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Slept through your alarm, received a last-minute invite or dashing out on the school run? Fear not: these genius quick-fix beauty products will simplify your regime when you need to get ready in a hurry (but don’t want to look like you have)

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1. Blitz dull skin in seconds

Need a record-time turnaround after sleeping through your alarm clock? Reach for Ren’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. This award-winning mask has super skin-brightening powers, so you don’t need to spend ages faking the same effect with make-up.


Ren Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial

2. Tame tangled tresses

When you’re in a hurry, there’s no bigger beauty panic than wrestling with unruly hair. In those ‘argh’ moments, the Tangle Teezer is a lifesaver – invincible against snags, yours or your little ones’ locks will be on their best behaviour in seconds.


Tangle Teezer

3. A flawless face in a flash

In an ideal world, we’d layer on a separate primer, moisturiser, foundation and SPF – but in the real world Stila’s 10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30 shortcuts the beauty rules. Bonus: the sheer texture can be blended with fingertips, so you don’t even need a brush or mirror.


Stila 10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm

4. Easy smokey eyes

If you’ve always written off smokey eyes as too tricky to try, think again. Pixi’s Crayon Combos are creamy eyeshadow pencils that you can apply straight to eyelids, then smudge in using your fingertips. It’s so quick, you can (almost) get the look with your eyes closed.


Pixi Crayon Combos

5. Speed up your lash look

Applying mascara isn’t rocket science, but getting full, fluttery lashes can be a test of your patience. Enter Bourjois’ 1 Seconde Mascara – the body-building brush and wraparound formula create instant, clump-free volume in one lash-plumping swoosh.


Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara

6. Get an insta-glam tan

James Read’s Express Bronzing Mousse is made for dealing with pasty body beauty emergencies. Developing into a gorgeous ready-to-go glow in just one hour (yes, really), the handy bronzing colour guide ensures fool-proof results if you’re nervous about streaks.


James Read Express Bronzing Mousse

7. Slash your blow-dry time

If you want to spend less time on your hair and more time in bed, stock up on Living Proof’s Blowout Spray. The formula’s gliding agents make it easier and faster to master salon-worthy volume in fewer brush strokes.


Living Proof Blowout Spray

8. Shampoo smarter

Remember the time-saving 2-in-1 shampoos of the Nineties? Now meet the modern-day equivalent: Percy & Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Cleanse & Nourish. The cleanser has conditioning benefits that leaves hair clean and manageable in one rinse.


Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Cleanse & Nourish

9. Conquer one-step contouring

When you’re in a hurry, cream textures are faster and less messy to deal with than powders. Enter Rosie for Autograph’s Starstruck Contour Stick – its curvy dome-shaped tip makes it easy to apply straight to the face.

Rosie for Autograph Starstruck Contour Stick

10. Quick-fix telltale roots

Josh Wood’s Root Concealer Sprays come to the rescue when you need to quickly touch up your roots. Available in four shades, simply zap giveaway areas for an instant, temporary colour fix – no hairdresser appointment required.

Josh Wood Root Concealer Sprays


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Photographer: Luke Kirwan / Paper stylist: Joy Horscroft at The Makerie


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