Share your best super-quick make-up tips with the Boots Feel Good Forum - £250 cash to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 15:11:39

Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over, we've packaged up what we think are the best bits - so you can listen to them in easy, short, bite size chunks.

The first of these is about make-up tips. It's only 3 mins long so please do have a listen to make-up artist Daniel Sandler's recommendations on tinted moisturise, curling mascara and other super-quick make-up secrets.

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to look good in a rush?
~ What do you make of Daniel's tips?

Everyone who listens and adds their own tips or feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 cash.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

Flisspaps Mon 20-May-13 10:02:45

I wear my face all the time, it's quite handy. I'd find it tricky to put it on in the morning, with it being attached to me.

I put make up on occasionally...

rootypig Mon 20-May-13 10:14:31

One handed? what are you doing with the other hand? You need the right products - a foolproof tinted cream, a pinkish blush, a mascara that doesn't clump. And a lock on the door to keep DC out! If you're lining your eyes, use a cotton bud soaked in eye make up remover to correct any dreadful mistakes.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Mon 20-May-13 10:14:57

wish there was a hide option on the Android app sad.

FattyMcChubster Mon 20-May-13 10:17:58

I wear makeup nearly every day. Hardly takes any time which is handy as dd likes a good rummage in my make up bag!
I sit infront of a naturally lit mirror, apply straight after cleansing and moisturising and have a very simple routine.
I only use small amounts; foundation, concealer, mascara and blush. Probably takes 2-3 minutes?
I'd do more for a night out or event but that's my everyday 'face' and makes me feel better so why not?

NigelYerABawbag Mon 20-May-13 10:20:42

How very empowering of Boots and Mumsnet hmm

Because of course women don't "look presentable" without mascara and tinted moisturiser, do we?

MonstersDontCry Mon 20-May-13 10:29:10

I always put my day to day make up on in under 3 minutes.

stealthsquiggle Mon 20-May-13 10:54:38

The thread title made me laugh. Having just broken my right hand, I have to say make up is not top of my list of things to work out - if anyone can explain how to tie long hair out of the way using only a very incompetent left hand then I a listening. I don't think I will be attempting mascara though - I would be blind and one handed then.

rootypig Mon 20-May-13 11:03:22
PostBellumBugsy Mon 20-May-13 11:05:18

To the people at Boots - there is something a bit vomulous about that handy tip thing. The bright & breezy new mum & the slightly Gok Wanish man giving make up advice - it just doesn't sit right. It sounds phoney.

My top tips for applying make up - as I'm glad to report I have a perfectly good face - are:

Waterproof mascara
24 hour superstay lipcolour from Maybelline
the best foundation you can afford
benefit tint for blusher

I can apply my make up in less than 3 mins.

Nothing wrong with a baby wipe to take the stuff off at the end of the day either. If it is good enough for a baby's bits, then it is good enough for my face!

dahville Mon 20-May-13 11:11:28

His tips re dual use is very good, multi-purpose cuts down on the number of products and the time it takes. One thing missing is the impact nutrition has on dark circles under the eyes - your organs need to be working properly so make sure you get enough water during the day and it will also help with the dark circles.

Tee2072 Mon 20-May-13 11:15:23

Easily...don't wear make up.

Moisturize and off you go!

JoyMachine Mon 20-May-13 11:26:23

So pleeased others have same approach as me. If you don't have time for something, it doesn't happen!
We don't need companies such as Boots scaring us into putting chemicals on our skin for the benefit of others thank you.

Stealth- hope it's better soon.

chocolatemartini Mon 20-May-13 11:39:37

What joymachine said. It's all stealth advertising.

My face is lovely. I save at least 3 minutes a day, and gain the use of both hands, by putting on a smile in the morning. It looks better and more attractive than even a full face of make upsmile. See?

PostBellumBugsy Mon 20-May-13 11:58:44

Of course it is advertising. Boots make their money from selling beauty products!!!!! grin

I don't know if they have to pay MN to post on here, but I expect even if they do, it still represents some very good value market research.

But hey, I'll give an opinion for the chance of £250 cash!

Clawdy Mon 20-May-13 12:07:48

All-in-one foundation,crayon eyeliner and tinted lipsalve-takes one minute!

rightsaidthread Mon 20-May-13 12:17:09

Mmm not sure I can manage presentable one handed makeup grin but can certainly moisturise put on foundation, concealer, powder and mascara in under 3 minutes.

I agree with other posters to buy the best products that you can afford.
I usually go for the 3 for 2 offers and the £5 off no.7 vouchers. More of those please Boots.

stealthsquiggle Mon 20-May-13 12:18:06

LOL Rootypig - he still uses 2 hands, though sad.

Thanks, Joy - so do I smile

Trinski Mon 20-May-13 12:29:57

For me it's all about nutrition and sleep. Spending the time eating fruit, drinking water and sleeping, rather than putting on makeup, has much more of an effect. I rarely put anything on my face except a quick rinse with water and more than once I've had people ask how I get my skin to look so clear. Mind you, that was before I had a baby...

WaitingForMe Mon 20-May-13 12:40:11

I ration DSs favourite teddy. Mickey is the most super fabulous thing ever and I'm guaranteed a few minutes to myself as he is beside himself with joy each time he rediscovers him grin

Anyone who thinks make-up can be done one handedly hasn't held my child!

As for products it's all about the peach blusher. Never thought I'd wear it but it reduces the undead look a treat.

Belmo Mon 20-May-13 12:42:00

I take less than 3 minutes I think: foundation, I use a light maybelline one and just slap in on tbh, mascara and sometimes a bit of eyeliner. All whilst watching dd out of the corner of my eye and singing at the top of my voice.
I'm not great one handed though, last time I tried to put mascara on with a baby on my hip I stabbed myself in the eye.

This takes me 3 minutes:
Apply BB cream
Cream blusher on cheeks
Whack on some mascara
Lip liner & gloss

I have my eyebrows tinted for definition which saves time.

Raaraathenoisybaby Mon 20-May-13 12:48:37

Meh at the smug we don't wear make up posts.

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 20-May-13 12:49:35

I would prefer tips on how to prevent toddler tantrums in under 3 seconds grin

Tbh makeup isn't a regular part of my life ATM smile

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 20-May-13 12:50:42

Glad I'm not alone reading back!!

Alligatorpie Mon 20-May-13 12:56:47

I rarely spend more than 3 minutes putting on make up. A bit of eyeliner, mascara, curl eyelashes, lipstick / gloss and I am done. I do put sunscreen on most days so maybe that pushes me to three minutes.

I might follow Daniel's advice and use a tinted moisturizer and concealed under my eyes because although my daughter is 11 months, she still doesn't sleep through the night and I do look tired.

LittleMissMedium Mon 20-May-13 13:02:37

I hate the process of doing my make up but without it people always ask me if I'm ill, so it's apparently a must.

This morning's three minute blast was:

Smashbox primer (twas expensive, but once I've done my make up in the morning, I'll be damned if that stuff doesn't stay on all day. This also does do a good job of smoothing over my pores and keeping the make up firmly on for 9 hrs, and the tube lasts forever) Blob on forehead, each cheek and chin
Maxfactor 3 in 1 foundation - dot on the forehead, each cheek and chin. Work from the 'inside' of the face out, making sure that I blend well so not to have a tide mark! This is a 30 second dash.
Brush clear mascara over brows to tame, fill them in quickly if they're patchy (spend 30 secs on this tops)
Quick poke in the eye of mascara

And BOOM I'm done.

If I have slightly more time, I pop a bit of highlighter (literally, a touch, or I will look truly luminous and not in a good way) down the center of my nose and blend, because my nose is nasty and a bit bumpy and... medium sized. It seems to contour it nicely. Also put the same stuff just under my eyebrows to make me look less droopy!

Raaraa, the couple of times I've worn make up it felt like my face was encased in a mask. No smugness intended, make up is a choice, I choose not to, because I prefer that way. Different people make different choices.

CheeryCherry Mon 20-May-13 13:13:53

Wash with cold wet flannel, moisturise, then waterproof mascara every day. That's all folks!

Princessdivaaa Mon 20-May-13 13:23:21

Wash with a foaming face wash and moisturise.
a light dusting of loose face powder, eye liner, mascara and tinted Vaseline for my lips and voila - done..

LillyofWinchester Mon 20-May-13 13:27:39

How do I put my face on?! With one hand??? Why would I ever need to do that; I have my face on my person at all times. And I have two hands, thanks.

Honestly, if I don't have time or both hands free then make up will be the last thing I'm thinking about. I'd much rather use the extra 3 minutes for a lie in or to have some toast.

If I've had my full quota of sleep then I don't bother with make up, I have my brows and lashes tinted otherwise I look like a potato.

However, seeing as a goods nights sleep is hard to come by....once I let my moisturiser sink in I apply some spf50 b&b cream using a beauty blender sponge then a dob of cream blush using the same sponge to blend, bit of pink Vaseline on my lips and I'm happy that I don't look so tired anymore.

PrincessOfChina Mon 20-May-13 13:34:53

I rarely leave the house without some kind of make-up - personally I feel better with it (alongside doing something to my hair). I use a MAC foundation with SPF, Benefit mascara and Benefit blush. Certainly takes less than 3 minutes...although that usually depends if I have to pause and tame a toddler mid-application.

Amrapaali Mon 20-May-13 13:42:38

See this is why I luuurve MN!! We don't stand for no bullshit, and I am glad MNers can see through marketing/advertising gimmicks...

Amrapaali Mon 20-May-13 13:43:15

Oooh meant to add... Go MumsNet! MNers rule!

Tee2072 Mon 20-May-13 13:45:58

No one is being smug about not wearing make up.

I just can't be bothered. I don't care if you do or not.

emily80 Mon 20-May-13 14:08:10

I'm not a big make up person - I put on a bit of mascara if I'm going to work or anywhere special, but mornings where I'm just doing the school run I don't normally bother. My make up doesn't take long at all, it's my clothes and deciding what to wear that take me longer!

themaltesecat Mon 20-May-13 14:30:44

One-handed- why, in God's name?! Is frigging oneself and applying foundation simultaneously one of those weird English customs I have et to encounter?

Best method of getting slap onto one's face: hand child to husband, ensconce self in bathroom, stay there till you're good and ready to come out.

Fazerina Mon 20-May-13 14:35:46

Probably the only thing I manage with one hand only is lipbalm.. Probably why I hardly ever wear make up grin..

LaTrucha Mon 20-May-13 14:42:01

Is there another way to do it?

ItsYonliMe Mon 20-May-13 15:49:46

I'm not a mum so it's not appropriate for me I assume.

Patronising or what!

ItsYonliMe Mon 20-May-13 15:51:57

The other Helen - now you are blatently advertising for Boots it's a downwards spiral for mumsnet.

Ooops, I've just remembered.

JS06 Mon 20-May-13 16:16:32

I can almost put make up on in the dark ......... and in double quick time ..... tinted moisturiser, blusher, eyeliner, mascara, go! But my tip to save grace, face and blushes is to always always check myself in the car mirror before I step out the car. Any heavy-handedness with blusher or eyeliner can be rectified in cold light of day before I scare the neighbourhood.

anklebitersmum Mon 20-May-13 16:33:02

another moisturise and run merchant here.

I probably should wear some 'face' now-a-days even if it's just to not scare the neighbours I just never have done during the day.

My 'going out' make-up is a rub over with foundation, apply mascara and a good lipstick so I guess I'm just a hopeless case blush

NigelYerABawbag Mon 20-May-13 16:35:01

I never said I didn't wear make up!

I do. Eyeliner, anyway.

I just object to a male representative of a massive multinational company being given a platform by Mumsnet to tell us 'busy mums' [vom] that we are not 'presentable' without it hmm

piprabbit Mon 20-May-13 16:48:46

Wash face.
Brush hair.

Chislemum Mon 20-May-13 16:57:05

Ha, even before DS it never took me more than 2 min to put makeup on but I am lazy and only wear it for work. Wash face while under shower, then slap on moisturizer (I will name a brand: Nivea), slap on foundation (with good coverage, like Lancome Teint Idoel, which I have used since 22 years old), bit of blusher (Bobbi Brown, Clinique, whatever was in a gifttime box etc), a bit of mascara and if I have three minutes a bit of eye shadow or eyeliner. I only use balm for lips. Seriously, how can this take more than three minutes. Never got that.

However, when at home I am guilty of just washing my face and maybe some Nivea. Too lazy for anything else. Grin.

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 20-May-13 17:09:36

Unfortunately, as I'm fair, Boots don't feel I am worthy to be wearing makeup. No brown mascara, the no 7 BB cream in fair is orange (and too thick and sticky, anyway). Thanks for your total disdain, Boots. Oh, and one handed makeup? Crock of shit!

Ida3456 Mon 20-May-13 17:11:08

Benefit posie tint is my top tip. It puts some colour in my cheeks and genuinely lasts all day. It is quite expensive but a small bottle lasts ages.

That and some concealer under the eyes (I use no 7)

Job done.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 20-May-13 17:16:18

Hello. We've seen some of the comments on this thread and we agree that we could have phrase our OP and thread title better. We'll sort that out now.

rootypig Mon 20-May-13 17:28:24

I've listened to the little podcast now - the reason it's one handed is because the supposed OP has a three week old baby....

Top tip: put the mascara down, tie your greasy hair up, and get back into bed with your baby.

janekirk Mon 20-May-13 17:42:29

Regular cleansing and rarely use make-up.

whosiwhatsit Mon 20-May-13 17:50:36

Ok well, I'll bite.

I went for many years wearing no makeup at all but now I'm in a more professional job and I feel more polished wearing it.

To save time, I apply bb cream to only the parts of my face that need extra help - cheeks in my case to help with redness and dryness. I then apply base with my fingers and then put a bit of concealer on top. I blend it all together with a foundation brush and this is much quicker than trying to apply it all with the brush from the start.

I also make sure I'm using long lasting products as this avoids me having to reapply. I find that the technology to make base and lipstick in particular has come a long way and the long lasting formulas no longer look fake or dry my skin.

Finally I don't bother with eyeshadow as this takes a long time to apply to make it look good. Instead I use just eyeliner and a bit of mascara and think this looks better for the office anyway as it isn't overdone.

My top tip is to try to make sure my skin is well moisturised and that the moisturiser has had a chance to sink into my skin before putting any makeup on. If my skin isn't in good shape it's pretty pointless putting on makeup at all.

CMOTDibbler Mon 20-May-13 18:17:09

All my makeup is done one handed grin

On an everyday makeup wearing basis, I wash my face with a microfibre cloth, apply Olay 7 in 1 with serum stuff, bit of grey eyeshadow then same eyeshadow as liner, mascara, blusher stick.

The less stuff I have to worry about the better, and this takes very little time to do.

My top tip is to find products that make your skin glow in the washing/moisturising phase so you look naturally good and anything you add is just adding to that

SundaySimmons Mon 20-May-13 18:19:01

My tip is to have an organisesd make up bag or in my case different bags! I keep all my make up in cases at home but have several different bags ready to go. Being organised means not having to scrabble around looking for a particular mascara or the right shade of lipstick!

I have a small cosmetic bag which contains make up for going out in the evening but for every day make up I keep in my handbag I have two cosmetic bags, one contains foundation, concealer, bronzer, blusher and their brushes. In the other bag I keep mascara, eyeshadow, eyebrow powder, eye liner and the lipstick I plan to wear that day. By sorting my make up this way I find it saves me time. I also have a handbag sized magnifying mirror which is brilliant if I leave the house with minimal make up on but need to arrive somewhere on time, as I can then put on the rest of my make up in confidence using a good mirror.

I also save time by using eyeliners that are automatic and so avoiding a blunt pencil and not having a sharpener to hand!

MeiMeiMeiMei Mon 20-May-13 18:19:49

"Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over"

thank feck for that!

PolkaDotCups Mon 20-May-13 18:27:09

I can put on make up very quickly. It takes longer to take it off and put on my face cream at night!

Tinted moisturiser, dark brown powder as eye liner, curl lashes, quick flick of mascara and my Clinique Chubby Stick and I'm good to go. Of course for a night out there is a lot more work involved!

My tip would be to throw out old make up, old mascara is clumpy and not nice to use!

missorinoco Mon 20-May-13 20:00:51

Three uninterrupted minutes would be a luxury. Tinted moisturiser is the product for me. I would love to have rested skin from lots of sleep, but failing that under eye concealer is my other "need".

My tip is to put the straighteners on before you start putting on make up. They will be warm when you are finished, even if it only takes you a minute, and you can then neaten your hair. This also enables me to wash me hair the night before and not worry about drying it before school/work.

I use Estee Lauder doublewear as a concealer/foundation and it covers all manner of sins. (Spots, dark circles, blemishes, uneven skin tone).

I just slap it on. The shade suits me perfectly so all I need to do is whack on some mascara. (Not fussy which one so long as it doesn't migrate all over my face)

And that's it. I look/feel more human and it sticks to my face for most of the day. Job done with a minute to spare!

My tip would be to moisturise when you're not long out of the shower, I find that this means that I never have too dry or too oily skin and I don't have to wait for it to soak in before applying makeup

Tee2072 Mon 20-May-13 20:24:03

HA! Love the new title. grin

grew Mon 20-May-13 20:34:43

Top tip is Garnier BB Cream, takes seconds to put on and is much cheaper than a foundation

cat Mon 20-May-13 20:48:22

Lolling at the people who claim they haven't got three minutes spare to apply make-up. But they appear to have the time to post about their busyness on an Internet forum.

Tee2072 Mon 20-May-13 20:57:18

Yes cat. In the evening. When they probably aren't going any where, they have time to post on a forum. As do you, apparently.

Not in the morning in the rush to go out the door.

Did I really just have to explain that to you?


Blusher - takes seconds but always makes me look better, even if I do little or nothing else.

mumalah Mon 20-May-13 21:23:38

Revive a tired mascara by placing it in a cup of just boiled water for a few minutes.

JoyMachine Mon 20-May-13 21:26:30

Ooh mumalah- it's the opposite for gloopy nail polish- stick it in the fridge! grin

BreatheandFlyAway Mon 20-May-13 21:33:51

Tinted moisturiser as I step out of shower and brush teeth. Slapped on. A bit of neutral lipstick dabbed onto lips cheeks and eye lids and rubbed in on the latter two. And check face in car mirror at traffic lights to ensure I don't look like a clown. It gives a mildly healthy appearance even on half dead days and makes me feel better than if I do nothing.

bluebump Mon 20-May-13 21:37:56

I always wear foundation, concealer, mascara and blusher every day. It takes hardly any time at all to do and I think I look better for it. My tip is to get out everything you want to put on your face first and put it away as you go along - I find I'm less likely to pull out a long lost eyeliner that way and spend ages having a play. (I get my work clothes ready the night before too to save time!)

If you can get your eyelashes and brows tinted and shaped every now and then (you can do if at home) then that's a long way to looking a bit swish without doing any more than moisturiser or tinted moisturiser in thd morning.
And I find that the occasional spray with some self tan mist stuff means I don't even need the tinted.

sharond101 Mon 20-May-13 21:47:36

I heat my eyelash curlers with my hairdryer for instant drama eyes. It makes all the difference with very little effort.

HannahLI Mon 20-May-13 21:53:00

I liked the tips Daniel gave, I think to add to a tinted moisteriser find one that has an SPF factor as well so that its one less thing to worry about! I really like YSL Touche eclat for under the eyes as for me it works better than concealer. I also think that a bit of eyeshadow and an eyeliner really help to make you look as though you have had the time to do your makeup rather than gone for the minimalist look. Just be careful you don't leave eyeliner on your baby when you kiss there face!

cat Mon 20-May-13 22:01:09

Yes Tee. I've got time to post on an Internet forum. I also have time to apply make up and appear groomed for work each morning.

Your point is???

If somebody doesn't want to wear make-up, then that's up to them. Each to their own and all that.

But don't try and pretend that you are too busy to apply it.

If you wanted to wear it you could find time. Whack on a bit of lippy and mascara on while the kids are eating breakfast. Or the baby is in it's bouncy chair. It's hardly brain surgery.

daisybrown Mon 20-May-13 22:02:27

Wash then dry!
Saves a fortune on make up, but maybe the cosmetic/toiletry companies don't want to know that !!!

somanymiles Mon 20-May-13 22:09:05

I have very fair skin and can't go out without sun block. Have just discovered tinted sunblock for my face which is very handy. Also, if I don't have time for anything else I always wear perfume and lipstick, and keep lip balm in my handbag for anytime I have a few spare seconds to apply. I have some old make up which I allow DS (2 years old) to play with while I'm doing mine, with some hilarious consequences.

ifindoubtnamechange Mon 20-May-13 22:11:52

I use lipstick/lipstain as blusher. Runs in quick, avoids the need for extra brushes etc.

I have also devloped the ability to apply make up (other than eyeliner) in motion , without a mirror. Which helps.

ifindoubtnamechange Mon 20-May-13 22:12:19

Rubs in

kerryv Mon 20-May-13 22:55:06

Lip gloss and mascara. Done!

MrsEdinburgh Tue 21-May-13 00:29:45

Benefit Pore Professional is my 10 second fix. It's the best primer that I have ever used.

Snog Tue 21-May-13 06:32:44

My make up is fast and my latest tip is to have an open box on your dressing table with all your used every day make up items in. Less frequently used items in the drawer underneath.

Lindsay41277 Tue 21-May-13 08:55:21

Mosturise and a bit of mascara, waterproof of course as you don't want any more black around the eyes. wink

Regarding toddler tantrums if there is any advice on these much appreciated.

delasi Tue 21-May-13 09:43:10

Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to look good in a rush?

I echo previous posters on general wellbeing: moisturise, hydrate, fruit and veg, and sleep (where possible!).

As for quick make up, for me it's:
- tinted moisturiser (Laura Mercier)
- dab of concealer (NYX or Rimmel Match Perfection)
- light highlighting blush (Body Shop Shimmer Waves)
- brow define and brown eyeliner on lids (Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit)
- tinted lip balm (currently Body Shop Born Lippy)

If I wanted to be quicker I'd skip the concealer and use the rose Vaseline pot for blush and lips. If I had next to no time I would just do brows and eyeliner. However the above is really quick - if it wasn't, I wouldn't do it.

What do you make of Daniel's tips?
Some good tips such as tinted moisturiser (blends easily, keeps moisturised) and the multipurpose items, but nothing new or exciting (sorry!).

katiewalters Tue 21-May-13 11:04:33

i always make sure i moisturise my face in the morning, even if thats all i do, as my skin stays hyrdated and fresh feeling throughout the day. i also add a bit of lipgloss (a natural colour), mascara and some eyeshadow. takes less than 3minutes

telsa Tue 21-May-13 11:07:08

Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to look good in a rush?
Smile! Also find a quick application of a gaudy red lipstick lifts a face, should you want it.

What do you make of Daniel's tips?
Got to agree with the cynics here. We glow naturally! Anyhow, was not too impressed with the tips from Daniel. I guess if you wear moisturizer it is a good tip, but I don't even know what it is really.

THERhubarb Tue 21-May-13 11:45:26

It's a shame that women feel they have to wear make-up now in order to look good. It's not enough that new mums are battling with sleep deprivation, caring for their little ones, trying to get back to work, etc but now you are also expected to look your best too.

I do wonder how on earth fathers manage with all this lack of sleep, feeding issues, never having a minute to themselves, unable to even go for a pee without having the baby strapped to them and having to moisturise and apply make-up too. Poor men, they really do get it bad don't they? Maybe Boots should start a forum giving new fathers tips on how to look good as we all know that looking good is the least they can do. No-one wants to see a man looking tired, dishevelled, with a stubble and no make-up on do they?

No, confident men are men who manage to make time for themselves every morning whilst managing to feed the baby at the same time.

Sorry Mumsnet and Boots but these "tips" are surely just another subtle way of putting pressure on women. They are now expected to look good and having a new baby is no longer an excuse not to apply make-up.

Give new mums a bloody break and stop piling on the pressure!

Tee2072 Tue 21-May-13 12:20:49

The really sad thing, Rhubarb, is that they need an excuse to not wear make up, not that no longer have an excuse.

Just don't wear it if you don't want to.

Mandy21 Tue 21-May-13 12:30:28

3 minutes to do something for myself is definitely a luxury in the newborn stage - and one handed was also a treat given that I had twins and often had one in each arm - but its worth using it to apply a little bit of make up because for me it makes me look slightly better and gives the false impression that I have everything is under control. I found that singing whilst applying worked wonders for entertaining the children, not quite so great for the finished made up look wink.

I agree that tinted moisturiser is brilliant to give a little bit of colour and nutrition to my skin, Benefit Benetint (cheek and lip stain - dual purpose, see, I was listening smile) mascara and lip gloss. If I'm really going for it and children aren't screaming by this point, I also do a quick sweep with bronzer. Literally 60 seconds required but makes me feel ready to take on the chaotic day ahead smile!

THERhubarb Tue 21-May-13 12:38:43

I agree Tee. I mean what can be more important than looking good? Having a new baby is no longer an excuse, women MUST be taught that looking good is now essential every single day and that cannot be achieved without make-up.

If you don't wear make-up then you are obviously lacking in confidence and lack the vital resources to get through a chaotic day. As we all know, wearing make-up will make your days more manageable.

Hardly feminist thinking is it? MNHQ shame on you, I expected better.

RachelHRD Tue 21-May-13 12:47:51

My daily make up regime involves a a quick look in the mirror to check my hair isn't standing on end in between getting the DC's up and out of the door for school. If I'm really lucky I might get time to pop on some eyeliner which I think makes all the difference to how I look and pop a bit of concealer on any obvious spots.....

My top tip is if you want to look a million dollars and made up perfectly dint have kids!!!!! Seriously though, moisturiser before bed, avoid foundation because it clogs up your pores and just highlight your eyes with liner and your lips with a bit of gloss and go au natural!!!

Steffanoid Tue 21-May-13 12:48:00

my best make up tip is a good BB cream, put it on with your fingers, you dont go orange (unless you're 8 months pregnant and the pigments in your skin have changed ) they really are great, and a good mascara goes a long way, if you've got a few more minutes benefit benetint is a great product and so is soap and glory sexy mother pucker.

I have a feeling these tips are going to be repeated a lot

RachelHRD Tue 21-May-13 12:48:30

My daily make up regime involves a a quick look in the mirror to check my hair isn't standing on end in between getting the DC's up and out of the door for school. If I'm really lucky I might get time to pop on some eyeliner which I think makes all the difference to how I look and pop a bit of concealer on any obvious spots.....

My top tip is if you want to look a million dollars and made up perfectly dint have kids!!!!! Seriously though, moisturiser before bed, avoid foundation because it clogs up your pores and just highlight your eyes with liner and your lips with a bit of gloss and go au naturel!!!

Tee2072 Tue 21-May-13 12:49:59

Is that all it will take to make my life more manageable? A bit of make up?

I'll run right out and buy some!

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 21-May-13 12:56:27

Stephanoid The no 7 BB cream in fair IS orange. I'm not pregnant, it's just a shit product. As I said before, they obvioysly don't feel fair people should be wearing makeup. Quite a disdainful attitude for a company that used to be reputable.

THERhubarb Tue 21-May-13 13:00:25

Look you lot. If you just had a new baby, wearing make-up should be the last thing on your mind. So what if you look a bit rough around the edges? You've got a new baby ffs! People don't expect you to look like you just stepped off the catwalk!

Eat well, get your partner to share responsibilities, make time for yourself, keep hydrated, sleep when you can. Stuff what other people think or how you look. You have more important priorities.

That's my tip. £250 please.

JedwardScissorhands Tue 21-May-13 13:28:29

Top tip on how to look good in a rush - curl your eye lashes. Nothing new or startling. Regular maintenance including sleep and nutrition is much more effective than make up.

Daniel's tips are nothing new, sorry. Much better tips to be found on the Style and Beauty boards. The Soap and Glory foot file for example - revolutionary! I also realise that a foot file is not make up...

Tee2072 Tue 21-May-13 13:35:23

I should probably mention, in interest of full disclosure, that am one of the testers on the Clinque tinted moisturiser thingy.

However, I signed up as I'm looking for a new moisturiser. I don't care if it's tinted or not. In fact, it's not all that tinted!

projectbabyweight Tue 21-May-13 13:41:19

Every thread I read, THERhubarb is on there saying what I think!


ShatnersBassoon Tue 21-May-13 13:43:04

Top tip - tinted moisturiser is far more forgiving than foundation when applied in a hurry and gives a less 'made up' look for every day.

I don't understand all of this anti-makeup chat. Who cares if people want to disguise parts that they're not happy with, or enhance parts they do want people to look at? Men shave every day for no reason other not wanting to have a beard because they don't like the way it looks or feels, I've never heard anyone accuse them of letting down men by being silly and vain.

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 21-May-13 14:01:31

Not smug, more don't give a flying whatever. It's a great attitude to nurture, I can recommend it.

THERhubarb Tue 21-May-13 14:19:10

Because ShatnersBassoon we are bombared with adverts, TV programmes and articles telling us women how to 'look good'. We are told how to dress to flatter our shape, how to wear our hair, how to put on make-up and it all gives out the subtle but persistent message that you have to look and dress in a certain way according to societal expectations.

New mums especially are a vulnerable target group who may already have confidence issues and pressures of coping with a new mum. I didn't think it appropriate for them to be targeted and told that they can still apply make-up with one hand whilst feeding a baby with the other.

Men actually can look dishevelled and are told it's sexy. They are 'allowed' to look tired and aren't told they must hide the bags under their eyes or moisturise tired skin or apply lip balm or curling mascara.

It's this targeting of women and piling pressure on them to conform and look good that I disagree with.

projectbabyweight blush

Tee2072 Tue 21-May-13 14:21:07

I'm actually more perturbed by the idea that 'looking good' is only achievable by make up. And being a size 0.

I look fine, thanks, even with no make up and not being a size 0.

Make up takes 3 minutes! Mascara & blush are my essentials, without which I look as knackered as I feel

WowOoo Tue 21-May-13 16:03:54

I can't do my make up in less than 3 minutes.

If I had to I'd do- cream blusher to give me some colour, mascara to make me look a bit more awake and then some Vaseline on lips.

Fast Tue 21-May-13 17:42:56

I don't wear make-up every day but I always try to curl my eyelashes, even if I'm not wearing mascara, it really does make a difference as to how 'awake' I look.

I'm also aware of needing to use sun protection on my face so Rimmel foundation with SPF18 is great if I'm in a rush. Good value for money and doesn't take any longer to apply than normal sun cream, with the bonus of evening out my colour a little bit.

CareerGirl01 Tue 21-May-13 18:13:41

Make sure you ate getting adequate nutrition. I started wearing self tan after my DD2 was born 13 days ago. I didn't manage to apply it the last few days and it was only then my family noticed how pale I looked (compared to my pregnancy). When I saw my GP for post c section pain relief this morning she noticed how pale I was and ordered an immediate blood test. Turns out I'm anaemic - and the make up I was piling on hid it! New mums need to prioritise their health above their looks
As for Daniel's tips - nothing new teally

CareerGirl01 Tue 21-May-13 18:18:20

Saying that - when im better i will be mostly tinting my eyebrows and eyelashes - using a heated eyelash curler, won't need mascara then. Swap usual moisteriser for one with a bit of fake tan in. Then if you get time a BB cream with sunscreen and use eyeshadow to double up as an eyeliner. Just lip gloss for lips.

Wowserz129 Tue 21-May-13 18:22:43

My make up tips would be buy a good concealer which can cover up blemishes quicker than a cheap rubbish one. I feel instantly fresher in the morning once I have covered my blemishes.

Mascara is so quick to do anyway, the real thing I have mastered quickly is eyeliner. I start off by looking into the mirror to get the inner and outer eye edges then I sit the mirror flat and look down into it so I can see the line along my eyelid more clearly. I used to spend a lot of time messing around trying to get the line without making a mess and ripping my eyelashes out in the process. My eye lashes are really long so hard to see past for eye liner. Flipping the mirror down has made it so much easier and simpler to do.

If you don't have time to do a much in the morning even slapping on some tinted moisturiser and Rimmel lipgloss makes a huge difference.

Oh and always use a primer before foundation!

TeaAddict235 Tue 21-May-13 18:23:41


Why do we have to bulk buy from the USA or from Asia? You have to stock wider skin tone products. Stopping at "fair" or "neutral" just won't cut it. If the French stores have understood it, and they are at least 60 years behind us in Europe, then there is really no excuse Boots.

And I won't share my "secrets" with you until you provide for my needs.

BonzoDooDah Tue 21-May-13 18:49:53

Wash your face - always helps you look better.

And then stick on some mascara.

Beechview Tue 21-May-13 19:47:35

I agree with posters who say good nutrition and plenty of water. Take a good multi vitamin too.
Get hair and eyebrows sorted regularly then make up can just be an extra.

I don't wear make up regularly, I currently have a lovely pregnancy glow that doesn't take any time to apply.

Slick of moisturiser on a clean face, clean hair (if my toddler lets me have a decent shower) and a smile is EVERYTHING that any woman needs

VerySmallSqueak Wed 22-May-13 08:50:27

I look good in a rush by saving time not doing make up and letting the real me show.
There's nothing more beautiful than a natural woman <breaks into song>.

Enough sleep,enough water,and a face that tells a story.Perfect.

LiveItUp Wed 22-May-13 12:46:33

Good nutrition, good genes, plenty of sleep, then slap on a bit of moisturiser followed very quickly by a bit of light foundation with SPF and ready to take on the day. Simples.

flamingtoaster Wed 22-May-13 14:18:22

Get the basics right first - as others have said lots of water and good nutrition. Second most important thing to looking good is to look tidy - no amount of makeup will make you look good if you look like an unmade bed - so neat hair and neat clothes, even if casual. If in a rush all you need then is a little mascara and lip gloss.

Keldolly Wed 22-May-13 16:41:08

I always use fairy platinum on my skin that has been accidentally dyed after dying my hair, I love it, it takes the colour right off and I use a dark chocolate colour as well!!, it's also fabulous for getting stubborn mascara off! Just rinse well with warm water smile

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Wed 22-May-13 19:03:47

Paint on your feel-good,
Three short minutes,
What's under the tint,
Nobody needs to see,
Let it hide,
Your baby is crying.

madmomma Wed 22-May-13 19:30:19

best tip for if you have only a minute is just to give yourself some colour and stop your skin looking greasy. So a bit of cream blush (doubled up as a lip stain with a bit of vaseline on top), then a light touch of translucent powder and out the door. Please can I have £250 now Boots? pleeeaaase?

Livvylongpants Wed 22-May-13 22:01:53

If you use an eyeshadow that's powder and you get it on your cheeks etc. (quite common with Barry m etc) don't wipe it! Use a blusher brush to brush it away so it doesn't smudge. smile

GetKnitted Wed 22-May-13 22:21:54

my make up routine: wash face

Queenmarigold Wed 22-May-13 22:26:03

Foundation to cover up red bits, plus mascara. Job done, off to school run!

smokinaces Wed 22-May-13 22:57:25

Liquid eyeliner makes every face look made up. Collection 2000 do a great felt tip one cheap that lasts forever and is foolproof to put on. That and a quick coat of mascara and its a world of difference.

thestringcheesemassacre Thu 23-May-13 10:56:52

I put a slick of bb cream on (maybelline cheap one), some concealer on the bags and lip balm and I'm ready for a quick exit to school gates. The BB cream has such good coverage.

scarlet76 Thu 23-May-13 12:39:19

My 2 handed make up tips smile:

1. ALWAYS moisturise (Simple range)
2. Light covering of Clinique super double face powder
3. Maybelline black mascara
4. Bourjois pink blush (I look ill without)
5. Vaseline on lips

et voila, I feel ready to face the world in around 2 minutes.

issimma Thu 23-May-13 14:22:37

Bright lipstick, not nude, makes me look vaguely alive after being up all night with the baby.
Black mascara can be too harsh - brown often better.

ArcticRoll Thu 23-May-13 15:58:08

Tinted lipbalm
Cream blush
If going out during day and very tired wear sunglasses.

GiraffesAndButterflies Thu 23-May-13 16:56:30

I'm another who doesn't think much of Daniel's 'do it one handed' tips I'm afraid. Smearing the stuff on your face is one handed sure, but can Daniel take the lid off, squeeze/catch the moisturiser one handed and put the lid back on at the end? It's the kind of tip that sounds good but that no one ever actually does.

If baby is 'strapped' to the breast (weird phrase) then sod the makeup, it does not matter.

But my top tip would be to find the products that don't need a mirror. Tinted lip balm while running out the door is quicker than carefully applied lipstick.

EwanHoozami Thu 23-May-13 19:19:23

- Daniels tips... I've experienced two newborns and whenever I wanted to wear make-up I didn't find it hard to find three minutes to do so while they were having a nap, or when DH held them. The notion of babies being something that holds women back physically is a bit ill-thought out.

- My tip... General maintenance that gets your face in good condition so you look & feel better without make up. Get your eyebrows threaded, exfoliate every day and drink loads of water. Eat your essential fatty acids. Use a moisturiser with SPF 15 in.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 23-May-13 19:55:11

Agnes B used to do THE best ever thing for enhancing - was called something or other apricot. A miraculous bright orange cream in a little jar that just made anyone look better. I am pretty sure they dont do it anymore. I did see some on Ebay ages ago in a European location (not France) but it was v expensive. I think the tiny jar I used to buy was about 20 but that was a good ten years ago. I loved it.

Fairygen Thu 23-May-13 20:15:36

I never leave the house without my face on,
My tip- use your best feature....
In my case, it's the eyes and lashes, so loads of mascara to attract attention to them.....
Hoping no one will notice my foundation isn't perfect, my blusher uneven and my lipstick still in my makeup bag!

BigFairy Thu 23-May-13 21:54:20

My tips for applying make up in a rush:
-keep dressing table tidy and products you use everyday so that they are easy to get to
-tinted moisturiser is easier to apply than foundation as doesn't need to be as carefully done
-make sure tinted moisturiser and concealer are the correct shade for your skin so that they blend in easily and if you miss a bit it won't show
-prioritise, e.g. for me covering spots as a minimum and then doing eye make up make the most difference as I'm so fair that my eyes have no definition otherwise (I do make up rather than hair as for me that makes more difference)
-Also useful to have doubles of things for your handbag (e.g. concealer and lip colour) so you don't need to pack items you might want to use during the day. I also keep a little bit of tinted moisturiser in my bag in a tester pot in case I want to reapply when out.

Daniel's tips: nothing new unfortunately!

Challengethisweek Fri 24-May-13 07:33:56

My tip is keep it simple, tinted moisturiser/ moisturiser with a bit of concealer, and mascara. I do that in less than a minuite. keep some lip gloss in your bag so its there if you need it.
Daniels tips: hes saying the right things for me

nerysw Fri 24-May-13 07:44:48

Make up removal wipes at night - normally too tired to use anything else and it avoids the slept-in-make-up-again skin.

BigBlockSingsong Fri 24-May-13 13:21:52

I second naturally lit mirror! a must have.

apply a dark shade of brown on your lids preferably matte, them brush neutral shimmer from inner corner to middle of the lid to create a gradient of colour, good if you have small eyes are close together, can do smaky without heavy and overpowering.

apply preferred colour all over lips, them add gloss on the centre to create a full glossy look.

BigBlockSingsong Fri 24-May-13 13:24:09

I would also say tackle your eyebrows first, I don't really have any, and drawing/filling them in does define my face eyes/

A full set of brows' really do flatter.

serendipity1980 Fri 24-May-13 14:46:21

I would have liked some advice on the best foundation & curling mascara, but I guess they can't name brands. My routine for make up is quick, but I do need it - I look so tired and washed out otherwise, and putting make up makes me feel brighter and better about myself. My routine is moisturise, then apply concealer, L'oreal BB cream, blusher, eye liner, masacara, Revlon lip balm stain (love those pens!). It doesn't take long now I've perfected my routine. I don't use tinted moisturiser because I prefer an eco friendly moisturiser. Also, they can often be too dark for my skin. What is the best curling/thickening/lengthening mascara?!

MikeLitoris Fri 24-May-13 14:51:50

ignoring the silly one handed make up bit and just going to say the best quick fix for me is mascara.

as long as I have that on I look ok most of the time

AndSheRose Fri 24-May-13 14:58:23

Hmm I'd say steal however many minutes you need from, say, household chores, if wearing a bit of make-up makes you feel human and like you're coping. If, however, living in a sh1theap is your worst dread when you invite some newly-met other new mums back for a cuppa, sod the make-up and do your chores instead. Whatever makes you feel you're vaguely on top of things.

If you are one of those lucky people who can transcend overt and subtle societal pressure to present your self/ home/ life in a certain way and are happy to just BE, maybe sack it all off and do whatever you fancy or need to do, bearing in mind your baby loves you unconditionally, whatever you or your housekeeping look like, and your new pals will love you simply if you are nice. Accept yourself as you are and all will be well.
Sorry 'Daniel from Boots', that is probably a bit more erring on the philosophical side of 'I favour a slick of lash-boost blah blah' than you were hoping for with this irritating little marketing venture, but at least it is true.

loubielou31 Fri 24-May-13 16:49:15

A little bit of bronzer or blush highlighter type stuff (suitable for your colouring) and a big brush all over my face is my best make up tip. It takes literally seconds and just helps you look perkier especially after a night of no sleep thanks to tiny children.

My second best tip is mineral powder foundation, equally speedy to apply and for me it's just the right amount of coverage without feeling heavy. (and a little bit of lip colour)

vic1981 Fri 24-May-13 17:46:34

Tinted lip balm. Soothes my sore lips and adds a bit of colour too.

pinkabbott Fri 24-May-13 20:16:36

tinted moisturiser helps look half human!

Hopezibah Fri 24-May-13 21:16:58

love the tips! Especially about multiuse products and understanding our lack of sleep. x

Hopezibah Fri 24-May-13 21:18:07

eyeliner is the one quick bit of makeup that I find makes the biggest difference to how I look each day and is so quick to apply. I guess each person might have one main thing that would help them look and feel better - my mum used to have a red lipstick but for me it is the eyeliner.

anxiousmess Fri 24-May-13 21:22:55

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to look good in a rush?
layer on some bb cream then finish of with a pat of Benefit: Dr Feelgood to naturally smooth out the complexion and add radiance

~ What do you make of Daniel's tips?
Good, quick and easy

zipzap Fri 24-May-13 23:13:16

I don't get to put much make up on these days sad other than a quick slick of eyeliner and a bit of tinted lipgloss but like to have a jolly colour of nail polish on my toenails for the days (admittedly few and far between recently) when it's warm enough to wear sandals as it looks like I have made some sort of effort.

Putting nail polish on your toes before you get in the shower works really well - the nail polish can 'dry' in the water as well as in air, so by the time you get out your nails are dry and ready to go. Plus if you are in a hurry and get nail polish around your nail rather than on it, once you come out of the shower, it will usually flick off really easily, so your nails look perfect. If you keep your nail polish near the shower, it's easy to whizz a bit on your toenails to keep them topped up and looking nice, without any faff or time sat around waiting for the polish to dry.

emstats Sat 25-May-13 00:49:26

Really like zipzaps tip! A new one to me and sounds well worth a try (am afraid I am one of those awful mums that still wants to give a damn about myself even tho I've pushed a sprog out my cliff!)

emstats Sat 25-May-13 00:50:25

*Cliff/cluff :-/

Kyedecmy Sat 25-May-13 06:58:49

NEVER leave the House without the mascara on .....

CarrieDon Sat 25-May-13 16:15:54

Good diet, exercise, sleep and using skin are products that really help your skin ( can take lots of experimentation to get it right) give you head start when you roll out of bed.

Mineral make up applied with a brush is a good, quick(ish) all in one base.

chebella Sun 26-May-13 02:34:07

Love the idea of sleep being a 'top tip' (ha!) - for those of us not able to find seemingly even 3 extra minutes for that, find whatever it is that perks you up (for me it's a non-shimmery bronzer, not all one tone though, must have some pink hues) but it might be eye-liner/mascara/lipstick, whatever & if you need it slap it on. Second the tips re;eyebrows but I find Vaseline v good not just for lips & eye-make up remover but also to define eye brows - good if you are not sure about penciling them in.

dontkno Sun 26-May-13 11:59:08

moisturise, eyebrows filled in, and use cream blusher (also doubles up as lipstick if you are in a rush). very natural look.

rf241 Sun 26-May-13 17:40:39

Cleanse and moisturise then...
-Hourglass Veil mineral primer
-Nars tinted moisturiser
-Nars light reflecting setting powder
-Stila cream blush
-Laurer Mercier secret concealor under eyes(with secret brightener on top)
-Laurer Mercier Secret Camouflage to conceal other areas
-DiorShow mascara

God when you write it all down my 'basic' daily routine seems excessive!!

rf241 Sun 26-May-13 17:42:05

Also thanks Boots, but I only shop in Space NK as you don't do any of the brands I like...apart from mascara and blusher.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 26-May-13 18:54:37

I bloody love make up!
Main tip is a BB cream/ foundation that is the right colour and suits your skin. Bit of cream blush, mascara and lip tint and three minutes is easy.

sickofsocalledexperts Sun 26-May-13 19:07:18

As mum with 2 kids, one of whom s severely autistic, here is my literally 5 second beauty routine:

Splash face with water, dry, apply nanoblur on dodgy bits of face, put max factor mascara for brown eyes (with hint of colour) on top lashes

Re-enter the fray

Rosehassometoes Sun 26-May-13 21:27:55

I use a pinkish colour corrector as my dark circles are so bad.
Then I use Boots Intelligent colour foundation as it's so light.
YSL mascara
Pink blush then and illuminating bronzer (I use Bobbi Brown)
Usually I then use a Rose pink lipstick just slightly darker than my lip colour but recently I've been experimenting with brighter colours- I don't want to get stuck in a rut.


BB cream was launched around the time I had my 1st baby snd it was ages before I knew of its existence as priorities change. I must try some as keep hearing it mentioned.

Rosehassometoes Sun 26-May-13 21:29:32

I was going to add (but am feeding baby and on phone!) :- Lipstick is easier to apply than eyeshadow in a rush so though Pre child I'd play up my eyes and have neutral lips this has now reversed.

PavlovtheCat Mon 27-May-13 17:05:56

Pair of glasses and some vasaline for my lips.

timidviper Mon 27-May-13 21:05:17

I object to the suggestion that one should feel obliged to be applying make-up with a very small baby. If you want to do it you will find time but it is wrong to make anyone feel they should have to.

I went for years using nothing but moisturiser and mascara. My children are now grown up and I am working but still have a fast routine; Nivea tinted moisturiser, a quick slick of Bobbi Brown longlasting cream shadow, gel liner, mascara and a dab of lipgloss on my way out through the door. I'm sure it's less than 3 minutes.

zipzap Wed 29-May-13 23:18:20

The other thing I've found helps to save time is to have more than one of the key bits of your make up and have them in different places.

So - bathroom/bedroom for putting on at the start of the day, one set in your handbag for touching up when you need to if out, a set in your car for quick initial application touch up when needed. Doesn't need to be an expensive set of everything - but if you have something for eyes and something for lips then you know you can do something and look like you've made an effort. Recently I've got good lipsticks, mascaras and eyeliners that have been on the front of magazine covers so much cheaper than buying normally. And Boots had a great Nails Inc promotion where you got a bottle of nail varnish when you bought a couple of bottles of coke. Just having them with you and to hand makes it easy to flick a slick of lip balm on (I often have cracked lips so try to keep this on the go) and some eyeliner and look vaguely human.

Trial or travel or bonus gift sizes are also good - they are small so neat to keep with you.

I've also discovered that poundland has some great make up - my current car make up kit is just from poundland and includes a double ended rimmel eyeliner, some nivea tinted lip balm that's a nice deep neutral lip colour, some bourgois eye shadow and some sally hansen nail varnish (not that I ever have time or the inclination to put nail varnish on my finger nails usually but at a pound a pot it just seemed a good idea and one day - I will arrive early at school for pick up with nothing else to do so I will spend some time doing my nails and look groomed... I have a friend who always seems to be immaculately dressed and have great nails and makes it look so easy, one day I will manage to grow up and be like her grin instead of flying in a minute or two after the bell has gone.)

helloeverything Thu 30-May-13 07:03:09

My tip is don't read the mumsnet style and beauty pages.
My routine has gone from splashing my face with water in the morning to a 15 step skincare and make up routine. I feel loads better though.

manfalou Thu 30-May-13 10:02:49

Ive used tinted moisturiser before and if you don't get it 'right' its looks AWFUL. I'll never use it again. I don't wear a 'full' face makeup every day... a spot of mascara and lipgloss and off I go. My skin can't handle putting foundation on everyday.

When I do get to put the full face on though I do make sure I 'spread' the foundation right into my hair line, out to my ears and down my neck. As my 14 year old brother once said 'no one wants to see a dirty slapper line at the side of your face because it just looks stupid' hmmm

Since my late 30s I've felt more comfortable with a bit of Laura Mercier TM and concealer, a bit of blusher and a bit of tubing mascara (can't stand normal smudgy mascara) takes a few mins but makes the world of difference.

Have to mention I was too poor/tight to replace the Mercier TM this week and went to Boots for a budget replacement. The lady on the No7 counter zapped me with their new machine and listened to what I wanted (a good coverage tinted moisturiser) and said my colour was warm beige (usually Nude for LM) and sugg their Essentialy Natural very lightweight foundation.

Bloody hell its good, because I was zapped the colour match is perfect and its so light you can't see it at all or feel it, it just evens out my face.

Try it , particularly if you have a drawer where you put your foundation mistakes (ie Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum no 52 like putting on a Caspar the friendly ghost mask for me)

Firewall Wed 05-Jun-13 18:43:45

Great tips from Daniel!

I build my face cleansing routine into my shower routine, in the morning I do a quick face clean. Use a good moisturiser and eye liner! Done!
Vaseline for lips when they get dry during the winter.

majjsu Sun 09-Jun-13 19:42:49

I would skip breakfast to put a bit of make up on - powder, blush and mascara.

christineabdy Mon 10-Jun-13 06:53:57

I didn't do all this even before I had children! Just take it easy, ladies, as long as your eyes look awake and your skin has SPF and some powder on it.

FairPhyllis Thu 13-Jun-13 19:15:14

Tinted moisturiser doesn't work for those of us who are deathly pale by nature.

One of the quickest, most effective things you can do is use a little concealer or Touche on the eyelid - makes your eyes look brighter by evening out the skin tone.

sc00ter Mon 17-Jun-13 13:36:46

The best way to put on your mascara is to look down directly into your mirror - as this makes it impossible to get mascara into your eye.

Also if you find your mascara is to runny just leave off the lid overnight and this will dry it out a bit.
(just don't leave near little hands).

bugabee Thu 20-Jun-13 11:25:46

My top tips are tinting your lashes and brows! makes a big difference. Also I keep a BB cream in the bathroom so in the morning when I wash my face its there to put on instead of a moisturiser.
I also say a bar of lipstick is a good old fashioned multitasker for both lips and cheeks. A cream blush can be drying on the lips so a lipstick is much better! xXx

The best, super quick make up tip I have is to find a nice, subtly tinted lip gloss and apply that whenever you need to boost your appearance.

peronel Tue 25-Jun-13 16:49:37

Slap on primer, brush teeth, brush on bare minerals base then bare minerals veil (sorry it's advertising but I love it!) Slick on lip gloss, good to go!

missusmurphy Thu 27-Jun-13 10:42:53

my concealer and eye liner are my bestfriends during those hectic mornings and you just can't be bothered... a bit of concealer on dark circles and light liners makes me look fresh and alert... Makes me feel like myself a bit :-)

Ok, here's something I just discovered this week. I've got two DC, neither of whom sleeps through the night, so I'm bloody knackered somewhat tired and have the dark circles as proof. I realised that if I darken my eyebrows a bit with eyeshadow, it makes my eyes look bolder and less tired. I also use eyeliner on my top lids, which also opens up my eyes. Genius!

I've been inspired by a recent thread and have gone from using a full face of make up to just using my sunscreen as a primer, concealer under eyes, mascara, bronzer and bright lippy. oooh and my eyelash curlers have been resurrectedgrin

littlecabbage83 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:48:00

I'd recommend investing in a good quality pink cream blusher that can double up as both a lip tint and an eyeshadow. smile

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Aug-13 14:32:18

Congratulations Princessdivaaa, you've won the prize draw! We'll be in touch shortly grin

ScrambledEggAndToast Sun 08-Jun-14 10:35:40

I have my eyelashes tinted anyway so that means I don't have to bother with mascara. For work I just use tinted moisturiser rather than moisturiser and foundation. I then just quickly use some under eye concealer and blusher and I'm good to go. It's more practice than anything.

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