My 5 Min Face

When it’s 6am and you’ve got a toddler clinging to your leg or attempting to ‘redecorate’ your bathroom cabinet without an invitation, the idea of putting on a full face of makeup can feel as challenging as getting ready for a night out.

Now that I’m in my thirties I’m totally content with embracing an au naturel look during the week, but there are those occasions when I’m running around doing errands or when friends and family suddenly decide to pop in, and I want to look somewhat presentable.

So, here’s my collection of makeup must-haves for the ultimate 5-minute transformation; my holy grail handbag essentials that will perk anyone up instantly. Sun-kissed, glowing skin, brows that could rival Cara Delevingne’s, fresh cheeks, eyes that appear wide awake, and lips so lush they practically pout themselves. And the best part? Using these foolproof items takes little to no effort at all.

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  1. Tan-Luxe The Gradual Tan – This offers such a beautiful, buildable tan for the face and body. A lightweight moisturizer which has a unique oil/lotion blend that effortlessly melts into your skin. In just one hour, you’ll start to see a golden, radiant tan that genuinly looks like it’s glowing from within. No horrible smell and great wear off too.
  2. Chanel Bronzing Cream – This magic one-of-a-kind product has been in my kit for years; it’s a cream-gel bronzer that has a luxurious, velvety texture and delivers a radiant, sun-kissed glow that looks super natural. The generously-sized jar ensures a seamless application, allowing you to effortlessly swirl your kabuki brush and achieve that perfect, ‘I made an effort’ look everytime.
  3. Pixi On-The-Glow Blush – This creamy blusher melts onto your skin, blending like a dream to create a flawlessly diffused finish. It’s buildable and easy to apply with fingers, adding a soft, natural-looking flush that brings your complexion to life. Plus, it doubles as a subtle lip tint for that perfect coordination. 
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Eyebrow Pencil – This deluxe dual-ended pencil, complete with a handy brush, is all you need to shape, shade, and define your brows for a stunningly natural appearance. The velvety-smooth formula glides on with ease, giving you impeccably groomed brows in no time.
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows – If you want to really elevate your brow game, this tinted brow gel features a micro-precision brush that effortlessly adds texture and fullness, mimicking the look of natural brow hair. Available in a soft brown shade with neutral undertones, it’s the perfect match for those with dark blonde to medium brown and auburn brows.
  6. Charlotte Tilbury – This is literally the perfect selection of everyday eyeshadows that are not only highly pigmented, but also offer long-lasting color that you can build upon throughout the day. I love the fact this is just a selection of matte shades, which is often hard to find in a palette.
  7. YSL False Lash Effect Mascara – A game changer for short lack lustre lashes like mine. The formula includes a coating film for that striking intensity, a conditioning film to enhance those beautiful curves, and a fixing film for results that last and last. B5 pro-vitamin and Argan Oil pamper and fortify every single lash, ensuring they’re as strong and healthy as they are stunning. A must have.
  8. Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude Lipliner – This will be your go-to secret weapon for achieving a plump, expertly redefined pout. This luxurious lip liner in a flattering nude beige hue is the perfect companion for enhancing your everyday nude lip looks. I love the velvety texture and how natural this looks with most lip shades.
  9. Mac Squirt Plumping Gloss Stick – When a gloss and balm collide they make this baby. An innovative lip product that effortlessly combines the best of both worlds, offering a seamless, smooth application. Enriched with nourishing and lip-plumping ingredients, this lightweight formula is almost translucent, giving your lips a glossy, wet-lip appearance that’s consistently smooth and never ever sticky.