One of the best tips I ever got about makeup was being taught how to wear it in a way where it enhanced my personal beauty without making me look like the victim of an over-the-top MAC Makeup counter employee.

Fresh face makeup isn’t just more flattering but simple to apply when you are in a hurry in the morning.  Trust me, I know, I’m consistently running late for everything.

With less than 10 products and in less than 10 minutes, you can get achieve the perfect, flawless natural makeup look that models everywhere seem to be born with.

You want to start with a freshly cleaned and face with a SPF over 30.  You’re pretty and young without any wrinkles and you want to keep it that way.  Whatever you typically use will be fine.

After that, you’ll may want to apply some concealer to any breakouts that you have.  Since you’re young, you probably don’t need a lot of face makeup.

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In terms of concealers, the best drugstore brand is Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Concealer ($7.99).  It won’t get cakey or crackly.  You just need to apply it onto your pointer finger and smooth it out over any blemishes.

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After that, you may want to just use a little tinted moisturizer.  If you do this, forgo starting out with moisturizer and just get a tined moisturizer with SPF in it like mark Get A Tint Tinted Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15.  It’s a super lightweight tinted moisturizer that will coverup and even out any flaws giving you a perfect canvas to start out with.

If that’s not enough, Twilight star Ashley Greene is mark’s brand ambassador, so if you’ve ever seen her on the red carpet looking flawless, it’s probably the mark makeup wizards that were responsible for her look.

Apply it evenly all over your face and make sure to blend it down the sides of your face and into your neck so that your coloring appears even.  A little of this goes a long way and you can always add more, so start with a little and build up.

When you move onto your eye makeup, you’re going to want to start by priming your eyelids so that the makeup you apply will not only last longer but the colors will pop, making your eyes look brighter.

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L’Oreal De-Crease Eye Shadow Base, De-Crease 910 ($6.78) is the best drugstore eye shadow primer around and for the price, it won’t break the bank.  Use the wand to apply it directly to your entire eyelid and then smooth it out with your finger, and blending it into your skin.

After that you’ll want to move onto applying your eyeshadow!

For what it’s worth, some of the best and cheapest eye shadows on the market today are from Wet n Wild.  The best thing about them is their how much they cost, $2.99.  At that price you can do a lot of experimenting with what works for you.  However, today, with our fresh faced look we’re going to get specific.

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Wet N Wild COLOR ICON™ EYESHADOW TRIO in Sweet As Candy ($2.99) is a trio of soft pink colors that are not only universally flattering but easy to apply.  This swatch is particularly awesome because each color is labeled where it’s supposed to be applied to your eye area.

You can follow along with Wet n Wild’s instructions, but we recommend, like Wet n Wild, that you put the pink color on your eyelid and the soft brown in the crease, but instead of using their shimmery white on your brow bone, a matte color that matches your skin-tone would be much more flattering for school.

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NYX’s Single Eyeshadow in 03 Nude ($6.28) is a color that works well for that purpose.  But NYX has lots of matte colors that will match any number of skin-tones.  Just find the one that matches your skin color and it will become a must have in your makeup bag!

Once the bulk of your eye makeup is done you’re gonna want to put on the finishing touches mascara, blush & gloss.  In total, this last part should take you about 3 minutes to complete.

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LastBast Volume Blasting Mascara ($7.79) is the best on the market for the price and there’s also a waterproof version for those of you that want your makeup to stay in place despite having gone to gym class.

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Instead of using regular blush, opt for cream blush.  It lasts longer and is easier to apply when you’re in a hurry.  Plus, you won’t have to carry around a blush brush.  With cream blush, your fingers are your tools!

Sonia Kashuk Cream Blush In Petal ($9.99) is a fantastic and universally flattering color that will give you that natural rosy cheek without being overbearing.

It also compliments the natural pink colors in your eye makeup.  And the best part is that you can reapply it whenever you want because it’s small, compact and best of all you only need your fingers to put it on!

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Every woman has the lipgloss they love and if you have a staple, stick with it.

However, for those of you that are looking for something new, I recommend [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm]’s favorite lipgloss:  Covergirl Wet Slick Lip Gloss Fruit Spritzers Watermelon Splash 530 ($5.99).  It’s a great gloss with a fantastic pop of color that tastes just like watermelon!

This whole look takes about 10 minutes to put on and highlights your natural radiance.  Still, if you’re going to try this for the first day of school, we recommend that you try it at least one time before the big day.

Perhaps the Saturday before school starts so you have an excuse to get dressed up and you can test and see what works for you!

Good luck & stay beautiful!


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