The Five-Product Face
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The Five-Product Face

Pare your makeup routine down to the essentials.

Just because you're not the type to splurge on every new cosmetic to hit the stores doesn't mean you can't have a polished, put-together makeup look! Here, the only five products you need to look great every day, plus a step-by-step guide on how to use them:

Product Essentials: Concealer, to hide blemishes and undereye circles; loose powder, to give skin a soft-focus look; powder blush, to add color; mascara, to widen eyes; and sheer lipstick, for a finished pout.

Step 1: Dot concealer onto dark areas, like under eyes, and onto blemishes. Use your ring finger to pat -- not rub -- the concealer into your skin. Carefully blend edges so concealer is unnoticeable.

Step 2: With a fluffy powder brush, dust loose powder over concealer and on shine-prone areas like nose and forehead.

Step 3: Swirl a rounded blush brush over your cheek color, then dust onto apples of cheeks in a circular motion.


Step 4: Sweep mascara from base of lashes to ends. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat. Tip: Look downward as you apply mascara to avoid getting smudges on your lids.

Step 5: Soften lips with a bit of balm, then slick on a coat of sheer lipstick. Go for a rosy pink or warm tawny shade for the most natural look. Bonus: With sheer lipstick, you don't even need to use a mirror to apply!