I tend to spend only 5-10 minutes doing my makeup on a typical day, unless I have a shoot or am going to be on video -- then I spend a little more time. So, I know it can be done in a time crunch, to boot!
TL;DR Version of the Below: ...But I'm a Feminist!
Of course, my relationship with makeup always feels a bit complicated. Since my early days of becoming a slave to undereye concealer and blackest-black mascara, I've developed a feminist awareness and forced myself to analyze what it means to apply makeup. I try to be conscious of what the beauty industry tells us, and remind myself that I don't actually need any of the products in my arsenal. (Really. I don't need you, lipstick! Didn't I prove that in my last post?) Still, the ritual of applying makeup and transforming myself into a character (or putting on my drag and unveiling a femme embodiment) have become as second nature as brushing my teeth or combing my hair. Getting here, though, has taken a bit of back-and-forth struggle and self analysis. I went through a phase where I used makeup to intentionally make myself less normatively attractive; I applied blue eyeshadow up to my brow bone (something that was fun and subversive for me then, but looking back, makes me cringe), and a thick coat of Margot-Tenenbaum-esque charcoal all the way around my eyes. I observed the way people in my family and community used makeup, too, and from my point of view it was often used to appear whiter or more westernized; being middle eastern, this was an image I couldn't get out of my head -- and I constantly questioned whether my own use of makeup was imitating the same. Suffice to say, makeup, and "beauty," is a complicated world -- but I don't think the serious social implications embedded in beauty culture should strip the fun out of makeup, either! At the end of the day, it is something to play with - and the empowering and transformative nature of makeup, making ourselves into who we want to be, can be a feminist act.
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were provided for consideration. I promise that this has had zero impact on what brands I have endorsed; they're all products I truly believe in.