Invest in makeup that pulls double-duty: “Look for products that do more than one thing,” says makeup artist Nicole Culler. “Like a cream blush that you can use on cheeks, lips, and even eyes.” Try Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush.
Ditch the foundation for tinted moisturizer: The sheer formula provides coverage but is easier to blend than foundation (and never leaves you with the makeup equivalent of a visible panty line when applied in a hurry). Plus, it saves valuable seconds by letting you skip extra steps like slathering on a separate moisturizer and SPF. Try Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinté High Potency Tinted Moisturizer Vitamin Enriched UVA/UVB SPF 30 Sunscreen.
Say hi to highlighter: The key to looking bright and awake (as opposed to “just dragged myself out of bed”) is adding a bit of light to strategic areas of your face. “Use your fingers to apply sheer, skin-toned highlighter like Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Color Stick under the brow bone, on the inner corner of eyes, cheekbones, and the middle of your lower lip (over lipstick),” says Culler. All you need to finish the look is a couple of coats of black, eye-opening mascara.
Make your lips the centerpiece of your face: A swipe of bright, warm pink lipstick like MAC Lustre Lipstick in Sweetie takes only seconds to apply, yet warms up the tone of your face and instantly makes you look “made up”. Just add a touch of concealer under the eyes, around the nose, and on any blemishes, add a coat of mascara, and you’re good to go.
A squirt of eye drops goes a long way: Instantly brighten red, tired eyes with a couple of drops of Visine. But don’t stop there; apply to any inflamed pimples to tone down the redness so you can do without concealer (or at least use less and be finished covering quicker).