Got no time? We’ve got good news: we’ve whittled down the steps in your makeup routine. Save the gizmos and gadgets for evenings out in the city (yes, a well-executed smoky eye requires some solid mirror time), but for everyday, you can master a gorgeous look in minutes. Here’s how:
Step 1: Concealer
A total miracle worker when it comes to hiding dark circles and blemishes, concealer helps make your face a blank canvas so you can create a masterpiece!
How-to: Dab a small amount of product onto your ring finger. Apply gently under the eyes, around the base of the nose, and anywhere you have a blemish or discolouration.
Step 2: Powder
Set your concealer in place and cover up any shine with a pressed or loose powder. It’s worth having a compact on hand for touch-ups to help keep your look intact (especially for impromptu after-work drinks).
How-to: Using a powder brush, dip it into the powder then tap on the side of the compact to shake off any excess. Apply all over the face for maximum coverage.
Step 3: Blush
Add a little colour to your cheeks for a fresh-faced glow (after all, a five-minute makeup routine doesn’t mean that you have to leave the house looking drab). Pink or peach tones are popular choices, but if blush makes you nervous, try bronzer instead.
How-to: Dip a blush brush into the blush and then tap on the side of the compact to shake off any excess. Smile, and then sweep it across the roundest part of your cheeks, extending it up toward the hairline.
Step 4: Mascara
Nothing polishes off a look like long, lushes lashes. Whether you prefer brown or black mascara, that magic wand helps frame your eyes, giving them definition and creating a finished face.
How-to: Open your eyes wide and apply mascara to the lashes in an upward motion, starting from the outer corner of the eye and working in. Let it dry and then re-apply a second coat. For a bright, wide-eyed look, apply one light coat to the bottom lashes.
Step 5: Lip Gloss
Don’t forget the lips! For a pretty daytime look, a tinted gloss is the perfect way to add shine. Opt out of colours that are too dramatic or dark, and instead try subdued pink shades that enhance your natural lip colour.
How-to: Use your finger or a lip brush (for a more precision application) to apply the gloss.