The 5-minute beauty tricks to get you ready for anything

In a mad rush? Make life easier with our fast and foolproof beauty fixes

The 5-minute beauty tricks to get you ready for anything

All made up - fast!


There’s not always time for mascara when you’re in a rush. Instead, use Colorsport 30 Day Mascara Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit in Dark Brown. And if your eyes are looking a bit tired, try this quick trick to open them up. Trace the outer corners of your lashline with Maybelline ColorShow Eye Kohl Liner in Chocolate Chip, smudging slightly to soften the look.

Face wipes are the dry shampoo of the beauty world


Need the freshest face to… well, face your to-do list? Blend on Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB for a light, daytime coverage. Warm things up a touch with George Crème Blush in Pomegranate – a shade for all skin tones. Finally, dab Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter on your lips, plus a little on your lashes, for definition with no risk of panda eyes.


Want to ramp things up a bit but still in super-quick time? Try Nspa Illuminating Beauty Serum, then Max Factor Colour Corrector Highlighter Stick. Blend beneath your brows, in the inner corners of your eyes and on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Or maintain that summer glow a bit longer by contouring your cheekbones with Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze. Use it on your eyes, too. Work into your socket-line and sweep across your eyelids, blending outwards.

Fly by night

Upgrade your day look to evening glamour in seconds. For a classic pout, slick on Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Red Carpet. Then line your top lashes with Kiss Wing It Eyeliner – a clever kit with a stencil that lets you create your perfect cat-eye flick, quick as a wink.

Hair shortcuts


An early start to the day can be frantic, so do some hair prep in advance. Shower before bed and plait long hair into two braids while still slightly damp. Next morning, press the BaByliss Pro Digital 230 Straightener over the plaits a few times and spray on VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray before undoing. And that’s it – wonder waves, easy as.


To tame just-out-of-bed hair, work a little John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum through freshly washed hair and leave to dry. Or try a snazzed-up ponytail: ruffle your roots at the crown to add volume – use grips for extra hold – then secure the lengths in a low pony at the nape of your neck.


When your best friend calls, get your locks on point quicker than you can say ‘Mine’s a Pinot Grigio!’ Twist 5cm sections until the hair coils around itself into a ‘knot’. Mist with Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, leave for a minute to dry, then shake out and tousle with your fingers for a relaxed look.


Hectic schedule leaving your hair lank? Spritz wet hair with Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Heat Protection Milk. Then blitz it with the BaByliss SalonLight 2100 Hairdryer, smoothing it back with the Andrew Barton Salon Professional Naturally Mid-Long Hair Brush. Lifeless to lush in minutes!

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