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The 4-minute morning makeup routine that will save your morning

by Emily Sher / / Source: TODAY

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We've all had those mornings when time is short, but you'd still like to look presentable throughout the day.

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TODAY Style is proud to share a quick and easy beauty routine that will leave you looking fabulous in less than four minutes flat. Believe it!

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 Clockwise from left: LOC eye shadow sticks, Flower Beauty lip and cheek tint, Pixi nude eyeliner, Benefit mascara and Hoola bronzer & brush, BeautyCounter tinted moisturizer, Glossier "boy" brow, BeautyCounter concealer pen. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY


1. Start with a tinted moisturizer.

This will even out your skin tone and disguise any blotches. Look for a formula with a dewy finish (to leave you looking fresh) and SPF (for extra protection).

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Apply five dots — to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin — and blend well with clean fingers or a complexion brush.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer in No. 2, $45

2. Cover dark under-eye circles and blemishes with concealer.

With a touch-up pen or concealer pot (depending on your preference), draw an upside-down triangle underneath eyes including the inner corners near the nose. Blend well with your ring finger — which is the weakest digit and therefore the least likely to cause wrinkles.

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Cover any blemishes or dark spots with the pen and blend by tapping lightly with your finger.

Beautycounter Touchup Concealer Pen in Light, $32

3. Add a touch of bronzer.

It's no longer about dousing your entire face in bronzer with a wide brush. Instead, focus on contouring specific areas to define and shape.

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Using a dome-shaped brush (with bristles that come to a point, but are soft enough to blend easily), add bronzer to your cheekbones, crown and jawline. Then blend in a backwards "3" shape.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29; Bronzing & Contouring Brush, $24


4. Look for a "one-and-done" product.

Don't start playing with eye shadow palettes and multiple brushes when you're in a hurry. Instead, try an eye shadow stick that you can easily rub on and go!

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Start with a light tan or sand-colored shade for your lid. If it's a brighter color, feel free to add a bit on your inner eye. Next, add a darker hue to the outer corner and use your finger to blend inward and up into the crease.

LOC "One-and-Done" Shadow Sticks in On Point and Nite Owl, $10 each

5. Use a nude-colored liner on your waterline.

Here's a trick straight from the TODAY makeup room! To look immediately more awake, simply apply a nude-colored eye liner directly to your waterline.

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This little step can make a big difference!

Pixi Eye Bright Liner in Nude, $14

6. Top off with mascara.

Eyelash curlers are a big help ... but they also can feel like torture devices in tired hands. To give your lashes a lifting boost, find a curved mascara brush and roll the formula in an upward direction.

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Don't forget to cover the tiny lashes on the outer corner!

Benefit Roller Lash, $24

Lips and last touches

7. Define your brows.

While the eyebrows are often a forgotten step, some quick definition will frame your eyes and make you look instantly more polished and alert.

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Brush upward in the center and slightly downward on the ends with a simple brow pomade to fill in the area and groom hairs into place.

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, $16

8. Multitask with lips and cheeks.

Choose a cream blush or lip-and-cheek tint to coat lips and add a slight flush.

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Smile to find the apples of your cheeks and apply a few dabs to the bottom area. Lightly rub or tap to blend with your fingers, moving in an upward motion across your cheekbones.

Flower Beauty Lip & Cheek Chubby, $10

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9. Take out your top knot

This just might be the most important time-saving tip of all! Make sure to blowout your hair the night before or sleep in a hairstyle that will hold well overnight.

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For an easy 'do, throw your hair into a twisted top knot with a tie that won't create creases. Then simply take it out in the morning, wake, shake and go!

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring, $7.95

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Can't wait to try out this routine? Share it with your friends on Pinterest.

This story was originally published on March 29,2016.

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