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    Mar 20, 2020

    16 Easy Tips For Anyone Who's Stressed Out By The Whole Idea Of Makeup

    There's no time to be stressin'. We want to look good and we want to look good quick.

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    1. Instead of just water, which might interfere with your makeup coverage and thin it out, use a hydrating face mist to dampen your makeup sponge for a dewy look and smooth blending. No streaks or unevenness here!

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    A licorice facial mist brightens and evens skin tone with licorice water, while moisturizing with bamboo water and centella asiatica leaf water so you get all of those benefits when using this in tandem with your makeup! Rosewater is another popular option, as it balances and soothes skin with herbal extracts and refreshes your overall look.

    Get the licorice facial mist from Soko Glam for $24 and the rosewater mist from Amazon for $12.

    2. Similarly, use those same hydrating face mists to spritz your face in between makeup layers to keep your makeup seamless and smooth instead of cakey and powdery (a beauty nightmare 😳).

    3. When you're looking tired or you have no time for perfect eyeliner, line your lower eyelids with a shimmery gold, bronze, or nude eyeliner for a quick way to spruce up your eyes. It's a simple hack to open them up and brighten your eye area, making you look less tired and more awake!

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    The shimmer or slight glitter will also catch the light, making your peepers seem brighter.

    Get the MacQueen gel liner from Yesstyle for $3.16, and the rest from Ulta:

    —the CoverGirl Exhibitionist eyeliner in Gold Metallic for $9.99

    — the NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Sparkle Nude for $3.15

    —the CoverGirl TruNaked Shadow Stick in Lush for $9.99

    4. Trying to get symmetrical wings for a winged eyeliner look takes up hours and way too much effort — use an eyeliner stamp instead to save time and get perfect wings. Your time is precious!

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    You can get the set of two eyeliner stamps pictured above (one for each eye) from Amazon for $14.97.

    5. Winged eyeliner in general is known to be notoriously hard. An easy hack: use a gel pencil liner instead to quickly slide over your lids and voilà: you've got your peepers lined for the day. It's quick and doesn't have to be so precise like liquid liner.

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    Plus, there's no drying time so you can rub away or draw over it if you make a mistake. And contrary to popular belief, you don't always need to flick the edges and create wings!

    Try a Rimmel eye pencil to recreate the look above from Amazon for $4.44.

    6. Still want the liquid liner look but afraid of messing up? Layer! Use a gel eye pencil to draw on the liner first so you have a base to follow. If it's imperfect, you can just clean it up and even it out (way easier than with liquid). Then draw over that with liquid liner and you're done!

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    You get double the staying power too.

    To try it yourself, get a Rimmel eye pencil for $4.44 and the NYX Epic Ink liner for $6.29.

    7. If you want to try metallic eyes, a gel shimmer pencil OR metallic eyeshadow is easier and quicker, rather than liquid glitter eyeshadow, which can be messy and stressful — more so when you're dealing with sparkle!

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    You can get an Etude House pencil for $6.80, the Etude House Jewel eyeshadow for $6.56 and a Colourpop Super Shock Shadow for $6 to try it yourself.

    8. When you have no time to do anything else or a full face feels like work, a quick sweep of blush provides a flushed, healthy glow, brightens your face, and prevents the dry, washed-out look by adding some color to your complexion. You can rock it even when you're wearing no other makeup!

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    Don't skip blush! Blush is often overlooked but the truth is, it does much to pull your look together and takes only five seconds.

    Glossier's Cloud Paint ($18) is a good everyday option that you can also build up for intensity — check out our review on why we think it's a great choice!

    Maybelline Fit Me Blush ($5.43+) and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($29) are also great for getting that pretty flush.

    9. When it's too much to put on foundation everyday, opt for a glowy, luminous base cream or moisturizer for a quick skin pick-me-up that evens out your complexion and still hydrates. Even when you're not wearing makeup, you still look bright and fresh.

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    My favorite cream for this (and one I use everyday) is the Son & Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow ($32), which uses pearl and flower extracts like lily, rose, and jasmine, to give skin a bright and dewy glow and soothing moisture while controlling sebum!

    Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Waterful Glow Cream ($21.98) and Reddy Aqua Glass Coating Moisture Cream ($19.89) are great alternatives that provides the same benefits, helping to moisturize, control sebum, and offer a flattering glow.

    L'Oreal Lumi Glotion ($11.44) is a great budget option that gives skin a natural allover radiance, hydrating and illuminating at the same time.

    10. If a traditional highlighter takes too much effort or you want an easier way to accentuate your cheekbones but don’t want to go all-out, use clear lip balm or lip gloss on your cheekbones to catch the light. Rub it on your Cupid's bow, brow bone, anywhere you want to glow!

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    Maybelline's Baby Lips Lip Balm ($2.98) is a perfect option for this at a great price. Nars Lip Gloss ($24) works well too.

    And play with different shades! If you want more of a champagne glow, Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Rosy Future ($5.94) is perfect for that — reviewers say it's a great dupe for Fenty Gloss Bomb ($19). Or just get the gloss in Crystal Clear for a natural, dewy highlight.

    11. For easy monochromatic looks or if you don't have a matching blush or if you just ran *out* of blush, use cream lipstick! Just tap a few dots on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers or makeup sponge. Ta-da!

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    Use it as eyeshadow too! Take your favorite lipstick and dab the color on your eyelids, lips, and cheeks, and wa'la — with one product, you've gotten a whole monochromatic makeup look!

    12. Look for products you can apply with your fingers like BB creams, cream/gel blushes, and cream eyeshadows. Just rub, dab, tap, and go! The heat from your hands helps with natural blending, which saves you the frustration of mastering your sponge/brush technique. Not to mention how much time it saves!

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    Maybelline Fresh BB Cream ($3.99, Amazon) and Erborian BB Cream ($39, Soko Glam), are good brush-free options!

    For cream blushes, look for products like Maybelline Gel-Cream Blush ($5.98, Amazon) and Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blush ($24, Sephora) that allow you to simply blend the color into your cheeks with your fingers!

    Eyeshadows like Maybelline Eyestudio Cream-Gel Eyeshadow ($5.54+, Amazon) and Revlon Crème Eyeshadow ($8.49, Ulta) are easy to apply in minutes with but a finger.

    GLOBALM ($19, CTZN Cosmetics) is a great option for an everyday brush-free highlight — it's a balm so it was practically made for hands!

    13. We know wearing foundation every day can be a drag. Use BB cream or tinted moisturizer instead to get the same smooth and even-toned look with a more natural finish so you don't feel like you're caking on makeup all the time. Save foundation for special occasions!

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    Looking for options? Try Maybelline BB Cream ($3.99), the Colourpop tinted moisturizer ($14), or Erborian BB Cream with Ginseng ($39).

    14. If you have hooded eyes, keep your eyes open when you're doing any type of eye makeup. Whether you're doing liner or shadow, keeping your eyes open ensures that your makeup won't completely disappear the moment you open your eyes!

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    Blending shadow above the crease is another way to make sure your eye makeup shows through.

    Jennifer Lawrence has hooded eyes but never shies away from bold eye makeup! Notice how her eyeshadow is blended above her natural fold to ensure we can see the color rather than it disappearing.

    15. Use a concealer that blends quickly and effectively so it doesn't take up much time. Dab it on, blend with your fingers or a sponge, and you're done! There's no need for complicated applicators or messy powders. Keep your concealer step stress-free!

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    Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer is a good one for this. Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in 12 shades).

    16. If it's too stressful to keep track of so many tools and products, use multipurpose makeup or makeup sticks — a do-all product you can use on your eyes, lips, and cheeks!

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    Milk Makeup sticks ($15, Sephora) and Stila Convertible Color (Ulta, $25) are famous for this!

    Revlon Insta-Blush Stick ($9.98, Amazon), Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($25, Sephora), and Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30, Sephora) are also great all-in-one lip-eye-cheek options!

    If you're looking for foundation, Colourpop Foundation Stix (Colourpop, $10) is perf for easy, tools-free coverage.

    You ready to take on the day with your new time-efficient stress-free look:

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