6 makeup essentials to speed up your routine

I used to spend in excess of 45 minutes every morning on my makeup. This was back in my college days, 17 without a care in the world and plenty of social events to warrant spending all my wages on Primark dresses and cheap makeup from Superdrug.

It’s madness to me now that I would even trade precious sleeping time for throwing some slap on! Anyway, these days I’ve got my routine nailed down, as I’ve alluded to so many times here and one thing that has helped massively is choosing the products I use wisely.


Super creamy, super blendable and super easy to throw in your handbag for a quick touchup throughout the day, I find that this stuff really helps banish dark, undereye circles in one failsafe swoop. Perfect for mornings following a late night.

Perfect for giving tired eyes a lift, making them appear brighter, wider and more awake. The creamy formula is easy to apply and blend and the dark gold/bronze tone is perfect for adding a little something/something to lighter eyes. One thing I love about this product is how long-wearing it is without budging, smudging or creasing

My secret weapon for fresh, plump cheeks that look like I’ve had an hour in the sun with a glass of Sangria. I love this blush and how finely milled the mix of gold, peach and pink tones are. Perfect for achieving a pop of healthy colour on your cheeks, one ‘swish and pop’ of this lightweight powder is all you need.

I’ve been super lax on getting my brows tamed recently. I’m not sure why but I haven’t had the time to go and get them preened. With this in mind, I’ve had to take matters into my own hands and tame them with this travel-friendly gel pen and powder. The colour payoff (in the dark brown variation) isn’t at all warm in tone and effortlessly glides through the brows without making them look too thick and overdone. 

I have ‘Nude Wave’ and ‘Tout Rouge’ for every eventuality, you guys know I’m rarely seen without a bold lip! The creamy pencil is easy to apply to the delicate lip area without scratching and stays put for a good while, even after your 3rd brew of the day! I like to pair ‘Tout Rouge’ with the ‘Havana Red’ matte lipstick from the Bodyshop, both orange toned reds look fire when paired together!

For super smudgy, no budging eyeliner, give this one a try! I really like that this gel liner comes in a twist up applicator so there’s no sharpening drama to be had. It also comes with a smudging end which is great for winging out your liner a little more for a smokier look.

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