Making it out of the house with kids every morning can feel like a gold medal achievement, let alone applying a full face of make-up. The answer? Chuck a few of these key products in your bag to get groomed on-the-run. Make-up textures are now so blendable and easy to apply, you can practically smudge them on with your eyes closed.
YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, £27, yslbeauty.co.uk
Unless you're one if those women who can apply a perfect red lip without a mirror, choose a shade of lipstick that’s similar to your own, to avoid mistakes. This velvety lip colour is the perfect every day shade and can be used on cheeks too.
Korres Lip Butter in Quince, £8, feelunique.com
Buttery, rich and super-moisturising, this gorgeous balm gives lips a softly tinted finish. We love that it’s loaded with hydrating shea butter too.
Smashbox O Glow Intuitive Cheek Color, £21, smashbox.co.uk
This transparent, silicone-based gel activates on contact with skin, adjusting itself to the colour of your natural flush. Clever! Also great dabbed on lips too.
Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P, £15.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk
These little pots of creamy shadow are a doddle to apply with fingers. This champagne shade is perfect for a mistake-free finish and the subtle sparkle will give tired eyes a lift. It will also stay put all day long.
Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, £5.99, burtsbees.com
This 100% natural, cult balm delivers a subtle hint of colour and leaves lips super-soft.
Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll On, £9.99, boots.com
The ultimate beauty saviour for tired mums; this not only disguises dark circles, it cools, de-puffs and soothes hot, puffy eyes. Light enough to roll on several times a day and pat into skin.
Balance Me BB Natural Perfection with SPF 25, £26, balanceme.co.uk
The texture is light enough to apply like a moisturiser – just dab onto the middle of your face and blend outwards – whilst giving a little coverage and glow to your skin. Also protects from UVA and UVB rays.
Benefit The Porefessional, £24.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk
No skill or mirror is required to apply this skin-perfecting primer. Smooth on the silky balm and pores disappear, along with fine lines and minor skin imperfections. It also absorbs shine and reduces the need for foundation.
Vaseline, from £2.03, boots.com
When you only have good old Vaseline stashed in your bag, you can still give your skin a fresh makeover. Smoosh a little onto eyelashes to give a naturally defined, glossy effect, groom it through brows or pat onto cheekbones. Because it’s colour-free, there's no chance of mistakes and it will give tired skin a moisture boost too.
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