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How to Get Flawless Makeup In Less Than 10 Minutes

Go from PJs to polished in under 10 by doing the bare minimum at home — and adding a few discreet touches at work.

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These products go on fast, require zero precision, and work their magic during your commute.

Quench skin. You know how you crave water in the a.m.? Your skin's desperate for a drink too — especially if you skimped on sleep, which leaves skin parched.

Look alive. Rehydrate dry, bloodshot eyes with drops before bringing potentially irritating eye makeup anywhere near them.

Wake up your face. "Liquid foundation reverses the look of tired skin almost instantly," says makeup artist Troy Jensen. Dot it in the center of your face, and blend outward.

Perk up with peach. Coral blush masks dullness, says Jensen. Cream formulas melt into foundation and can be dabbed on as you brush your teeth.

Work with bedhead. "Mist hair with texturizing spray, and throw it into a side braid," says NYC hairstylist Greg Cassese. It looks good in public and sets the scene for a more stylish, work-appropriate look later.


A little detailing — done right at your desk — and you're ready to shine at your 10 a.m. staff meeting.

Add dimension. Pat creamy highlighter onto the tops of your cheekbones and lids. It attracts light, hiding dullness and shadows. (Bonus: Cheekbones look higher without a lot of effort.)

Keep it simple and smudgy. Double-ended shadow liners let you create subtle (read: easy) definition with a pencil or shadow-filled sponge tip. Finish with mascara.

Bring out the balm. Busy mornings are all about tinted lip balms — they are quick and comforting and require less precision than lipstick.

Finish your style. Undo the braid, tousle texture with your fingers, and blast roots with dry shampoo for extra volume.

Scent yourself. Keep a fresh, work-friendly fragrance at your desk for days (like this!) when perfuming yourself at home is the last thing on your mind.

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Left: At Home Products

Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer, $45, clinique.com

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $42, sephora.com

Rohto Ice Drops, $6.79, drugstore.com

L'Oréal Paris TXT It Tousle Waves Spray, $4.99, drugstores

Maybelline New York Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Coral Sheen, $8.99, drugstores

Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara, $28, lancome.com

Right: At Work Products

Jouer Highlighter in Camellia, $20, nordstrom.com

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Apricot, $5, drugstoresSerge Normant Meta Revive Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $15, nordstrom.com

Susan Posnick Color Eye Define in Bronze Liner/Copper Shadow, $26, susanposnick.com

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria, $69, macys.com

This article was originally published as "Sh*t, I'm Late for Work!" in the April 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.
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