Morning Make-Up Routines

5d20982342de69eb1c8623265eb091ba Hello! Beauty guru Sophie here.

Today's post is about which products to use when you've only got a limited time in the morning. I've broken it down into groups of five, ten or fifteen minutes depending on how much time you allow yourself! These are routines that I use myself if I'm in a hurry, so I know that they work. I'll let you know what tools to use along the way, and also tips and tricks. The 5-minute routine is the base for everything - if you have a little more time, use the remaining minutes to

First off, always cleanse and moisturise at least in the morning. I'd like it if you used a toner, a serum and an SPF too, but I can't ask the world, now can I? Personally, I always use Hydraluron and Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentree before I apply my make-up. If you have a good moisturiser, you're good to go.

Now, if you overslept and only have 5 minutes to spare, this is what to do. Use a BB Cream and apply it with your fingers. It'll take little more time than your moisturiser, and you'll get pretty good coverage too. I love this one from Dior - I know it's pricey, but I use one and a half to two pumps a day and I've already re-purchased, it's that good. Better coverage than the normal and glowing skin? Yes please. If you have time, or especially need it, pop a little concealer under your eyes and around your nose - if you don't have a small brush handy, use your ring finger to blend. Next: cream blush. It's your best friend if you're in a rush. Grab a stippling brush - my favourite is the Real Techniques one (surprise, surprise), and pop a little on the apples of your cheeks, blending slightly upwards. It'll give you a fresh pop of colour that looks like you've woken up after a fantastic night's sleep. If you don't have a brush, you can pat it in gently with your fingertips, but at this rate, they'll probably have a load of product on them already. Grab some eyelash curlers and curl away; it will make you look far more awake than you actually are. I always pop on a slick of waterproof mascara at this point - my personal favourite at the moment is Urban Decay's Cannonball - it doesn't budge, and won't smudge everywhere if you've got a lot of travelling to do.

Got ten minutes? Complete the above routine, minus the mascara, and then move onto something else. Cream eyeshadow is a great way of adding a bit of colour, with little blending required. MAC Paint Pots are a firm favourite, or if you're on a budget the Maybelline Color Tattoos are truly brilliant, although not as matte as you might like. Apply with fingertips, and if you have a blending brush handy then blend through the crease for a smoother finish. A flick of liquid liner is an art that requires practice, but once perfected will take 30 seconds. Good, huh? I love this one by Stila, it doesn't move all day and is a lovely pen to apply. If you prefer gel liner, go for it. If you didn't have time for concealer before, put it on properly now.

If you have the luxury of a 15-minute make-up routine in the morning, you'll love this! You can use the cream shadow as a base, and then pop a bit of powder eyeshadow on the top for better staying power. I like putting a lighter shade in the inner corner too, it really makes your eyes pop. Next, contour. Add a bit of bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks - use the fishy face method if you have to - and it'll make you look polished and perfect. Lastly, add a touch of highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and at the cupid's bow.

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Lots of love,

Sophie xo.

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