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    18 Makeup Tips And Tricks That Will Actually Save You Time

    Ain't nobody got time for that (two hour makeup routine).

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    1. Create the perfect pout quickly by utilizing the cupid's bow trick. Use any lip liner to create an "X" and outline your upper lip. This will help you color *inside* the lines and define your lips when applying lipgloss or lipstick.

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    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to perfect your pout.

    Get them from Amazon: a set of six lip liners for $6.97, lipstick for $4.47 (available in 34 shades), and lip gloss for $4.25 (available in 17 shades).

    2. Use a highlighter stick for anything and everything. Not only do they create an amazing pop of shimmer on your cheeks, but they can be used as eyeshadow or on the inner corners of your eyes to make you look more awake — all with just a few quick swipes.


    Some people (AKA me) even use highlighter sticks on their lips to make lipsticks more shimmery, or as lipstick on its own! Having so many uses for one product (that doesn't produce any fallout) saves a TON of time.

    Promising review: "I'm a mom of two tots who loves makeup, but rarely has the time to apply it. This little stick is perfect! I get a great glow without looking all glittery like my daughters when they play dress-up. I blend it into my foundation, on the tip of my nose, apple line of my cheeks, upper lip bow, and a little bit on the upper T-zone of my face. It looks great and I don't look like I feel like a petroleum jelly jar. I now have a nice, easy, and natural-looking glow." —CLew

    Get it from Amazon for $4.65 (available in two shades).

    3. Forget the days of spending hours on your cat eye with this eyeliner stamp. It'll basically do all the work for you by creating the same wing shape every time. The only thing you need to do is figure out the *purrfect* placement for your eyes.


    Check out a BuzzFeeder's closer look on how much people are lovin' this eyeliner stamp!

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I suck at wings and I don’t have the time or interest to sit there and practice until I’m perfect. This is the easy solution. It saves you so much time and it’s not that expensive." –Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.34 (available in three sizes).

    4. Master the fastest smoky eye by using eyeshadow pencils. Fill your lid in with a lighter color as your base and a darker color in the corner in a grid-like formation. Blend it all together and you'll be on your merry way.

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    Check out even more from The Skincare Edit for quick beauty hacks.

    Promising review: "I am lazy and hate doing my makeup, especially after a morning workout on a weekday. I wanted something I could throw in my bag and smear around my eyes in a couple of seconds, just to add a little color without the fussiness. This fits the bill perfectly. I am pale with light hair and eyes, and the 'yogurt' color is exactly what I wanted. It gives my eyes a little definition, but isn't super noticeable. The slight shimmer also makes me look awake on days where I'm dragging. It is not intensely shiny, though, which is important to me. I do not want to look like a disco ball! Because this is so easy to use, non-irritating, and is the exact color I was looking for, I will order more colors!" —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $2.52+ (available in 25 shades).

    5. Turn to a makeup eraser pen when you're rushing and make a small mistake! Apply it to the area where the makeup is unwanted and it will be erased *without* having to take your whole face off.


    Promising review: "OMG! These are AMAZING! Anyone knows that sometime you get a bit frustrated with your wing on eyeliner, or you hit another part of your face after you finish your flawless makeup. Guess what? This really does just remove the tiny mistake you made. When I first got it I had my doubts, but wow was I wrong! I was applying waterproof eyeliner and sneezed so you can only imagine what happened to my perfect face of makeup. I pulled out this little pen, shook it up and the mess was GONE — just like magic! I wiped the tip after and have used it a few more times to get that perfect wing. The tip will stain, but it will not transfer as long as you clean it after every use. I am so happy that it came in a three-pack. I gave one to my best friend and kept the other as a spare." —Jeni

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.76.

    6. Skip a bunch of extra steps with the seven-in-one IT Cosmetics CC cream. If you're running late, you can moisturize, prime, and conceal (plus so much more!) all with one product.


    This concealer will act as a full-coverage foundation, sun protectant (SPF 50+), brightening color corrector, hydrating anti-aging serum, poreless finish primer, dark spot concealer, and moisturizing day cream. Btw, this has 8,609 five-star reviews!

    Promising review: "I was trying new foundations for a while, but in the end, I would always come back to this one. It's super fast and easy to apply in the morning and lasts on my face for about seven to eight hours. I have very red, acne-prone skin and this makes me feel beautiful like I'm wearing a ton of makeup. A little goes a long way! At the end of the night when I take it off, I feel like it has actually improved my skin! This is IT for me! I will always repurchase this." —SarahLovesIt

    Get it from Ulta for $38 (available in 12 shades).

    7. Give your eyelash curler a rest and swipe on some Benefit lash-lifting mascara. Its curved wand will volumize your lashes and curl them all at the same time.


    This is another one of my personal faves! This mascara instantly lifts my lashes and makes them curl, without clumping! Just a few swipes and I'm out the door. Plus, it's really easy to take off and never makes my lashes feel heavy.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about the curly claims at first. I have very thin lashes, but they are stick-straight and require a lot of curling to get them to pep up. I was running late one day and grabbed this mascara. I realized I forgot to curl my lashes after one eye was done. But then, I realized that the eye I didn't use my curler on was actually curlier! When I got home hours later, my lashes were beautiful and still REALLY curly! Even curlier than when I use a curler on them. It's a nice mascara as far as volume goes, too. It is very buildable and has a great black color!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Sephora for $25 (available in two shades).

    8. Toss your brush and use cream blush! It can be applied with your fingers (kind of like finger painting!) and is super easy to build and blend, unlike powder blush that can take a few tries to get just right.


    Check out a BuzzFeeder's in-depth review about how much she loves to ~paint~ on her blush!

    Promising review: "As a student, I love how easy this is to apply. I put it on with my fingers in the morning and it's so simple, quick, and leaves the prettiest natural color. I like it much better than powder blushes, because it's hard to overdo it or put more on one cheek than the other. This product also lasts a super long time, because it's so pigmented and a little goes a long way. I definitely recommend to people who like a quick, cute, blush that leaves a beautiful tint on all skin tones." —Dina

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    9. Fix any mishaps you may have had while applying your lipstick by using an angled brush and concealer to create clean, crisp lines. No need to start over from scratch, which will take twice as long and usually cause a *colorful* nightmare all over your face.

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    Plus, this will help prevent your lipstick from feathering! Check out more from Rebecca Shores on how to apply lipstick.

    Get an angled brush from Amazon for $10 and a top-rated concealer stick from Amazon for $4.17 (available in seven shades).

    10. Define your eyes with an eyeshadow quad. This quad has pre-curated shades that go together for you, so there's no need to spend time picking colors from all your random palettes. Plus, it LITERALLY tells you where to put each color on your eye so you'll be able to create a smoky eye in your sleep.


    Promising review: "These colors are buildable, blendable and smooth. They are perfect for a quick shadow application because it tells you what colors to put where. I also used this cutie for a photo shoot and it make a beautiful smoky eye." —Datondra

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in four shade combinations).

    11. Avoid spending time removing pesky eyeshadow fallout by using eyeshadow shields. It also helps create a sharp line when applying eyeliner or eyeshadow — a time-saving double whammy.


    Promising review: "I LOVE THESE! I'm not great at makeup, but these cut my time in half. They help get that perfect oval shape for your eyelids super easily, and you don't ever get sparkles on your cheeks!" —Karyn Campbell

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $9.50

    12. Make contouring easy with a double-sided contour stick. Apply the lighter shade where you want to highlight and the darker shade where you want definition. No brushes, no overwhelming palettes, and no time wasted. Not having time to contour? I don't know her.

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    Contouring will change your life (or at least your selfies), and it can be done in five minutes or less. Check out Amanda Ensing's full video tutorial!

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this stick. It makes application so easy and quick. It's light but buildable for more coverage. Easy to blend, long lasting. Seriously, you need this contour stick in your life." —Lynzi

    Get it from Ulta for $21 (available in 13 shades).

    13. Clean your brushes in-between each shadow application by using a color-switch sponge. No need to fuss and fumble for a new brush when switching from your crease back to your lid.


    You can also wet the center sponge to create a quick wet eyeshadow look!

    Promising review: "This product is so useful! I had previously owned the Sephora brand cleaner ($14) until I lost it. This product is less than half the price and also has the duo sponge. I didn't realize how useful the middle sponge would be, especially for those shimmery shadows! This product does not substitute for actually washing your brushes regularly, but it works as a convenient fix between shades! What a time-saver." —Gemiruth Navarro

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    14. Ditch filling in your eyebrows on the daily with a brow tint kit. Applying this semi-permanent dye once every few weeks will give you flawless brows so you don't have to waste time filling them in every morning. *Tosses all eyebrow pencils in the trash*.

    This tint kit comes with 20 applications! Reviewers say the tint lasts between a week to two weeks.

    Promising review: "WHERE HAS THIS PRODUCT BEEN?! I’ve spent the past few years filling in my eyebrows daily. It’s been a battle to keep them looking full, but still natural and not overdone. The entire process from opening the box until washing it off was about 15 minutes. The directions were super simple and easy to follow. The capsule opened easily and I was able to re-cap it for future use since I didn’t even use half. It mixed and applied well. I read other reviews that stated six minutes worked best so that’s what I did, and it was perfect for my brows." —Heather Lespinasse

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98 (available in medium brown; dark brown listed separately).

    15. Prep your skin with a popular Maybelline primer that'll help reduce fine lines and redness, as well as blur big pores. This way, your foundation will glide on super smoothly and you can have a flawless face of makeup in a jiffy.

    Promising review: "This product is truly amazing. I have some larger pores and putting on a layer of this gel and then a layer of Maybelline BB cream ($6.40) makes my skin look almost flawless. I liked it so much after I tried it that I subscribed to have it delivered from Amazon. As a busy working mom of three kids, I need my skin and makeup routine in the morning to be quick, simple, and high quality, all without breaking the bank. This gel checks off all of those boxes." —ChloeKat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

    16. Conquer putting foundation or concealer on in 10 seconds with this cult-favorite oval brush set. These brushes will help you seamlessly blend your makeup for a silky smooth complexion without having to go over your face a million times.


    Promising review: "I like these brushes a lot. I've never seen or touched a true set of Artis brushes ($360) to compare, but they are quite dense, especially the larger brushes. I also like the way my foundation looks when I apply with them. It makes application so much faster and easier. I probably only need about three of the brushes in the collection, but the 10 pieces allowed me to pick out the best sizes that I liked for my foundation, concealer, and nose contour. For the price, you can't really go wrong." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $14.99

    17. Spritz on some Mario Badescu facial spray to help you achieve your routine with the push of a finger. Hydrating your skin or creating a dewy glow are just some of the many ways you'll incorporate this duo into your on-the-go routine.,

    I personally use the rosewater as a setting spray and the cucumber and green tea spray as a primer. No rubbing or waiting for it to dry! Just spray and go, baby. Here's what each formula does:

    * Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: Meant to wake up dull or tired skin, hydrate, tone, and reduce redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day.

    * Aloe herbs and rosewater: Meant to hydrate and treat dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff! I have combination skin, which is very dry unless I moisturize. But I also have sensitive, becoming oily skin. I use the rosewater spray after moisturizing as a primer. After I put makeup on, I use it as a setting spray. I bring the cucumber spray with me everywhere I go for a quick bit of moisture and as a refresher throughout the day! There's absolutely no irritation, I feel like it's brightened up my skin tone since using it. I will be buying more soon!" —Isabel

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14 (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about the rosewater spray in a BuzzFeeder's full breakdown.

    18. Control and shape even thick eyebrows with the fan-favorite Glossier boy brow gel. You can get it in clear, in a tinted shade, or use both together for maximum hold. Just a few swipes will give you effortless ~on fleek~ brows.


    This is so much faster than shading with powder or coloring in with pencils!

    Promising review: "I ordered this in black and it looks perfect with my eyebrows! I now spend about 40 seconds max on my eyebrows, whereas I used to spend a lot of time filling them in, trying to make them look perfect, and then applying eyebrow gel, etc. This saves me a ton of time and looks considerably more natural." —Scottie

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

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