Just because you only have less than five minutes to put your game face on before your Grab car arrives, it doesn’t mean there’s only time for powder and lipstick. Work smart by choosing hardworking products that cut application time by half.
I love a good winged eye to look fresh and alert for my morning roll call, so I skip eyeshadow altogether and reach for a long-wearing liquid eyeliner. And rather than worry about spilling powder all over my crisp white shirts, I find crayon blush or cheek stains the easiest and mess-free method to get pinchable cheeks, with no need for brushes either. If you’re worried that any kind of cream-based makeup won’t stay on in this humid weather, then spritz on a makeup setting spray (best invention ever!) or pat on some setting powder.
Foundation is an important step in makeup application as it smoothens out skin irregularities and gives you an overall glow. Instead of lengthy liquid foundation application (which also requires a foundation brush), a good cushion compact does the trick.
To achieve the barely-there makeup look, the rule of foundation is to focus only on areas that need more coverage rather than applying a full mask. A makeup hack I learnt from Anastasia Beverly Hills’ makeup trainer, Peaches, is that you can actually use concealer as a foundation alternative, and a little bit goes a long way.
One item you should never overlook is lip liner, because without it, your lipstick colour won’t look as intense nor will it stay on long, advises Claudia Soare, president of Anastasia. Another benefit of lip liner is that it can also help to reshape your pout and reverse a downturned smile. Since it’s really the last step in makeup, you can go ahead and apply this in the car or office. And just like that, you’re ready to rule the boardroom!
Dior Eye Reviver Patches
As a prelude to makeup (while you have breakfast), brighten your eyes with these fancy patches infused with Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum containing 92% botanical-based ingredients to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, so you look rested and refreshed in under 10 minutes.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer
Enhanced with plant-based glycerin for extra moisture and licorice root for skin-soothing properties, this highly pigmented concealer heals while concealing without caking or compromising on ease of application. It also doubles up as a complementary base enhancer that can colour-correct, prime the eye base and contour the face.
Charlotte Tidbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
One product you should never leave home without is a setting powder to brighten the complexion and prevent shine, as and when needed. Instead of loose powders, choose the path of least resistance with pressed powder compacts like this celebrity must-have from Charlotte Tidbury.
Gucci Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant – Mattifying Primer Shine Control
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If you’re prone to grease up, the quickest solution is to prime your skin first with a mattifier. Gucci Beauty’s gel-based primer blends seamlessly with foundation for a natural and long-wearing makeup finish, but can also be used alone to even out and blur imperfections on the skin. It’s enriched with a sebo-regulator complex of Moambe Jaune Tree extract, salicylic acid, and bamboo powders, to control shine, blur the look of open pores and improve makeup wear.
Pixi Natural Brow Duo Pencil & Gel
We love double-ended beauty tools. Th pencil applicator fills in the brows with colour using an angle precision pencil to give you natural-looking brows. And to enhance the shape of the brow and keep hairs in place apply a few coats of the tinted soft-hold gel
Fenty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
Designed for all eye shapes, the precision point applicator comes with an extra-long flexible tip designed for maximum versatility. Now available in a new satin chocolate brown shade, In Big Truffle, Flyliner colours are always hyper-saturated and water-resistant. No touch-ups needed.
Rare Beauty’s Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara
Cruelty- and paraben-free this vegan formula offers all the features we need in a single mascara — lifting, lengthening, curling, volumising. And best of all, it’s water-resistant, smudge-proof, clump- and flake-resistant. Created by singer-actress Selena Gomez, this formula is the perfect balance of not too wet and not too dry, and feels weightless and buildable while giving clean long strokes. It’s made with conditioners like castor oil so lashes stay soft and comfortable, never crunchy.
Nudestix Beachy Nudes 3-Piece Mini Kit
The perfect palm-sized product that fits into your handbag, this limited edition three-piece all-over face kit features Nudies Blush (Picante), Nudies Bronze (Bondi Bae), and Nudies Glow (Bubbly Bebe) developed in collaboration with Canadian beauty and lifestyle blogger Allana Davison. Picante is the perfect multitasking balm that works as a cheek blush, natural eye colour and creamy lippie for an easy pop-of-coral that flatters all skin tones.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Liner
This full-pigment lip liner, available in 18 wearable shades, has become our new favourite pout perfector for its creamy formula that gives high colour pay-off, long-lasting wear and a sexy velvet-matte finish. To reshape a downturned pout, draw the liner starting from the outer corners of the mouth upward, instead of the regular top-down method. It comes with matching lipsticks in velvety matte or satin finishes.
Sisley Phyto-Blanc Le Cushion SPF 50+ PA++++
A hybrid cosmetic product that is both make-up and skincare, Le Cushion does everything from minimising pores to illuminating the face and nourishing the skin with an extensive list of botanical ingredients. A few dabs and it evens out the skin tone without any heaviness or cakiness, all the while keeping the skin hydrated but not greasy. Perfect to wear under a mask.