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Top 5 Quick & Easy Beauty Tips!

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Quick and Easy Tips: Take the “Time” Out of Timeless Beauty! 

In the world of “I needed that yesterday”, it helps if a lady can cut down on her primping time without sacrificing great face. Thankfully, cosmetic companies everywhere have felt our pain and created a plethora of products to suffice. Here are our top five favorites!

• Nars ~ The Multiple. Not only are these colors gorgeous on nearly every skin tone, but this gem packs a double punch by being the go to item for both cheeks and lips.

Stila ~ Convertible Eye Color. Gone are the days of searching through your beauty drawer for eye shadow, liner, and the tools to perform the magic. This multitasker has eyeliner on one end, a tool for smudging and blending on the other end, and a coordinated eye shadow color inside.

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Guerlain ~ Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara. Most mascaras promise volume OR length but let’s face it, the average girl needs it all! Instead of wasting money on two different mascaras, this one comes with one formula and two brushes. One brush has long bristles for length and basic volume, the other with small bristles for tackling hard to reach spots like corners and bottom lashes to create depth.

Garnier Fructis ~ Miracle Dry Oil. Ever wish you could use just one lotion or moisturizer for your face, body, and hair? Wish granted! Made from olive and avocado extracts, this oil is light enough to use on the face but still has enough moisture muscle to tackle dry, frizzy hair.

Sally Hansen ~ Complete Salon Manicure. While a salon manicure always looks amazing, who really has the time? This polish has a base coat, color, and top coat all built into one time saving bottle.

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Makeup Tips For Travel

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Makeup Tips for Travel – Pack Light, Apply Light

The key to perfect travel makeup is go light. Think of travel like exercise. Travel wears out makeup quickly if you cake it on. Trust me. You don't want your lasting memories to be splotchy pictures and acne from clogged pores. I have two main rules for my makeup when traveling – pack lightly and apply lightly. You really can't go wrong if you stick to these rules.

You Don't Need It All

No matter where you're going or how long you'll be gone, you won't need your entire makeup case. Only take the essentials plus a few extra lipsticks and eye shadows. If you really need something, odds are there will be a store nearby. Everything you need should fit inside a small clutch sized makeup bag. I do suggest using a cushioned bag to prevent any pressed powders from cracking or glass bottles from breaking.

My advice is to only pack a single foundation, concealer, pressed powder and mascara. If you don't already have an eye shadow compact with several of your favorite shades, go shopping now. Instead of several compacts, you'll only need to carry one to have day and night time colors. For lips, pack a moisturizing lipstick in at least two shades. Try to avoid glosses if you plan on taking lots of pictures, otherwise you're lips will be positively glowing and not in the good way. Now you see what I mean by pack light.

Apply Lightly

When it comes to makeup, more is bad unless you're performing on stage. I doubt you're on your way to headline a Broadway show, so remember to apply makeup lightly. Not only will the process be faster, but when you're out all day, your face won't suffer from makeup overload which equals the horrifying splotches, streaks, clogged pores and super shine.

Use cream foundations and concealers while traveling since they don't require brushes. Plus, they blend into skin easier. Tinted, moisturizing foundations are perfect since they combine a few steps. Carry your concealer with you throughout the day for quick touch ups. Set your face with pressed powder.

Next, apply your eye makeup as usual. I recommend water proof mascara as it works for all travel situations. If you'll be out all day, apply concealer lightly to lids along with pressed powder before your shadow. It'll help your color stay even throughout the day. Do the same for lips for lasting lipstick no matter what brand you love best.

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5 Tips About How to Apply Mascara

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5 Things You Never Knew -- Until Now -- About How to Apply Mascara

If you’re like most women, mascara is one of your top two or three can’t-live-without beauty products. But even though you may think you know everything there is to know about applying mascara, you can probably still learn a trick or two. Here are five new twists on how to apply mascara from a couple of top pros.

1. The best method for applying mascara is a two-step method, says Andrea Q. Robinson, a onetime Vogue beauty editor, beauty industry exec and author. Step one: Hold the wand close to the lid horizontally and in a quick back-and-forth -- almost vibrating motion -- move the brush from the roots to the ends of the lashes. This will give you coverage. Step two: Change the wand to a vertical direction and move back and forth like a windshield wiper. This is for separation and will help prevent clumps.

2. Waterproof formulas are too tough on your lashes for everyday use, Robinson says. You’ll have to rub hard to loosen the color, and in doing so you risk breaking your lashes. Save the waterproof mascara for those times you know you’ll be tearing up -- like a weepy movie or your best friend’s wedding. And keep in mind that most regular formula mascaras will wear well throughout the day without smudging, and are easily removable with soap and water or makeup remover.

3. Do you have droopy lashes that won’t stay curled? Try curling them twice, suggests Hollywood makeup artist Brett Freedman. First curl them before you apply mascara and then give your lashes a second curl after your mascara is on (and dry).

4. If you’re going to pump up your lashes with individual false lashes, apply them after the first coat of mascara.

“That way you can see exactly where you want a little extra fullness and length,” Freedman says. “Then apply another coat of mascara to marry your real and false lashes together.”

5. Colored mascara looks gorgeous in candlelight. Purple, blue or emerald mascara “reads black,” Freedman says, until you get next to light, when your lashes show a touch of hue. It’s subtle, but it gives your lashes a little more interest. Use a coat or two of your regular black mascara, then layer just the tips of your lashes with a colored mascara. Tip: Deep blue mascara looks good on every eye color.

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.

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The 5 min Face

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The Ultimate 5 Minute Makeup Face

Ever walked into the office or restaurant and could immediately tell who had only minutes to get ready? Here's a secret. You could get ready in just five minutes yet look like a professional just got done with you. The key is to do it right. I always have to cringe when I see uneven foundation, smeared mascara or abstract shapes around eyes. It doesn't have to be this way nor do you have to spend forever getting the perfect face.

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