Usually I am an all or nothing make-up wearer. Because I don’t have the time for make-up every day, I like to do it properly when I do do it (doodoo. *chuckle*). Sometimes though, for whatever reason, things just go awry. Do you ever have days where you have approximately 20 seconds to get ready and out the door? I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sunday was one of these days for me, and I thought I would share my tried and tested favourites for an easy make-up look.
I don’t know about you, but when I have limited time, the last thing I want to be doing is fiddling around with new products that I have never tried before. Routine and consistency is key in these emergency situations! These are my top picks for a quick and natural look, when I have under ten minutes to get my ready-to-be-seen-in-public face on.
I always start with a moisturising primer, like the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. While this primer doesn’t increase the lasting power of my base, it does add a much-needed hydrating layer to my dry skin. It’s not the cheapest, but I would repurchase this over and over again. I just love it, and a little goes a long way. £27 – here.
Despite having the largest concealer collection in the history of the world, I can count on one hand the few that I actually rate. In times of need, my top pick is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (I use no. 15, and I also have no. 10, which is actually darker than 15,weirdly). It is an easy to use, affordable concealer. It doesn’t cake, or settle into fine line, and it does an admirable job of covering dark circles and blemishes. Not bad for £5.99 – here.
I don’t bother setting with powder when I’m in a rush, because I can’t stand the disappointment quite frankly. I always think it will be a good idea, then feel frustrated when it ages me by 30 years. Bronzer, highlighter and blusher go on to mostly naked skin. I don’t know what it is about using a palette, rather than individual pans, it just feels as though it is saving time. I’m pretty sure it makes no difference whatsoever, but whatever. Recently, I have been loving this W7 Bronze and Glow duo. The highlighter in particular is gorgeous. The bronzer is very subtle (not a bad thing) and looks a little shimmery in the pan, but it isn’t glittery on the skin. The best part? It is only £2.98 – here.
For blusher, I gravitate towards the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop, when I am rushing. The colour is absolutely gorgeous (read about my love affair with peach blushers here) and because it is very subtle, it is perfect for a quick sweep on the cheeks. Any more colour, and it would be too scary to use in a hurry.
My favourite palette of all time is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. It was my first high-end palette, so it has a special place in my collection anyway, but it’s not just that. The colours are perfect for both natural, and more intense looks. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer, and cool and warm toned shades. The chocolate smell is divine, and makes it a pleasure to use. When I am rushing, I definitely don’t overdo the eyeshadow, and I tend to stick to the warm browns in the Chocolate Bar, with a shimmer on the brow bone if I’m feeling fancy. If you don’t have one yet (er, why not?) get it here.
The Maybelline Big Eyes mascara is a well-loved member of my hoard. It has two wands; a normal one, and a tiny one for the bottom lashes. The formula is easy to work with, which makes it one of my favourites for slicking on in a rush.
Finally, lips. I have a bit of a thing for tinted lip balms at the moment. I love the ease of them, and the moisturising properties, when my lips are dry and cracked. The Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-One Cheek and Lip Beauty Balm in Berry Pink is my current fave. It is a pretty, pale pink and it is easy to pop on as I run out the door. No mirror required. Physicians Formula is not easily available in the UK; I purchased this from Amazon (here).
I can slap all this on in around ten minutes, maybe even less if I am not interrupted (which is rare). It is quick, fresh and perfect make-up for busy mums, or just busy anyones.
What do you think? If you’re rushing, do you have favourites that you come back to?
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