When I became my own boss and started working from home, I fell into the trap so many female entrepreneurs fall into.

You know the one I’m talking about…

The one where we wake up and roll out of bed to sit at our desks, or worse, pull the laptop into bed with us and start our workday.

But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my nearly 8 years of entrepreneurship, it’s that there is something to be said for taking the time to get ready for the day.

I started talking this over with my new friend and makeup artist Lauren of LA Page Makeup and we both agreed that getting up, taking a shower, getting dressed, doing our hair, and putting on a little makeup does WONDERS for us.

Wonders like:

  • feeling prepared and ready for the day ahead (no matter what may pop up unexpectedly)
  • feeling awake
  • feeling human
  • getting a confidence boost
  • getting a productivity boost

And I mean, who wouldn’t want to feel that way every day?!

Let’s make lipstick makes me productive a thing!! Female entrepreneurs and work from home moms, you can feel pretty AND productive (even when you work from home) with this quick and easy 5 minute makeup routine from LA Page Makeup on The Productivity Zone!!

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This is exactly why I’ve asked Lauren to partner with me on this 3-part blog series all about inspiring, encouraging, and helping you get ready for the day with quick and easy makeup routines that you can do in mere minutes every day!!

We’re kicking things up a notch today with a 5 minute makeup routine. Yes, you read that right. Lauren’s going to provide you with her very best tips and tricks + prestige and drugstore product recommendations so you can do your makeup for the day in just 5 minutes!!

Get ready to look and feel fabulously productive, friends!!

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Hey guys! My name is Lauren and I am the owner and operator of LA Page Makeup located in Meriden, CT. I offer my clients makeup applications including bridal, date night, lessons, and more, as well as lash lifts and tints, facial waxing, and eyebrow tinting.

If you know Alexandra, you know she’s BIG on getting ready in the morning, especially when you work from home—even if that means throwing on two pieces of makeup, sweats, and a ponytail. When Alexandra expressed how she’s always wanted to teach her fellow female entrepreneurs how to put their faces on in just a few minutes, I was ALL IN! This is my kind of stuff since I’m constantly getting myself ready in mere minutes on the daily, not to mention having to move quickly from client to client during a real-life wedding morning.

Last time, I shared a quick and easy 2 minute makeup routine that was perfect for running to the post office, dropping your kids off at school, or not scaring the UPS guy when he rings the doorbell. Today, we’re kicking things up a notch with a quick and easy 5 minute makeup routine!! It’s not quite a full face of makeup, but it does include a few more products and steps than the 2 minute routine, while still remaining simple and quick. Check out the video below to see an in-depth video tutorial explaining the process!

Here’s a list of the items I used in the video, as well as some other awesome drugstore and prestige options (plus Alexandra’s favorites) to make your life a little easier.

Eyeshadow Primer

LAUREN USED: Urban Decay Primer Potion

PRESTIGE OPTION: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

DRUGSTORE OPTION: Morphe Eyelid Primer

ALEXANDRA LOVES: bareMinerals 5-IN-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow


LAUREN USED: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Naked”


DRUGSTORE OPTION: NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow

ALEXANDRA LOVES: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette


LAUREN USED: Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation

PRESTIGE OPTION: Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

DRUGSTORE OPTION: Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

ALEXANDRA LOVES: bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation


LAUREN USED: Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

PRESTIGE OPTION: Cover FX Power Play Concealer

DRUGSTORE OPTION: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

ALEXANDRA LOVES: bareMinerals BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

Translucent Powder (I did use this under my eyes again, but the video clip wasn’t good)

LAUREN USED: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder

PRESTIGE OPTION: Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

DRUGSTORE OPTION: Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher

ALEXANDRA LOVES: Discontinued from bareMinerals 😔


LAUREN USED: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

PRESTIGE OPTION: Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

DRUGSTORE OPTION: CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Mascara

ALEXANDRA LOVES: bareMinerals Lashtopia Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara


LAUREN USED: Discontinued from MAC 😔

PRESTIGE OPTION: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush


ALEXANDRA LOVES: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Brow Gel

LAUREN USED: Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

PRESTIGE OPTION: Tarte Double Duty Beauty Busy Gal BROWS Tinted Brow Gel


ALEXANDRA LOVES: No brow gel 😂

Lip Gloss

LAUREN USED: Woosh Spin-On Lip Gloss

PRESTIGE OPTION: It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Gloss Stain


ALEXANDRA LOVES: BUXOM Cosmetics Full-On Plumping Lip Cream or Polish

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Here are the real, raw before and after pictures. Absolutely no facetuning, photoshopping, filtering, or editing of any kind. Because it’s important you see the real kind of results you can get:

Lauren of LA Page Makeup walks us through a quick and easy 5 minute makeup routine on The Productivity Zone with her very best tips and tricks + prestige and drugstore product recommendations so busy female entrepreneurs and work from home moms can do their makeup for the day in just 5 minutes!!

Notice how I have a more even complexion with less redness than in the 2 minute makeup tutorial. This is due to doubling up—using both foundation and concealer. My brows still aren’t as perfectly shaped and clean as they could be, but I wanted to focus the extra time on perfecting my complexion.

This is a great mid-way point. You have more flawless skin while still looking extremely natural and not overdone. This is a better look if you are someone who struggles with acne, scarring, super dark under-eye circles, or hyper-pigmentation. This look will leave you feeling confident to run all your errands or even hop on Instagram Stories without feeling like your makeup is caked on or overdone. 

I hope it helps you feel just a little more productive and comfortable in your own skin!

Friends, if you’re with us on getting ready for the day and being pretty AND productive every day, tag me @theproductivityzone and Lauren @lapagemakeupofficial and use the hashtag #lipstickmakesmeproductive so we can cheer you on!!

Now take a look at Lauren’s Quick and Easy 10 Minute Makeup Routine!!

Let’s make lipstick makes me productive a thing!! Female entrepreneurs and work from home moms, you can feel pretty AND productive (even when you work from home) with this quick and easy 5 minute makeup routine from LA Page Makeup on The Productivity Zone!!