How To: Go From Drab To Fab In 10 Minutes Flat

We've been there - bone tired, dragging ourselves home, then suddenly a friend you're dying to meet up with calls and you have to get all refreshed so that you can head out again. Or maybe you're low on time, and you need to get glammed up. Perhaps you have little ones that take up all of your time, and you finally have a few minutes to yourself, so you're determined to squeeze whatever you can out of it.

This post is for all the babes out there, moms or otherwise, who have very little prep time and I'm here to give you a helping hand!

Minute One:
Ok, so you've either just woken up, or decided that you're keen to leave, so hustle! Give your face a quick refreshing spritz, or remove the traces of the day with some micellar water so that you can start from the beginning. Try the Cinch* spray if you're after some extra moisture, and for micellar water, Bioderma* has a range that could sort you out!

Minute Two:
Chances are that your lips have been suffering from the weather, being out and about, and probably not drinking enough water. Renew the lips with a scoop of my favourite lip scrub by Lush, then dab a bit of eye cream to the under eye area to reduce puffiness. Popcorn by Lush* is my favourite, but I'm currently loving the limited edition scrubs, and Genie's* H'Eye'Drator Eye Cream is a good one to add that bit of a boost.

Minute Three:
Now that your face is clean, it's time to moisturise! Make sure you start with some serum first, then, go over it with moisturiser. Vitamin C helps my skin, and the Indeed Labs* Vitamin C24 gem brightens and smooths the complexion. For a bit of hydration, have a look at Scout Cosmetics* for their Calendula, Red Mandarin and Pumpkin moisturiser.

Minute Four:
Remember, you're low on time, so ditch the complex makeup, and go for dewy pretty with big lashes and a bold lip instead. Pop the glue onto your lashes now, so that you can let them get tacky while you get ready. For lashes, Glam by Manicare* has some that I find easy to use, and they also make my favourite lash glue! Go with Becca's* Complexion Perfector as your primer, then move onto the eyes.

Minutes Five and Six:
Start with putting some eyeshadow primer on your lids first - for this, Urban Decay has been my go to for ages. My go-to all occasion eye is from the brown/bronze/gold spectrum, with a hint of black, and the Rimmel* Magnif'Eyes palette does the trick for this. A slick of concealer under the eyes will help clear up any fallout from the eyeshadows, then it's time to tackle the brows! Genie has an amazing concealer for hiding the eye bags, and cleaning up spilled eye shadows.

A few quick strokes with the brow pencil before brushing them out with a spoolie will fill out the brows. Follow this up with some gel to seal them in place, and you're as good as gold! Bourjois'* Brow Duo and L'Oreal's Brow Gel are my current go-to.

Minute Seven:
Now is the time to put those lashes on! Deep breaths, then place them on carefully. Clamp them with your eyes lash curler and that's it! Consider a layer of mascara, and while that would be great, if you're low on time, it's not the be all and end all of things. so don't stress!

Minute Eight:
For the cheeks, dust your choice of bronzer or blush (or both!) on, then pop on a quick highlighter on the cheekbones to really make them shine. I couldn't pick a particular bronzer or blush, because everyone has such different opinions on what they'd like to use, but for highlighters, Scout Cosmetics* has an absolutely divine one! To complete the look, go for a pretty, but easy lip. Antipodes'* Forest Red Berry is bright, bold, and gorgeous on the pucker!

Minute Nine:
Almost there! Tackling the tresses can be hard work, but let's face it, you don't have time for anything fancy, so don't over think it! If you're into sleek and straight, brush it down before using a light spritz of hairspray to keep things in place. If you're like me, and you want tousled, messy hair with body, then some sea salt spray wouldn't go astray. Depending on what you're going for, you might want to have a roller brush, such as the one pictured by Lady Jayne*, or a small brush by Freestyle*.

Otherwise, if your hair is a little too greasy to deal with, and wearing a hat is out of the question (which it is, unless you're going to a baseball game), then using some dry shampoo for a quick perk me up is the next best thing. I love that Pantene has created a dry shampoo line, and this is helpful for mopping up extra bits of grease.

Minute Ten:
This last minute is your buffer zone! Need this extra minute for neatening up your lippie, or extra body in your hair? Now you've got the time! You can also use this minute to spray on a light layer of perfume.

And that's it! 10 minutes to go from naw to wow! What's your go to for a quick makeover?

* These products were provided for editorial consideration


  1. This is a beautiful post Leah, you'd definitely go from drab to fab in no time flat.

    Lubz ||


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