In a dream world, our mornings are a serene time where we can get ready slowly and mindfully… but that’s not always the reality. Some mornings, time just gets away from you and suddenly you’re running out of time before you have to get out of the door.

So here are some tips on perfecting your makeup routine on those rushed mornings.

Embrace the natural look

Really stuck on time? Embrace your natural beauty! If trying to squeeze in time to do your makeup causes you stress or could mean you are late, you don’t have to do it. You’re beautiful, just the way you are – so try skipping your makeup and go fresh faced.

Prep your skin the night before

Perfect your evening skincare routine so you wake up with your skin smooth, glowing and plump. It’ll make your makeup apply smoother and evenly without any extra effort. You might find that all you’ll need in the morning is your moisturiser and SPF… speeding up your morning skincare routine.

Multi-purpose products

Opt for products that serve multiple purposes to speed up that morning routine. A blush that you can also use on your lips? Great – this will make the look more cohesive too.

Milk Make-up Lip + Cheek

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Stick

Streamline your routine

Limit your makeup routine to a few products and keep them together for easy access in the mornings… you don’t want to spend time rummaging through drawers or switching between products when you’re on a time crunch. You may also want to put together items that match so you’re not having to deliberate over colours too.

Spot conceal for coverage

In a rush but still want some coverage? You don’t need to apply a full face of makeup… just apply concealer to where you need it and blend well to get done quickly.

Don’t skip the brows

Groomed brows can instantly frame your face and make you look put together. Use a brow pencil or even a brow gel to quickly define your brows: follow your natural shape for a quick application.

ABH Clear Brow Gel


Benefit Gimme Brow

Use a tinted lip balm or stain

Don’t spend time on precise lip products, use a tinted lip balm or stain to add a touch of colour without needing to spend time being precise. Pat/swipe and go.

Stick to neutral eyeshadows

If you still want to apply an eye shadow, a neutral matte eyeshadow can add a quick wash of colour on your lids to give a polished look without complex blending. A shimmer shade that’s similar to your skin tone can also add a touch of glam, if it isn’t too opaque.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

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Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Mascara will open your eyes

Applying a coat of mascara can help open your eyes and make them look more awake quickly.

Cream blush for a quick glow

Cream blushes are quick and easy to use and blend quickly with your fingertips. All you need to do is dab a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks for a natural flushed look.

Set with translucent powder

For those of you with oily / combination skin, you’ll want to set your makeup so sweep some powder over your oily areas if you need it.

Practice makes perfect!

The more you practice your quick routine, the faster you’ll become at applying your makeup efficiently, so don’t be put off it you feel like it’s still taking longer than you want it to. Makeup is there to make you feel better and have fun!