18 March, 2015 Top Six: Quick Beauty Tips and Tricks
For today’s blog post, I thought I’d talk about the products I use when I’m seriously strapped for time. I wrote about my office essentials and products I like for a work environment in this post, but after a few requests from people who have absolutely no time to sit at a dressing table and spend ages getting ready, I thought a ‘slap something on and head out the door’ post would be handy.
1. Your handbag is your friend. When I’m in a rush, keeping an emergency stash including some cotton buds, deodorant, lip balm, some mascara, hand cream and a little perfume sample helps me feel ready for any situation and reassures me if I’ve left the house feeling less than prepared. In my handbag there’s far more than that, but if you have children you’re probably filling your purse with snacks and toys, rather than lipgloss, so only the essentials are necessary. I can’t tell you how many times the girls at work have rooted through my bag for that life-saving packet of mints/lipstick/hand cream, and I’ve even come to someone’s rescue on the tube when they missed their lashes and had mascara smudged around their nose. There is no better feeling than being that person with extra tissues!
2. If you’re going to only do one thing, wear waterproof mascara. Living in London means there’s always a surprise downpour on the weekly roster, and waterproof mascara saves me from panda-eyes, as well as curling and volumizing my lashes and keeping them in place all day. Wearing mascara instantly creates definition and it’s definitely my desert-island beauty product! My current favourite is the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Volumizing Waterproof (£23 here), although Max Factor, Bourjois, Maybelline and L’Oreal do excellent ones too.
3. Pinch your cheeks for a flush of colour if you’re feeling pale. An old trick, but one of the best. I do this before any event where I’m not wearing makeup (the gym, an exercise class, running to the shops) as it adds a healthy glow and won’t make you feel completely grim.
4. Yellow-toned concealer should be a staple in everyone’s makeup bags. It hides purple veins that appear around our noses after one too many drinks, and disguises tired eyes and sallow skin, both telltale signs of sleep deficiency. Yellow helps to brighten and neutralise ruddy skin, and is an almost-universal shade; just make sure to choose a colour that’s isn’t too fluorescent or banana-y. My favourite yellow-toned concealers are the L’Oreal True Match Concealer in Vanille (£6.99 here), the Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Concealer in Nude (£7.99 here), and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige (£5.49 here). Obviously these will differ depending on your skin colour and undertone, but make sure it’s yellow-based rather than pink.
5. Eyeshadow crayons, pens and pencils are a gift from the gods. In moments of blogging-induced thoughtfulness, I often find myself wondering what I did before eyeshadows came out in portable, easy-to-apply tube or pencil format. They create a sophisticated, pretty look without any effort and because a lot of them are so creamy, you can really work at the product to create the consistency and finish you prefer. There really is so little room for error, you just apply some from the bullet, blend up to the socket with a fluffy blending brush (or your fingers), and you’re done. If you’re looking for a product to use in the morning that makes it look like you’ve done a bit more than brushed your teeth and put some socks on, I’d suggest investing in one of these wonderful creations. No7 at Boots do a lovely pearly-cream stick in a variety of neutral shades, although my favourites are By Terry’s Ombre Blackstars in Misty Rock and Bronze Moon (both £29 here) – slightly shimmery, amazing pigmentation, and they last all day. Great for work too, as they aren’t too in-your-face with the shimmer.
6. Chubby sticks – for people who hate lipstick, lipgloss, balm, and everything in between. Chubby sticks were clearly invented by women who don’t have time to faff around. These have the precision of a liner, often with the pigmentation of a lipstick but the finish of a gloss or salve. I love the Clinique Chubby Sticks, although Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (£7.99 here) will forever be my favourite with it’s minty taste, deep mauve-pink colour and amazing lasting power.
Those are my tips for feeling fab in a hurry; I hope this was useful!
How do you get ready in the AM if you’re in a rush? Do we use similar tricks/products? Let me know in the comments below!