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Always on the Go
Martha's makeup mantra is quick, simple, and sophisticated.
This Muji bag is what I use to carry my everyday basics. It's lightweight and sturdy, and when it gets dirty, it goes right into the washing machine. It's also translucent, so I can quickly see what's inside.
EVA pouch L, $11.50, muji.us.
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Step 1: Sunscreen
Protection from the sun is a must. Sunscreen is the first layer before my makeup, so I use a sheer formula with a substantial SPF.
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, $32, skinceuticals.com.
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Step 2: Primer
I want my skin to feel dry and smooth so my fingers glide across it. AmorePacific's tinted moisturizer lets them do just that. I apply it all over with a brush, which leaves a sheer finish. On weekends, this and a touch of bronzer are all I wear on my face.
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Step 3: Foundation
For a more done-up look, I put a drop of foundation on the back of my hand -- a very light application -- and use the same MAC brush to apply it all over my face. I use a color slightly darker than my skin tone.
Cle de Peau Refining Fluid Foundation SPF 24, $120, neimanmarcus.com.
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Step 4: Concealer
A little dab of this complexion perfecter goes under the eyes and at the base of the nose to hide any marks or shadows. A bit more on the eyelid, patted down with my finger, provides a great base for eye shadow.
Yves Saint Laurent "Touche Eclat" Radiant Touch, $40, yslbeautyus.com.
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Step 5: Bronzer
I don't know what I'd do without this bronzer. I like that it isn't too shimmery. I sweep it over my cheekbones, temples, decollete, and along the bottom of my jawline to add dimension.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, in Natural, $36, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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When I feel I still need a subtle touch of color, I smile and apply the blush to the apples of my cheeks.
Lancome Blush Subtil, in Cosmopolitan Pink, $30, lancome-usa.com.
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Step 1: Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown's Limited Edition Basic Eye Palette contained shades that were perfect for me. Unfortunately, the company no longer makes it, so I fill its customizable palette with the original four shades: clockwise from top left: Mahogany, Cement, Navajo, and Heather Mauve. For every day, I just use a bit of the Heather Mauve.
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Step 2: Eyeliner
Liquid liner is quick and easy. No black for me; I prefer a rich, chocolate brown drawn along the upper lid line, close to the lashes.
L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Defining Liquid Liner Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, in Earthen Rock Brown, $8.50, lorealparisusa.com.
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Step 3: Mascara
Always curl lashes before applying mascara.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $20, shuuemura-usa.com.
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Step 3: Mascara
To keep the overall look soft, I use a subtle black-brown shade of mascara and just tip my lashes. I prefer hypoallergenic formulas.
Clinique High Impact Mascara, in Black-Brown, $16, clinique.com.
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Step 4: Brow Pencil
I use a pale pencil to fill in spare areas. Finding the shade that's closest to the true color of your eyebrow delivers the most natural look.
MAC Cosmetics Eye Brows, in Fling, $15, maccosmetics.com.
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Option: Festive Lip Color
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Option: A Lipstick for Everyday Wear
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Whether worn alone or over lipstick, this gloss plumps up lips and adds shine.
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish, in Samantha, $19, sephora.com.
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