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July 22, 2016

It can be hard to find ‘me’ time when you’re a mum, but make-up artist and mum-of-one Evana Patterson shows how you can look fabulous in as little as five minutes.

Step 1

Sometimes there’s just not enough time for a full skincare routine. Or, let’s be honest, we just can’t be bothered… but here’s a great new cheat product! Get a bottle of Natio Micellar Cleansing Water and a packet of cotton pads. In a few simple wipes your skin will feel clean and tingly fresh with all traces of dirt or makeup gone!  

Step 2

Sleepless nights and lack of attention can leave skin looking dull and dehydrated. For a quick fix look no further than Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum. It’s a medium-coverage foundation that you can build up easily to give a glowing, even complexion and it hydrates your skin too, thanks to the serum in the formula. It also contains  SPF15, for sun protection. Forget foundation brushes – just apply five dots on the face (forehead, nose, each cheek and chin) and use the natural warmth of your hands to blend from the inside of your face, outwards. Cover any blemishes or under-eye circles by patting a little more product onto the area with your forefinger.

Insider’s secret: glide a pad over your décolletage to freshen up and remove excess oil and dirt.

Step 3

Choose products with similar formulas/textures so you can layer them quickly without having to wait for each one to dry first. I used to avoid creamy blushers but once I found Max Factor’s Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, I’ve never looked back! Blusher adds definition to your face, so use your forefinger to apply the colour, starting from just below the tragus (middle of your ear) and working your way down along the cheekbone, blending off on the apple of the cheek. Start with a little bit of colour and build up if more is needed. I love this product as it creates a natural, dewy look, as opposed to a heavy powder blush. There are four shades to suit all skin colours, so don’t be scared to try!

Step 4

Want an eye shadow you can apply with a finger swipe, instead of having to invest in eye shadow brushes to blend, blend, blend? Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow, we love you! My daughter wandered into the bathroom wanting my attention while I was applying this, (How dare you take five minutes for yourself, Mum!), so with her on one hip and my eye shadow on my forefinger, I finished my shadow in 15 seconds flat. Your finger is your tool here, you need only the tiniest amount of colour to glide across your eyelid. Blend out with your finger, and if you make any horrid mistakes, simply wipe off with a cotton tip before it dries. 

Step 5

Mascara is the finishing touch for eyes, and lately I’ve been enjoying Max Factor Clump Defy. The brush is made up of lots of little bristles, which glide through each lash for maximum separation.
It’s also time to break that life-long habit of starting with your top lashes. Coat your bottom lashes first instead, to avoid getting black dots of mascara on your upper eyelid when you look upwards. Avoid ‘pumping’ your mascara wand in and out of the tube as it will dry the product out more quickly. All cosmetics have an expiry date; check for the little open tub symbol on your product: 3M = three months, 12M = 12 months etc. Mascaras are usually 6M, so it could be time for a change! 

Step 6

If I was to leave the house with only one part of my make up done, it would be my eyebrows! Don’t forget about them ladies, they frame your entire face and can give you an instant facelift – hoorah! A fine-tipped eyebrow pencil will become your best friend. Try to match your eyebrow colour with your hair colour (eg. blondes should go for hazel/taupe, brown use brown, and black use black). I find the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil is the perfect texture for me; you want it not too soft and not too hard. Use the pencil lightly, flicking upwards from the bottom of the brow to create individual hairlines and blending into your brow hair, filling any gaps. Avoid drawing underneath the natural brow – if you need to thicken, do it above, and create a nice little arch  three quarters of the way along to give an instant eye lift. Brush through with a brow comb (Rimmel has one on the lid) or blend with a cotton tip.

Step 7

Finish your fresh look with a dash of lip balm. Keep an eye out for the new Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms in natural or tinted shades. Paint on a quick coat of natural nail polish for a chic look too. Try Hard as Nails, Xtreme Wear in Bamboo Shoot by Sally Hansen.And when you’re in an extra rush, add a top coat of Sally Hansen ‘Insta- Dri’ to cut down on the drying time. Remember: There should always be time for you and if there isn’t: MAKE IT.
You are worth it!

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