Makeup, for many of us, is super empowering. Just like a great pair of heels, a statement hand bag or a morning latte, armour, in the form of red lipstick or a blink of mascara, is proven to boost self-esteem and make tasks seem a little more achievable, which in turn makes them more achievable. Your ‘power face’ is the one that can make you feel more in control, and mentally prepared for the day ahead. What does this makeup look like? That's up to you, but two things are essential:
It needs to be fast acting — something you can rely on to look like 8 hours sleep, when you’ve pulled an all-nighter averting a work crisis or looking after the kids — and it shouldn’t be hard work.
Your game face, whether it’s simply hydrated skin or a full beat, should be 'me time', not a burden.
Here, our tried-and-tested power-look, guaranteed to make you feel fab in a five minute cab ride.
GAME FACE BASE
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Dhs260
A hard-working base is a back-of-cab essential. You need something that'll blend seamlessly and remain semi-matte sans powder.
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil Dhs120
Go for a skinny, waterproof brow pen that promises at least 12 hour's wear. Fill in any sparse areas, then brush those babies up, to look instantly more awake.
Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Dhs91 at net-a-porter.com
When time is of the essence, a buildable formula is best. Steer clear of heavy duty waterproof formulas that clump after one coat.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Have Paris Dhs145
Red lipstick clarifies the complexion and makes the whites of the eyes instantly brighter, however, it takes maintenance. If you’ve got time for nothing else, do the red lip.
If you've smoothed on a base, invest in a nude lipstick that complements your skin tone and acts as the top coat to your beauty look.