5 tips to help you become an Express Makeup Ninja

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In January I ran an Express Makeup series here on Makeup Utopia. At the time, I thought I was busy with working 3 days a week in an office, working weekends doing wedding makeup, maintaining Makeup Utopia and being the mum to a busy 4 year old. Oh, did I mention I was pregnant at the time?

Let me tell you, since that little baby joined our family, I have been even MORE pressed for time! I’m truly lucky if I get 5 minutes to do my hair and makeup at the moment, so I have had to level up in my Express Makeup skills.

Here’s 5 tips that have been essential in my journey to become a black belt Express Makeup Ninja:

1. Look after your skin. Seriously.

If your skin is in ratty condition, your makeup is going to look less than great. no matter how much time you have to get ready.

My skin is very dry and prone to flaking, so I have been using my Clarisonic every time I hop in the shower. As soon as I get out of the shower I apply a rich serum and top it off with a sunscreen for day or a great moisturiser at night. Chances are. you know what works for your skin (if not, I highly recommend a Dermalogica skin mapping session), so make sure you look after it religiously.

2. Tinting is your friend.

If you’re regularly pressed for time, and rushing to apply your makeup, consider tinting your lashes (and maybe your eyebrows). If your lashes are tinted blackest black, then you can skip the step of applying mascara. It’ll save you a precious few second in your makeup application, and you’ll feel a little bit made up, even when you’re completely bare-faced.

3. Pick your battles.

When you have less than 5 minutes to get your face on, you have to accept that a full face of makeup just isn’t going to happen.

Because I have been looking after my skin (see point 1), it doesn’t really need foundation for day-to-day wear. I do, however, have dark circles under my eyes (the joy of having a baby!) so I use a brightening concealer to hide them. My lashes are blonde, so I apply a quick coat of mascara, pop some tinted lip balm on my lips, and I’m good to go.

4. If in doubt, wear bright lipstick.

When you’re REALLY pressed for time, this Express Makeup technique can be a bit of a gamble. Get it right, and you’ll look and feel fabulous, but get it wrong and you’ll definitely suffer for it.

If you want to look “done”, you only need ONE makeup item, and that is a strong, bright lipstick. It can be red, pink, orange or whatever colour tickles your fance, but it needs to be BOLD. Apply it straight from the tube, then take a cotton bud and run it over your lip-line, softening the edges for a modern, wearable look. The bright lipstick draws attention, and the soft lipline makes it wearable and easy to maintain through the day.

5. Stick with what you know.

When you are pressed for time, you need to be comfortable and confident in your skills.

Love a winged eyeliner, but always struggle to get the wings even? Don’t bother. Love the look of contouring, but not really sure how to achieve it? Save it for another day. When you’re pressed for time, you need to do what you know works and looks good, every. single. time.

If you enjoyed these tips, or you find yourself pressed for time in the mornings, you can get more information as well as 30 makeup tutorials you can achieve in 5, 10 and 15 minutes in the Makeup Utopia Express Makeup e-Book.

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