Easy makeup looks for looking flawless fast!
These makeup tips were made for lazy girls and sleepy mornings
Lazy girls rejoice: these easy makeup hacks mean you can hit the snooze button again and still leave the house looking flawless. We’ve broken it down into three easy beauty looks: skin, eyes and lips. Pick and choose which one you fancy (or set aside 10 minutes and apply all three). Minimum effort required? Yes, please.
How to get glowing skin
For an easy natural glow, target those eyebags first: choose an easily blendable liquid concealer like this one from NYX Professional. Make sure it’s the correct shade for your skin tone – so come in and test out a few. Boots has plenty of beauty counters to browse, including amazing brands such as Maybelline and No7. So, firstly dab the concealer in three dots under each eye with the sponge wand, then gently press to hide any dark circles. Next, using a highlighter, make a ‘C’ shape of on the top of your cheekbone and up to your eyebrow. You can either opt for a solid highlighter stick, cream or a liquid one, which you can apply with a foundation brush. Finish with a creamy blush in a nice pinky hue to give your face that natural glow. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend in. You glow getter, you… Our picks: NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand, £6, Boots; No7 Skin Illuminator, £12.50, Boots; Maybelline Dream Matte Blush, £5.49, Boots
How to do a simple smokey eye
Grab yourself a brown eye pencil. ¬Choose a chubbier kohl pencil, rather than a skinny one, like this jumbo pencil from NYX. It’ll be quicker to apply (and we’re all for a quick routine in the morning). Roughly draw along both of your top lids, close to the lash line, then use your finger to gently smudge the line. Do the same along your bottom lashes. If you want a more dramatic look, swap for a black liner; this brown one is great for a day look. Apply a few coats of mascara, starting from the base and wiggling the wand sideways to add lift to your lashes. Then flutter those eyes as you run out the door. Our picks: Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, £16.50, MAC; NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown, £5.50, Boots
How to do a quick red lip
If there’s one way to look more awake and polished (even if you’re not feeling it), then slick on a red lip. Rather than mess around trying to perfect the perfect shape with lip liner and lipstick, get a chubby lip pencil that offers precision to line your pout while also pigment to quickly fill in your lips too. This lip crayon from Maybelline is a gorgeous shade with a long-lasting finish. However, you may find you need to test out which red lipstick shade suits your skin’s tone by experimenting in store. Next up, dab using your ring finger to blur the lip line a little. This is a fresh new way to wear lippy – plus it’s great if you don’t have the time to hone the most perfect cupid’s bow. Finally, to give your lip colour staying powder, while also giving it a modern matte look, use a blending or large eyeshadow brush to dust over some loose powder. Now pucker up and go. Our picks: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick in Hustle in Heels, £9.99, Boots; Blot Powder/Loose, £23.50, MAC
MAKEOVERS AT UNION SQUARE
The only way to find the perfect shade lipstick, or the just-right concealer, is by testing them out. So, set aside a Saturday morning and come shop for all your beauty buys at Union Square. To make it even easier – and to get an expert opinion – head to the beauty counters at Boots and MAC. There, they can guide you through the latest makeup must-haves, test out the shades to suit you and even have a free makeover if you fancy it. Did you see our competition on Instagram? We asked our followers to share their best-kept beauty secrets with us! The lucky winner was Gemma Laing, who said “Sweet almond oil is my go-to great rounder! Use it to moisturise your nails, face, lips, hand and body – pretty much all over. And it’s a lovely natural alternative too.” You can pick yours up at Boots for £5.