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Touching up your face is a must if you want to look gorgeous all day, but it can be a little tricky. Overdoing it can botch the makeup you have expertly applied in the morning. Patting on layers of powder to banish shine will unintentionally look cakey, and feathered lipstick takes more than a fresh coat of lipstick to repair. The key to touching up like a pro is to use teeny-weeny amounts of products that provide massive pay-offs. Read on to learn about our speedy retouching tricks.

Get rid of shine.
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Instead of dusting on layers of face powder that will eventually cake on your skin, grab an oil-blotting tissue and top off your T-zone with a shine-killing primer like Benefit Cosmetics' Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer (P1,900 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenbelt 5, Central Square Bonifacio High Street, and SM Mall of Asia).

Cover up.
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Keep those zits undercover with a flesh-hued pencil. Pencils are easier to manipulate over worn-in makeup. We are obsessed with budget Nichido Mineral Spot Concealer Pencil (P138 at department stores). Hide tired bags with a single, thin layer of Covergirl's Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer (P525 at department stores).

Brighten up.

When you find that your eye makeup has creased, simply dab a creamy pearl shadow and on the center of your lids and on your browbone. Apply also on the top of your cheekbones to liven up your complexion. Use LA Splash's Enlightened Creamy Eyeshadow in Illuminating (P240 at www.glamourbox.ph) for a candlelit glow.

Add color
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Erase signs of stress by patting gossamer-thin layers of cushiony gel blush on your cheeks like Too Cool for School's Artclass Blusher (P435 at SM North, SM Mall of Asia, and SM City BF).  This formula sits atop the skin without caking up.

Gloss it on.
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Make your lips look alive again by swiping on two coats of punchy lipstick, or you can also reboot feathered lipstick by putting on a pigmented vinyl lip gloss like Make Up For Ever's Plexigloss (at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, and SM Mall of Asia).

PHOTO: Instagram @Lindsay Ellingson 

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