Stream­line your make-up rou­tine to ace your face with Me­gan Bed­ford’s tips.

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stream­line your beauty rou­tine

Long been stuck on au­topilot when it comes to your morn­ing make-up rou­tine? Your go-to prod­ucts and re­lied-on tech­nique might make life straight­for­ward in those bleary morn­ing mo­ments when you have one foot out the door, but are they giv­ing you the pol­ished pre­sen­ta­tion you’d like? If you haven’t re-eval­u­ated your beauty prod­ucts or tech­nique in a year or two (or more!) it might be time to con­sider some new strate­gies to make the most of your make-up in min­i­mal time.

To start with, con­sider how your cur­rent rou­tine makes you feel. Mod­ern make-up should en­hance your fea­tures so you look fresh and feel con­fi­dent. Gen­er­ally it’s about im­prov­ing the ap­pear­ance of your skin, defin­ing your eyes and lips or bright­en­ing the un­der­eye area where it’s needed. If, for you, that means us­ing only one prod­uct, ap­plied cor­rectly – em­brace it. If you’re re­ly­ing on a heavy mask of cos­met­ics, con­sider step­ping away from your sta­ples to try one or two new for­mu­la­tions. Al­ter­na­tively, learn some new ap­pli­ca­tion tips from an ex­pert at a make-up counter that al­low you to cut down the num­ber of prod­ucts re­quired.

To max­imise your ef­forts, and have you head­ing out the door feel­ing your con­fi­dent best, try these ground rules:

1 Or­gan­ise

Clut­ter clouds the mind, par­tic­u­larly if it’s the first thing you face in the morn­ing. You shouldn’t have to spend time dig­ging through dried-out mas­cara tubes and evening-only shim­mer shadow to get to the prod­ucts you need. In­stead, re­move the ex­cess to an­other space, say a sec­ond drawer, and iso­late the five to six prod­ucts you ac­tu­ally need for a full face. Like a co-or­di­nat­ing wardrobe, choose prod­ucts and colours that you know work well to­gether. An eye­shadow palette in complementary neu­trals helps with shade se­lec­tion. You can ro­tate prod­ucts out for vari­a­tion, but move the ones you aren’t us­ing to the sec­ond drawer.

2 As­sess your en­vi­ron­ment

If you’ve ever been dis­mayed to find a foun­da­tion tide­line on your chin as you look in your car’s rear view mir­ror on the way to work (or worse, not un­til the way home), you’ll know the light­ing in your bath­room can’t al­ways be re­lied on. Down­lights cast too many shad­ows and yel­low lights can change the way you per­ceive skin tones. Front-fac­ing nat­u­ral light is best, but a light-up van­ity make-up mir­ror with bright LEDs and a mag­ni­fy­ing op­tion is a good so­lu­tion for your bath­room or bed­room bench­top. Treat the place you do your make-up like a work­sta­tion and stock it with ev­ery­thing you need like brushes, cot­ton buds and cleanser so you can get it done with­out dis­trac­tion.

3 Prep and prime

Make-up sits bet­ter on well-hy­drated skin. You’ll also find you won’t need to use as much. Ap­ply mois­turiser and wait a minute or two – brush your teeth or add some body lo­tion in the mean­time – be­fore start­ing your make-up. Even bet­ter, use a ded­i­cated make-up primer in­stead. It will hy­drate as well as smooth skin, min­imise fine lines and keep ev­ery­thing in place a lot longer, with­out the need for touch-ups or blot­ting shine.

4 Con­sider your tools

Your fin­gers might be faster, but for a flaw­less foun­da­tion fin­ish a brush comes up trumps every time. In­stead of painstak­ingly sweep­ing it on with a tra­di­tional paint­brush-style foun­da­tion brush, try a stip­pling brush for a more light­weight, even fin­ish. A dense buff­ing brush with closely packed bris­tles or a beauty blender sponge will also al­low you to pol­ish on prod­uct just where it’s needed over your T-zone and chin, so you’ll save prod­uct and time. Blend­ing well is key to a pro­fes­sional fin­ish so dou­ble-check there are no ob­vi­ous edges.

5 Mul­ti­taskers

In the spirit of less is more, it also helps to seek out prod­ucts that serve mul­ti­ple pur­poses – even bet­ter if they are in por­ta­ble pack­ag­ing. Stick or crayon forms of blush and lip colour make ap­pli­ca­tion easy and don’t re­quire pre­ci­sion. Con­sider cream blush for adding colour to both lips and cheeks, or al­ter­na­tively, dab a touch of lip­stick to cheeks and blend thor­oughly with your fin­gers for flat­ter­ing co-or­di­nat­ing colour. Bronzer can be swept onto the creases of eyes as a shadow, and foun­da­tions with skincare ben­e­fits such as mois­turiser or serum are now read­ily avail­able.

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