The NEW 5-minute face from John Lewis & Partners

This is the mini makeup routine that’ll maximise your time, thanks to John Lewis.


by Sam Dring |

Late for work. School run rush. Surprise zoom call. Need a quick post gym glow up. Impromptu drinks. Sometimes we need a super flattering look - super fast!

But, can you look fresh, flawless and fabulous in five minutes?

Yes, you absolutely can. Here’s the ‘in a rush’ routine that’s perfect for when time runs away!

We tasked John Lewis beauty buyer Georgia White, with creating a new 5-minute face that will save us time, and save the day.

"It feels like we’re all busier than ever at the moment, so we’ve picked our top 4 time-saving products which can be applied in an instant. All formulations are buildable (even the Mascara!) so you can apply a quick, subtle layer or go back and add more. We’re seeing multi-use products as the way forward for saving time in our day but still achieving that effortless, ‘no-makeup makeup’ look.” Georgia White.


As masters of make up, John Lewis has all the beauty insight and inspiration one could ever need. They stock brilliant affordables, everyday essentials, and high-end heroes.

We knew they wouldn’t let us down, thanks Georgia! So, here’s the new five minute face that will have you good to glow and set for the day. It’s sooo simple.

4 products, 5 minutes, 1 gorgeous you!


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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Light Revealer Natural Skin Illuminator. £37
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This is Laura Mercier's secret No Makeup, Makeup. Infused with luminosity made for your own skin tone with complexion-boosting pearl blends. With ultra-sheer, flexible coverage, this water-break cream boosts the skin's natural radiance. Moisturising, SPF and perfect coverage (that enhances but still reveals the real you) this is 3 essentials in 1. Fingertips, blender or brush you'll only need one, perfect for achieving an on the go glow in no time at all. You'll love the antioxidant complex +SPF 25 UVB/UVA/PA+++ to protect against UV and environmental aggressors.

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint. £20
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Introducing Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint, a creamy tinted balm for lip and cheek, with 90% skincare base formula for the ultimate care and nourishment that feels super comfortable. The lightweight formula melts onto the skin and blends seamlessly for a natural flush of colour, thanks to light colour pigments. If you prefer a more intense result, add more colour to create your desired look. As it's enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Orange Blossom and Shea Butter, this is the perfect product to add a quick pop of colour whilst providing skincare benefits.

Mac MACStack Mascara. £26
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Stack on infinite layers of volume and length with the new breakthrough formula, which means layer after layer, lashes stay perfectly defined and feathery - no clumping, no flaking, no smudging. Build customisable lashes to suit your style with this must-have mascara that does it all. 95% of 111 tested saw instant lift and length. 24-hour wear, clump resistant, weightless, flake-resistant. You can even pick your perfect MACStack brush: discover MACStack Micro Mascara with a smaller brush for ultra-precise application.

UOMA Beauty High Life Highlighter & Contour Face Palette Vol 1. £39
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Capture a dazzling range of multidimensional light with this show-stopping full-face palette featuring two shimmering highlighters, highlighter blush and face-sculpting bronzer. Expertly formulated for max pay-off, High Life features floating shimmering pearls of light and an endless glow without the fall out. The Cream-like, zero powder formula blends effortlessly into a translucent and buildable illuminated glow. All the sculpting, contouring and highlighting products you would need, and you can easily use some of the shades for a sweep of colour over the eye too. Multifunctional and super easy to use this is great for on the go glow.

Shop the NEW five minute face from John Lewis & Partners now.

Shop in store, online and via the John Lewis App. With hundreds of brands and products, your perfect speedy makeup routine awaits. Click today and collect tomorrow from John Lewis, Waitrose and hundreds of other locations.

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