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Easy makeup looks for looking flawless fast!



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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

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump and urban decay concealer product shot
For an easy natural glow, target those eyebags first: choose an easily blendable liquid concealer like this one from Urban Decay. Make sure it’s the correct shade for your skin tone – so come in and test out a few. House of Fraser has plenty of beauty counters to browse, including amazing brands such as MAC and NARS. 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: Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer, £20, Boots; MAC Strobe Cream, £25, House of Fraser; Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Cheek Colour in Honey, £27, Debenhams 


How to do a simple smokey eye

Body shop mascara and Gosh Forever eye shadow product shot
Grab yourself a brown eye pencil. Choose a chubbier kohl pencil, rather than a skinny one, like the Gosh eyeshadow crayon from Superdrug. 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: Happy Go Lash Mascara, £12, The Body Shop; Gosh Forever Matte Single Eyeshadow Crayon in 11 Dark Brown, £6.29, Superdrug 


How to do a quick red lip

Clarins Debenhams face powder and Maybelline red ink product shot
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 Maybelline lip pencil from Superdrug is a gorgeous orange-red shade 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 Ink Crayon in 45 Hustle In Heels, £9.99, Superdrug; Clarins Mineral Loose Powder, £30, Debenhams


MAKEOVERS AT CENTRALE & WHITGIFT

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 Centrale & Whitgift. 

To make it even easier – and to get an expert opinion – head to the beauty counter at The Body Shop, they can guide you through the latest makeup must-haves, test out the shades to suit you and even have a free makeup and skin consultation if you fancy it. 

We asked Abbey, store manager at The Body Shop, what her timesaving beauty tips are to help her get up and go in the morning. She says it starts with good skincare: ‘Never go to sleep without your skin being thoroughly cleansed, and pop on a rich moisturiser so when you wake up your skin is glowing and fresh. When you’re in a rush in the morning, use multi-use products – so use your lipstick as blusher, and your bronzer as eyeshadow.’ 


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