If you're looking for ways to shorten your morning beauty routine, then keep reading
If you're spending most of your time on your base makeup waiting for moisturisers and primers to dry, scrap them. You're only delaying yourself even more. Swap all your base products for a BB Cream. These contain moisturising and soothing properties, coverage, and SPF.
If you want a quick way of making yourself look more with less, bronze your cheeks lightly just below your cheekbones. I opt for the Rimmel Natural Bronzer. This is super matte and very pigmented, so I don't need to spend loads of time applying colour onto my cheeks.
Also, add a small amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks. A peach tone is best for this, as it blends quickly and more easily than bright pinks. My favourite affordable blush is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher (shades Ambre D'or and Healthy Mix). They have a slight shimmer to these which is great for highlighting the cheeks aswell (like a 2 in 1).
If you're very limited for time or you just prefer to stay away from eyeshadows, a good mascara is your best friend. I choose Maybelline Falsies Mascara always.
When it comes to eyeshadows, I swear by the AYU Smokey Eye Palette. This 16 shade palette is my go-to eyeshadow collection every single morning and evening. I adore the soft, matte shades in it. You can go for light and bright eyeshadows, and also switch it up with the darker browns and reddish tones if you like.
I like to use an orange/peach shade (like my blush) because it's easier to apply and blend in a rush, and is also a very warming tone for the eyes. If you like, you could dab a little bit of white or champagne shadow on the centre of your eyelids to lift the eyes and brighten them in the morning.
All About Brows
Eyebrows are an important part of the face. In fact, experts are saying they are the most prominent feature of the face and contribute the most to your appearance. It's easy to keep your brows looking well with eyebrow pencils, but if you already have good colour and shape to your eyebrows, then all they need is a brush and some clear brow gel. Two very good products for this are the No7 Lash and Brow Perfector gel, and the L'oreal Paris Brow Artiste pencil which comes in different shades to suit you.
Your lips can really help to brighten up your whole look, especially if you choose to go for a no-eyeshadow day. A bright lip paired with a good mascara can look so gorgeous and natural. For day time I love nude lips, and Rimmel recently launched their new Kate Moss Nude Collection. I would definitely check it out if you're a nude kinda gal! For a brighter, more colourful lip, I love the Mother Pucker Lipstick by Soap and Glory in the shade Guavarama.
All of the products mentioned (except AYU, which can be purchased on their website*) can be found in Boots, and many other pharmacies across Ireland.