Time-saving beauty heroes

Words: Jaymie Hooper

There isn’t anything glamorous about lugging your entire make-up kit with you wherever you go. Neither is it particularly graceful when you’re tearing through your drawers in search of your favourite lipstick when you’re already an hour late. Invest in these versatile beauty buys, though, and you’ll have everything you need to keep you looking glam but fewer products to sift through. From multitasking body oils to three-in-one lip stains, these products will streamline your morning beauty routine and give you precious handbag space...

Base perfector
Not only does Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream cover imperfections, combat redness and boost collagen production, it also gives your skin a mighty dose of SPF 35. It’s the perfect formula for achieving a dewy spring glow, works overtime as a moisturising, complexion-perfecting primer and combats the signs of ageing with vitamin E and scutellaria extract.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 40ml, $60

Pigment punch
The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm will take your skin from dull to peachy with its creamy coral tones and soft shimmer highlights. Swipe a little over the apples of your cheeks, brighten your lips or sweep a tad across your eyelids for a fresh, fun look.

Nars The Multiple cream stick, $52

Skin saviour
Whether you suffer from eczema, spent a little too long in the sun or need a hydration hit after hours on a plane, has all of your skin woes covered with its precious trace elements and silica. Use it as a toner before applying serums, refresh your skin post-gym sesh or soothe bub’s nappy rash with this gentle multi-tasking champ.

Avène Thermal Spring Water

Cover up
When you’ve got fine lines and blemishes, step away from the heavy concealer and make friends with a lightweight formula instead. In just a few swipes Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer will disguise imperfections, brighten dark circles, smooth away wrinkles and highlight your features with its light-diffusing ingredients.

Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

Brow booster
Okay, this highly-pigmented Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil from Shiseido will do more than just sculpt you a pair of Cara-worthy brows. Use it to line your lashes, too, or colour in your lids and use the nifty sponge applicator to blend the colour outwards. Voila! Dramatic smoky eye.

Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil, $38, from David Jones

Bathroom staple
If you’ve been searching for a make-up remover that doesn’t leave your skin sensitive and sore, add a few drops of MV Organic’s Pure Jojoba oil to a cotton pad and it’ll melt away the day’s mascara and foundation without irritation. Use it as a cleanser, a hydrating serum or massage a little over your face before the shower to prevent moisture loss.

MV Organic’s Pure Jojoba oil, $42

Golden girl
ModelCo’s Body Bronze Dry Touch is a gal’s best friend when it comes to getting a sun-kissed without the UV damage. This quick-drying formula won’t transfer to your clothes or leave you feeling sticky, but it will shave a few minutes off your morning prep.

ModelCo’s Body Bronze Dry Touch SPF 50+, $25

Head to toe
With a potent blend of nourishing oils like coconut and sunflower, a mix of delish natural butters and a scent that may cause you to impulse-buy a ticket to the Bahamas, Go-To’s Exceptionoil will load your skin with antioxidants, smooth rough patches and deliver intense hydration. Not to mention it works a treat at taming fly-aways.

Go-To’s Exceptionoil
, $49.95

Hair blitz
Soften and protect your tresses with L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Milk and maximise the space in your vanity. Loaded with superstar ingredients like passiflora oil and royal jelly, this protein-rich spray is your heat protectant, frizz controller and detangler. Apply it as a treatment, before your blow dry or after styling to add shine.

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Milk

Dry touch
Keep a bottle of John Frieda’s Volume Refresher Dry Shampoo close and bid farewell to limp locks for good. Spray along the hairline to absorb excess oil and massage into the scalp for added texture and body.

John Frieda’s Volume Refresher Dry Shampoo