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Quick Tricks: The 5-Minute Face

Get your makeup done in just five minutes with these in-a-flash tricks.

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Monika Roe
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Step 1: Foundation

Mix dime-size amounts of sunscreen and liquid foundation -- we like Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Makeup ($10.99, drugstores) -- in the palm of your hand and apply it like lotion. For foolproof blending, "make sure they're the same type of formula -- both oil-free, for example," says Petra Strand, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist.

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Step 2: Concealer

Using a concealer stick, such as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick ($6.49, drugstores), swipe a line of color along the orbital bone of each eye. (Think football-player stripes.) To nix dark shadows, work the color into your skin with fingertips; the warm touch will help the makeup go on smoothly, preventing a cakey effect.

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Step 3: Blush

Dot cream blush, like Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal ($9.99,, onto the apples of your cheeks; blend in a circular motion. Then tap the shade onto your lips. "Applying the same color to your skin and mouth instantly awakens your face," Strand explains.

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Step 4: Eyes

Hold an old credit or business card just above your upper lashes. Wiggle the brush of your mascara -- try Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof ($7.49, drugstores) -- back and forth at the roots. This applies "a thick layer of dark color at the lash line, eliminating the need for liner," Strand says.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2010.

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jjguthrie526 wrote:

Are you kidding? Do you know how many nasty germs are on a credit card????? Gross.

8/6/2010 07:30:04 PM Report Abuse
chevelle_sister wrote:

I can' use the credit card trick.. my eyelashes are too long!

3/29/2010 02:22:46 PM Report Abuse
Mrs. Abate wrote:

I love the credit card trick. I'm always getting mascara on my lids.

3/26/2010 02:11:07 PM Report Abuse

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