Makeup Must-haves: Look fresh and awake

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by: Navneet Gillan

Many of us are not morning people and often consider sleeping an extra 30 minutes over doing makeup. A common question I get asked often is, “what products can you use to look fresh and wake in the morning look?” Here are some of my favorite product recommendations for combination skin.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion
Regardless of if you have oily skin or dry skin, your morning skin routine should always involve using a toner. A toner helps prep the skin for moisturizer by sweeping away pollution, excess oil and dead skin. $32, Clinique

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type can help reduce chances of skin problems, as well as help your skin maintain its balance. Skin problems such as acne or eczema tend to pop up when your skin is either too dry or too oily. For individuals who have oily skin use a gel cream that provides an instant moisture boost without feeling greasy.
$47, Sephora

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
A flawless makeup application starts with the base. When choosing a primer always keep in mind the type of foundation you are going to use. If you have combination to oily skin and use a matte foundation, make sure to use a primer that is oil free but absorbs shine without making your makeup feel dry or look chalky. This will allow for that natural glow to come out.
$40, Sephora

Makeup Forever Velvet Matte Foundation
The key to looking fresh is to apply a foundation that is breathable, full coverage and looks like your skin. For combination to oily skin its best to use a matte foundation, as when your natural oils comes out it will give you that natural glow and not a greasy mess.
$48, Sephora

Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation
The best way to keep your face looking fresh all day is, to use a small amount of liquid foundation and then setting it with a powder foundation. This allows your makeup to look natural and stay intact all day. $ 35, Mac Cosmetics

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
A concealer that brightens and smoothes the under eye is essential to look fresh and awake. A concealer should always be super blend able and full coverage which helps eliminates the need for a corrector. A concealer can also double as a highlight product.
$ 35, Tarte Cosmetics

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
The best way to make your concealer crease free is to always set it with a translucent powder. This powder locks in the concealer without adding weight or texture.
$39, Nordstroms

Nars Orgasm Blush
Using the perfect pinky peach blush will bring out your natural flush with a hint of glitter. 

$52, Hudson’s Bay

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil
As a professional makeup artist I believe that brows can make or break a look. The fine retractable tip on this brown pencil is perfect to fill in empty spots and outline the perfect brown shape. Its smudge proof so your brows will stay intact all day.
$27, Sephora

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Voluminous lashes can make you look so awake even when you are not. This kohl pigmented mascara does not leave your lashes clumpy like other mascaras. This mascara builds volume lash by lash and makes your lashes look full, thick and long.
$37, Holt Renfrew

Makeup Forever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick
The color of lipstick can often depict your mood. Embrace your mood with the color of your choice. This ultra matte lipstick is pigment packed, but hydrating at the same time.
$25, Sephora