Who has 20 minutes to put on a full face of makeup this time of year? Instead, try one of these get-gorgeous-quick plans from makeup artist Carmindy, who is the co-creator of Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy. After all, you don't want to be late to the party (the appetizers are the best part!).
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Dress up your eyes
Enhance your eyes with a swipe of liquid liner. Gaze downward into a mirror and hold the skin at the outer corner of your eye taut so your lid is stretched into a straight line. Apply a regular black pencil, such as Maybelline New York Line Express Eyeliner in Ebony Black ($6; mass retailers), right along the lash line, from your inner corner just to the outer corner. "This creates a stencil to trace and fills in gaps between lash hairs," Carmindy explains.
Next, trace the line with liquid liner, extending it about 1/4 inch past the outer corner of your eye with a slight upward tick, which gives eyes a lifted look. Carmindy recommends a pen version of liquid liner for beginners. We like Nars Eyeliner Stylo in Nuits Blanches ($27; narscosmetics.com), which has a stiff tip that's easy to control.
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Do a bold lip
The new deep-orange, plum, and fuchsia shades are a more modern way to rock the bold lip look.
Prep your lips with balm (it sheers out the color), then apply the lipstick with your finger for a softer effect. "Play down the rest of your face," Carmindy says. "A bit of blush and soft-brown eye shadow are all you need to complete the look."
Put some shimmer in the right spots for a sophisticated effect that lets you sparkle without looking like a disco ball. The secret: Just do your regular everyday makeup, then apply a luminizing lotion or cream with a subtle sheen in three areas: the tops of your cheekbones, just under your brows, and on the inner corners of your eyes.
Rev up your everyday makeup look by adding a metallic eye shadow. Sheer, creamy formulas leave a soft wash of color, and they swipe on in secondsyou don't even need a brush. Just use your ring finger to dab the shadow onto the center of your lids, then blend it out toward the corners.