When you’re on the clock every morning and don’t have time for a perfectly blended, winged smoky eye with matching statement brows, keeping it effortless is key. Busy bodies need makeup that is functional and long-lasting to avoid the need for reapplication when there’s no time to waste. It’s about cutting minutes rather than corners, so you’ll be able to achieve your look without fear of fading over the course of a long, hectic day. Here’s how to ace an on-point, time-saving look.
When you’re pressed for time, the first order of business is to use a direct-application colour-correcting concealer that matches your skin tone. Use green to cover up redness and sunburns, yellow or orange for dark circles under the eyes and purple to brighten the face and combat dullness. If extra time comes along, begin by using mattifying L’Oréal Infallible Foundation Primer on your face. Next, use a highlighter to strobe your cheekbones, forehead, the bridge of your nose and your chin. With this look, your blemishes will be covered while your skin emits a natural glow.
On days where you have only a few moments until you need to run out the door, your best friend is mascara. Hold the applicator against your lashes and swipe up in a zigzag motion, then curl the mascara to coat your back lashes. With any bonus seconds, throw in some bronze shimmer with Urban Decay Iconic Eyeshadow in Sideline on the eyelid, and blend with your fingertips for an eye-brightening effect.
The only option for zero time is a 30-second lip gloss – even the clumsiest users can apply it in a flash. Tinted lip gloss, such as NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lustre Glossy Lip Tint in Liquid Plum, is a quick glamour fix, perfect for dark skin. With more time to devote to your makeup, begin by using a lip liner to border your lips before applying the gloss. Press your lips together, blend and presto!
Use these time-saving tips to start your day with less stress. A top tip to remember: Everyday makeup that works for busy schedules is traditionally nude with touches of colour. Using too much colour requires minutes of matching and blending that busy girls just don’t have!