If you’re constantly running late because you’re trying to achieve the perfect date makeup, this one’s for you. Here’s how to get that flawless, swoon-worthy look in under five minutes.
1. Flawless complexion
Use a soft makeup brush to apply a light liquid foundation base where needed (usually under your eyes and around your nose). Always go a shade lighter than your skin tone to avoid any unsightly orange streaks. A brush will guarantee even coating.
I love Jemma Kidd’s Light as Air Liquid Foundation. The added SPF protects you from those harmful rays, especially if you’re heading out during the day.
Time taken: 1 minute
2. Natural Bright Eyes
Apply an eye primer evenly over your lids; this will hold eyeshadow and give texture to the powder. Then shade the whole lid with taupe or pearl blush colours to make your eyes stand out in the most natural way possible. Make sure you cover the whole lid, blending up to the crease and out. Use a mascara curler to make your lashes look bigger and brighter. Apply mascara from the roots, but ensure the brush isn’t thick and lumpy so it won’t clog your lashes.
The Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer will lock in colour and keep out excess oil. Or you can try Jane Iredale mascara, which promises the longest, thickest lashes without clumps.
Time taken: 1 minute 30 seconds
3. Blush and Flush
Rather than applying a blush to your cheeks, add some lasting colour with a cheek stain. This will ensure a delicate, natural flush while avoiding any overpowering streaks or intense colour. Then apply a skin illuminator to the top of the cheek bones and underneath your brows. This will make you look fresh – almost as though you didn’t stay up watching Netflix all night.
Becca offers a crème stain that tints your lips and cheeks. There are a number of pretty colours to choose from, and a small dab of creme will last for ages!
If you’re looking for something cheap and cheeky (no pun intended), try the Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Colour. Don’t let the low cost fool you; this works as a balm and offers a long-lasting stain so you can enjoy that healthy glow the whole way through your date!
My favourite skin illuminator is The Base by Lara Bingle Skin Illuminator Shimmer. A little goes a long way to give you that beautiful summery glow.
Time taken: 50 seconds
4. Pucker Up
Choose a gloss stick that blends the qualities of a creamy lipstick and a shiny gloss. You’ll be left with beautiful lips that look glossy, natural and hydrated.
My personal favourite is Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector – so natural and glossy and it lasts for hours! You can also try the Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Hydrating Gloss Stick SPF 15. It leaves your lips feeling healthy and plumped without that nasty stickiness.
Time taken: 30 seconds
5. Add the final touches
With a thin makeup brush, use a dark shadow to fill in your brow hairs and colour the skin beneath them to create the illusion of perfectly-shaped brows. With a soft powder, brush over the nose, chin and forehead to reduce any shine.
I opt for Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder.
Time taken: 40 seconds
Overall time taken: 4 minutes 30 seconds
Voila! Enjoy your date, beauties!
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