while we’re in the car. Like scarves in the winter, a pair of dangly earrings somehow makes you look put together.
If You Have Time…
Don’t let dry, scaly skin ruin the look you’ve just put together. Before you head out the door, rub down of your arms, legs and feet with lotion.
That’s it! It took me FIVE minutes to go from this:
Perhaps not beauty pageant ready, but definitely acceptable for taking the kids to the mall or going out for dinner with my husband. And if you had any doubts about sunglasses that fit over your prescription glasses, I’m wearing my glasses in the photo above.
Jump Start Your 5-Minute Beauty Makeover with a Pair of Iconic Solar Shield Sunglasses
Do you have everything you need for your own 5-minute beauty makeover? If not, let me help!
As a reminder, here’s everything you need:
Solar Shield is already offering ALL of my readers 50% off (use coupon code VN6). If you live in the US, you’ll get free shipping too!
They’re also giving ONE of my readers a FREE pair of sunglasses. Just enter below to win.
Open to all US residents, ages 18 and older.
This post is in collaboration with Vibrant Nation.