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6-Minute Makeup

6-Minute Makeup

Academic science is one of the few communities in which most women forgo makeup. I, however, have always preferred to leave the house with a bit of makeup on. It helps me feel like I have prepared for my day, plus there's the vanity factor - I just like how I look better with a touch of makeup. Another thing I prefer is the way people treat me when I wear makeup - they pay more attention, and not in an "I'm attracted to you" kind of way, but in an "I'm listening" kind of way.

It turns out I am not alone in finding that wearing makeup yields better professional interactions. This New York Times article nicely sums up some research (not behind a paywall! PLoS ftw!) showing that women are perceived as more competent when they are wearing makeup, as compared to when they are barefaced. If that has you considering a quick makeup routine in the a.m., here are some of my favorite products to get you started.

  1. Tinted moisturizer/BB/CC cream. I love this bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream on days my skin feels dry, since it gives me a dewy, hydrated finish. On my oilier days, I go for Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, which stays put for long runs or even after an ocean swim. At $29.50+, these are pretty pricey, so if you have less sensitive skin, you may be able to score a drugstore comp for cheaper.
  2. Punchy blush. NARS Blush in Orgasm is a cult favorite for a reason - it creates a healthy looking glow that flatters every skin tone. I've heard that Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink is a more economic alternative with almost-as-good results.
  3. Neutral eyeshadow. Once my Lancome free gift palette (pictured) runs out, I'll likely be splurging on the legendary Urban Decay Naked Palette. The neutral shades are great for quick, error-disguising application, and the black is great for days I feel like spending the extra minute to apply eyeliner (do this by wetting the small eyeliner brush with water before dipping it into the eyeshadow, which gives you a nice inky line that doesn't flake onto your cheeks.). There are loads of neutral palette recommendations here.
  4. Brow filler. Okay so this isn't normally part of my 6 minute makeup, but on days my face needs a little more help, Anastasia Brow Wiz helps ensure my eyebrows are on point.
  5. Tinted lip moisturizer. Lipstick is not my friend for many reasons, and instead I favor a sheer moisturizing lip balm like Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. Bonus for it being under 5 bucks.
  6. Mascara. If I had a makeup soulmate, it would be CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara in Very Black. Another bargain at $5, it goes on without clumping, lasts all day without smearing, and rinses off easily with just water. True love.

New to the makeup game and want more in-depth tips? Let us know in the comments, and we will be happy to post a follow-up.

Above photo by Lauren Shipp

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