Rise & Shine with Makeup Tips for Early-Bird Beauties

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Whether it’s to brave an early-morning shopping frenzy or get a jumpstart on a busy day of family, friends, or work, at one time or another, we’ve all found ourselves up at the crack of dawn. Looking your best when you’d rather be looking for the snooze button might sound like a feat, but not when you’ve got these makeup tips on hand. Wear all of these ideas as a complete look, or pick one or two to use in a pinch. Get ready to face the wee hours of the day feeling fab!


‘Conceal’ the Deal

Complement your usual foundation routine by gently tapping a concealer with warm undertones beneath each eye — the hue of the concealer will negate sleepy dark circles and help you look perkier in a flash.


Love Your Brows, & They’ll Love You Back

We tend to take them for granted, but brows are a total game changer. Tidy up stray hairs, comb through your brows, then fill them in lightly to help your whole face look put-together and polished. If you’re new to the brow game, we recommend starting at the salon, where a professional can help you determine a flattering, natural brow shape. Once you know your brows’ best angles, you can use a simple brow kit to keep those puppies looking perfect at home!

Shimmer & Shine

A shimmery lid is a major pick-me-up when it comes to tired eyes. Apply your favorite neutral shimmer all over each eyelid to add brightness to your look. For even more oomph, pick a second shimmery shadow that’s closer to your skin tone, and blend it from your crease to your brow. Then, blend the two shades together where they meet.


Add a Subtle Wing

Who’s got the patience for a pristine cat eye when they’re ultra groggy? Instead of laboring over a flawless flick, simply sweep a darker shade under the outer corner of your lower lash line using an eyeshadow brush. Next, extend it upward into a subtle wing, and blend it out slightly. Voila! You’ve added eye-enhancing dimension without unnecessary effort.


‘Brighten’ the Mood

For an even brighter eye, apply a shimmery white shade to the inner corner of each eye, then blend until it looks natural. Keeping those inner corners light helps your eyes look open and awake.


Lash Out

Who doesn’t love mascara? Curl your lashes, and apply two coats of your favorite formula for instant allure.


Blush & Highlighter

Apply a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks, then add a bit of highlight on top of your cheekbones, and blend as needed. The subtle shimmer of highlight gives your face that refreshed, slept-till-noon glow.


A Kiss of Color

So far, we’ve kept the color scheme neutral and natural. Now’s the time to really bring your look to life with a pop of glossy lip color. Will it be a casual, true-to-life hue? A wink of orange or pink? A deep plum? Pick a shade that suits your personality! The light-reflective finish of gloss keeps even the darkest colors looking luminous, so that you can greet the day feeling glam.


+ What’s your favorite trick for beauty in a pinch?


About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

2 Responses to Rise & Shine with Makeup Tips for Early-Bird Beauties

  1. Alicia 11/25/2014 at 8:54 pm #

    My lazy makeup routine is liquid cream foundation to make face seem even, applied quickly with fingers. Powder to set. A couple dabs of my pink lipstick to the apples of the cheek, blended into a subtle blush with fingers. Finish with a bold red lipstick. Easy to do in under 7 minutes.

  2. Rachel 11/28/2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I go for a quick natural eyeliner, maybe a pink shadow, mascara and a liquid foundation. Oh and a natural pink lipstick. Very simple and easy.

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