Nicole's beauty stats: 31; freelance writer and founder of thebeautygirl.com; beauty philosophy: beauty shouldn't be a bitch; recently got hitched; a proponent of switching up your makeup routine, sunblock whore; believes in the power of a bold lip.
"Unless you're getting ready for your Cosmo cover shoot, who's got time to spend 30 minutes on makeup? Application should be swift, like a good romp in the sack: Get in, get out, and be on your way. After years watching top makeup artists whip together trend-setting looks backstage at Fashion Week, I've discovered the secrets to getting a fresh, finished face in less time than it takes for a commercial break. Here's what it takes for a successful quickie..."
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
"My skin needs moisture, sun protection, and minimal coverage. This tinted moisturizer gives me all three and then some. I rub it on my face and eyelids (the hint of color serves as a neutral eye shadow that doesn't fade). I finish with Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer to hide dark under-eye circles and other problem areas. Voilà! My late-night escapades are erased in seconds."
Tinted Moisturizer $42; sephora.com
Concealer $18: sephora.com
BeneFit BeneTint Lip & Cheek Stain
"In my book, flushed cheeks and rosy lips are sexy. To get those results, I apply a few dots of the stain on the apples of my checks and blend, and then I do the same to my lips."
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
"I've asked the same question of countless makeup artists: 'What's the most important step in a beauty routine?' They all have the same response: 'Curling the lashes.' It may look like a torture device, but an eyelash curler really is your best friend. Gently clamp down on lashes (5-10 seconds on each eye) and your eyes will instantly look brighter and more awake. Got another 10 seconds to spare? Finish by slipping on a coat of Dolce & Gabbana Mascara. Your lashes will swell up beautifully."
Curler $19; sephora.com
Mascara $29; saksfifthavenue.com