The scenario is familiar: you’ve got a cocktail party to attend and you’re running late at work. What do you do? Here’s are 7 easy steps that you can do to look party-ready in just 10 minutes (and you don’t even have to leave your desk!)

STEP 1: Face Mist
Time Needed: 30 seconds
At the end of a work day, your makeup can be cakey, oxidised and perhaps even faded. To refresh your skin, give it a quick spritz of facial mist. We like Skin Inc’s Pure Serum Mist, $98, which is loaded with minerals-rich onsen water, hyaluronic acid and a host of humectants to instantly hydrate skin. After letting the mist settle for a couple of minutes, gently blot the excess off with a tissue.

Pure Serum Mist, $30 for 30ml; $98 for 100ml, Skin Inc

STEP 2: Touch-Up Your Makeup
Time Needed: 1 minute 30 seconds
Once you’ve doused your skin in moisture, pat on Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion, $74. Not only does it give medium to full coverage, it imparts skin with a dewy radiance. Follow with NARS’ Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $46, which blurs blemishes, mask dark circles and dark spots without sinking into wrinkles or pores for a flawless finish. Finally, set makeup with Dior’s Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder, $80.

Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, $74, Sulwhasoo
Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $46, NARS
Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder, $80, Dior

STEP 3: Blusher
Time Needed: 1 minute
Give you skin an instant pick-me-up by adding some blush to your cheeks. We like NARS’ Dual-Intensity Blush, $68, which comes in two complementary shades so you can create your desired effect in one handy compact.

Dual-Intensity Blush, $68, NARS

STEP 4: Eyebrows
Time Needed: 2 minutes
Intensify your brows before heading out with a brow palette. YSL Beauty’s Couture Brow Palette, $99, comes in three complementary brow powders so you can create immaculately defined brows with a 3D effect.

YSL Beauty
Couture Brow Palette, $99, YSL Beauty

STEP 5: Eyeshadow & Eyeliner
Time Needed: 2 minutes
Add definition to your eyes with a quick wash of brown eye shadow. Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color in Cocoa, $48, is a rich brown that glides onto lids smoothly and once set, stays budge-proof all night long. For a sexier look, line your eyes with a black liner, ending with a slight flick at the outer ends. We like Shu Uemura’s Lasting Soft Gel Pencil, $37.

Laura Mercier
Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, $48, Laura Mercier
Shu Uemura
Lasting Soft Gel Pencil, $37, Shu Uemura

STEP 6: Curl Your Lashes
Time Needed: 2 minutes
When you want to work fast, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. Designed to suit Asian eyes, the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $30, is a perennial favourite amongst women and makeup artists alike because of its ability to reach even the tiniest of lashes and give them a curled lift. Follow with two or three coats of lengthening mascara like Cle de Peau Beaute’s Perfect Lash Mascara, $73, which holds lashes in shape without flaking or weighing them down.

Shu Uemura
Eyelash Curler, $30, Shu Uemura
Cle de Peau Beaute
Perfect Lash Mascara, $73 Cle de Peau Beaute

STEP 7: Lipstick
Time Needed: 1 minute
No night out is complete without a perfect red pout. Choose one that’s both conditioning and richly pigmented for a bold statement. We like Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G in So Marilyn, a neutral red that flatters almost every skin tone. It’s also enriched in skincare ingredients to keep lips smooth.

Charlotte Tilbury
K.I.S.S.I.N.G in So Marilyn, Charlotte Tilbury

By Joyce Cheo