Trying to apply a full face of makeup during a frantic morning? Yeah, right. I am lucky if I manage to slap on some concealer or swipe on a coat of mascara as I hurry out the door. As it turns out there’s no need to spend tons of time, or use tons of products to totally transform your look. Check out my makeup hacks that will take you from blah to beautiful, in no time.
Make the most of your mascara.
Sure, it can lush up your lashes, but that tiny tube can also double as eyeliner when you’re short on time. As you apply the mascara work the wand all the way to the roots of your lashes. Wiggle it along the lash-line, so that a little bit of color gets deposited on the skin and you will have the look of liner in seconds.
Use foundation strategically.
Repeat after us: You don’t need a full face of foundation. Instead, focus on the center of your face, applying the product in a T shape—a horizontal line stretching from one under eye area to the next, and a vertical line down the center of your face, from the bridge of your nose down to your chin. These areas are the most prone to discoloration and where most women typically need the most coverage. After you make the T, use your fingertips or a damp sponge to blend the product outward. This technique also makes for a more natural look.
A glowing complexion is all the rage right now. Spritz a hydrating facial mist over your foundation to get that same dewy, hydrated effect in seconds. This is also a great way to revive and refresh makeup at the end of the day. I carry mine with my all day.
Make your lipstick last.
I love the look of a bold lip, but there’s no need to line your lips or apply layer after layer of lipstick when you need long lasting color. Swipe on your hue, then lightly cover your pucker with a tissue. Using a big, fluffy brush, dust a translucent loose powder over the tissue—the residue that passes though will lock in the lipstick, without looking chalky or dry.
Fake wide awake eyes.
Lacking in the beauty sleep department? Try this trick: line both your top and bottom waterlines with a taupe or beige liner. The light hue brightens the entire area, making eyes look larger and more awake.
Go for glossy lids.
When you’re tired of the same old eye shadow, think beyond eye makeup. A tiny dab of any plain, non-flavored lip gloss layered over your go-to shadow adds a subtle sheen that completely transforms the look from everyday to super special.
Heat up your lash curler.
Turn your lash curler into a hot tool for long lasting, mega-lifted lashes. Aim your blow dryer at the tool for a few seconds before you use it; the heat helps create more bend and lift in your lashes, without having to curl repeatedly.
There you have it now you can look beautiful and still be out the door in time to make a stop at your favorite coffee shop before heading to work.