Keep these fast-fix beauty heroes close to hand and your make-up will be flawless from breakfast to bedtime…
Grab a clean dry toothbrush and gently brush your lashes through. Better yet, always apply mascara onto clean lashes from the start to prevent this from happening.
Try matching your primer to your foundation. If your primer is silicone based (many are), match with a silicone-based foundation on top. If you use a water-based foundation – yes, you’ve got it – use a water-based primer. For ease, Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng Clair, £36, doubles up as both. A little MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, £21, and a great setting spray (try Urban Decay De-Slick, £22), will keep you flawless.
If you’re tanning up before a night out, and have no time to get a pro-tan, please use a wash-off tanner. It’s way easier to wash away mistakes and correct in a hurry. One worth trying is James Read Wash Off Tan For Body, £12, in case a self-tan goes awry at the last minute.
NAILS AREN’T DRY?
Dip your nails in icy water to help harden freshly painted polish. Or keep a bottle of Mavala Oil Seal Dryer, £13, nearby: a treatment you tap onto the cuticle part of your nails, hold hands downwards for 10-15 seconds and allow the oil to travel down and coat the complete nail. They’ll be completely touch-dry within seconds.
KOHL LINER SNAPPED?
Wiggle your mascara wand right into the lashline so it transfers onto your upper lash line, then smudge it into a line using an angled brush.
Add a glitter tip. Chipped nails happen at the most inconvenient time! Paint on a glittery French tip such as Orly Gel FX in Million Dollar Views, £12.95 – the texture of the polish hides the chip beneath.
If you prefer to line your lips, fill in your entire lip with pencil. This will act as a stain and prevent that “outline only” look that lasts the night.
More glamorous than most lip balms, Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment, £25, with camelina oil, vitamin E and shea butter, and tasting of natural lemon rose, is a clutch essential.
TROUBLE BALANCING EYE MAKE-UP?
Make cat’s eyes. Take a make-up wipe (Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, £3.25) and give a quick swipe under the outer edge of your make-up to reveal a precise, easy, smoky winged eye that looks pro.
And later… Don’t just flop – cool down.
POUR A GLASS OF WATER…
…but not just any water. Boost your fluid intake with Rejuvenated H3O Hydration, £24.95 for 30 days’ supply. This 100% natural hydration drink has hyaluronic acid, plus calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, and works deep to boost cell turnover – it really shows in your complexion after just a few days.
TAKE THE DAY OFF
Literally. Clinique have cleansing wipes, balms and lotions to ensure you have no excuse not to remove the previous few pages. I love Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, £22, and this Eye Makeup Remover Stick, £16, which is a handy handbag friend to clean up make-up smudges or accidental foundation overload.
THE ULTIMATE LAST-MINUTE INDULGENCE…
Vegan beauty is finally raising its style game. For keeps, I’m loving Oribe Gold Envy Luminous Face Mask, £72; a moisturising yet brightening ten-minute mask with peptides, golden evening primrose oil and pure gold particles. I say sleep in it! After all… start the year as you mean to go on.
Before bed, refresh and soothe the skin around your eyes with these Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches, £1.49, which help diminish dark circles too. I like them pre-party around the sides of my mouth too. Just saying.
AND NOW RELAX…
Puff up those pillows, lie back and rest your face with a FACE INC 40 Winks Anti-Ageing Sheet Mask, £5, a collagen plumping, hyaluronic acid sheet with multivitamins B3 and 5, C, E and retinol. Your quick-fix antidote to tired, flagging (or sagging) skin, to brighten and even up skin tone.