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May 29, 2013

A Pretty Smart Use of Time

Are you an early riser or a get-up-and-go work warrior? Either way, you can rock a polished look with these effective makeup strategies, no matter what your morning schedule.

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YOU'VE GOT 5 MINUTES

You've already hit the snooze button repeatedly and there's no time to shower. Shave minutes off your routine with finger-friendly makeup. Apply a BB cream to even out your skin tone and cream blush for a dewy flush. If you have long hair, pull it into a low ponytail and add a skinny black headband. "It makes you look more finished, not like you just threw your hair up," says hairstylist Tina Dizon, owner of The Private Room salon in Beverly Hills, California.

1. Goody Extra Thin Glam headbands, $4 for three. 2. CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist, $7. 3. Unite Expanda Dust Volumizing Powder, $26. 4. Dr. Brandt BB Matte in Light to Medium, $39. 5. Topshop Stick Blush in Sneakpeek, $20. 6. Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in Black, $24.

YOU'VE GOT 15 MINUTES

You're rushed, for sure, but still have ample time to focus on a simple yet sophisticated look: groomed eyebrows, stained lips, and a sleek chignon, all totally worth the extra effort. Cream-formula makeup is effortless to apply, saving precious minutes for hairstyling. Use the seconds you have left to twist hair into an elegant bun. "A topknot is a little dressier than the basic pony but doesn't take that much more time," says Dizon, who recommends spraying dry shampoo all over hair first so it has more texture and is easier to shape.

1. Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Blush in Sweet Pink, $19. 2. Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream in Fair to Light, $17. 3. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel, $22. 4. L'Oréal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Energizing Dry Shampoo, $7. 5. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, $24. 6. Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge in Ma Cherry, $29.


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