By Veronica Newton

(Courtney Kretchman also contributed to this article)

Sometimes we have the luxury of time in the morning and we can gingerly blend complementary hues of color onto our faces before sipping our coffee and making our way out into the world. Other times, time isn’t on our side as much and … well, we basically need to get the ef outa the house!

More often than not, the later (and more stressful) scenario is the case. Thus we need to have go-to products ready in a pinch when we need to shower, apply and go. Though precious and few, there are certain products out there that have the ability to wake a face up all on their own, should they be the sole product applied.

A few of our faves for spring include:

Created with the staying power of their primer and the champagne shimmer of Urban Decay’s popular shadow, this primer potion is beautiful is crease-proof and actually beautiful on its own. If time permits this primer provides a sweet sheen under matte shadows, but otherwise adds a silky surface finish when applied alone. Sephora, Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade.

NATURAL TRANSIRMATION BRIGHTENING POWDER is universal powder free of talc and parabens by RAWcolor that diffuses light, imparting a sheer peachy glow on any complexion. Eliminating shine and offering a long-wearing coverage this powder brightens the face, evens skin tone, and creates a flawless airbrushed finish – without looking shimmery. Key ingredients include bamboo extract, milk thistle, California Poppy, Japanese Honeysuckle and pearl powder. Available on

LORAC SPECIAL EFFECTS Mascara is amazing. Not typically fans of the dual-wand mascara, this product really surprised us. One end is a light primer and the other is glossy lengthening black mascara. Both ends are infused with Mother of Pearl to add a supple sheen. Lashes look defined and dramatic – and never in need of a touch-up. Sephora, Manhattan Beach.

M.A.C TRICOLOUR LIPGLASS comes in an untraditionally-square MAC vial. In a veritable parfait of gloss, these limited editions include three stacked shades of varying hues and finishes. We love the blend of pearly sheer pinks in Just Dessert. Naturally. MAC Pro Store 310.271.9137.

Originally published April 2009
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