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Easy makeup looks for looking flawless fast!

These makeup tips were made for lazy girls and sleepy mornings

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Lazy girls rejoice: these easy makeup hacks mean you can hit the snooze button again and still leave the house looking flawless. We’ve broken it down into three easy beauty looks: skin, eyes and lips. Pick and choose which one you fancy (or set aside 10 minutes and apply all three). Minimum effort required? Yes, please.

How to get glowing skin

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For an easy natural glow, target those eyebags first: choose an easily blendable liquid concealer like this one from Urban Decay. Make sure it’s the correct shade for your skin tone – so come in and test out a few. Boots has plenty of beauty counters to browse in their newly launched Beauty Hall, including amazing brands like Urban Decay and Fenty Beauty. Dab the concealer in three dots under each eye with the sponge wand, then gently press to hide any dark circles. Next, using a highlighter, make a ‘C’ shape of on the top of your cheekbone and up to your eyebrow. You can either opt for a solid highlighter stick, cream or a liquid one, which you can apply with a foundation brush. Finish with a creamy blush in a nice pinky hue to give your face that natural glow. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend in. You glow getter, you… Our picks: Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer, £20, Boots; NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, £24, John Lewis & Partners; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Blushed Rose, £22.50, John Lewis & Partners

How to do a simple smokey eye

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Grab yourself a brown eye pencil. Choose a chubbier kohl pencil, rather than a skinny one, like this eye shadow pencil from H&M. It’ll be quicker to apply (and we’re all for a quick routine in the morning). Roughly draw along both of your top lids, close to the lash line, then use your finger to gently smudge the line. Do the same along your bottom lashes. If you want a more dramatic look, swap for a black liner; this brown one is great for a day look. Apply a few coats of mascara, starting from the base and wiggling the wand sideways to add lift to your lashes. Then flutter those eyes as you run out the door. Our picks: Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter Mascara, £25.50, Boots; Eye Shadow Pencil in Haypenny, £6.99, H&M

How to do a quick red lip

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If there’s one way to look more awake and polished (even if you’re not feeling it), then slick on a red lip. Rather than mess around trying to perfect the perfect shape with lip liner and lipstick, get a chubby lip pencil that offers precision to line your pout while also pigment to quickly fill in your lips too. This NARS lip pencil from John Lewis & Partners is a gorgeous orange-red shade with a velvety matte finish. However, you may find you need to test out which red lipstick shade suits your skin’s tone by experimenting in store. Next up, dab using your ring finger to blur the lip line a little. This is a fresh new way to wear lippy – plus it’s great if you don’t have the time to hone the most perfect cupid’s bow. Finally, to give your lip colour staying powder, while also giving it a modern matte look, use a blending or large eyeshadow brush to dust over some loose powder. Now pucker up and go. Our picks: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Famous Red, £17.60, John Lewis & Partners; Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, £24, Boots


The only way to find the perfect shade lipstick, or the just-right concealer, is by testing them out. So, set aside a Saturday morning and come shop for all your beauty buys at Brent Cross. To make it even easier – and to get an expert opinion – head to the beauty counters in Boots and Fenwick. There, they can guide you through the latest makeup must-haves, test out the shades to suit you and even have a makeover or consultation if you fancy it. We asked Walaa Al-Taee, Beauty Specialist at Boots, what her timesaving beauty tips are to help her get up and go in the morning. She says: “A quick and easy tip for rushing out the door is using lipstick as blush. But, instead of directly adding it to your cheek, I swatch the back of my hand and warm the lipstick into my fingertips then dab into my cheeks for a natural and healthy pink glow on the go.”