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I’ll take a cream eyeshadow or a Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in a taupe/beige shade and just apply it all over lid, put Burberry Trench as a highlighter on the brow bone, then mascara. For cheeks, I’ll grab Korres Natural blush, and then lips, I’ll use whatever I have in my bag (currently, three different shades of Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss).

— Christine

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When I’m in a rush I fill in my brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz and apply a Chanel mascara. I feel naked without foundation so I use MUFE duo mat powder foundation (quickest thing ever to apply) and then I reach for a peachy or coral blush (usually Gina by Nars or Malice by Chanel). Finally, I use my number one color for lips: coral. It’s either a lipstick, gloss or balm. Doesn’t matter.

Concealer around the eyes to brighten them up (usually Maybelline or L’Oreal), UD Sin on the lid, and mascara. If I have some redness on my face or mild breakout, I’ll take small dabs of concealer and smooth out the areas around my nose and cheeks. For blush, I generally use a touch of Maybelline cream mousse blush in Soft Plum. For lips, I use whatever I have on hand – usually a lipgloss or tinted lip balm – or go nude. (Right now I have several tubes of gloss in my purse, mostly Revlon. I decided my gloss collection needed more love this month.)

Burberry Midnight Brown all over the lid and blended out into the crease, black mascara (Tarte LCL), Tarte Exposed on the cheeks and whatever lip gloss I feel like using that day (I have several BE Moxie lip glosses in my purse at any given time).

I just use a TM with SPF, a mineral powder foundation, pencil in brows, add mascara, and a tinted lip balm or gloss. This is actually what I wear on a “normal” day. If I’m feeling a bit more “flashy”, I’ll just grab the first tarte palette I reach for, and pick 2-3 random shades.

My everyday clothes are very casual, so I like to keep my makeup in line with my outfit, and I feel I really can’t go wrong with any of the 10-pan palettes.

If I actually have anywhere to go that requires me to put any effort into what I wear (besides walking my daughter to school or the grocery store), then I pretty much look to my UD Naked palettes. Weekends are when I play with color…

I slap on some foundation (UD Naked Skin in 1.0) and blend with my fingers, then apply concealer (Revlon Photoready works brilliantly for everything I need) to cover any acne that’s showing through. If I haven’t gotten much sleep, I’ll apply a bit of the same concealer under the eyes. Again, I blend with my fingers. Then I quickly apply some eyeliner (Annabelle smudge liner) to my upper lash line. I avoid mascara altogether and call it a “natural eye”. If my eyes are blotchy, I’ll put a bit of UD Primer Potion on them and it evens it right out. I’ll take a neutral blush shade (I like Mac Cubic) and call it a day. Maybe on the subway or bus I’ll put on some tinted lip balm, like the Fresh Sugar one in the rosy shade.

If I was really short on time, I’d just wear sunscreen and lip balm. If I had five or ten minutes, I’d opt for under eye concealer, eye primer, a neutral wash of color, quick eyeliner, mascara, perhaps a peachy-pink blush, and whatever lippie I had in my purse.

Depends…if I wake up 5 minutes before I have to leave, I do BB cream, concealer, powder, mascara, brows, and a MLBB lipstick. I try to squeeze in time for a little blush and highlight, too. (Or I’ll just do it on the bus cuz I’m classy like that haha)

If I have last minute plans or something, I do my version of one of Kandee Johnson’s looks- MAC Brule as a wash, MAC Cork in the crease, MAC Print smudged around the eyes, black liner on the inner rims, mascara, brows,and a nude lip. That’s my go-to look for school and work, since it takes hardly any time.

Usually I go for my Burberry powder foundation and a bit of blush–my go-tos are Burberry Peony and Chanel Rose Initiale, but lately I’m really liking the Tarte Maracuja airblushes as well. Mascara, and liner if I get ambitious (usually I don’t), and whatever lipstick or lip gloss I feel like–I carry several in my purse, plus assorted lip balms. If I have a little more time I’ll maybe go for Bobbi Brown BB cream rather than the powder foundation. Set with Guerlain’s pressed Meteorites, and the whole thing takes me about five minutes.

MAC MSFN used as a foundation, MAC Hipness/Crew on the cheeks, brows filled in with a random dark brown eyeshadow, UD Sin all over the eyelid, Bobbi Brown gel liner, Chanel Inimitable on the lashes and whatever lipstick/gloss I have in my bag.

BB cream to even out the complexion, concealer where needed, no eyeshadow, a little blended eyeliner on the outer 1/2 of the upper and lower lash lines, mascara, a tiny bit of contouring, a neutral blush, lightly filled in brows, and a vampy bold lip.

When I am short on time, say only 5 minutes, I will only work on my eye makeup. These days are MAC paint pot in Groundwork all over the lid, then push RMK Greyish Brown shimmer eyeshadow on top of the paint pot. Eyeliner, then mascara.

If I’m in a hurry I’ll skip foundation and use Illamasqua cream concealer on spots I feel like covering, normally under the eyes and redness on my chin. I’ll opt for either Cream Pigment in Hollow as an eye shadow or skip straight to a tiny bit of highlight on the brow bone. Without foundation I have a bit of colour to my cheeks, so blush isn’t necessary. Curl the lashes and one coat of black Bourjois Max Volume Glamour Curl (or something like that– what a horrendous name!) and I’m done! Just enough to perk me up a bit but totally foolproof if I’m panicking/rushing.

First, a foundation that doesn’t require a lot of blending to look good, like Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish (my HG) or Guerlain Parure Aqua. On the eyes I’ll use a cream shadow and/or some brown eyeliner and mascara. Then a bit of NARS Sex Appeal or Benefit Sugarbomb (the easiest blushes to wear and blend in my collection) and a sheer lipstick like Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion or a Dior Serum de Rouge.

Urban Decay darkhorse all over the lid and blended out with hustle in the crease. As higlighter on the brow bone i take virgin. Black mascara, black kajal on waterline and a fine line ud perversion under water line and clinique loose powder on my face. For lipstick, whatever i want. Blush, only if i have time for it.

For eyes, cream shadows and cream shadow pencils are the easiest thing for me when I’m in a rush. UD’s shadow pencils, NYX or LA Colors jumbo eye pencils are my go-to cream shadows. They’re just so easy to apply, practically foolproof, and you can blend out with your fingers and don’t need to be so precise, but you can still get a nice look in a short time. As for colours, most often I’ll use UD Sin and Rehab together, LA Colors I use a dab of Sunkissed on the inner lid, Sand Castles on the middle lid, and Relaxation on the outer lid, then blend together for a simple but effective eye look, then add a little mascara.

MAC Studio Fix powder for face is a good quick fix for foundation. For lips, a soft creme lipstick will do the trick, I carry a few in my bag with me.

I choose among Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, Benefit Birthday Suit or MAC Painterly for a quick swipe on my lids, some pencil liner (back or Gosh Metallic Brass) smudged quickly, some concealer, mineral powder or Marcelle BB cream (both have SPF), MAC Dainty blush and Plumful lipstick. Done!

I use either foundation or tinted moisturizer (depending on how good or bad my skin is on that day), concealer, translucent powder, blush (don’t have a specific color that I go to), curl my lashes, mascara, fill in brows with either Anastasia brow pencil in Strawburn or Mac Wedge shadow, brow gel, & something on the lip (lately my go to quick lip has been Revlon Just Bitten in Honey).

When I am in a rush I just keep it basic.
I fill in my browa with Anastasia brow pencil in Medium ash.
Liquid eyeliner: L’Oreal carbon intense
Mascara: Tarte Amazonian clay something
Blush: whatever I can reach for something like theBalmnor MAC
and Jack black lip balm and done. I usually skip foundation. I just go bare face with my acne scars and all.

In less than 10 minutes, I can put a look together and get out the door quickly, if needed. I use Nars tinted moisturizer just to even my skin, Mac select cover up concealer to brighten under the eyes, a bit of powder to set (whatever is in front of me at the moment, I have way too many!! :P), and Mac brow tint to give them a bit of polish. On the eyes, a quick swipe of Groundwork paint pot over the lid, Painterly under the brow, and teddy eye kohl as liner, all from Mac. Throw on some mascara, a little Melba blush (Mac, again) and my everyday lipstick, Dior addict in 214 over the lips. A simple, but polished look that I love. ;D

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