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Quick Tricks: The 5-Minute Face

  • Monika Roe

    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.

  • Monika Roe

    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.

  • Monika Roe

    Step 3: Blush

    Dot cream blush, like Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal ($9.99, target.com), 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.

  • Monika Roe

    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.