The Picture Perfect Base
If you don't have time to make sure you've moisturised, primed, concealed and contoured, what are you going to do? It's going to take far too long and you haven't a moment to spare. This is the time to break out the best timesaver I've ever discovered: Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm. Highly popular in Asia and retaining all the same benefits for the Western market, this concentrated makeup product covers redness and all manner of imperfections in lightening quick speed. You're covered for primer, moisturiser and even SPF in one step too. A thicker consistency than most UK BB Creams, the Dr Jart brightens the skin but is light enough to let your natural complexion shine through. Your skin but better, as it were.
If you're not entirely satisfied with the coverage of BB Cream alone, or just want to pop a tube of concealer in your bag for later, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer is a must. A quick swipe of this under the eyes (tapped into place with the ring finger) and any late night indiscretions are a distant memory. If you're particularly wary, take a concealer brush along with you for a sure fire way to keep your makeup in tip-top condition throughout the day. Using a delicate highlighter, such as YSL's Touche Eclat will also help to reflect the light away from those eye bags and provide the illusion of a great nights sleep.
The Wash of Colour
While not strictly necessary, getting out your eyeshadow palette can disguise a unnecessary lie in: even an all over simple colour can brighten and awaken eyes more than you'd think. Using your fingers, gently buff a light and neutral colour from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette all along the top lid; take a darker contour matte shade, running it along the crease and lightly under the bottom lash line. The whole process should take less than a minute and look naturally radiant. To finish up, a couple of coats of L'ancome Hypnose Mascara will widen the eyes as much as any cup of coffee.
Now all you need is a little extra colour. I do love a multitasking product, and the Illamasqua Androgen Pigment is no exception. A brilliantly bright coral-pink cream that can be used on both cheeks and lips, a few dots on the apples of the cheeks blended in with the middle finger will leave your rosy and refreshed in moments. A brush of the same over the lips will provide a real pop of colour on a vibrant, glowing face. Ta-da! You're ready to face the day.