No time for a fussy face? No problem. Cosmetics can now do three jobs at once.
Foundation + Concealer + Powder
Instead of foundation, concealer or powder, try the new foundation sticks, which are lightweight and hydrating so they go on smooth.
How to apply: Swipe outward toward the corners of your eyes, and tap with your ring finger until blended. Now dot the stick on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and blend with your fingers. You can also use these products as an eye-shadow base to help shadow stay on longer.
Expert tips: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for the words "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic" on the label. Also, if you have acne scars, pigmentation spots or dark circles under your eyes, apply a separate concealer, too.
Blush + Lipstick + Eye Shadow
Instead of a separate blush, lipstick and eye shadow, try allover color. You can use the same product on your cheeks, lips and eyes.
How to apply: Using your fingertips or the allover stick, blend across the top of the lid from the outside in, or sweep close to the lash line for definition. Then make two X's with the color on your cheeks (one on each cheekbone) and blend outward and upward along the cheekbone. For lips, just smudge on the color.
Expert tips: Reapply often. For a more polished, sophisticated look, use individual lipstick and eye shadow.
You may not need to buy a separate three-in-one product to streamline your schedule. Some of the makeup you already have can do the job.
Traditionally used only on eyelids, these can add glimmer anywhere. Use them on cheekbones, lips or on any exposed parts, like your shoulders and neck.
Besides their obvious purpose, eye pencils (in the right color) can also fill in brows for a thicker look and, in a pinch, work a third shift on lips, especially soft browns and mauves. Plus, makeup pencils are completely hygienic, totally compact, and practically goof-proof. Here are five more reasons why every woman should be using makeup pencils.
Ordinary shadow can be applied dry for a soft look or wet for intensified color. Prefer a smudged eye line to a pencil-drawn one? Enlist your favorite shadow in brown, black or slate to line instead of an eyeliner.