Tips and Tricks

No time to be beautiful? Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Whether you’re busy in the morning or simply need those extra minutes before starting your day, finding a streamlined beauty routine can be a lifesaver for any woman. By using these products and tricks, you’ll look awake, refreshed and together with only a couple minutes and the bare minimum of products.

The first step to a fast and flawless face is to find a multitasking face cream. BB and CC creams have recently become very popular. These combine primer, coverage, moisturizer and sunscreen all in one. That is a lot of extra steps that can be skipped in the morning! Simply smooth a pea-sized amount of one of these creams over your skin, and blend it in. You may have to use concealer for spots or undereye circles. Many pros also recommend setting your BB cream with a powder for a dewy look that lasts all day.

Next, hit your lashes with some mascara. Hold the brush at the base of your top lashes, and then wiggle it back and forth as you pull it out to the tips of the lashes. Once you master this move, you’ll be able to get smooth, even coats with just one swipe. To skip the eyeliner, get a little mascara on your lower lashes, too. Just hold the brush vertically and gently tap it against your lower lashes near the base.

Most women don’t think to put makeup on their brows or think that it is a high-maintenance option. However, well-groomed eyebrows can brighten up the eyes without eyeshadow and only take a couple seconds. Start by brushing your eyebrows. Even if you don’t wax or tweeze your brows, this will give them a nice, even shape. You can use an eyebrow brush, or save an old, clean mascara wand. Then, using a small angled brush, apply a very light dusting of eyebrow powder along the top arch of your brow. Powder has a softer, more natural look than a brow pencil, and you can easily fill in more color if you want.

If you have the time, contour. You can see what a big difference it makes, thanks to Allure beauty blogger Cara. Simply follow her basic template for a face that looks flawless and won’t need any other makeup. If you don’t have the time, just add some color to your cheeks. A healthy blush can make you look fresh and natural. If you’re in a hurry, buy a tinted lip gloss. Swipe it over the apples of your cheeks, instead of applying traditional blush with a brush, and blend it with your fingertips. Then just put it on your lips like normal for a subdued and natural-looking glow.

Looking great doesn’t have to take up the entire morning. By investing in a few products that do double– or triple– duty, your morning makeup routine can be done in as little as four steps, and you won’t spend precious minutes juggling brushes and applicators. Now, you can take care of your makeup and then get on with your life.

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