Estée Lauder once famously said "3 minutes is all beauty should ever take". Whilst that might be a little extreme for us, a quick and simple 5 minute makeup look is something we think everyone should master.
The Steps for a Quick, Simple Makeup Routine
Update your fail-safe makeup routine and go simple. For a fresh yet put-together look, these are our foolproof steps. Plus, read on for your exclusive chance to win tickets to the BRITS 2017 with Mastercard!
1.Focus Your BaseUsually we could spend hours perfecting our foundation, what with colour correcting, contouring, blending and setting, but it definitely isn't necessary every day. To achieve perfect looking skin in a rush, just be tactical about your application. Focus your application just where you need it rather than all over; the main area for redness or uneven complexion tends to be the t-zone. Worried about streaks or blending issues? A complexion sponge or a buffing brush is the quickest way to apply foundation for a flawless finish with no visible edges.
2.Groom those BrowsNowadays we can't go anywhere without sorting out our brows and the smallest gestures can make a big difference to how they look. If you're in a huge rush, then just make sure you brush through your brows with a spoolie- it'll make you look instantly more groomed. If your brows are a little sparse, then try something like a tinted brow gel; they are so quick to brush through the brows but can add extra oomph where you need it.
3.Define those EyesUnless you are a total whiz at getting those wings, skip the eyeliner and just try soft definition for your eyes. Our favourite method (and Lisa Eldridge's too) is to use a neutral eyeshadow and buff it into the eye socket. It gives a beautiful subtle look that needs just a sweep of mascara to finish. Try something like the gorgeous taupe 'Hazy' from Clinique's All About Shadow.
4.Add some ColourThe key to beautifully natural looking makeup is getting just the right about of glow. Stop things looking flat by adding a touch of colour. Choose a bronzer or blush with a touch of shimmer and swirl it over the cheeks to help add shape to your face and dimension to your complexion, without the need for highlighter. We love the radiant finish from Lancôme's Blush Subtil, especially as it comes in a range of shades so you can fit every mood. Try 'Rouge in Love' for a fresh pop of colour.
5.Go NudeFor a put-together look in a flash, you can do no better than a little bit of lipstick. It always looks like you've put in a lot more effort than you have, so it is our instant pick-me-up. For a foolproof finish, try a moisturising nude lip like the Private Nude Lipstick from Duwop. It adjusts according to your pH levels so it gives you a custom colour that is the perfect 'your lips but better' shade. Sweep it on and it will finish your look perfectly. Gorgeous beauty in a flash.
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