Working late, spent too long deciding what to wear or just had to see another episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta? Whatever your excuse for running out of time, these are the quick fixes that will save you face if you’ve left your makeup to the last minute.

The low-maintenance red lip  

You can’t go wrong with a red lip –- until it smudges, bleeds and takes about 15 minutes to perfect. Ain’t nobody got time for that! However, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Romance changes everything. Its spongy applicator means it glides on like a dream. No lip liner needed = minutes spared. It doesn’t dry out lips like other matte lippies, stays through cocktail sipping and mistletoe kissing, and doesn’t transfer to teeth. Remember to blot, reapply, then blot again to last until the wee hours.

The back-of-the-cab highlighting heroes

Highlighter is proper in-transit makeup. What could be easier than sweeping on MUA Luxe Light Lustre Highlight Duo with a Real Techniques Brush Crush 304 Fan? The brush is perfectly designed to pick up the perfect amount of powder, so no mirror needed. Plus, using a highlighter powder instead of a cream means you don’t have to waste time washing your hands afterwards.

The fail-safe falsies

Falsies can have a reputation for being a bit of a faff, but hear us out. With a statement lash you can keep the rest of your look simple. We love Ardell Glamour False Lash Variety Pack. It contains four different lash styles, ranging from Wispies to the totally extra cat’s eye. Ardell lashes are renowned for being a doddle to apply, too, and feel so lightweight you won’t be fiddling with them all night.  

The incredible base

Scenario – you’re working late and have a case of dull, dehydrated office face. If you do one thing, make it reapplying your base. Paler tones reach for e.l.f Flawless Finish Foundation for its great coverage and semi-matte finish. Darker skin tones try L’Oreal True Match Foundation, now with 26 shades and a new skin-matching technology to perk you right up. Both are a fast track to looking refreshed – even if you haven’t had time to go to town on any other part of your look.

e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation SPF15 Porcelain 111 £7.50 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation 10.C Espresso 30ml £9.99 Buy Now

The one-step shimmery eye

This Max Factor Colour Precision Liquid Eyeshadow is a clever addition to your handbag. Its applicator stick means no brushes and minimal blending – it can even be done without a mirror. Available in Star Dust (a golden shimmer) and Pearl Beige (a silvery gunmetal shade), it’s good for adding just the right amount of disco to a party look.

The no-fuss statement mani

Fast-track to party nails comes courtesy of Barry M Molten Metal Glitter Nail Polish in Holographic Lights. A mirror-foil finish is a mesmerising trend, which means people won’t be looking anywhere other than your nails. It only needs one coat (two if you prefer a more matte finish), so it’s a speedy alternative to nail art and looks just as cool. You’re welcome.