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5 rules for commuter-proof makeup

If you’re anything like me and have to battle a daily commute, you’ll know the struggle. Your alarm goes off 3 hours before you have to be at your desk, you get ready in a hurry and begin your daily battle with traffic lights, bad radio adverts and finding a car parking space. But have you ever considered the impact of your commute of your skin?

Firstly, there’s the harsh temperature change as you leave the house and enter what feels like an icy oblivion at 6.30am. Then there’s the heating of your car as you ramp up the temperature to 25°C and the fumes from the surrounding traffic as you wait at the lights –  and that’s all before you’ve even got into the office.

But don’t fret. To help those women out who know what it’s like to deal with a daily commute, we’ve rounded up our top commuter-proof tips and products that will take you from traffic lights to cocktail nights with ease.

Rule 1: Start with a solid base

They key to making your makeup last all day starts with your base. The Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation offer high coverage that holds. Recommended by dermatologists, it’s been designed to hide mild to severe skin concerns from darks to scars – making the effects of a pesky commute is no mean feat. Coming in both liquid and powder compact form, it makes it perfect for topping up throughout the day.

Rule 2: Multitask

This means bronze, highlight and contour all in one. We recommend the Elizabeth Arden Fourever Bronzing Powder. A 4-in-1 compact containing four shades from blush to bronze to highlight, it allows you to create a seamlessly contoured, highlighted complexion all in one. Housed in a beautifully mirrored compact its perfect for keeping in your handbag for when you need to be touched up throughout the day.

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Rule 3: Conceal and go

When you’re on the move you need a concealer you can rely on. Choose something hard wearing like this Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer. From dark circles to pesky blemishes, this silky smooth concealer blends seamlessly into the skin to keep everything hidden all day long.

Rule 4: Keep your brows in shape

Tempting to skip this step when you’re in a rush? Nothing screams ‘put together and perfectly groomed’ than a well preened brow. Whilst there’s lots of brow products on the market, opt for a single product that encompasses the merits of all. We love the Chantecaille Brow Perfecting Gel which tames, sets and defines all in one smooth swipe.

Rule 5: When it comes to lips. Go clear

Trying to apply a red lip on the go is a definite no go. Instead opt for a simple long wearing, glossy balm which can be easily applied with your finger. We love the classic Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Treatment which treats dry, winter lips whilst adding a slick glossy finish. The pint sized product wont take up too much room in your handbag either which means you can reapply as you like.

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