One of the benefits of having an affinity with cosmetics is that I rarely need to worry about applying my makeup in a hurry. That's not to say that I leap out of bed each morning, but it's one of the more enjoyable steps in my daily routine. It's also one that I usually manage to make more than enough time for. Even so, I've learned that it never hurts to have a plan B - especially where early starts are concerned.
Step 1: Esteé Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
I know plenty of people that would skip foundation if they were in a real hurry, but if you do have a little extra to cover up then this fits the bill just nicely. I tend to alternate between DWL and a selection of BB creams, although this one has the benefit of lasting incredibly well on the skin. The light texture means that it's easy to apply with your fingers; in fact I prefer the finish of this foundation when it's not been applied with a brush.
Step 2: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I'm really scraping the last dregs of this now and although I initially failed to understand the hype, I'm still debating a repurchase. It's a little too drying to use all over the skin, but there's no denying that it offers a pretty flawless coverage when used sparsely. The doe-foot applicator means that I'm even more likely to pick it up in a hurry.
Step 3: Eye of Horus Brow Define*
Since I started tinting my eyebrows I'm finding myself needing to spend less and less time matching them up in the morning (hoorah). I still have a little sparseness here and there, which Brow Define manages to make light work of. Bonus points for the added spoolie.
Step 4: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in 'Powder Pink'*
There's no greater feeling than doing two jobs with one product. The colour of this is just beautiful, with the creamy formula again making it perfect for a quick application. It's a soft, dusky pink that looks just as pretty on the lips as it does the cheeks.
Step 5: MAC Eye Pencil in 'Coffee'
I go through extreme phases of love and hate with liner. At the moment we're as close as can be - in fact I'm convinced that I still look half asleep without it. Brown pencil smudged along the top and bottom lashline is my go-to, as well as (arguably) being the easiest liner look to pull off in a hurry.
Step 6: Make Up For Ever Extravagant Smoky Mascara
Having not strayed from waterproof formulas in a couple of years, Extravagant Smoky is giving my lashes a well-earned break. It's the first product from Make Up For Ever that I've tried and it offers thick, voluminous lashes in just two coats. I've been using the Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof mascara for the longest time so it's nice to work with a slightly less bulky wand at last. It also means that I'm able to skip the part where I clean my eyelids with a cotton bud.