How to look good and feel amazing in under five minutes with these 3 simple things.

Date night or just simply trying to look presentable for a school run? Here are my tips for busy mums to feel great and look amazing in a hurry.

Top three beauty items

1. A great foundation or BB cream

that contains broad spectrum sun protection. This will not only even out your skin tone but, more importantly, protect you from sun damage. The sun is responsible for up to 80 per cent of the damage to our skin so it’s really important to keep it protected.

2. A great lip stain or colour

These can be used not only on the lips but also on the cheeks, which is great for a quick fix before you run out the door. A colour can also make you feel a bit more vibrant, which is handy for those times when you feel like sleeping all day.

Alternatively, we love Natralus natural paw paw lip butter, made with organic paw paw, shea butter and vitamin E to nourish, hydrate and protect your lips, while giving them a hint of natural shine.

3. A concealer

covers those tired circles and blotches, effectively making you look like you’ve had a holiday.

Read: Are drugstore makeup just as good as premium brands? Bernadette spills the beans.

Top three beauty mistakes

1. A heavy foundation

Not only will this age you but it will make you look more wrinkly as it settles into your fine lines, emphasising them.

Powder around the eye area

Again, this will settle into your wrinkles, effectively adding on the years.

Tattooing any of your makeup on

Makeup, like many other products, is a fashion item. Don’t put on something permanent that you are possibly going to be sick of in six months.

Look great in under five minutes

Throw on a light foundation or BB cream. Use your concealer to clean up around your eyes. Pop a bit of colour on your lips and cheeks. Mascara your lashes and brush up brows with a clear gel. Done in under five minutes and you will look dewy and fresh.

Always do this

It can be really tempting to go to bed with your makeup on after a long and tiring day. This is a big mistake. Take the two minutes you need to remove your makeup and wash the day away. Not only will your skin thank you for it but you will start the next day far fresher. Night is also the time that I use my vitamin creams. This is because many of them are destroyed by UV light. There is nothing nicer than a clean face and body all tucked into bed.

Shop smart

When it comes to cosmetics and skincare, high prices are not an indication of quality. If buying that pretty packaging will make you feel better about yourself then knock yourself out. But often the packaging costs more than the ingredients. So buy skincare with a simple ingredient list. Often these products are as good, if not better. Labelling on cosmetics can be confusing. If something says organic without the certification stamps then it is simply greenwashing—and possibly not organic at all. Look for the certification stamps located on the back of the bottles.

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