Tricks for Cutting Your Makeup Routine in Half
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By Paige Brettingen
After hitting snooze one too many times, you've got less than 30 minutes to get out the door. Sound familiar? To help you survive harried mornings, we asked makeup artists to share their best time-saving tips. Read on to find out how you can cut your morning makeup routine in half.
Prime Time2 of 10
Regardless of how short you are on time, don't skimp on priming your skin, says makeup artist Katherine Reel. Her first steps: "Moisturize, protect and correct." Two favorites that accomplish these tasks in one swoop: Chanel's Vitalumière Aqua, a lightweight foundation with SPF 15, and Sunday Riley tinted primer, which hydrates and provides coverage.
Take Cover3 of 10
BB creams are designed to act as a moisturizer, primer, anti-aging cream, SPF and concealer all in one, making them perfect for busy women. In lieu of using foundation, apply two layers of the cream with your fingers and blend beyond the jawline into the neck area. "If you can get your skin looking decent, you've won half the battle," says Kimberley Bosso, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Bosso Makeup.
SHOP NOW: Bosso BB cream, $39, kbosso.com
High Brow4 of 10
"If you're cutting steps, focus on what gives your face the most impact, like your brows," says Reel. She recommends Maybelline's sculpting brow mascara, a creamy mousse that will quickly enhance and tame your brows. Bosso also uses her Bosso brow powder. Use the lighter shade at the beginning of the brows and switch to the darker shade for the ends, she says.
Finger Painting5 of 10
When short on time, Bosso suggests putting the brushes aside and relying on your fingers. "The heat from your skin melts the wax and oils in makeup and helps blend it in quicker," she says. This technique works especially well when using a lipstick and blush combo like Stila's stain. For a natural-looking flush, just apply three dots to your cheekbone and blend with clean fingers.
SHOP NOW: Stila lip & cheek stain, $24, sephora.com
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Glow Away6 of 10
Reel's go-to for lips, cheeks and the eyes is NARS's makeup stick. Just dab on your finger and blend wherever you want a sun-kissed glow. Rather not get your fingers dirty? Try Mally Beauty's palette, which contains bronzer, highlighter and blush. Whisk the bronzer on your forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks and chin, apply the blush to your cheeks and add highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones.
Smoke & Mirrors7 of 10
Reel says you need two tools to do a smoky eye in 45 seconds: a smudging brush and a creamy eyeliner. For daytime, use a brown liner like Cinema Secrets in Suede, and for night, try Tarte's waterproof liner in Onyx or Slate. Dot the outer corners of eyes at the roots of the lashes with the pencil, then blend out and up—no more than a few millimeters—with the brush.
Lash Out8 of 10
If you have to forgo applying eye shadow, you can rely solely on a good mascara to make your eyes pop, says Reel. To avoid having to layer multiple coats on your lashes, try just one coat of L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. It's a staple for Reel, who says the mascara's gel texture builds length without flaking.
SHOP NOW: L'Oréal voluminous carbon black mascara, $8, ulta.com
Lip Service9 of 10
Since our lips are often the last step in our makeup routine, it's tempting to neglect them in favor of saving time. But like the rest of our skin, they need daily protection. "Your lips wrinkle, too," says Reel. Rather than apply a lip balm followed by lipstick, opt for a two-in-one combo like this version by Rae Cosmetics, which contains SPF 15 and vitamin E to protect lips and seal in moisture.
SHOP NOW: Rae Cosmetics lipstick, $18, raecosmetics.com
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Before you leave, toss a few items in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. For starters, "Every woman should have a nude lip liner," says Reel. Try Laura Geller's waterproof version in Buff, which helps define your lips and keep your color in place throughout the day.
SHOP NOW: Laura Geller Pout Perfection waterproof lip liner, $17, qvc.com
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