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What’s the best post-workout makeup routine?

The question: After my Saturday visit to the gym, I often go out with friends and don't make it home until the evening. Can you suggest a makeup routine that will carry me through?

The answer: My best advice is to keep it simple and use multitasking products whenever possible.

Here's a short list of items to get you from workout to brunch in five minutes: a tinted face balm with SPF to even the skin tone (BB or CC creams work well here), a dual lip-and-cheek product like Sonia Kashuk's Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm for a flush of natural-looking colour, a clear mascara to define the brows and hold them in place, a good-quality lash curler like Tweezerman's ProCurl to make your eyes pop (with or without mascara) and a shine-reducing powder that travels well like Benefit's The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine loose powder.

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Once you've got your basic face on, concentrate on one key feature such as bold lips, big lashes, full brows or lit-from-within cheekbones.

Before you do any of this, don't forget skin care! Cleansing your skin properly after working up a sweat is paramount to healthy skin, which in turn will cut down on the need to apply a lot of makeup.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on CTV, Global TV and City. Follow her on Twitter: @baharniramwalla. Have a beauty question? E-mail

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