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How do you get ready in the morning? The Pool share their tips

From getting ready in 10 minutes flat to the best mascara on the high street, six Pool women share their beauty routines

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By Elle Turner on

I often wonder how it is that some women manage to look serene whilst riding the tube, tackling the school run or heading out for drinks after work. “One day” – I think – “I’ll be one of those women”. You know, the ones with their shit together, matching socks and freshly washed hair. A lot of it has to do with a co-ordinated morning routine, I reckon, so I asked some of the busiest (and most pulled-together) women I know, to ask exactly what their beauty routine involves and what they do to get ready. It turns out, a lot of them are just as disorganised as me, they’re just better at hiding it. Plus, they’ve developed some foolproof tips from multi-tasking products to cutting strategic corners, that help them get out the door looking smart with as little effort involved.

SAM BAKER, CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER


 

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

Lazy.

What does your make-up routine look like?

Routine seems a slightly too grand way to say I bung on a moisturiser and never leave it quite long enough to sink in. I use a concealer (Bobbi Brown) under eyes and around my nose, then add brows (Beauty Pie Superbrow Fine Precision Pencil in Blonde Girl) and lashes (Glossier Lash Slick), otherwise I would have zero eyes. And that's it.

Are you a careful applier (with brushes and sponges) or a slap on and go type of person?

Hahahahaha. [Suffice to say, Sam is not a brush or sponge type of person]

Do you have any getting ready rituals?

I pack everything into my twenty-ish minutes. I check The Pool's wheel, turn on the Today programme on Radio 4, update all my news apps and download my emails so I can read them on the train. All of this with the cat wrapping himself around my legs or jumping up and sitting in the sink depending on his mood. No-one gets out of our house alive without feeding Sausage.

What’s your all-time favourite product?

If my bank balance was bottomless as opposed to empty I wouldn't use any moisturiser other than Sunday Riley Tidal, but it isn't so I use whatever lands on my desk (or I can pilfer from Elle's).

What one thing would you not leave the house without doing?

In the past I would always have said mascara, but I'm increasingly coming around to the idea that without brows, lashes are pointless.

ROBYN WILDER, THE POOL’S PARENTING COLUMNIST


 

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

I've never had an extravagant routine, but now I'm a mum of two small kids, it's become even more minimalistic. I basically just throw stuff at my face five minutes before I need to go anywhere.

What does your make-up routine look like?

To save time, I squirt serum (Liz Earle Superskin), moisturiser (Liz Earle Skin Repair), primer (Becca First Light Priming Filter) and foundation (Lancome Teint Miracle) onto the back of my hand, swirl it around a bit, then splodge it all on my face together. It seems to work, and leaves me looking quite dewy. Maybe some concealer (Benefit Boi-ing) if I’m spotty or shadowy under the eyes. Then I dot some Benefit Tint on my cheekbones, swirl it around, spritz with Caudalie Beauty Elixir to hold it altogether, do mascara and eyeliner, and run a brush through my hair. I don't have the patience, time, or hand-eye coordination for eye shadow or actual lipstick or anything.

What's your current favourite make-up product that you use?

My cheapo Bourjois "Volume Clubbing" mascara. I've been using it for years! It does not clump and it WILL NOT SHIFT. I swear by it.

Do you have any getting ready rituals?

Essentially I have to get ready while my kids are crawling around my feet, and they always want to get involved. So I perch somewhere very high so they can't get involved and apply my makeup very quickly, using my compact mirror, before someone knocks something over or crawls into the oven.

What one thing would you not leave the house without doing?

My liquid eyeliner. I'm rubbish at a cat-eye, and I never have enough time, but for me it's the difference between looking like a woman and looking like a 12 year old boy.

KAT FARMER, AUTHOR OF DOES MY BUM LOOK 40 IN THIS? AND POOL CONTRIBUTOR


 

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

A lot more focussed than it used to be...age and gravity will do that to you! In all seriousness, I have realised in the last couple of years that spending time and a bit of money on your beauty routine is definitely worthwhile. It's not about maintaining a vestige of youth – it's about being the best version of yourself.

How do you wash your face in the morning?

I always wash my face in the morning and have a small army of cleansers that I choose from, depending on what sort of cleanse my face needs (very dependant on weather, on time of the month, of how much wine I may or may not have consumed the night before).  My favourites are Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, De Mamiel Cleansing Balm, Romilly Wilde Serum Cleanser, Elemis Cleansing Balm and Decleor Bi-phase cleanser.

What does your make-up routine look like?

Very minimal for every day. Eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil, blusher, highlighter, smack of lippie and that's it.

Are you a careful applier or a slap on and go type of person?

I don't wear foundation (unless I'm on a shoot) but am a huge blusher fan, hence I have an excuse to still splurge on brushes as I get very handy with the blusher and highlighter. Sometimes I will use fingers but I do love a brush.

What's your current favourite make-up product?

I am currently loving a Max Factor eyeliner and the cream blushes are amazing. I love Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara and the new Tawny Pink Matte Lip Colour is the best nude I've come across in years. Also, Blink Brow Bar Eyebrow pencil and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar bronzer for a hint of sun – the highlighter from that set is also the one I'm using that ensures my cheekbones can be seen from space.

ATEH JEWEL, BEAUTY JOURNALIST AND POOL CONTRIBUTOR

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

I love colour cosmetics for the fun, transformative power and sense of playfulness they have. My seven year old daughter Ola calls it, “mama’s finger painting with make up”, which is so right. Make-up should enhance what you have and help elevate your mood. It’s a fun tool.

How long do you spend getting ready?

I’m into fast beauty – 20 mins to wash my face and 10 mins for make-up. I usually apply my make-up sitting in the car, after I’ve dropped off my kids at school.

How do you wash your face in the morning?

For a beauty journalist I have a relatively pared down regime. I wash my face with Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, then spritz with Jurlique’s Rose water. I follow that by using four drops of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum to help brighten my skin, chased by Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Oil which is great for fine lines and dehydration now I’m 40. I follow this with some SkinCeuticals AOX + Eye Gel which has a wonderful light texture that’s great for my combination skin but still packs a punch.

What does your make-up routine look like?

I’m developing my own foundation for women of colour called Ateh Jewel Beauty [more on this to come!] which is full of skincare benefits and has absolutely zero ashiness or greyness which I start off with. After that I apply my brows using Bobbi Brown’s eye brow pencil in Mahogany. To add a little day smokey feel, I smudge in some MAC Eye Kohl in Costa Riche on the lower lash line and outer corner, then depending on my mood, I pick a fun Chanel Stylo Ombre Et Contour. It’s fab as it’s an eyeshadow, liner and kohl in one. I love Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in Chocolate Geode on my cheekbones and under my brows for a healthy glow. A slick of Lancôme’s Hypnose mascara in black and some Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks and I’m done.

What one thing would you not leave the house without doing?

I’m not scared to walk around without any make-up. I hate hysterical beauty, where people can’t leave the house without a full face of slap and a red lip. However, I do like to put on my brows… I think it’s a bit rude not too?

STACEY DUGUID, FASHION JOURNALIST AND POOL COLUMNIST

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

Ramshackle, experimental, and a bit smash n’ grab.

How long do you spend getting ready?

I can shower, wash my hair, dry my hair, apply makeup and dress within 30 minutes.

What does your make-up routine look like?

I don’t wear foundation. I slather concealer under my eyes (Charlotte Tilbury), nose and around my chin, then use a Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil, then I apply Chanel mascara. I wear Chanel bronzer – the creamy one in the pot – which goes all over my face to brighten everything up. And, if I’m going out I’ll add Charlotte Tilbury’s eye pencil in garnet. That’s all folks.

Are you a careful applier or a slap on and go type of person?

I don’t do anything carefully, but I don’t slap it on either. I’m somewhere in between.

What's your current favourite make-up product?

The brand new Chanel mascara that is, I reckon, the best on the market. It’s the new “Le Volume” and has a lovely thick wand-brush thing.

RADHIKA SANGHANI, FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND POOL CONTRIBUTOR

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

I love to look good but for me that can mean anything from going out with no make-up and unbrushed hair to wearing bright lipsticks with perfect eye makeup. I like to follow my personal definition of beauty rather than what society says is beautiful.

How do you wash your face in the morning? What products do you use?

I wash my face with Skyn Glacial Face Wash (it's an Icelandic brand for stressed skin that's stocked at M&S and I'm obsessed). And then I use a serum and moisturiser from the same brand. In summer I'll add SPF.

WHAT DOES YOUR MAKE-UP ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

It very much depends on my mood but normally I'll just put on Charlotte Tilbury concealer under my eyes then stick on mascara. If I want to feel glam, I'll add liquid eyeliner and a bright red or pink lipstick.

Do you have any getting ready rituals?

I do it all whilst listening to 90s hip hop and dancing round my flat.

What one thing would you not leave the house without doing?

Looking in the mirror and telling myself I look great.

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@ElleTurnerUK

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