Sara Hennessey, Freelancer at RealBeauty.com
Sara's beauty stats: Early 20s; thick, long, wavy blonde hair, occasionally highlighted; brown eyes, medium skin tone
"I used to be a member of the 'You're Never Running Too Late to Put on Mascara' school of thought. It wasn't until I was living in Connecticut, working in Manhattan, and having to catch a 7:15 a.m. train into the city every morning that I realized that there are times when well, you just are running too late to put on your makeup. The 30-minute commute I make to work now is nothing compared to the 120+ one I made before, but there are still days when making it out of bed in time to curl my eyelashes before I leave just isn't going to happen.
"As a product fanatic, it sometimes still pains me to have to skip my eye shadow for the sake of time, but not being a morning person has also given me the opportunity to embrace makeup that does double duty I keep these inexpensive, 2-in-1 products in a special purse that I can just grab and go when I'm running late, and then either apply en route or hop into the bathroom and apply once I get to where Im going. (Full disclosure here: I still refuse to leave without some mascara some old dogs just can't be taught new tricks.)"
NARS The Multiple in Orgasm
"You can use this on your eyes, lips, cheeks, décollatage — basically, the only thing it doesnt do is also make you a soy latte. But in all seriousness, I am obsessed with this all-in-one stick. I use it as a concealer/blush/highlighter to even out my skin, cover imperfections, and give me a radiant glow that detracts from tired, dull, and lackluster skin tone. Applied a bit heavier, it's the perfect light pink lipstick!"
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Mineral Powder Foundation
"I set the NARS Multiple stick with this mineral powder. I love that the brush is literally attached to the powder and I don't have to worry about losing one or the other. The other great thing about this product? Just brush the powder into your hairline and it can double as a dry shampoo!"
Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials in Sheer Gold
"On days when I have time to actually think about my makeup, I use this as a base to set my eye shadow. However, on days when Ive hit the snooze button one too many times, this acts as an eye shadow as well as a concealer for my dark circles. It has a slight shimmer that brightens my eyes and makes me look more refreshed."
Purple Lab Lashionista Modelista
"Mascara on one side, eye liner on the other. Need I say more?"
Take a Cue from Celebs
"Another great thing about these products is that even if you have plenty of time to apply your makeup but are just feeling a bit lazy, you can use them to take advantage of the au naturel look that's so in vogue now. Check out these celebs who've ditched heavy, bold makeup in favor of the minimalist makeup look: Jennifer Garner is someone who I think pulls this look off effortlessly and beautifully. Other celebs I look to for inspiration are Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Freida Pinto, and, my favorite style icon, Anne Hathaway. They've mastered the art of using minimal products that enhance their natural beauty and that's a beauty school of thought I can definitely get behind!"