I Got Ready in 5 Minutes for 5 Days Straight And It Wasn't Completely Terrible

Let’s not pretend we don’t all spend hours watching beauty tag videos on YouTube. I have spent many a night queuing up video after video when I really should have been writing a term paper or, heck, even sleeping. Although I do love seeing how one can contour with various household objects, I often gravitate towards videos that are more applicable to my everyday life.

Hence why the “Five Minute Makeup Challenge” intrigued me. Typically, I spend in between 45 minutes to an hour doing my makeup every morning. Needless to say, the thought of shortening this to five minutes didn’t seem possible, but I’ll try anything in the name of science (well maybe not science, but you get the point.)

So, I challenged myself to do the five minute makeup challenge everyday for a week. Here are the rules I created for myself:

  1. Every morning I had to get up at the same time that I normally would to see what I could do with my saved time.
  2. Each day, before I started my makeup I had to set a timer for five minutes.
  3. Once the timer went off I had to put the brushes down.
  4. The only thing I didn’t have to include in the five minutes is lipstick (because it takes 2.6 seconds and reapplying is required)

Here are the looks and my thoughts on this dramatic shift in my schedule.

Monday: I will admit Monday was hard. I so desperately wanted to ignore the timer and keep going, but I didn’t. To me, the finished look felt and looked pretty bare, but in hindsight I don’t think I looked that much different to anyone except for my roommates. I only had time for primer, foundation, powder, eyebrows, blush, and mascara.

Tuesday  On Tuesday I still felt very rushed by the process, but I did find that I had a little extra time to add a swipe of gold eyeshadow.

Wednesday By Wednesday, I had become used to the time limit and wasn’t feeling as rushed; however, I was frustrated by feeling so constricted by the time limit.

Thursday  When Thursday rolled around I was thankful to know I would be done with my little routine and able to spend the rest of the morning relaxing, but I was getting tired of the repetitive look.

Friday When the week ended I had almost forgotten that I was doing the challenge at all. I completed my look in the five minutes and was even able to add some eyeshadow shades.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the week I was proud of myself for sticking to the challenge, but I was ready for it to be over for reasons other than I had expected. Originally, I had thought I wouldn’t be able to complete a full face in five minutes, but in reality I just got bored with the limit the time created.

I realized how drastically I stretch out my morning beauty routine everyday, and I was shocked to realize how much I could complete in five minutes. In the future, I will 100% use what I learned from this challenge if I am in a rush or just want to have a little extra time in the morning, but I think I will give myself a little more than five minutes everyday. The creativity this allows is worth getting up early to me!

Have a beauty challenge you want us to try? Let us know in the comments!