I think we can all agree that we all need a get ready fast strategy in our lives, just as much as we need an LBD. And this is especially true when you’ve decided on an impromptu dinner date, but you’re all cosied up in a dressing gown. Whenever I’m pressed for time, I rely on my trusty products to make me look like I’ve spent a whole tonne of effort on my face, when it’s really just taken me 5 minutes.
No matter how much I’m rushing, I will never skip priming and prepping my face, because the base is 100% the most important part of any makeup look. I start off with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser because it’s super hydrating, and makes my skin look really radiant. Whenever I have little time for makeup, I like going for a glowy look so, I like priming my skin with the Smashbox Water Primer, which makes my skin look nice and dewy.
Givenchy’s Teint Couture Foundation instantly makes my skin look airbrushed. I’ve raved about how amazing it is in this post, and how healthy it makes my skin look. This is definitely the perfect foundation to use on the go because it’s high coverage, it blends really well and it smoothes my skin out in seconds.
Concealer is definitely the best way to highlight underneath your eyes and get that fresh look in no time. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my favourite product to use to hide dark circles and lift my features. It’s super pigmented so I only use the smallest amount, and because it is so creamy, it blends really beautifully, which is just what you need when you’re rushing. The thing I love most about this concealer is that it does not crease. I cannot stress this enough. A lot of concealers I’ve used in the past tend to crease really quickly, but I’ve had no issues with this concealer.
I like to set my under eyes with my Soap And Glory Kickass Powder. I honestly don’t know how many of these I have bought. It’s one of the best powders I have ever used. There is no flashback, no white effect and it sets my makeup perfectly. It’s a really lightweight, translucent powder, and it has a yellow undertone to it, so it looks really natural. Truly kickass. I like to go for a dewy look, so I just swoop the same kick ass powder over my t-zone and most oily areas, and we’re set. Pun intended.
If you’ve read my everyday favourites post, then you’ll know how much I love my Freedom Pro Blush Palette. It’s the palette I have on hand whenever I am rushing. It’s got me covered for blush, highlight and bronzer. The bronzer in this palette is a really warm brown colour and I apply it to my cheekbones to just add some warmth to my face.
Whenever I’m going for a quick + natural look, I love going in extra with the highlighter. I like doing this even when I’m not rushing tbh. I use the pearly highlighter from the Pro Blush Plaette on my cupid’s bow, the bridge of my nose and my brow bone. My Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter by TheBalm is my absolute favourite highlight of all time. I use it on the tops of my cheeks, and very slightly near my hairline. I always spray some of my Water Primer on my beauty blender and dab it over my highlight to get rid of any powderiness and make it look super glowy.
If I’m in a rush, I will skip the eyeshadow as I have quite pigmented eyelids, so it looks like I’ve got something on my eyes anyway. But I can’t have naked eyes so I use my L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim to create a quick mini wing. Using pens for eyeliner speeds up the process x10, as they’re super easy to use.
I have definitely lost count of how many times I have bought the L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara, or even how many back upsI have in my makeup bag. This is definitely my ride or die mascara right now, and it’s the one I reach for whenever i’m in hurry. It coats my lashes so evenly, and make them look so fluttery without having to spend too much time on them.
To bring any look together, I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to neaten up my brows and add some definition to them. I have very fair brows, so a little brow work is completely necessary. I think brows are really easy to over do, especially when you’re rushing, which is why I always opt for my brow wiz – a perfect warm-toned brown shade that I can just flick through my brows with and make them look nice + groomed. How many times did I say brow in that sentence?
And the finishing touch to my natural makeup look is my No7 Lipstick in Deep Rust, which is a really nice burnt orange colour. This lipstick is very moisturising and really comfortable to wear. I sometimes like applying some MAC Velvet Teddy on top to get a really nice + matte coral shade, but only if I’m quick.
And I’m ready to go. It sounds like there is a lot to do, but that’s only because I’ve rambled on quite bit about my favourite products. What products do you use when you’re in a rush. Let me know down in the comments below.