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Question: What is a great everyday makeup routine?

Answer: An everyday makeup look should be natural and fresh, and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to apply. After all, we all know those extra few minutes of sleep are precious! The key to having a fool-proof (and fast) everyday makeup routine is to keep products to a minimum — and don’t forget to stick with flattering neutrals that can be used in a multitude of ways. Here are some tips for a flawless everyday makeup routine:

Base

If it’s a fresh-faced glow you’re after, the base is arguably the most important step in your routine. Whether you want full or light coverage, you’ll want to follow these few basic steps: Use a good buffing brush (like the one in the Real Techniques set) to work in light layers, giving you a flawless glow. Buffing brushes are a great addition to the basic beauty routine —  they’re incredible time-savers, and they’ll give a weightless feel to any product. If you’re not too keen on full-coverage foundation during the day, a tinted moisturizer or BB cream is a great alternative, or even a creamy concealer. If your skin leans more towards the oily side, a quick swipe of some powder on the t-zone will keep shine at bay.

Lips & cheeks

For an everyday beauty routine, it’s much easier to stick to flattering nudes and pinks, as they will go with just about everything (unless bright colors are your staple — if that’s the case, go for it!). I absolutely love multi-use products, or products that can be used on both the lips and the cheeks. Then there’s no need to search for a blush that’ll perfectly complement your lipstick, and you’ll also save space in your makeup bag! Win-win. Think Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics.

Eyes & brows

Again, I always lean more towards neutrals on an everyday basis. A mini-palette boasting a range of neutrals is a great addition to any makeup bag (such as Urban Decay’s Naked Basics), and can be used to create almost any look. For an everyday routine I would lightly define the brows using a eyeshadow, and create a very natural and thin cat eye using a eyeliner pen. I find that pens are much faster (and less likely to mess up) than pots or liquids, and are perfect for that morning rush. Top off with a volumizing mascara and you’re done!

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