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If the #NoMirrorMakeup challenge that swept YouTube is any indication, doing your makeup without the convenience of your own reflection is exactly that—a challenge. But when real life calls for a back-of-the-cab spruce up, going mirrorless is what one must do. Celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor opened our eyes (har, har) to genius products that go on so easily and seamlessly, you'll look pulled-together even when driving blind.
The number one reason this super sheer raisin-y color became an insta-classic? It flatters everyone—no matter their skin tone or makeup skills. Swipe on the balmy stick a few extra times to take the color from subtle flush to deep berry stain.
This soft, shimmery shadow is a favorite of Sotomayor's. "You can easily apply it with your finger," he says. "And the rose gold shade is universally pretty and easy to blend on all skin tones." Lightly tap it across your lids and into the inner corners to look more awake in seconds.
Applying blush blind might normally result in a Pikachu situation, but a cream formula becomes foolproof if you go light both in color and application. "Tap a dusty rose shade on the apples of your cheeks first," suggests Sotomayor. "Then use the flat pads of your fingertips to dab the formula in and back toward your temples."
Sotomayor says a clear lash treatment can be the perfect low key mascara replacement. "Since there's no color, you can't mess it up, but it enhances the look of your lashes with or without other makeup," he says. "Eyelashes look plumper and fuller, and, since they get moisturized, they look a little glossy, too."
"This is like a more advanced BB cream," explains Sotomayor. "It defends skin from pollution and sun damage while reducing the look of wrinkles and it immediately evens out your skin tone." Sotomayor suggests using a kabuki brush like Buffy Bamboo Face Power Brush to apply, but the sheer, luminous formula is goof-proof with fingers, too.
Show off your gorgeous bone structure with a translucent pearlescence that never comes off too metallic or shiny. Dot this creamy crayon along the top of your cheekbones starting high on the apples of your cheek and going back, then lightly blend. Add a final touch to your Cupid's bow to make lips look fuller.
You might already use this wonder balm on your cuticles and lips, but hydrating shea butter is also ideal for grooming brows in a pinch. Dab it on, then brush upward with a clean mascara wand and they'll set in place, says Sotomayor. You can also amp up your eyebrows' arches by working the formula in with just your finger tip, then pushing upward.
If you tend to be dewy where you don't want to be—let's call it "overglow"—these pocket-sized purple papers will nix the slick, no powder required.