No one has the time for a full and flawless makeup routine the next morning when there are cliffhangers to our nightly dramas. (We’re on a Game of Thrones and Pinocchio binge – holler if you’re a fellow 10-episode-marathoner.)

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So go on and watch the next installment for an hour more and sleep in a little longer, because with this makeup routine, you’ll be out of the house and up the bus in 10 minutes.

Here’s how it’s done:


Bust out the beauty hacks and streamline your skincare routine by using just an oil to nourish the skin – it soothes and comforts fatigued skin, too.

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Just two drops of Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan Oil instantly plumps the skin. (This skincare oil fad is legit one, okay.) You can also try Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. These convenient capsules – one is enough for the whole face – have a place in makeup artist Dollei Seah’s kit, so they’re tried and tested, and great for parched skin. If you’ve got excess oil left on your hands, apply it to the ends of your hair.

Then, reach for your nearest sunscreen-cum-makeup base, like Lancome’s UV Expert XL-Shield Healthy Rosy Beauty Base or Chanel’s Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Makeup Base. This will help your makeup to go on smoothly in step two.


Light coverage, fluid makeup works best when you’re in a hurry – it almost “melts” into the skin and mistakes are hardly detectable, not to mention easy to correct.

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Look for one with colour correcting and light reflecting properties, like SK-II’s Auractivator Complete Correction Cream. It’s easy to fake a glow with just a little bit of this moisturising CC cream. Use your fingers for this one.

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Another time saver is Kose Esprique’s Cool BB Spray, especially if you’re the sort who perspires immediately after a shower (wretched weather). Spray this cooling BB cream onto a sponge and dab it on your face, concentrating on the areas that need more coverage.

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Of course, if you’re a cushion foundation lover, that works, too. Try Too Cool For School’s Dinoplatz Multi-box. It’s got a blusher, highlighter and concealer attached to it – talk about convenience, we’re taking this to the office.


We love our healthy flushes and V-shaped faces, so get the best of both worlds with a peachy-bronze blusher. Go for a matte-textured one if you want a slimmer face, while those seeking fuller cheeks should get one with shimmer.

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Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Fetish and Burberry’s Lip & Cheek Bloom in Orange Blossom are two examples. Dab them on with your fingers, a little bit at a time, so you’ve got full control.

Apply your blusher from the apples of your cheeks, just under your cheekbone and extend upwards, stopping below the temple.


Now this same blusher can be used to give your eyes a deeper appearance. You can skip the eye primer here if you find it too much of a hassle, but there’s no harm using it, either.

Just use your ring finger and swipe the “eyeshadow” across your eyelid, keeping the colour below the crease line. You can apply another layer at the outer corner for more definition.


If done properly, a black mascara can very well replace your eyeliner. Here’s what to do: After you’ve curled your lashes, start from the root and lightly tap the wand onto your eyelid. Do it lightly so it will not hurt your eyes. Alternatively, you can wiggle your mascara wand from left to right at the roots of your lashes before moving the wand upwards. This will have the same effect as tightlining your eyes.

Of course, if you aren’t for the mascara, use a brown pencil liner so it can double up as an eyebrow pencil. Brown liners look a lot more natural when you’re going for a no-makeup makeup look, too.


Fill in your brows with a pencil and you’re good to go! Just remember that some eyeliner pencils are creamier than others, so adjust accordingly. Brown blushers can double up as a brow powder if you’ve got light coloured hair or thick brows that don’t need much work.

Voila, dab on a gloss and go! No need to sprint for the bus or MRT though, you’ll get to work on time.

Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Michelle Tham; Styling: Hong Xinying; Hair and makeup: Dollei Seah, Lydia Thong and Vicky Lee of Makeup Entourage (9111 1919), using Lancome; Model: Lee Soon Young/Nu Models; Dress: COS; Watch: Swarovski