The Minimalist's Guide to Makeup: 12 Products That Simplify Your Routine

Recently at Byrdie HQ, we've been celebrating the idea of high-maintenance makeup and not concealing the time and effort we put into our beauty looks in a series aptly named What's Wrong With Trying? While no-makeup makeup has turned itself into a full-blown movement, there's certainly no shame in artfully applying a sharp cat eye or finding comfort in a full-coverage foundation. But even though some days we find solace and pride in a full face of makeup, we also deeply appreciate efficient products that get us out the door in five minutes' time. We're all about making a statement with our looks, but sometimes that statement is just "This morning I was exhausted and couldn't be bothered."

Ahead, we've rounded up the products we use on days we'd rather spend less time getting ready or when we simply don't have the time.

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Opening image: Lolita Says So