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7 Basic Makeup Essentials for Busy Girls

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7 Basic Makeup Essentials for Busy Girls 7 Basic Makeup Essentials for Busy Girls 7 Basic Makeup Essentials for Busy Girls

When you’re constantly on the go, you may very well not have time to apply a full face of makeup before you head out the door for the day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look put together. It’s all about strategically using a few products to help tie everything together—without making you late. Below, find seven basic makeup essentials for busy girls—from the right foundation formula to multi-use skin care products. Your makeup routine is about to get a whole lot easier!


If you only have time for one step in your morning face makeup routine, let it be foundation. On busy days, we happen to be fans of liquid foundation, since it’s easy to blend. Of course, there are quite a few different finishes and coverage options you can choose from, so think about your skin type.

If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which has a demi-matte finish (a.k.a. it’s not shiny). When you’re oily, the last thing you want is for your complexion to look overly shiny midway through the day, which is why you should reach for a matte foundation.

If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, which has a radiant finish. Dry skin can often look dull, so a radiant finish foundation can help make you look glowy. If you have dry skin a liquid formula is doubly essential because powders can make your skin look even drier!

If you have dark spots or blemishes…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, which offers full, long-lasting coverage. We all have those days when we want to hide our faces from the world, but there’s no reason to do so! A full coverage foundation can help mask any skin imperfections you’d like to disguise in one step.


It’s not just about the foundation you wear, it’s about how you apply it, too. Instead of using your fingers to apply liquid or cream foundation, concealer, or contour products, grab a makeup sponge for a more seamless finish!

The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender has a pointed tip on one end and a rounded edge on the other. To use, apply a small amount of foundation onto the pointed tip and bounce it all over your face with the rounded edge until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage.

Editor’s note: If you add a makeup sponge to your beauty routine, learning how to clean it correctly is a must! Use a gentle soap and water to rinse your makeup blenders, then squeeze out the excess water and store them in a cool, dry place.


Need a quick transformation? We happen to be of the opinion that a pretty shade of lipstick can instantly perk up your face. So, if you’re running out the door, try to spare a few seconds to apply some color! As for what exactly to coat your pout with, the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick comes in 12 highly pigmented matte shades that have a long-lasting formula—making it the perfect option for your busy, no-time-to-reapply routine!


OK, so this is a skin care product, but hear us out! At the end of the day, it’s important to take off all of your makeup, no matter how tired you are. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil that’s built up on the surface of your skin and this can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. Micellar water is a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option that you can use to remove your makeup. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin.

Stock your vanity with one of the following three micellar water options, choosing based on your skin type: The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. When it comes time to remove your makeup, saturate a cotton pad with whichever formula you choose and wipe the pad across your face. Once you’re completely clean, you’re free to catch some shut-eye.


A waterproof concealer is another essential for busy girls. Whether you use it along with foundation to contour or wear it alone to disguise dark circles is up to you! The waterproof formula will allow your concealer to stay put throughout the day, meaning you won’t have to find time in your busy schedule for touch-ups. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage, which has a full-coverage, matte, and waterproof formula.


A face mist can instantly add a dewy glow to your complexion, refreshing your makeup look in practically no time at all. Basically, this is a must for any busy girl. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Shake & Glow Dew Mist onto your face throughout the day to revive your complexion and keep your glow going.


Makeup products that come in stick form, i.e. foundation sticks, blush sticks, and highlighter sticks, will help you cut down on time when creating your makeup look. You can use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks to contour your face, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks to add some color to your complexion, and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks to add a glow—try them all to speed up your routine.

Want more time-saving beauty tips that will fit into your busy schedule? Here’s The Busy Girl's Morning Skin Care Routine.