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Beauty cheat sheet: How to do your makeup faster

The late girl's guide to super-quick makeup application

There's something so satisfying about totally nailing a perfect and on trend makeup look. But it can take hours - literally hours - and ain't nobody got time to do that everyday. But that doesn't mean you don't want to still look flawless everyday. Right?

Fortunately there are a few sneaky beauty cheats that are there to help you get the look you want without devoting all your free time to achieving it. With highlighting as simple as 1-2-3 and a winged eyeliner trick that just needs a bit of tape, you can complete each section of you makeup in seconds. Actually.

Woke up late? Got a last minute invite? Lost track of time? No worries. Five minutes is all it takes.


Source: Estee Lauder

Highlighting

Highlighting is as quick and easy as 1,2,3. Use a highlighter pen or use your finger and your favourite highlighting product. Draw a backwards 3 shape starting at the end of your eyebrow and across. Then draw down the side of your nose, curving under your eye to the end of the socket before drawing back to your nose. Then down your cheek and across your upper jawline. And then you just blend it all in with your finger.

Winged eyeliner

Place a piece of tape (surgical if you have it) on your face in line with your lower lash line. Alternative you can hold a card in the same place as long as you keep it steady. Draw a line of eyeliner along it and make it as long as you would like your wing. No need to take the time to be precise.

Finely line the rest of your eye- you can always make it thicker later. Then simply join up the original line to the rest of your liner. Remove the tape or card and you'll have the perfect, sharp wing. No need to clean up mistakes or sharpen your lines.

Blush

Don't have time to pull out the brush and blush compact? No worries. When you're applying your lipstick or lip stain, do a quick swipe on the apple of each cheek. Then blend with your finger. It will give you a natural looking flush.
Source: H&M

Contouring

If you're in a rush and don't have time to pull out your contour kit and brushes, there is another way. Use a darker foundation (or cream contour if you have it) and with your finger place a stripe from your ear diagonally downwards to the middle of your cheek. Then blend it all in with your finger. Cream products are easier to blend in plus, they're easier correct if you make a mistake.

Mascara

For a quicker and better mascara application, use a mascara primer first. Roughly apply a few swipes of primer, then let it dry while moving onto another step of your makeup. When you apply your mascara, you'll need less product and fewer applications to get the thickness and curl you're after. Although you're adding an extra step, it actually makes the actual mascara application process a lot shorter.


The best products for a fast makeup routine

ModelCo Contour Stick
RY.COM.AU
Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter
Sephora
Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus Full Treatment Formula
David Jones
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick - Rosewood
RY.COM.AU
Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit
SkincareStore
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Sephora

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at finder.com.au with a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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