Keep your beauty game as strong as your boardroom presentation with a streamlined routine of makeup essentials. Apply makeup in less time during your busy mornings so you can get more sleep. And who wants to argue against getting more sleep? Definitely not your skin.


Save time and get some self-care in with a quick makeup routine that builds your confidence and still gives you enough time to eat breakfast. This guide gives you the inspiration to take your basic makeup lineup to the next level with vegan cosmetics that are mindfully made while delivering high-performance results.

CC Cream

Let’s start with the basics. A color-correcting (CC) cream is a great base for any skin type, especially for those who may struggle with redness, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, or discoloration. Choose a shade that matches your neck, patch testing on your jawline instead of your wrist or hand. This gives you a more accurate match to your true shade. Thrive Causemetics created their Buildable Blur CC Cream with SPF 35 in 18 shades to provide you with a true match to your complexion to conceal the look of skin imperfections better.

Apply CC cream to your face with a beauty sponge, using one or two pumps of formula. The sponge helps you apply a more even layer, making it easy to build as you go. Wet the sponge before you use it for smoother results. Don’t forget to follow with a setting powder for a matte finish that will last all day.

Tubing Mascara

Next up is mascara. Tubing formulas create the look of lash extensions without the hassle. The best tubing mascaras won’t clump, flake, or smear—lasting from your morning coffee run to cocktails with coworkers at happy hour. These are made with fibrous formulas that encapsulate each individual lash for more definition and better volume and length.

Instead of doing a couple of dozen swipes on your lashes, mindfully apply a few strokes from the base of your lash line out to the tips of your lashes. Wiggle the applicator slightly during application to break-up clumps and evenly distribute the formula. Use a cotton swab to clear up any smudges or flakes around the eye area from the application.

Highlighter Pencil

Instead of spending 10 minutes applying a contouring kit, use a highlighter pencil to diffuse light and define features in less than a minute. Use a cream-to-powder formula that’s waterproof. This ensures it’ll last all day but won’t flake or spread the shimmer to areas you don’t want it. Pick one that’s vegan and cruelty-free to give your beauty bag a mindful stamp of approval.

Tip:Cruelty free cosmetics aren’t tested on animals during product development or creation. This means no animals are harmed in the making of the products that make up your beauty routine. You’re obviously a leader, so why not make a statement with the makeup products you choose?

Hydrating Lip Gloss

Finish off your not-so-basic professional look with a hydrating lip gloss. Whether you choose something with some color or a clear finish, this polishes off your look and gives it a step up from the basic “concealer and mascara” look. Keep one of these in your bag to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re going to something social after hours.

Look for formulas that plump and hydrate with skin-loving ingredients like grapeseed oil and vitamin B5. You can wear a gloss topper by itself or on top of your favorite lipstick. Add this product into your makeup lineup for extra hydration with a bit of shine.

About Thrive Causemetics

Thrive Causemetics creates 100% vegan, cruelty free makeup that contains proven ingredients without the use of parabens or sulfates. A beauty brand and philosophy that beauty goes beyond skin deep, for every product purchased one is donated to a woman in need.

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