Friday, 13 February 2015

The Five Product Face


The busy girl's guide to super fast application and an extra ten minutes in bed… What's not to like?

As someone who regularly takes half an hour plus to do my makeup, this new snappy makeup menu has been revelatory in time-saving (and money saving) terms. Here are my five throw-'em-on products that take literally minutes to apply and leave you with a rocking complexion…

Because you know I'm all about that base… We all know the drill; cleanse, tone, moisturise then think about applying your base. Although I haven't managed to find a way to sidestep the old cleansing scenario, I do enjoy tackling two birds with one stone by opting for a tinted moisturiser. As a dry-skinned lady it's not often that I can forgo a dedicated hydrating moisturiser but when pushed for time NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, £29, works for me. It offers more coverage than many of the other tinted moisturisers I've tried and after trial and error I've found that the best (and as luck would have it, the quickest) way to apply this is to quickly blend it with my fingers. It offers flawless coverage, contains SPF (so that would be three birds then?) and dries in between a matte and dewy finish so would work well for oily and normal skin too.

Bright eyes… I love a good smoky eye, but sister takes time! For a pretty daytime look I love to blend a light shadow with a touch of shimmer across my lids. Think of it as an extension of adding a luminous hue to your inner eye corner to widen your eyes. Swept across the whole lid, with a little lined across your bottom lashes, a bright, bambi-eye inducing procedure this certainly is. The best tool for the job? I'm a big fan of the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eye Shadow in 07, a beautifully pearly champagne that has a touch of MAC's All That Glitter's about it but, at £6.90, is a more budget-friendly option. Formula-wise it's very similar to Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleon's although it's slightly more blendable in my opinion (fab for speedy application). To apply simply sweep across the lids, blend with you finger and add a swipe to the inner corner and bottom lashes. Done. 

I got the eye of the tiger… And by this I mean a fierce, feline flick. Liquid liner can be a bit of a nuisance when time is key. But if you're confident with it and can apply it with your eyes closed (or y'know, slightly open, whatever works for you), I'd recommend Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner, £2.99, which, as it's name would suggest strokes on in a flash. It has a tapered nib which is great for precision and dries fast to avoid smudging. The feline flick is an old Hollywood glamour mainstay so if you can hone the art of application in seconds, you can fake your way to leading lady perfection without having to set your alarm clock early. 

Eyelash wishes… Benefit's inveterate hush-hush launch has culminated in the latest addition to their lash arsenal, this time in the form of the Roller Lash, £19.50. Hot on the heels of 'They're Real' I really think this mascara could knock their current bestseller off the top spot. Aside from having a slightly smaller brush (which any girl with poke-in-the-eye tendencies will agree is a real bonus), the intricate ridges in the wand catches and lifts lashes, while the roll design is (and I hate to say it) 'a curl's best friend'. In real terms this translates to "a quick slick on your lashes and you'll be good to go", beautifully defined and lifted lashes and all. Note: If you fancy trying this out you can pick up a mini free with this months Elle which is how I ended up giving it a go. 

I'll say the words that make you blush… Heart-stopping packaging aside, (I also happen to think it smells rather delicious too, oddly), the Charlotte Tilbury All About Eve duo, £42 just happens to contain my favourite cream blush. A fresh wash of sheer-tinted goodness, it's buildable cool-pink pigment leaves a youthful dewy sheen that channels both the elegant aesthetic of Grace Kelly and a more boho Sienna Miller vibe. Whilst I have to say the eye shadow that completes the palette is a little lacking pigment wise, this is made up by the fact that the blush (which doubles up as a lip tint) quite frankly kicks ass. Apply in super-quick time by streaking across the apples of your cheeks with your fingers then blending with a blush brush for that "I woke up like this" posie glow.

So that's it, five products, five ten minutes and a pretty daytime look that leaves you with more than enough time to flick through your instagram feed in the morning. Good stuff.

Love Elle 

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