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How to look fresh and flawless ... in three minutes!
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On a workday or on the rare occasion I actually have a date night with my husband, I think I know what to do to make myself appear human-like, if not (dare I say) actually pretty. But most days, I find myself falling into that mom trap, landing in the great abyss they call the land of the frump. I don my old sweats, have my hair pushed aside in an oh-so-attractive clip, and my makeup lies in the drawer, far away from my naked, red-splotchy, yet-pale face.

Like most of us, I don't have the time or energy to spend 15-20 minutes dolling myself up for kindergarten drop-off or the countless trips to Costco. While I usually try to shower or at least throw on a pair of stretch-free pants with a zipper for such occasions, unless there's a routine that takes less than five minutes, it's not likely I'm interested.

Enter my brand new BFF, beauty guru and makeup artist, Sally Van Swearingen. Sally swears that moms like you and me can look our best on an average day and it takes only four easy steps in just three minutes! But before she tells us how to do it, she warns us first of the top 3 mistakes women make when applying makeup.

Mistake #1 Heavy Foundation: Sally says many moms are often wearing too much foundation and oftentimes the wrong color. Find a color that is not too heavy and that blends into your skin tone creating a match.

Mistake #2 Lip Liner Madness: Liner that's applied in the wrong place (think around the mouth) and in the wrong color can actually age you, making your teeth look yellow. Sally reveals, "when I'm working on the set with character makeup, I will overdraw the lip liner to make the character look older." Use a very neutral liner without many brown tones, advises Sally. It will give you the color without yellowing your teeth.

Mistake #3 Where's the Blush and Bronzer?: Many women will apply makeup yet forget this very important step. Blush or bronzer can give you just the right amount of color to help create a healthy, youthful glow. Try a luminescent blush or bronzer that's not too orange.

So now that you know what not to do, here is Sally's 3-minute solution to bringing out your inner beauty. She offers all of the products in her bundled together mini-kit on her site, but says you can also make it work using your own favorite brands of cosmetics.

Here's how to look rested (even when you don't get enough sleep):

Starting with a highlighter around the eyes and nose makes all the difference in the world. By highlighting the eye area and diffusing darker areas on the face, you look refreshed and balanced.

How to apply:

First, apply at an upward angle slightly above and along the highest part of the cheekbone (where it meets the eye area) pointing toward the temple. Next, apply on the eyelids from under the brow closest to the nose, sweeping out toward the temple, blending slightly in an upward direction. You may also choose to apply along the sides of the nose (the creased area) and the sides of the mouth. This technique is used most often for photographs. According to your preference, this product can be applied with a brush or from the tube.

Go for the Bronze: A creamy shadow/bronzer/blush has many uses, giving a warm, healthy bronzed effect to the eye and cheek. It's a great product to carry in your purse for quick healthy-look makeovers!

How to apply:

Apply with fingertip (ring finger is best) in a "C" shape along cheekbone, blending toward the ear, then apply on the sides of forehead blending into the hairline.

For a slimming effect, apply along the jawline and under chin. Blend directly under chin, being careful to blend well. It may also be used as an eyeshadow. Blend over entire eyelid to browline.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: A mauve creamy shadow/highlighter looks fantastic on a variety of skin types. Apply it with your fingertips. You can wear it alone or under powder shadow for more intensity and depth.

How to apply:

Using a foundation/highlighter brush (or fingertip), apply to the entire eye area, covering lid to brow line.

You can also use the shadow as a brow highlighter. Apply to the high point of the brow bone after all other eye color has been applied.

To "lift" cheekbones, tap the shadow at the high point of the cheekbone. This will give the face an instant lift in photographs and on video.

Look Younger in a Flash: A long-wearing luminous finish gives an instant "youthful" luminescent glow to the face and eyes. All women can get that blushing bride look!

How to apply:

Use a medium blusher brush to apply the "apples" of the cheeks. (To find this area, smile very big! The rounded parts of the cheeks are the "apples.")

You can also use it as a finishing eye shadow, sweeping it on top of the mauve shadow. Or try it it alone as a soft, sheer shadow.

For a romantic look, apply to the decollete (chest area) and shoulder blades with a large brush. This imparts a soft sheen without looking "glittery."

While I'm a little worried it might take me a little bit to get the techniques down, I'm excited to leave the house looking like I haven't completely given up. What about you… do you have three minutes?

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