Ask the Experts: Makeup Looks You Can Do in Five Minutes

Ask the Experts: Makeup Looks You Can Do in Five Minutes
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 03, 2012

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Create a daytime look with a touch of flair in less than 5 minutes.

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Create a daytime look with a touch of flair in less than 5 minutes.

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Create a daytime look with a touch of flair in less than 5 minutes.

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To cut time, you can skip the concealer and apply an even coat of foundation instead, says New York City–based Evelyn.

TIME: 2 MINUTES

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Play up eyes. Coat top and bottom lashes with mascara. Plus, “apply a single shade of shadow across your lid in one sweep,” says Evelyn.

TIME: 2 MINUTES

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“Bronzer doesn’t give you glow; it gives hue,” says Evelyn. For true glow, opt for a golden powder luminizer on the tops of the cheeks instead.

TIME: 25 SECONDS

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When in a rush, wear a lip stain in a standout hue. Skip the liner for a natural look . The only tool you’ll need is your finger.

TIME: 15 SECONDS

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Luminizer in Whisper of Gilt ($28, MAC locations).

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Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup ($14, drugstores).

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Chanel Blending Foundation Brush #7 ($54, Chanel counters).

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Lash Fanatic Mascara ($7, drugstores).

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Get glowing and gorgeous with this office appropriate look that’s as easy as 1-2-3.

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Use stick foundation for quick spot coverage. Dab on and blend with fingers or a sponge.

TIME: 1 MINUTE

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Hold a flat item at the corner of the eye. Next apply a smoky hue along the top edge for a finished line.

TIME: 2 MINUTES

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For cheeks, no contouring needed. Just have a go-to shade that gives you a natural-looking flush.

TIME: 45 SECONDS

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For a power pout, apply a neutral moisturizing lip color in a long-wearing formula with a brush.

TIME: 10 SECONDS

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NYC New York Color City Proof 8 HR Lip Gloss in Coffee Break ($4, drugstores).

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Dior 5-Colour Designer Artistry Palette in Navy Design ($59, dior.com).

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Iman Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 4 ($16, Ulta).

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Lash Wand by Petrafied ($75, petraalexandra.com to order).

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It’s important to squeeze in a fun night out every few weeks despite how busy you may be. With this easy look, you won’t have to spend half of your night in the mirror getting ready.

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Apply concealer, then opt for light coverage with a tinted moisturizer for color and moisture in one shot.

TIME: 2 MINUTES

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Pull skin taut when applying liner; it lets the pencil glide smoothly without missing spots, says Evelyn.

TIME: 30 SECONDS

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Use blush on just the apples of the cheeks. It’s quick, youthful and perks up your face.

TIME: 10 SECONDS

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Use deeply pigmented shadow as lip color for depth and texture, advises Evelyn. Choose color wisely.

TIME: 1 MINUTE

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Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer ($22, sephora.com).

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Transforming Shadow Duos ($20, Kohl’s).

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Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Plum ($15, clinique.com).

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