Get out the door extra fast with this speedy makeup routine.
"Regardless of how much time you spend on doing your makeup, the end objective is the same - we all want to look and feel confident and fabulous, with glowing skin and highlighted features," Sharon Farrell internationally acclaimed makeup artist says.
But unlike some people, not all of us have the luxury of having hours to put on our face or the ability to see a makeup artist every time we want a special look. Instead, Sharon has put together her top tips for nailing flawless makeup in five minutes flat.
Sharon suggests that a huge time-saver is having a curated collection of makeup at the ready to take the guesswork out of matching colours.
"Collections such as the Date Night box from Bellabox will ensure that everything works together, meaning you don’t have to worry about matching shades or your eyes clashing with your lip," she explains.
That means you won't waste precious time scanning your lipstick shades wondering what will go with what.
Once you have your tools, it's time to prime.
"Prime your skin with a quality serum before applying your makeup," Sharon says. "You only need to spend about 30 seconds on this, but massaging and hydrating your skin will plump up your skin by stimulating the blood flow."
Ace the base
When laying down the perfect base, Sharon suggets choosing a highlighter, tinted moisturiser or foundation that you absolutely trust, to ensure this step is a breeze.
"Apply your base with a soft, synthetic brush as this will ensure even coverage," she says. "And don’t forget to blend down your neck and across your collarbones."
The eyes have it
Usually the most time-consuming step in any beauty routine, Sharon says the trick is not to be fooled into thinking you need to go hard on the eye makeup.
"Line your eyes, including your waterline, then apply your mascara by wiggling the brush as close to the lash line as you can - this will give you a smouldering look without being overly heavy and can last from day to night," she tells. "If you have steady hands, applying false lashes can give you extra oomph - cutting lashes in half makes for easier application if adhesion of a full line is too tricky."
A slick of lipstick polishes any look, but make it work that much harder (and save time) by doubling it as a blush.
"A small dab of a great lipstick on the apples of your cheeks can be powdered and blended for a lovely rosy look," Sharon explains. "All that’s left is a pop of colour on your lips and you’re out the door in five minutes, or less."