5-Minute College Makeup

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“Forget makeup,” you may be tempted to say as you hit the snooze button yet again before getting up for class. Believe it or not, though, looking polished for school can be really important: who knows what kind of connections your professors may have? Who knows who you’ll meet? But doing your makeup for class doesn’t have to be a 45-minute drag. Got five minutes? That’s all you’ll need, if you’ve got the right products on hand.

1. Use a Beauty Blender Sponge to quickly stipple a BB Cream (or tinted moisturizer) into moisturized skin focusing color under the eyes to look more awake. We like Bobbi Brown BB Cream with SPF 35.

2. Apply Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in your preferred shade from cheekbones to temples, making sure to blend it in.

3. Dot and blend a shaded eyeshadow primer, like Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, all over the lids. This product cuts out a step, so you don’t have to apply primer and then shadow.

4. Use Covergirl Bombshell Intensity Liner – in brown or black, whichever you prefer – to line the top lid and wing it into a subtle cat eye. Liquid liner is usually a little tough on a time crunch, but this product’s short handle makes it easier to maintain control.

5. Finish up the eyes with a thick coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on only the top lashes – you don’t want to spend the day worrying about smudging.

6. Swipe on a sheer red lip stain, like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic.

And voila! A quick, classic look for class. That wasn’t so bad, right?

Kate Foster is a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated titles: writer. Blogger. Beauty and fashion junkie. Cat devotee. Art history buff. Harry Potter nerd. Cheesy 90's television fan. Sometimes-gamer. Seasonal sculptor. Mostly she’s a music enthusiast. While her heart and soul belong to 50's and 60's crooners like Etta James, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, one shouldn’t be surprised to find her listening to Lady Gaga or Jay-Z. Most days, though, she’s in an indie-punk mood somewhere in between - she counts the Pixies, the White Stripes, M83, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a few of her favorites. And while you’ll typically see her bobbing her head calmly at concerts, occasionally she pulls out all the stops for bands like the Black Lips. She treasures her bruises like a child. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Art History, Kate aspires to move to New York City. There, she hopes to continue to write. She also plans on pretending to understand the art at MoMA and stuffing her face with cronuts and one dollar pizza. Kate’s heroes range from Oscar de la Renta and Mindy Kaling to Ernest Hemingway and Rupert Giles. She practically inhales iced coffee on a daily basis. Her favorite color is yellow, and like Buddy the Elf, she considers candy a major food group. She has dreams almost every night involving the coolest architecture and interior design, and has no idea what it means. Seriously, what does that mean?!

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