A make-up refresh that takes minutes but lasts for hours

Get a refreshed look without removing your day make-up

You don’t need to redo your foundation, even if it isn’t sitting well

You don’t need to redo your foundation, even if it isn’t sitting well

 

Regardless of how reluctant a socialiser you are, it is likely that you have the good manners to freshen up a bit after a long day before subjecting others to potential scruffiness or body odour. A mini deodorant in the desk drawer, a toothbrush and paste, maybe some water wipes (for emergencies).

Make-up wearers will usually refresh their face too – in part because hours old make-up will often depict a weariness beyond even that we feel, and in part because evening makeup is a chance to have a bit more fun. Frankly, a short notice invitation to socialise will always set the heart crossways in me. I feel the call to be quietly at home with my half-knitted hat and some tea. Sometimes, though, (social) duty calls.

 You don’t need to redo your foundation, even if it isn’t sitting well. Instead, try a trick that I shared in a short video on Instagram – a make-up refresh. All it takes is three products you may well already have lying around.

Real Techniques Setting Brush (€9.99 at Boots)
Real Techniques Setting Brush (€9.99 at Boots)

You will need a clean, smallish fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Setting Brush (€9.99 at Boots), which is small enough to get even under the eye area but large enough to do the whole face relatively speedily; a good concealer, such as the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer, which comes in twenty shades; and a facial mist.

Glossier Soothing Face Mist (€17 at glossier.com)
Glossier Soothing Face Mist (€17 at glossier.com)

I like Glossier Soothing Face Mist (€17 at glossier.com). Apply the concealer liberally where needed – I generally go for under eyes, on the sides of the nose, around the mouth and chin area where makeup tends to surrender first. Spritz a good mist on top, then blend (gently, using circular motions) until the concealer has fully integrated into the original makeup. I promise you, it will look like you have applied an entirely fresh base.  

With the basics seen to in a couple of minutes, you can then get to the fun stuff. I have neither patience nor inclination for the removal and reapplication of eye make-up for an evening out. (I am confident that Dante included a circle of hell where the tormented are charged with removing waterproof mascara with face wipes under fluorescent lighting.)

Shiseido Aqua Dew in Lunar (€32 at Arnotts)
Shiseido Aqua Dew in Lunar (€32 at Arnotts)

Instead, I will squirrel away something fantastic and transformative that I can plonk on top of whatever I have on my eyes (even on bare lids) without a brush. Shiseido Aqua Dew in Lunar (€32 at Arnotts) is a creamy gel shadow which works on absolutely every skin tone. The glitter is sensational. Pack it on heavily for an almost metallic sheeny gloss, or dot a touch in the centre of the lid for some sparkle that will catch the light and look like effortful glamour.

Trinny London Lip2Cheek in Lady J (£25 at trinnylondon.com)
Trinny London Lip2Cheek in Lady J (£25 at trinnylondon.com)

Instead, or on top, try an easy, portable lipstick. Trinny London’s pot system is unbeatable for convenience. Try a slick of Lip2Cheek in Lady J (£25 at trinnylondon.com) applied with fingers on lips and cheeks for an understated, polished lip which enhances a sparkly eye, or opt for one of their red shades for an instantly chic minimal make-up.

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