The Five Minute Face


When your makeup’s been in place since the crack-of-dawn – but you want to look great for your dinner date later – don’t waste time removing it all and starting again, instead, refresh your face in five minutes with our speedy time-saving hacks.

Hit Refresh on Your Skin

If your skin is looking lacklustre after a day behind your desk, targeted concealer application is the quickest route to faking a fresh complexion. A matte concealer like Nars Soft Matte Concealer is a great option as it not only covers imperfections but won’t settle in fine dehydration lines. Using your fingers, pat on over any blemishes and blend thoroughly. To soften any foundation that has gathered in creases during the day and pep up tired skin with a much-needed boost of radiance, a face mist should be a desk drawer staple. We love Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist as it contains glow-inducing vitamin C and anti-pollution protectors.

Ultra-Fast Eye Update

When there’s no time for an eyeshadow overhaul, cheat your way to a new look by smoothing Kevyn Aucoin’s Diamond Eye Gloss in Cosmic over existing shadow or liner. The non-sticky sheen it imparts gives eyes a smudgy, sexy lived-in feel that works perfectly for after dark.


A Statement Lip in Seconds

Don’t waste precious minutes on lip liner and lipstick. Instead try a dual-action lipstick and liner like By Terry’s Click-Stick. The precision tip is ergonomically designed to coat lips in colour quickly, allowing you to create a precise, flawless lip look in the back of a cab.

The Blusher Booster

Like 8 hours sleep, blusher can bring your face back to life, especially after a day at your desk. A cream blush like Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick melts into skin and won’t make the morning’s foundation go patchy. Plus, the crayon shape makes application quick and easy. Stroke onto apples of the cheeks and blend for a fresh, youthful flush.

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Radiance Cheat

Skin that catches the light looks flawless. To add dimension and luminosity to skin that’s been staring at a screen all day, choose a low maintenance, fingertip friendly formula like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter and dot along the top of cheekbones and brow bones. Finish with Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray to ensure your new look lasts long into the night.