4 Makeup tricks that will leave you looking polished in less than 5 minutes

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Who has 30 minutes to perfect their makeup in the morning? We don’t! Here you’ll find four high-impact steps that get you pretty in a jiffy.

Step 1. Hide dark circles

Try concealer under your eyes to hide dark circles.

Applying concealer under your eyes and in the inner corners next to your nose automatically brightens your face. (To fully cover very dark circles, dot on a peachy or pinkish corrector first.) Use a small, flat brush and pat with your finger to blend.

Tip: Weather, stress, sleep, and hormonal changes can affect your skin colour, so it’s worth it to have a “wardrobe” of three or four concealer colours—it’ll do more for you than an extra lipstick.

Step 2. Perk up your complexion

Blush is the fastest way to look radiant. Choose the formula—powder, cream, or gel—you find easiest to wield and apply it on the apple of your cheek, sweeping up into the hairline. Lightly blend colour vertically with a brush or sponge.

Step 3. Define your eyes

Black mascara works for everyone.

Black mascara looks great on everyone and makes enough impact that you can skip other eye makeup. Work from the base of lashes to the tip, remembering to roll the brush—it’s the easiest way to separate lashes and avoid clumps.

Step 4. Finish with a soft gloss

Lip gloss is flattering on aging lips.

Gloss is very flattering as you get older—it draws light to the face and makes your lips look fuller. Opt for one with a subtle shine in a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour—going too dark has a minimizing effect.

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