Category Archives: Beauty Tips

3 Rules for a 5 Minute Face

15 January 2015

makeup time saversWhen I’m pushed for time or just can’t be bothered with a full face, there are a few rules that I follow to make sure I don’t look like I’ve just rolled out of bed and straight onto the bus.

Don’t underestimate eyebrows
Neat, filled-in eyebrows make a surprisingly big impact on your face, making you look instantly more groomed. Have you ever done a full face of makeup and not put your eyebrows on? See?! Getting brows perfect can be time consuming, so after sorting out any kind of all-over base (if I’m wearing any), I always do eyebrows next to get them out of the way. There’s nothing worse than trying to get them done when you literally have 30 seconds left to hurl yourself out the front door. Don’t bother with a brush or wax or shadow – a brow pencil is your friend here. Lately I’ve been using the Topshop Brow Pencil in Spike (review here) to fill in my weirdly short eyebrows which has an extremely useful spooly on one side and a dark brown pencil on the other.

Forget the foundation
Obviously some people will recoil in horror at the thought but if your skin allows it, ditch the foundation. Trying to get a flawless base in less time it takes Usain Bolt to run 200m is, unsurprisngly, impossible and will only end in rage-inducing cakey disappointment. Instead, use a perfecting cream (I love Garnier Miracle Skin Cream – review here) which you can slap on in 20 seconds, instantly perking up your complexion.

It’s in the eyes
Hide all evidence of your hectic schedule by focusing on brightening your eyes. For me, my biggest issue is dark circles. Making sure my under eye area is well moisturised, I take a brightening concealer (usually something like Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer (see it in action here) or Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer) and pat it into my skin in a triangle shape. When you’re in a massive rush it’s absolute clown shoes to think about eyeshadow – arm yourself with a pair of eyelash curlers and a lengthening mascara instead for a wide-awake fresh look. Keep away from anything too volumising – thick lashes and no liner or shadow will just look weird.

Remember to keep a tinted lip balm or a sheer lipstick in your handbag that you can deploy once you’re on the bus – and there you go! An acceptable face in no time at all. I hope you’ve found these tips useful – I’d love to know what you do when you only have 5 minutes to put your face on!

Morning Makeup Time Savers

17 June 2014

makeup time saversDespite my mammoth 10-hour sleeps of recent times, I really struggle to drag myself out of my pit in the mornings but today was on a whole new level. I had exactly seven minutes to do my face and I was forced to cut corners, however my face ended up looking much the same as when I spend half an hour doing it…what gives? To celebrate this merry achievement, I’m giving you the tips you need to get your face on in record time.

BASE
Forget the creamy moisturiser, primer and foundation, and put down the trowel, little one. The key to time saving is to use products that serve more than one function. Nivea Daily Essentials Hydration Primer (review here) is a moisturiser and primer in one and dries quicker than Kerry Katona’s bank account. Next, you want to use a tinted moisturiser or BB cream with SPF as your base. I’ve been reaching for Benefit The Big Easy (review here) as it’s got sun protection, it blends in easily and quickly with fingers and the liquid-to-powder formula means I can skip the powder, shaving vital seconds off the morning routine. To hide dark circles quickly, I use a creamy concealer a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone and bring it down towards my cheekbones to highlight my face at the same time. If I’ve got time I’ll quickly swirl on some bronzer but on mornings like today, quite frankly I have better things to do.

BROWS
Not compulsory for everyone but for me they’re a must. I feel they require most attention to detail so after I’ve done my base I always do my eyebrows to save time later on. I also feel better about myself when they’ve been filled in, fuelling me to go on with the rest of my face. There’s no time for eyeshadow and an angled brush so it’s pencil or pen at this stage. When I’m rushed I can make do with the felt tip on the Soap & Glory Archery eyebrow pen which is subtle enough to not make any mistakes too noticeable.

EYES
Let’s face it, you won’t be able to recreate your finest Kim Kardashian smoky eye but you can make yourself look a bit more done. Don’t even think about doing any crease work, you will 100% mess up in your rushed state and will simply waste time. Multi-dimensional, neutral eyeshadows are your friend here – they give the illusion of a contoured eye when all you’ve done is rubbed on a bit of product. Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze blended onto eyelids with your fingers is optimum in these situations and the gel formula and muted colour means it’s simply impossible to go wrong. A bit of mascara and you’re done with the eyes!

LIPS
All you need here is a neutral pink gloss – do not try and perfect a matte lip at this stage, it’ll only end in tears and stains. Surprisingly, I’ve been loving MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Happy Days (review here) which adds shine, volume and just a hint of colour.

There you have it, this should take you between five and ten minutes, unless you attempt too much and it all goes horribly wrong. Do let me know if you have any more tips that will enable me to have another few minutes in my snuggly duvet-cave!

Beauty Tip: The Perfect Winged Liner Combo

15 May 2014

winged liner tipsFor years, I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect eyeliner combination and I’m excited to say I have finally found it. If you like the smoothness of liquid liner but hate the mess, like the intense staying power of gel liner but can’t find the right brush, or if you like the ease of felt-tip liners but don’t like the dragging you get after the first few uses, you will adore this combo.

I stumbled upon this method completely by accident after my L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim ran out of juice. I’d had it a couple of months, and while I liked it, it very quickly became a bit too dry. The liner wasn’t as intense as I’d like and I had to go back over the line to get a bolder finish and it really lacked the gliding consistency that eases the process of winged liner. I then reached for the Maybelline gel liner pot but I was struggling to use any suitable brushes. I needed a very slim nib but the hairs on my precision liner brushes were splaying and made the whole thing a bit messy.winged liner tipsI was going to chuck away the defunct L’Oreal Superliner but had the genius idea of dipping it into the Maybelline gel liner and using it as a brush instead. Oh my golly gosh, it was the perfect combo. The nib is perfect, long and pointed so you can get your line as thin or thick as your dreams desire. It’s stiff enough so it doesn’t flop all over the shop, staying where you need it but has enough give to glide effortlessly along the lash line. The gel liner is creamy, intense and thick enough so you don’t get the dreaded print on your eyelid, which is usually liquid liner’s crime. Plus the staying power is unlike anything else I’ve used. Since discovering this devastatingly glorious combo, I’ve not once messed up my winged liner even when I’ve been in a rush. These two really are the perfect winged liner combo – if you have a similar felt-tip eyeliner on its last legs, I implore you try this dreamy duo!

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