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Emergency 5-Minute Makeup Routine After a Late Night Exam Cram

As University students and working young adults, we find ways to split up our minds and our time to get as much done as possible in the least amount of time- a habit of being human. With all of the daily commotion that our busy lives bring us, it’s hard to keep up. The commuting back and forth from class to meetings to work and finally home takes a toll on our minds and our legs, but more visibly, our skin.

We’ve all experienced the lucky breakout that appears on our faces while cramming for the exam at the end of the week and the dark circles that come from pulling an all-nighter the night before. And with such a jam-packed schedule, waking up early to cover those battle scars could be painful and simply just too time consuming. Luckily, the “all-nighter” look can be easily covered with a lot less products than you think! Try using these six products for a fresh look that’ll take only five minutes!

1. BB Cream and concealer

The most important step when doing your makeup to appear more awake is evening out your skin tone and brightening under the eyes. Try applying a BB cream as a base. BB creams are lighter in consistency and easier to blend than foundations which allows for a smoother and faster application. For under the eyes, applying a light swipe of concealer one shade lighter than your base color will give your eyes the illusion that they’re bigger and more open while covering any darkness underneath.

2. Setting powder

Using a translucent setting powder will lock your makeup into place. Its easiest to apply it in the places that get oily throughout the day. Its best to apply it in your “T-zone” which is across your forehead, down your nose and on your chin. A quick dust of setting powder will keep your makeup from smudging and creasing.

3. Highlight

Highlighting the face is a key factor in bringing out some of the features in your face. You want to apply highlighter in the places that you would like to stand out. Try applying it to the tops of your cheekbones and brow bones, the tip of your nose and in the inner corner of your eyes. When the sun hits that highlight, you’re sure to glow!

4. Brows

Although eyebrows come in many shapes, colors, thickness and length, after applying products to your face, they can lose their structure. Applying a tinted eyebrow gel will bring some color and definition back to them while keeping them in place all day.

5. Mascara

To finish off the eyes, it’s important to always remember mascara! Apply as many layers of mascara as you wish to keep those lashes separated and long. If you need to, try using an eyelash curler before applying mascara to keep your lashes up. This allows your eyes to appear bigger and more awake which is essential after studying all night!

6. Lip gloss

The finishing touch to the pull the final look together is adding a touch of lip gloss. Our natural lip color tends to fade throughout the day and can make us look a little pale. When choosing a lip gloss shade, try selecting one that’s one shade warmer than your natural lip color. This gloss shade will bring the color back into your lips and help them to appear more hydrated and healthy!

Who knew that six products were all you needed to give us that “I-got-nine-hours-of-sleep-last-night” look? Breakouts, all-nighters, and lack of sleep happens to us all; you’re not alone.  Hopefully now, we can get in that extra 30 minutes of sleep or grab some coffee before the exam!

Sofia Torio

Pace Pleasantville '21

Sofia is a senior Digital Journalism major at Pace University Pleasantville. On campus she is a dancer on the Pace University Dance Team. Sofia loves to travel and learn about different cultures around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, art, watching Netflix, and meeting friends for coffee!
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