The 5-minute face: Cut your makeup routine in half!

{relative}Need to get out the door quickly or simply hate spending too much time with makeup? We break it down to the absolute essentials for any budget. By following these steps you can cut down your makeup routine to a simple five minutes. 
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    Light Coverage

    Accomplish two steps in one with a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. These products will moisturize your skin while giving you just the right amount of coverage. Best of all, their light texture lets you apply them with your fingers in a snap.

    Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer, $27, 

    L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Liquid BB Cream, $8,

    Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Sheer Tint, $7,

    Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, $32,

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    For those pesky red spots that just won’t go away, a few dabs of concealer will do the trick. It’s worth it to take up a little more time to carefully blend in the color to your skin—well-applied concealer keeps you looking perfect all day.

    Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $23,

    NYX Concealer Jar, $5,

    HD Lifting Concealer, $3,

    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29,

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    Curled eyelashes

    Take a couple seconds to open up your eyes with an eyelash curler. At first the clamps can seem a little scary, but the more you practice, the easier it gets. Don’t skip this step! It makes a huge difference in making you look more awake.

    Napoleon Perdis Black Eyelash Curler, $15,

    Gorgeous Cosmetics Eyelash Curler, $18,

    Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Eye Lash Curler, $9, 

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    Amp up those lashes even more with a dash of mascara. A little goes a long way in giving you defined eyes and a boost of flirty confidence.

    Lancome Hypnôse Star Show-Stopping Volume Mascara, $29,

    Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Mascara, $6,

    Great Lash BIG Washable Mascara, $6, 

    Benefit They're Real! Mascara, $23,

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    Lip Gloss

    Your look would not be complete without a pretty pout. Swiping on a little color will make your face seem finished—not like you did it all in five minutes.

    Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, $7,

    Nars Lip Gloss, $26,

    Aeropostale Solid Lip Gloss, $3,

    Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, $4,

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by Bracken Woolley | 2/1/2016
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