Save time on busy mornings with these quick fix beauty buys - guaranteed to get you out of the door in 15 minutes
Whether you’ve had a late night out and need an extra five minutes in bed, or you’ve just been invited to that must-see show, a quick beauty routine is a must. But you can’t look your best when you’re in a rush – unless you follow our must-have beauty tips and tricks.
New innovations in the beauty industry mean that everyday needs, such as drying your hair, painting your nails or applying fake tan can be so much quicker and easier, meaning you can be ready to in just 15 minutes. Sound too good to be true? Count the minutes saved from one-minute hot wax, make-up with skincare benefits and foolproof eyeliner you can apply on the go.
As well as time-saving tricks, we have tips on how to put make-up on to make light work of lengthly and time-consuming techniques, save much needed minutes and still leave you looking your best.
Read on to discover the best beauty tips and tricks to help you get ready in just 15 minutes…
How much easier would life be if you didn’t have to spend time drying your hair in the mornings? Paul Mitchell totally understands and has come up with a solution to everyone’s hair woes. Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum greatly reduces drying time, cutting your styling routine in half for a seriously speedy, but just as amazing, ‘do.
This clever serum works by sealing the hair cuticle (which also helps to keep locks super soft) and penetrates deep into the hair shaft to displace water, causing the hair to constrict, which in turn reduces drying time.
Don’t skip on a deep conditioner and risk parched locks, all for an extra 5 minutes in bed – use the Ojon Dry Recovery Intensive Hydrating 2-minute Hair Mask in the shower to reveal the same results as any 20 minute version.
Even coarse and frizzy hair is left soft, smooth and with amazing shine. Great for post-summer tresses in need of an intense treatment, this thick and rich cream is surprising light and fresh in scent and washes clean out of the hair without leaving any sticky residue.
Waxing at home can be lengthy, painful and a bit hit and miss at the best of times. But now you can achieve super-smooth legs in just 12 minutes, thanks to Nair Washable Roll On Wax.
This wax heats up in less than 60 seconds in the microwave, so you can get de-fuzzing straight away. Roll onto the skin and use the strips to remove the hair – remembering to pull in the direction of the hair growth. Even hair that is just 1mm long will be removed, so you can keep up super smooth legs, without having to wait the usual six weeks in between. The strips are also washable and reusable, making this cost effect hair removal too.
A BB cream is the ultimate multi-tasker that will save you layers and layers of skincare and make-up products in the morning. Our top pick is the purse-friendly Maybelline New York Dream Fresh 8 in 1 BB Cream SPF30, which is the perfect everyday make-up base. Skip the moisturiser and hydrate with this lightly tinted cream for smooth skin that is instantly radiant.
Imperfections are blurred, skintone is even and the complexion glows. When the winter hits, mix with a little foundation for stronger coverage but a dewy finish that is so much more modern than heavy, matte base.
This could be one of our favourite inventions of recent times. If you often find yourself smudging your freshly manicured nails before they’ve dried, the Mavala Mava Dry Spray is your new beauty saviour.
Leave polish to dry on the nails for one minute after application, then spritz with the Marva dry spray. Within 5 seconds your mani will be set and you can go about your day without a second thought for smudging, chipping or dull and faded colour.
A sexy feline eye is a look we covet every day, but getting the perfect line is too tricky to risk getting it wrong when you’re short on time in the morning.
What every girl needs is the fool-proof Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, which promises to give perfect results every time. A gel formula in a liquid-style pen, it really is so easy to create a dramatic look with minimal effort, thanks to the no-smudge formula. Rather than painting on in feathery strokes, as you would with a liquid liner, you can draw this version on in one bold line, slowly gliding the pen from the inner to the outer corner. Flicks are optional.
Curly hair needs lots of attention and regular washing, but if you fancy an extra few minutes in bed, you need the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist. Spritz on to day-old curls to refresh and revive your locks, giving your tumbling waves a just-done look in seconds.
Keep this mist with you to breath new life into your hair through out the day and night. Adds moisture and definition to dry locks, meaning you can always go an extra day between washing and still fight the frizz.
Who has time for regular face masks? You do, thanks to Philosophy’s The Great Mystery, which only requires one minute to work wonders on tired, parched skin. A thick and creamy paste, massage in until the colour turns white and leave for one minute – we like to put it on and jump in the shower – then remove with a damp muslin cloth for beautifully moisturised and hydrated skin.
Improves break-outs, soothes sensitive skin and gently exfoliated for a really deep clean. A must-have for late nights and busy weeks.
Moisturising might only take five minutes, but it can become tiresome and a chore. Cut those five minutes down to one or two with the Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser. A continuous pump action means that you can spray over your whole body in one go without patting or massaging in. The best part? You can get dressed straight away, without worrying that your moisturiser is going to end up on your clothes, rather than your skin.
Save time on extra steps in your beauty routine by applying one of them at night. Forget adding your tinted moisturiers on top of serums and creams and then waiting for it all to dry before applying make-up – simply pop on the James Read Sleep Mask Tan before bed and wake up with beautifully bronzed skin.
The best thing about this overnight mask is that it won’t leave tell tale signs on your pillow and doesn’t have the harsh smell of other fake tans. Cleanse off in the morning and begin your new, shorter routine.