Ruby Hammer: How to get ready (and gorgeous) in five minutes flat

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Ok, so she has incredible genetics on her side, but Ruby Hammer also has the knowledge, experience and tricks to look amazing, even when she’s short on time and flying out the door. An internationally acclaimed make-up artist (not to mention businesswoman and mother) who has worked for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and This Morning (to name but a few), Ruby knows every trick in the book when it comes to make-up – even how to get ready in five minutes flat. And let’s face it, that’s what we really, really want to know. Over to Ruby….

Make time for the essentials….

“If you’re trying to get ready in 5 minutes, you can only do it if you’re on top of your grooming. If you take care of your eyebrows, have a good skincare routine, drink lots of water, make sure your nails are done. If all of that is up to speed, then it’s very easy to get ready in 5 minutes because everything else is done. But, for example, if you’ve got unruly eyebrows, then it’s going to take you 15 minutes to tidy them up. You’re never going to look pristine. Look ladies, however busy you are, everybody needs and has to make some time for grooming, for hair removal, facials, highlights.

It’s like an A-lister getting ready for the red carpet. It’s going to take hours for a girl who hasn’t had her legs waxed, had a facial, had her hair coloured or her eyebrows tweezed to get ready. All those bits need to be done before you get to the finer bits of looking great. Yes they’ve got more money, but any woman can make her daily routine shorter by making sure she’s got her basic grooming in place. You can’t have it all. You can’t do nothing and expect to look good in 5 minutes – no-one can do that.

So, make sure your hair colour is up to speed, your eyebrows are done, your nails are ok and you have some sort of skincare routine in place, then off you go…

Start with Serum…

Double Serum, £55, Clarins

Double Serum, £55, Clarins

One of the quickest things to do with your skin is to apply some sort of serum. My favourite one is Clarins’ Double Serum. Just 5 seconds of putting that on everywhere means you’ve done something. It prepares your skin. It takes care of hydration, lines, firmness. It is fantastic. It’s for all skins. Everybody. In a month’s time if you use that religiously morning and night you’ll see a difference. If you’ve got wrinkles, then you’ll have to put on a moisturiser as well.

I’m on my 3rd bottle of Double Serum, which is unheard of for me.  I’m always trying new things and for me to have finished a bottle, bought another for myself and another for work, that really says something.

Look after your brows…

Nothing beats brushing your eyebrows. It makes you look wide awake and groomed. It’s nice to add colour and fill in gaps, but if you’ve only got 5 minutes, just brushing them with an old toothbrush or an old mascara brush helps you look awake.

Curl your lashes….

Eyelash curler, £20, Shu Uemura

Eyelash curler, £20, Shu Uemura

Even if you haven’t got time to apply mascara, make sure you curl your lashes. It’s important to invest in a really good curler – I like the ones from Shiseido and Shu Uemura. By using one, you can really wake up and widen your eyes. You should ideally, hold the curl for 30 seconds.

Now it’s time for the lips…

Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour balm, £16, Clinique

Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour balm, £16, Clinique

If you haven’t got time to apply mascara, then after you’ve brushed your eyebrows and curled your eyelashes you should focus on your lips.  I use lip balm with a shot of colour. One of my favourites is Clinique’s chubby stick,  it’s brilliant and using it will just add a bit of brightness to your face.

Time to tackle dark circles….

Secret Camouflage, £26, Laura Mercier

Secret Camouflage, £26, Laura Mercier

Every woman needs concealer. Use it under your eyes if you’ve had a late night or in the corner of your eye, on the odd blemish, around the nose. Just put a tiny bit on your finger and dot it on and blend. My ultimate concealer, the one I use professionally is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camflouage – it just doesn’t budge. You can dot it on spots, dark circles, wherever.

A concealer by definition does heavy duty work, it’s for blemishes, dark circles, puffiness. If you want to add a blast of light to an area, you could use a radiance pen, like Touche Eclat which is light reflecting. although it’s not going to conceal a spot or a dark circle or anything like that.

Are you blushing?

Cream Blush, £7.99, Bourjois. Available 8th May at Selfridges and 15th May from Boots.

Cream Blush, £7.99, Bourjois. Available 8th May at Selfridges and 15th May from Boots.

It’s lovely to use blusher and there are bucket loads out there. For speed, the Bourjois Little Round Pot is excellent. There’s the traditional powder for someone who wants to use a brush, but they’re  just about to launch four little cream ones. Cream is softer and quicker to apply. Dab some on your finger and smear on, there’s no chance of putting too much on. Just smile and dot it on the apples of the cheeks.

If you do have time….

They're Real mascara, £19.50, Benefit

They’re Real! mascara, £19.50, Benefit

If you have time for mascara, the first thing you should do is your lower lashes. Look up and add mascara, then look down and do your upper lashes. You only need one good coat for the day, just to bring out the eye. If it’s at night or you want to make more of an impact, then you can do one coat all over and then repeat or maybe just add a little extra on the outer edges of your eye, so you have a cat’s eye effect. There are thousands of mascaras out there but I love Max Factor Masterpiece and Benefit’s They’re Real

No time to shine….

Porefessional primer, £24.50, Benefit

Porefessional primer, £24.50, Benefit

If shine is a problem, then you can either powder the t-zone (the forehead, nose and chin) or use a primer or a BB cream. With primer, you just dot a little bit around your nose. Nars, Laura Mercier and Benefit all make good ones. They feel like velvet and refine your skin. With regard to BB creams, Dior and YSL make great ones. And the new CC cream from Clinique is good. (Ed’s note: come back next week for Natasha’s inside info on CC creams).

Nars Multiple, £30, Space NK

Nars Multiple, £30, Space NK

The other thing is if you have good skin then you can use a Nars Multiple stick, which you can dab on the eyes, cheeks and lips. It’s very good.

And what about cleansing? Are face wipes bad?

I think they’re fantastic for when you are on a long plane journey or you’re just cream crackered and want to go straight to bed. But they don’t replace a proper skincare routine. However gentle they are, they just don’t. It’s like brushing your teeth. Sometimes you can be really quick and brush your teeth for a minute, but you can’t do that every day. I can tell when people just use wipes as I can see a build up of dirt on the skin. Wipes don’t slough off the skin properly, they don’t help you massage cleanser into the skin. They just don’t do a thorough enough job. You have to cleanse properly, whether you’re using a foamer or oil, you have to get in there and stimulate the skin with your fingers and dislodge make up, dead cells and impurities, and remove everything thoroughly.

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