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    How To Do Your Make-Up With Only Three Products

    Left your make-up behind? Don't worry.

    So, you've stayed the night somewhere, or have forgotten your make-up bag at the gym.

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    This is all about multi-use products. You can make do with concealer, mascara, and a neutral lipstick. We're using Pro Longwear Concealer by MAC and Last Tango by NARS.

    A high-street alternative to the NARS are the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks, which work really well as a lipstick and cheek stain.

    First, conceal.

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    You don't need the coverage of foundation. Using your fingers, just add the concealer where you need it. This could be under the eyes, around the nose to cover redness, and then any other blemishes.

    If you have moisturiser, you can mix your concealer with it to make a tinted moisturiser.

    Add mascara.

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    When it comes to buying mascara, do your research. Decide what you want from the product. The thicker the brush, the more volume. The thinner the brush, the more length.

    Blush time.

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    Emma-Jane Lewis

    Use a nude, muted lipstick the same way you'd use a creme blusher. Stripe the lipstick on the apple of your cheek, and use the warmth of your finger to rub it in.

    Add a swipe of lipstick to finish.

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    Pretty as a picture!

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    If you swap out two items, you can make this into a more dramatic look.

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    Keep the mascara from before, and swap in a creme blush and a brown eyeshadow.

    Shown here: Maybelline Great Lash, The Balm's How 'Bout Them Apples (Pie), and MAC eyeshadow in Omega.

    Ideally you will have two brushes, or a two-in-one brush (an eyeliner brush and an eyeshadow brush) such as this one.

    Eyeshadow first.

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    Use your brown eyeshadow on your lids, and you can also define your brows if the colour match is right.

    Get instructions on using a powder to define your brows here.

    You could also try a light contour with the eyeshadow.

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    (Again, this depends on the eyeshadow colour match to your skin, and the brushes you have available.)

    Get instructions here.

    Mascara time.

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    You can also use mascara as an eyeliner.

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    Emma-Jane Lewis

    Using an angle brush, take the product from the tube and use a liner (but not inside the eye).

    A creme blush can work as flushed lip stain.

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    Be aware that some creme blushes might be a little drying on the lips, so add lip balm.

    Dot the stain on the apples of your cheeks.

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    Congrats!

    Make-up by Lucybloom Webb for BuzzFeed.

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