The 9 Best 60-Second Makeup Tips
Trust in the power of taupe eye shadow
Sweep it over your entire eyelid to give your eyes a wide-awake look (the color zaps redness) or use it to create the perfect base for eyeliner—it looks amazing next to a line of brown, black or navy. Add a touch of shimmery beige at the inner corners of your eyes and you’ve got a look that goes from day to night in a flash.
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Apply blush to just the apples of your cheeks
It’s an instant face brightener that sets the stage for the rest of your makeup—whether you choose to put on more or not. Use a fluffy brush to apply a pop of pink to the apples of your cheeks, and poof—you look gorgeous.
Use a liner to cheat the perfect-lip look
Think it takes hours to get your lips just right? Think again! Choose a liner that matches your lip color exactly. Drag the lip liner around the edges of your mouth, blending toward the middle (20 seconds). Fill in the outline with the pencil to create a stain (10 seconds). Apply your lipstick straight from the tube, blot and repeat (15 seconds). Done!
Look for color-coded eyeshadows
It sounds simple, but if you wear shadows and liners in hues that enhance your eye color, your natural beauty will shine through. To bring out your baby blues, try rich brown shades. Got green eyes? Purple will help them sparkle. Brown and hazel eyes look amazing lined with gold or bronze. Worried about buying the right hue? There’s a bunch of drugstore finds like CoverGirl’s Exact Eyelights line that are already color-coded for you!
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Be smart about where you put your bronzer
Bronzer is practically a vacation in a compact—just a couple swipes of the stuff makes you look rested, relaxed and sun-kissed. But if you’re wearing your hair up, take five more seconds to brush it on your earlobes, too—it will look more natural that way.
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Glam up a lip stain with gloss
You’ll get lasting color and shine, without any major upkeep—just reapply gloss as needed. The best part: You won’t worry about your color coming off when you’re out sipping cocktails.
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Go light with the heavy metal makeup
Amp up your beauty look with your fashion accessories
Wear makeup—on your shoulders
To look even cuter in your tank tops and strapless dresses, try dusting a bit of highlighting powder on the round part of your shoulders. (All out? Even shimmery silver or pale pink shadow will do the trick!) Smear a little bronzer in the “dents” of your collarbone and blend well. Using this subtly contrasting makeup trick will help your upper body look toned and healthy.