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Bring some zen to your morn­ing make-up rou­tine with three ver­sa­tile won­der prod­ucts

Very few women have much time in the morn­ing to de­vote to beauty – a slick of lip balm might just about get a look-in if we’re hon­est. But there are three make-up prod­ucts that can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween barely there and barefaced if you open your mind to the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing them for pur­poses other than what they are de­signed for.

The first of th­ese prod­uct gems is liq­uid con­cealer. Yes, per­fect for dis­guis­ing dark cir­cles, blem­ishes and red­ness, but mixed with a cou­ple of drops of mois­turiser and you have cre­ated a light­weight foun­da­tion or BB cream you can use across the face. A dot un­der the brows gives a lifted ef­fect, a lit­tle ex­tra along the nose to mouth lines makes the face look fresher and younger. The one to try is Art­deco’s Anti-Age­ing Liq­uid Con­cealer, €21.60 Deben­hams na­tion­wide.

Se­condly, reach for the taupe brow pen­cil. Most fair-haired women will rely on a brow pen­cil to de­fine sparse brows, but this shade is con­sid­ered some­what univer­sal for most brow colours un­less the hair is very black.

After us­ing on the brows, take the pen­cil and ap­ply a light eye line or shadow and smudge if de­sired. If the shade is a nat­u­ral taupe you should be able to ap­ply it as lip line too, as long as you fully blend. Im­proved for­mu­la­tions in brow pen­cils to­day means they have bet­ter waxes and are much more pli­able and soft – see NYX Au­to­matic Eye Brow Pen­cil, €5.99, or El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Brow Pen­cil, €22, avail­able in stores na­tion­wide.

You can fin­ish the eyes with mas­cara, but if time is press­ing a quick curl opens up the eyes and lashes.

The fi­nal tool is lip balm. Creamy lip balm can be used for more than just lip colour. On the cheeks it dou­bles as blusher and lifts a pale win­ter pal­lor, on the eyes a light touch of­fers some warm­ing colour. Choose the for­mula care­fully, any­thing shiny or glossy doesn’t work for this type of multi-use colour. Look for a flat, matte al­ter­na­tive like Revlon’s Color Burst Matte Lip Balm, €10.99. This great chubby lip balm is in pen­cil form, which makes it eas­ier to ap­ply on the eyes, cheeks and lips. The Elu­sive and Un­apolo­getic shades are two great rosy colour for any skin tone.

And there you have it – make-up on the run with just three sim­ple prod­ucts. Try them and trans­form your morn­ing rou­tine.

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