3 Easy Dewy Makeup Looks for When You Only Have 10, 20, or 30 Minutes

It’s no secret—everyone wants to look dewy. In an ideal world, we could all roll out of bed with skin resembling a glazed doughnut and go on with our days. Unfortunately, unless you’re superhuman, that’s likely not possible. 

I wish I had endless time every morning to perfect my makeup and make myself look as dewy as possible, but let’s be honest: Most mornings, I’m lucky if I get even 20 minutes of glam time. I know many of us are on tight morning schedules, so I reached out to celebrity makeup artists Beck Wainner and Jamie Greenberg for their best advice for creating a dewy makeup look on a tight timeline. Whether you have 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes (lucky), they helped me figure out the best way to make yourself look polished, put-together, and impossibly glowy.


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If you only have 10 minutes…

Opt for a multitasking product that gives you an allover glow, like an illuminating sunscreen. From there, pop a highlighter-blush hybrid on your cheeks to warm up your face. Greenberg recommends finishing up with some brow wax to hold brows in place and give them definition and swiping on a bit of tubing mascara for tons of length. (She loves the cult-favorite Thrive mascara for this.) Complete the look with some hydrating lip gloss that you can easily reapply as needed, and you’re all set for the day.

If you only have 20 minutes…

If you have 20 minutes, you can go a little bit more in-depth and use a few more products to complete your look. Wainner recommends beginning with a day cream, following up with a sunscreen, and then using an illuminating primer as a glowy base. Apply a sheer foundation over for a breathable skin finish, and use a hydrating concealer on any parts of your face that could use a little extra coverage. She recommends setting any part of your face that might get oily so you’ll keep looking dewy instead of shiny. Finish up with a multi-stick for added color and illumination.

If you only have 30 minutes…

If you have 30 minutes, you have tons of time to treat yourself. Greenberg would start with a sculpting tool and an eye-and-lip mask to impart hydration and prime your face for products. She recommends using the face tool for five minutes and the eye-and-lip mask for 10. Use whatever skincare you’d like (but be sure to apply sunscreen!). Greenberg recommends popping concealer anywhere you want more coverage and then swiping on liquid eye shadow and mascara. Use a glowy blush to light up the cheeks and contour in the hollows, set your T-zone with a finely milled powder to curb any unwanted oil, and finish with a lip gloss.

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.