We live in a world of instant gratification when it comes to just about everything! And….. when it comes to beauty emergencies, early mornings or last minute invites, thankfully, a few select products do the trick instantly.
BANISH DARK CIRCLES
Lancome Maquicomplet Lightweight Radiant Concealer
Colour correcting can seem scary — but this yellow-based concealer melts into skin, making it easy and effective. It cancels out dark circles and brightens the entire face, which is why it is the perfect “fake sleep on rushed mornings”.
PERFECTLY PAMPERED POUT
Decleor Intense Nutrition Luxuriant Nourishing Lip Balm
Top editors and makeup artists swear by Intense Nutrition Lip Balm from DECLÉOR to heal cracked lips in a matter of minutes. Here’s how: First, scrub your lips with a washcloth to slough off dead skin cells. Or if you have a lip scrub, that works too. Then scoop out a thick — and we mean thick — layer of Intense Nutrition Lip Balm. Let your lips absorb the moisture for five or so minutes, then dab off the excess.
TOUCH UPS ON THE GO
IOPE Air Cushion SPF50 With Extra Refill
Cushion compacts in general are some of the absolute best quick-fix products out there. Dabbing them across the skin gives you immediate coverage, blurring out red marks, pigmentation, and sallowness, but still keeps your skin looking like actual skin thanks to its glowy finish.
It also reapplies brilliantly, so you can touch up midday without any of the drama. This one from Iope is one of the best-known, most-revered cushions on the market, and it totally lives up to the hype. You will find that you might keep one at home and carry one on you at all times for a quick complexion boost.
MODEL SKIN ON-DEMAND
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30
This is a tinted moisturiser, sunscreen and light coverage foundation all-in-one. But unlike most of what’s out there, this one delivers on all fronts. Buff this into skin straight after serum, dust a bit of powder over the top, and BOOM skin feels hydrated, complexion is even and glowing all day.
PLUMPS SKIN BEFORE MAKEUP
Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum
Hyaluronic acid is a godsend for those with parched skin. If you don’t necessarily fall into that category, it is still a skin saviour nonetheless! It’s super-lightweight and rapidly absorbs into your skin providing long-lasting hydration. The result? A plump, supple and smooth complexion that radiates luminosity.
For all the busy bees who don’t have time or patience to sit around for 20 minutes waiting for their face mask to work its magic, I introduce to you the SPRITZ! This spray will provide you with an on-the-go glow.
Douse skin in this hydrating, balancing elixir pre-makeup application to visibly minimise the appearance of pores, brighten and restore radiance, smooth and replenish moisture. The ultimate all-rounder, this invigorating mist is potent enough for effective priming and as a night-time skin treat yet lightweight enough to refresh throughout the day without disrupting makeup. Developed in collaboration with Skindinavia, this ultra-hydrating take on the original B6 Prep Spray is enriched with vitamin B3 (niacinimide) and coconut water to nourish and moisturise.
REVIVE LACKLUSTRE SKIN
Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Intense Brightening Biocellulose Mask
We all know about taking good care of your skin, but sometimes we slip up! Whether its a missed evening wash or indulging in one too many glasses of wine, our complexion can sometimes look a little… well….worst for wear. That’s when t this mask comes out to play! Pop it on for 20 minutes, peel it off, and you’re left with a face so glowy, no one will be able to know you opted for that third drink. It will be our little secret! This luxurious, fine textured biocellulose mask molds onto facial contours to saturate skin with intensive brightening benefits. It helps support skin’s own natural collagen and elastin matrix to reflect a brighter, firmer look.
RESCUE PUFFY EYES
Sisley Eye Contour Mask
If you have stayed up past your bedtime……..and you wake up with all of 20 minutes to get it together before work, then this is for you! Eye patch masks are great, but to rescue puffy eyes the morning after, you need a much quicker fix. Sisley’s eye mask is a super-lightweight gel that you can apply in a thin layer, let it go to work for five minutes, and then press into the skin or tissue off before putting on your concealer. You will look and feel noticeably refreshed — plus, it won’t slow down your routine.