I actually don’t wear much makeup, not because I’m not fond of it, but because its so time-consuming that I find myself not bothering, unless I really have to. I mean, when you’re up for a meeting at work, you’re more focused on your documents and your presentations, not on how your eyebrows are looking, right?
But then again, you don’t want to look like something the cat just dragged through the conference room so I’ve devised a 3-minute express make-up routine that you can do literally anywhere, anytime for early morning meetings, emergency dates or ‘OMG this ridiculously good looking man just walked in’ situations.
So we’ll start with the grumpy Tuesday morning face and work our way up.
Step One: After cleansing the face (I used the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin foaming cleanser- excellent pick-me up, by the way), evenly apply an all-in-one BB cream that will effectively prim, moisturize and protect against sun damage -SPF 25 atleast. (30 seconds)
I used Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, translucent BB cream , the best in the market for a superb finish.
Step Two: Tricky one- the eyeliner. Make sure you take two or three deep breaths, keep calm and apply your liner in one clean sweep. To make things easier, use a felt tip liner instead of a liquid one, because we all know what can happen with a small twich/blink of the eye or shaking of the hand. While you’re at it, groom the eyebrows with a gel or filling them in with a brown eyebrow pencil. I used No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip eyeliner( 1 minute)
Step Three: A pop of color on the cheeks goes a long way to brighten the face and look instantly fresher. Make a wide grin and add some blush exactly on the apples of your cheeks, stroking upwards, towards your temples ( 30 seconds). I used No7 blush palette in earth tones with a touch of pink- perfect for day makeup.
Step Four: Finish with a bold lipper – I usually don’t bother with the whole lip-liner, lip pencil, lipstick routine- just swipe your lips with a dash of color and moisture in one easy applicator. Try the one I used- It literally takes 30 seconds for a hot pout –No7 BB Lips (SPF 15).
Step Five: What’s not to like about flirty lashes? I have very scanty, non sexy lashes so I’ve always needed a lot of help in that department. More volume and length, yes please! Doll-like fanned out lashes? OMG where have you been? I used Fanomenal Lashes from No7- just one coat and you’re good to go (15 seconds)
Total time taken: 2 minutes 45 seconds.
What? You still have 15 seconds to spare?
Take a selfie!