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We’re all too (painfully) aware that time is a great luxury and the clock is tick-tocking from the moment we wake up to the moment we finally leave the house. But every morning doesn’t necessarily have to be a nightmare: here’s how to strategise so you step into office looking and feeling like a boss.   

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Use an in-shower moisturiser

Drying yourself after a shower, applying lotion and then waiting for it to set in can be quite a chore. Why not moisturise in the shower? Besides saving you precious time, the steam from your shower will open up your pores and let your skin better absorb all the moisturising goodness. Cheers to ultra smooth and supple skin!

Focus on your scalp when washing your hair

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When you’re pressed for time, you don’t have to give your hair a super thorough scrub. Focus on your scalp, where dirt and grime build up, giving it a quick massage with your fingertips, then let the shampoo flow down to the tips of your hair.   

Dry shampoo and quick blowout

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If you don’t want to shower before heading to work but are dreading limp and flat locks, use dry shampoo. Be sure not to spray it too close to your scalp so you don’t get a white residue, then massage it in and use a hairdryer on a low cool setting to distribute the dry shampoo evenly and seal the volume in.  

Do a chignon or low ponytail


When you just don’t have the time to curl your hair, or when it’s impossible to tame those unruly strands, simply gather your hair into a ponytail, twist it into a bun shape and secure with bobby pins. An even more fuss-free hairdo is the low ponytail – use a small section of hair to wind around your ponytail instead of using an elastic band, so you instantly up the glam factor.  

Know what you need to do with your face

If you know your skin colour is consistent, just use a sheer skin base to even the colour out, says local makeup artist Larry Yeo. “It’s for work, so keep the eyes in natural colours to even out the eyelids or to bring clarity to the eyes.” (Natural colours are in hues of our skin tone like beiges, browns, taupes, mocha, pinks and peaches.)

Yeo also advises us to always fill in our brows, and that eyeliner of any sort helps to bring definition. “For those with lush lashes, even using mascara alone will help.”

He adds that it’s important to use a lip balm to soften the lips before applying lipstick, or it will look patchy and messy.

Use multitasking makeup products

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We definitely adore multipurpose makeup products because they’re super convenient. You’ll be amazed by how much time you can save by using versatile products that target multiple areas, like BB cream that’s a primer, moisturiser and sunscreen all-in-one, so you don’t have to waste time slapping on layer after layer of the respective products. Makeup sticks also do the trick – consider your eyeshadow, lipstick and blusher sorted. One of the makeup products Yeo recommends is Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Floral Essence SPF50, a sunscreen that works like a primer.

Concealer over highlighter

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Make good use of your trusty concealer’s brightening effect by doubling it up as a highlighter, so you don’t have to fumble with your bulky palette for white eyeshadow. After covering up your dark eye circles, apply some concealer on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten up your peepers.  

Have your own quick makeup routine


Stick to a tried-and-tested makeup routine so you know the drill and can easily put your game face on every day. Focus on quick touches – fill your brows, apply some eyeshadow and mascara, conceal those dark eye circles and add some colour to your pout. These should be enough to make you look put together. We ain’t got time for fancy makeup looks, unless we practise over the weekend.

Yeo recommends this five-minute makeup routine with some of his favourite makeup products:

1. Use a sheer foundation product (after applying sunscreen) to even out your skin tone; a great product is Erborian BB Crème.

2. Use a cushion foundation or liquid foundation over the areas where you need more coverage, to bring a fresh glow and prevent your face from looking cakey.

3. Apply concealer if the foundation isn’t enough to hide your under eye circles – Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen and NARS Radiant Concealer are two amazing concealers for the under eyes.

4. Use an eyebrow pencil for definition. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil is excellent for those who have no idea what colour matches them.

5. Use your finger to blend a cream eyeshadow, like Moonshot Jelly Pot. For those who want a two-in-one, Make Up For Ever AquaXL pencil comes in many shades and are so creamy when applied that they can be smudged immediately and set into a waterproof layer. The easiest colours to use are M-14 (a pewter grey) and M-60 (a rich brown).

6. Add a touch of blush, and if you really need to have a sheer quick long-lasting lip colour, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick is the one because it glides on smoothly, transfers enough colour that stays on the lips and is conditioning.


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