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Go for the Bronze

Woke up late? Grab some bronzing powder instead of your usual multi-step makeup. Using a large brush, sweep bronzer all over your face to create a warm glow. Then dust a little extra on your cheekbones. With a small eye shadow brush, dab some on your eyelids and brows. You can even mix it with clear gloss for bronze-toned lips.

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Enter the Neutral Zone

Neutrals don't show mistakes as much as bold colors, so you have a little leeway if you mess up while you’re rushing. Plus, taupes, tans, mauves, and browns blend naturally after a few minutes as your skin warms up. Find your perfect neutral: Choose one that’s a shade deeper than your natural eyelid or lip color.

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Lash Out!

Nothing wakes up your face like mascara, but it's hard to apply neatly when you’ve got to run. Think about eyelash extensions, where a professional adds individual lashes to your real ones. The process is painless, and voila! You’ll look well-rested without any makeup at all. Extensions last up to two months, with touchups every few weeks.

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Fake a Manicure

Don't waste time fixing chipped nails every morning. Instead of wearing colored nail polish, apply a clear nail strengthener every few days. It looks neat and polished, but it won't chip! And the added dose of vitamins and minerals will make your nails shinier.

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Wash Just Your Bangs

You don't need to wash and blow-dry your hair every single morning. Wash, rinse, and blow-dry just your bangs. They get the dirtiest because of the oils and sweat from your forehead. Try it!

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Don't Be a Streaker

Who's got time to wait for deodorant to dry before getting dressed? What's more, the stubborn white streaks are impossible to rub off your clothes. Try sticking a tissue under each arm before slipping your top on.

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Multitask With a Blow Dryer

When you're blow-drying your hair, stop when it's almost dry and apply your facial moisturizer. Then, set the blow dryer to cool and dry your hair and face at the same time.

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Tame Bedhead

Fluff your hair while your fingers are still moist with facial moisturizer. After you apply moisturizer to your face, rub what’s left through your hair to smooth and condition your locks. Your hair will thank you for the extra moisture!

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Save a Skin-Care Step

Instead of using a separate astringent or toner to smooth your skin, wash your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This ingredient breaks down and removes dead skin cells to keep your pores clean.

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Deflate Puffy Eyes

No time to lie around with cucumber slices or teabags under your eyes? Steer clear of super-salty foods like potato chips and french fries at night. They make you retain water and can cause puffy eyes. Sleep with your head raised a little. If allergies are to blame, talk to your doctor about treatments.

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Robert Anolik, M.D., board certified dermatologist in New York City.
Columbia Health: "Bags Under Eyes: How? Why?"
Mona Gohara, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Spa in Hoboken, N.J.
Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a Boston-based dermatologist.
Erika Katz, beauty and style expert, author of Bonding Over Beauty.
Marcia Kilgore, New York City beauty and spa expert.
Francesca Roman, a makeup artist at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City.
Jacqui Stafford, style expert and author of The Wow Factor.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on August 06, 2021

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