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Beauty Products and Tips For When You're Running Late

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Whether you're a student or working a 9-5 job, odds are you've had situations where you either oversleep or you simply don't have much time to get ready. (Or, if you're like me, some days you really just don't care enough to spend more than five minutes on your face). Here's my advice for days when you're in a rush to do your makeup!

Let's start the with the night before. One of the best things you can actually do to help cut down your getting ready time in the morning is by making sure your face is prepped for it before you even wake up. Removing your makeup EVERY. NIGHT. (I'm really stressing this, clearly) is the best thing you can do in general for your face, but removing it at night ensures that you won't have to take any extra unnecessary steps in the morning before getting ready. If you wake up and have to remove the leftover product from yesterday, you have less time to actually get ready for the day.

I'm not picky about my makeup removers, so I usually grab a pack of wipes at CVS or another local drugstore and use those to remove all your makeup nightly. You can use separate eye makeup removers, but I don't think it's necessary. You can also use items you have in your pantry or bathroom such as olive oil or baby oil to remove your makeup! Just make sure to use a good face wash afterwards to ensure that you'll have a clean base to work with in the morning.

Something else you can do to help cut down your getting ready time in the A.M. is by keeping your daily makeup products separate from your other makeup and putting them in a place that's easy for you to reach them. I don't like putting my daily products in a bunch of makeup drawers because I want to be able to grab them as quickly as possible without having to rummage through all my makeup to find them.

When I'm running late in the morning, here are the top 5 products I always reach for.

Brow Pencil
I realize that not everyone fills in their brows daily, but because I'm a natural redhead I have completely (and I mean completely) blonde eyebrows that make it impossible for me to leave the house without filling them in. I prefer a pencil over a powder because it works faster for me and I can just run it over my brows, blend a little with a spoolie, and go. I personally use Covergirl's brow pencil in midnight brown, but use whatever pencil you prefer.

Light Foundation
If you have flawless skin, you could probably get away with either applying a touch of tinted moisturizer or just keep your skin bare. For those of us with skin that's not so perfect, a light foundation is perfect. If I had to choose between a concealer or foundation, I would most likely go for a foundation when I'm rushing out the door because a light foundation will even out your skin tone much better than just applying a concealer in a couple spots. I've recently been using L'Oreal Paris' Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation daily, because the consistency is very light and feels like a smooth powder, but it's easy to blend. I would consider this to be one of those "my skin, but better" foundations because of how natural it looks and how well it actually cancels out discoloration on the skin. You can also layer it on top of problem areas if you really need to or have extra time. (Another plus of this product - because it's considered a liquid powder, there's no need to apply powder over it unless you really want to.)

Along with having stark blonde brows, I also have blonde eyelashes, so going without mascara is a no-no for me. If I don't have time to blend shadows and apply eyeliner, I at least use a swipe of mascara on my lashes before heading out the door so my eyes pop a little. I love Maybelline's Colossal mascara because the brush is just right, not too plastic-y or pliable and the product works great for extending and thickening the appearance of your lashes.

Eye shadow
My biggest tip for helping your eyes stand out but simultaneously keeping from spending 10-15 minutes just trying to blend together shades is to use a swipe of one shadow that complements your eye color over the entire lid. I have blue-green eyes, so I usually use a matte brown shadow on my lids when I'm in a hurry. I love Ulta's Milk Chocolate brown shadow because it's the perfect matte brown that can be applied lightly for a hint of color or heavily for a smokey look.

After using a foundation, you don't want your skin to be completely one-dimensional so I always apply a little blush. My favorite of the moment is Ulta's Cheek Color in Afterglow. It's a beautiful pink-peach color with a hint of gold glimmer in it. I think it would make a great blush for people of many different skin tones.

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