You don’t need to preen for hours in front of a mirror to look gorgeous. Armed with the right kind of make-up tools and tricks, you can sport a red-carpet look in a jiffy. Okay, so we might be stretching it a bit, but surely a decently perfect look can be put together within 5 minutes to counter those groggy eyes and dull complexion.

Concealer

Flaunt Fresh Complexion

Sleep for four hours, three days in row, and head to work without touching up your eyes? You should have no trouble convincing your boss you need a sick leave. However, if that’s not your final goal, always conceal your dark circles to flaunt a fresh-looking complexion. If you learn the art of neutralising under eye discoloration, never will you be called tired again, even if you skip foundation and liner.

Try: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Mascara

Widen Your Eyes

Avoid smoky eyes when short on time, as it demands perfection. Instead, be smart, dab the eyeshadow brush with a color a shade brighter than your natural tone, and fill in the lids. Sweep a couple of strokes of mascara to open up your lashes. With a dash of tinted balm on the lips, you are ready to rock, all in less than two minutes.

Try: Maybelline The Magnum Barbie Mascara

LipstickPaint Your Lips Bright

For instant glamour, nothing works better than dressing up your lips in a deep shade of pinkish red. A matte mouth in bright hues is an instant pick-me-up for the face. If you have only 20 seconds to spare, reach out for a gorgeously intense color in pink or red, and carefully fill in the lips. The attention suddenly shifts from the eyes, skin and lashes to the mouth.

Try: All Fired Up from M.A.C

CliniqueBlush your cheeks

Apply more and you run the risk of looking like you just escaped from your kindergarten performance. Here’s a trick from the pros. “Apply it from the apples of the cheeks towards the temples. Using a big blush brush is the best,” advises make-up artist Clint Fernandes. To save time and effort opt for a two-in-one lip and cheek tint for a healthy glowing pout and just bitten lips.

Try: Clinique Pop Oil Lip and Cheek Glow

CompactMultitask your vanity dresser

Instead of your regular liquid foundation or compact, go in for a hybrid format which offers the benefits of both along with SPF. Once you nail the colour, it takes less 30 seconds to achieve an even toned dewy complexion with these liquid foundations in compact format. Instead of three steps – moisturiser +SPF + foundation, you have only one.

Try: Lancôme’s innovative Miracle Cushion, an all-in-one liquid compact

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