Fast Fixes Speedy so­lu­tions for morn­ing beauty prob­lems.

When you’re try­ing to get your­self and a kid or two out the door in the morn­ing, ev­ery minute counts. We asked real work­ing moms for their big­gest beauty time-sucks, and then tested the prod­ucts that prom­ise smart so­lu­tions.

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“When I have a big meet­ing or event, I feel like I need con­cealer to look pol­ished. How can I ap­ply it quickly and have it look nat­u­ral?” —Ch­eryl Brody Franklin, Wood­cliff Lake, NJ, col­lege pro­gram di­rec­tor

SO­LU­TION: NYX Dark Cir­cle Con­cealer

($6, nyx­cos­met­ics.com)

WE TRIED IT! While the tra­di­tional way of cov­er­ing un­der­eye cir­cles is a two-step process—or­ange color cor­rec­tor, then con­cealer—this prod­uct does the job in one step, be­cause or­ange-toned pig­ment is built in. It of­fers “just enough cov­er­age to cam­ou­flage deep-pur­ple skin,” says one tester, but it’s “not cakey” like other con­ceal­ers. Since it also has bright­en­ing prop­er­ties, swipe it on your “up­per eye­lids to help look alert on barely-there-makeup days.”

“I al­most al­ways wash and throw my hair up in a bun be­cause by the time I blow-dry it straight and then tame the frizz with an iron, I’m hot and sweat­ing. Is there one tool to help me wear my hair down?” —Paige Gun­ther, Staten Is­land, NY, non­profit de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment

“I usu­ally no­tice gray hairs in the harsh light of the morn­ing, ex­actly when I don’t have time to do a full root touch-up. What’s a quick way to hide the growth?” —Deb­o­rah Skol­nik, Scars­dale, NY, edi­tor

“I rely on about six prod­ucts ev­ery morn­ing, and half of them are for my eyes. How do I get my eye makeup to look good with­out us­ing so many items?” —Va­lerie Glass­man, Durham, NC, as­sis­tant dean

SO­LU­TION: Babylis­sPro Rapido ($190, ulta.com)

WE TRIED IT! This pow­er­ful, pro-qual­ity hair dryer not only cuts dry­ing time, but it also leaves hair feel­ing “soft, not fried” thanks to emit­ting mil­lions of frizz-fight­ing neg­a­tive ions—testers agreed it worked bet­ter than a less ex­pen­sive dryer/straight­ener combo prod­uct. Plus, it weighs less than a pound and is pretty quiet, so it won’t strain your arm or wake sleep­ing chil­dren. It even prom­ises up to 10,000 hours of use—aka five times more than tra­di­tional dry­ers—which we think jus­ti­fies the hefty price tag. SO­LU­TION: Ever­pro Beauty Gray Away Root Touch-Up Quick Stick ($10, ulta.com)

WE TRIED IT! This su­per-easy-to-use com­pact tool cov­ers grays be­tween dye­ing ses­sions. An angled crayon tip on one side dis­guises large ar­eas at a time, and a clever sponge-tip ap­pli­ca­tor on the other end blends the color with­out stain­ing your fin­gers. Af­ter ap­ply­ing, the wax-free for­mula “stays in place” un­til your next wash—even if you tend to run your fin­gers through your hair dur­ing meet­ings.

SO­LU­TION: Laura Geller Ka­jal Eye­liner in Brown

($22, laurag­eller.com)

WE TRIED IT! While not a per­fect sub­sti­tute for mul­ti­ple shad­ows, this liner “makes eyes pop, all by it­self.” Makeup artist, beauty-brand founder and mom Laura Geller sug­gests ap­ply­ing it across your top lash line and then smudg­ing it up­ward with a brush or your fin­ger for a thicker streak. Then, draw lightly on your bot­tom lash and wa­ter lines. The re­sult: a smoky, shad­owed ef­fect that doesn’t take for­ever to create.

By Maricar San­tos

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