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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!

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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