Time Saving Makeup Tips To Cut Your Morning Routine In Half | Clozette

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Everyone needs their beauty sleep to ensure that their bodies are ready to take on the new day. However, to be honest, for us makeup junkies, it’s a case of beauty versus sleep.

If you’re one of the many who sacrifices the latter for the former, don’t worry; you’re not alone. There are also days when we get up a little earlier to spend more time perfecting our winged eyeliner or properly blending our contour with our blusher.

Having said that, we know the feeling of wanting to sleep in an extra hour instead of doing a 90-minute makeup routine. So if you ever want to hit that ‘snooze’ button a few more times, but still want to look fresh and radiant once you step in your office, here are our favourite time-saving beauty tips!


Use BB/CC creams or cushion foundations

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Today, there is a wide selection of base products that will allow you to combine multiple steps into one. BB and CC creams, or cushion foundations, are all the rage right now because they truly are multi-purpose. They’re a moisturiser, sunblock, and a foundation in one. You just skipped three steps right there!


Focus on one facial feature only

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Focusing on just one part of your face will enable you to create different looks every day and shorten your makeup routine. There might be days where you want the focus to be on your eyes, or others on your lips. The point is, instead of spending a lot of time perfecting all your features, choose to do one to save a bit of time; and don’t worry, you’ll still look gorgeous!


Use a multi-purpose product

Have you ever tried using your bronzer as your eyeshadow? Or using your lipstick as your blusher? Perhaps that concealer which has great coverage can pass off as a foundation? Using 1 product for different purposes is great if you want to save time. It stops you from having to dig through your makeup stash to find the other products, and it’ll save you money since you’ll be using less products!


Prep your products the night before

We’ve all heard of prepping meals the night, or days, before. So why not do the same with your makeup? All you have to do is plan out the products you’ll be using and put them in a separate container which you can easily access. That way, when morning comes, all the products you need are ready to go!


Did we miss out on any more time saving beauty tips? If we did, share them with us below!


Goth is one of the few fashion subcultures that are called 'alternative' for the very reason that they don't fit the trendy and preppy fashion category. But that was a thing of the past. With the fashion and beauty industry opening to diversity in the hopes of breaking stereotypes, what used to be a separate fashion entity now makes its way to Fall/Winter 2016 runways.

Modern Gothic or Gothic Glam is one of this season's hottest trends. From black rimmed eyes and dark lips to laces and chokers, this look is all about straying away from the cool girl look and going directly to full on badass. It can be intimidating at first but it's actually an easy look to pull off. 

So if you're in the mood to change up your look this season, here's all you need to know about this trend. 


It's more than just a throwback

Like the other trends that had its resurgence, the modern version of "the goth" is much more wearable. Going for hardcore piercings and platform boots are now up to your discretion and even hair streaks can be taken out of the equation. Upgrade your goth look to a chicer, more glam version by adding some glitter to your smoky eye or by sporting a red lip along with that all black outfit.  

Balance is key

Trying on an 'alternative' beauty and fashion trend can get you more excited than you think, which can lead to a tendency of going overboard. Just like any other beauty look, modern goth is all about keeping all the elements of your look in place. Keep in mind that the basic principles of bold eyes-nude lip or neutral eyes-bold lip also goes for this trend. So keep your MOTD clean and sleek without losing that mysterious gothic vibe. 


It gives your other moody shades a time to shine

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Black may be the foundation of the goth look but since we're going for its revamped version, why not try the other moody shades in your makeup palette? Burgundies, deep plums, and royal blues can work its wonders to make this modern gothic look work. Just stick to a dark, fall-inspired colour scheme and you're definitely good to go. 


It's more practical than you expect

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If you're not a fan of mixing and matching your clothes or trying to blend that eyeshadow perfectly, this trend will make you jump in glee. The pale, almost-white complexion that the old goth trend started has taken a more 'naturally flushed' turn for 2016. A sweep of mascara, a little bit of blush, a bold lip -- that's your MOTD done! Who would have thought that this 'theatrical' trend will make its comeback to make our beauty routines easier than ever?  


What do you think of the modern gothic trend? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!



IT Cosmetics -- which stands for Innovative Technology Cosmetics -- has finally landed exclusively in Sephora Singapore and we’re already falling head over heels in love with the brand. Co-founded by former news anchor and reporter, Jamie Kern Lima, she sought to develop IT Cosmetics with one goal in mind -- makeup products that conceal flaws beautifully, and yet look and feel like second skin.

On top of that, every product is powered by ingredients that take care of your skin over and beyond makeup. “If you have a problem,” said Kern at the launch event last week, “we would literally create the product to help you solve that problem!” Before you start shopping, get to know these five IT Cosmetics bestsellers here.


Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+, SGD $62

For the mornings when you don’t feel like piling on layer after layer of skincare and makeup products, IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC Cream is your best friend. One to two pumps of this makeup ace give you seven product benefits: it’s a foundation, sunscreen, colour corrector, serum, primer, dark spot corrector and day moisturiser in one. If you have sensitive skin, good news: the brand only uses natural, physical and chemical-free sunscreens.

Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, SGD $42

Are dark eye circles weighing you down? The Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer not only completely conceals the woes at your under eye, it is also formulated with Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid Antioxidants to perk your eyes up sans makeup in the long run.


Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder

Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder, SGD $42

Achieve a poreless, airbrush complexion by setting your makeup with IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder. It’s free from all sorts of skin-loathing harmful ingredients. Talc, Parabens, Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Petroltaum, Synthetic Fragrance, Phthalates… you name it, they’re without it! Kern also revealed that it doubles up as a great dry shampoo, and that when applied under makeup, it triples up as a primer “to set your canvas right!”


Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil

Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, SGD $42

Believe it or not, the Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is universally flattering -- apply softer pressure for lighter hair shades, and simply press harder for darker shades. The pencil is also equipped with brow-conditioning ingredients and finishes with a soft, natural and long-lasting look.

While you look good and feel good with your own Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, know that for every Brow Power pencil sold, one is donated to the Look Good, Feel Good program to empower women with cancer. Looking good for a good cause? Yes, please!


Superhero Mascara

Superhero Mascara, SGD $42

Forget the eyelash extensions: the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara boasts an Elastic Stretch Technology that volumises, lengthens and conditions your lashes for full, dramatic impact. We love a good mascara that delivers lashes that speak volumes, but what’s amazing about this innovation is that it takes care of your natural lashes with peptides and proteins, biotin, polymers and collagen. How’s that for an eye-opener?


IT Cosmetics is now available at Sephorsa Singapore and sephora.sg.