3-Minute Makeup Looks That Are Super Effective

Updated 01/28/18

Life is busy, we get that. You barely have time to think about what to have for breakfast on a weekday, let alone try a new makeup look. But if you do want to mix things up you totally can, and in as little as three minutes. The secret? Choose one feature to play up—whether it's eyes or lips—making that the focal point. There are tons of quick and easy ways to make a statement without wasting time, keep scrolling for seven beautiful looks that take no time at all but look incredible.

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The Crayola-Bright Eye

A Crayola-bright eye is an effective way to stand out. The secret to making your eyes pop is to choose a colour that's opposite to your eye hue on the colour wheel. Blue is opposite to orange and red; green looks brighter next to purple, and brown eyes look best with greens and yellows. Re-create this look using the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (£38). Just apply up to the socket line and keep the rest of your makeup minimal.

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The Worn-In Lip

If you don't want to have to retouch your makeup every five minutes but you're drawn to a bold lip, then use this look as your inspiration. Using a matte lipstick pat it onto lips from the bullet, then use your ring finger to tap and smudge it into your lips for a stained effect. You don't need the edges to be too neat, but you can use a cotton bud to neaten up if you like. Get the look using NARS Pure Matte Lipstick (£21) in Volga.

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The Highlighted Eye

A bright white liner can make eyes look bigger and brighter in an instant. Take a white pencil like Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Eye Pencil (£10) and apply in the shape of a sideways V. Start at the inner corner of the eye, drawing out two-thirds of the way along the waterline. Next, draw from the inner corner about a third of the way along the upper lash line. Gently smudge the edges so the lines fade out rather than finishing abruptly.

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The Matchy-Matchy Eye

Why not try a smokey eye with a difference and match the shade to your hair colour? Whether you're red, blonde, brunette, raven or grey, choosing a shade in the same colour family as your hair is a surefire way to find a colour that will suit you and your skin tone.

The Glossy Eye and Lip Combo

If you don't want to play with colour, try experimenting with textures instead. Keep your complexion matte and add gloss to eyes and lips. Work a little Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant (£15) over eyelids and on lips. 

The Bright Glossy Stain

A bold lip doesn't need to take ages to perfect. Look for slightly glossy textures that leave a stain on the lips. Try L'Oréal Paris Infallible 2 in 1 Lip Colour (£10) in Red Infallible.

The Colour Wash

A more wearable way to flaunt a bright eyeshadow is to go for a sheer wash rather than an opaque finish. Use a cream eyeshadow that you can build up gradually, we love Kiko Cream Crush Lasting Eyeshadow (£7) in Pearly Emerald.

What are your quick yet effective makeup tricks? Share them in the comment box below.

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