7 Makeup Must Haves
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On average, putting on makeup requires women anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get ready. Wouldn't it be nice to look your absolute best without spending an inordinate amount of time in front of the mirror? The less time it takes you to get made up, the more time you can spend on doing the things you love.

Cut the time it takes to look gorgeous with these 7 makeup must haves. This list is guaranteed to save you time while looking absolutely flawless throughout the day.

1. Concealer

Hide dark under-eye circles, redness, and other blemishes using a good concealer. Choose a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. You can opt for sticks, liquids, or creams to suit your skin type with liquids being great for dry skin. Don’t forget to blend well after application.

2. Loose translucent powder.

This helps set the concealer and foundation to give your face a smoother finish. It also helps control shine and oiliness. Loose powders are essential for freshening up in the middle of the day or when your makeup feels runny.

3. Foundation

An excellent shade of foundation is one that blends into your skin under natural light. To test, ask to have products smeared near your jawbone and go outside. Stores usually have soft lighting but broad daylight reveals the exact shade which matches your own skin colour.

4 Blush and bronzer combination

Pick a blush and bronzer combination that’s easy to carry around. They come in compact or loose powders and creams. Use the bronzer to contour your face and create more defined cheekbones and the blush to enhance and highlight your cheeks. Ideally your blush is a shade that complements your skin tone. Fair skinned women can go for corals and pinks, while dusky hued ladies look better in shades of burgundy.

5. False eyelashes or eyelash extensions

Bulk of the time is spent on enhancing the eye area. While mascara is a requirement if you have short or sparse eyelashes, it’s messy and difficult to remove. Same goes for false eyelashes that you have to glue on. A more permanent solution is to get eyelash extensions. These not only makes your eyes more dramatic even without makeup, they save you a lot of time too! Many salons perform eyelash extensions safely so you should look into it.

6. Eyeliner

Eyeliners come in liquid, powder and pencil. Choose an eyeliner that can double as an eyebrow pencil. This means two to three shades darker than your hair colour. Line tops of lids with a thin line for day, and draw thicker lines around the eyes for night time. Don’t forget to give a small flip near the outer corners of your eyes to open them up and give you a more exotic look.

7. Lipstick

Lipsticks today put their counterparts to shame. There’s so many shades to choose from! They come in sticks, gels, tints along with a dizzying array of finishes. Matte finish, opaque, glitter finish, you name it. Choose a lipstick shade that’s close to your lip colour during the day. Nude and subtle colors in matte or opaque finishes are unobtrusive and perfect for work. If you hate applying lip colour all the time, choose long wearing lipsticks. Some lasts for eight hours or longer.

There you have it! Looking beautiful daily has never been simpler.

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