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On-the-go beauty tips and tricks

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Looking great while on the go

You’re a busy lady, but your beauty routine doesn’t have to suffer just because you have a packed schedule. You can still look great, even on days where you barely have time to sit down.

Woman applying lip gloss

Whether you're rushing to get out of the house or looking for a fast way to touch up during the day, we can help. Use these tips and tricks to look your best, even on the busiest of days.

1Skip foundation

Foundation can be a time-consuming, and often unnecessary, task. Instead, try using a tinted moisturizer. It will hydrate and refresh your face while adding just a touch of sheer color. The best part --moisturizer takes only seconds to apply. Don't have any tinted moisturizer? Place a bit of your regular moisturizer on the palm of your hand, then add a drop of your regular foundation. Mix them with your finger and apply as you would lotion.

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2Multi-purpose makeup

Use makeup that multi-tasks to speed up the application process, as well as to lighten your load throughout the day. One great example is cream blush. Not only does it add some color to your cheeks, but it also can be used to brighten your lips and add a pop of color to your peepers.

3Leave out the lipstick

Lipstick looks great right after application, but keeping that pout looking great throughout the day takes work. Instead of lipstick, try a tinted lip gloss. If gives you just enough color and shine to brighten your smile, but it doesn't look bad when it starts to wear off. Also, gloss doesn't have to applied as carefully as lipstick, so it's great to slap on as you run out the door.

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4Get the grease out

No time for a shampoo in the morning? No problem! Spritz on some dry shampoo. It will absorb the grease and add volume to your tresses while eliminating odors. This handy product can usually give you an extra day between washings.

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5Stop oil in its tracks

If you're one of those ladies that starts to look a bit shiny halfway through the day, blotting papers can help. These tiny papers travel well in your purse or pocket, and just a dab or two on problem areas will have you looking fresh-faced in seconds. Some blotting papers are even designed to remove oil while leaving your makeup intact, perfect for when you don't have time for a touch up.

Try out travel-size products. They will lighten your bag considerably and create less of a mess in the event of a spill.

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