Five minutes. It’s a long time when your train has inexplicably ground to a halt and you‘re sandwiched between someone who smells like they had Piri Piri for lunch – and someone who smells like they had Piri Piri for lunch in Portugal, then ran back to catch this train. However, when you’re trying to leave the house with two small children, five minutes is not long at all.
But it’s not a myth – it is possible to put on your makeup in this time. Gone are the days when primers, pencils and powders were required just to look ‘done’. Instead, carefully applied, hard-working products are all you need to get out of the door and not be mistaken for your elderly neighbour.
Foundation? You don’t have time. Invest instead in one of a new generation of BB creams and tinted moisturisers that disguise imperfections and add a luminosity that means you can dispense with concealers and highlighters. Liz Earle’s Skin Tint (£21.00) is my current favourite.
Reassuringly gunky, this skincare-makeup hybrid leaves you looking dewy with minimal blending. Now for some blusher: a pop of fresh, creamy colour is youthful and easy to apply, especially if you’re cautious of brushes. I love Clarins Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink (£19.00), which has a foolproof, lipgloss-style applicator.
That’s two minutes gone, so it’s time for your eyes. A simple bit of lash enhancing will suffice – with a powerhouse like DreamWeave Mascara (£12), which gives a superbly natural lengthening effect. The fine brush is perfect for speed, too, as you’d have to be really cack-handed to clog this.
Now, I’ve no desire for my brows to look particularly ‘urban’, but Urban Decay’s Urban Brow (£14.00) is a handy clear setting gel that helps to smooth them into a face-framing shape in a matter of seconds.
Finally, your lips. Let’s not be faffing about with liners and brushes – we’ve only got 40 seconds left. Instead, a lip balm with a tint will mean you’re doing some good as well as looking hot. In my handbag at the moment is Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour SPF15 (£7.99), which is thick, soothing and leaves a cheekily glamorous sheen to your smackers. Comes in five shades too.
Now off you go.