In today’s busy world, who has time to go through all those beauty rituals and pampering (though I’m sure we’d all be dying to, given the luxury of time).
Here’s a compilation of tricks that have been proven to be effective by every girl who’s chasing the clock:
- To zap those zits, dab a bit of toothpaste on a zit to help reduce swelling and redness, before going to bed. A dab of Visine will also reduce the redness out of a pimple.
- For your lips, use a bit of foundation on your lips before applying your lipstick. It will help the color stay all day.
- While having your morning coffee, place your eyeliner in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. This will prevent it from crumbling as you use it or before you sharpen it.
- Heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer for a few seconds (don’t overdo it!) before you use it. It will help lock in the curl.
- While Vaseline is great for everything from being used as a lip gloss to moisturizing your calluses, you can also use it, in the absence of mascara, to create a subtle sparkle on your lashes.
- If your eyes are super puffy the morning after a long night out, take a frozen bag of peas, wrap in a paper towel and place on your face. Allow to sit for 10 minutes for full effectiveness.
- You can also use tea bags (with caffeine) to help reduce swollen eyes and deflate those puffy eyes. Simply soak in water then leave the entire bag on each eye for 5-10 minutes.
- If you don’t have the time to wash your hair, take a big makeup brush and dab it in loose powder (either baby or face powder). Tap it once to remove the excess before applying to your roots. This will help soak up any extra oil and dirt and will make hair look less greasy. You can also apply a little hair powder (even baby powder) on dry strands, close to the scalp.
- No time for drying your hair and blow-drying? Getting your hair up and off your face can also make you look pulled together quickly. Just smooth the ends with no more than a dime-sized drop of styling cream or glossing serum, twist the back up and pin it to hold. Just shower and wash your hair in the evening.
- Have an itchy, flaky scalp? Refresh your dry scalp by squeezing lemon juice over the crown of your head. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. The acidity from the lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin and clear up any dandruff.
- For flyaways, tame your hair by spritzing a round brush with hairspray and work through your hair roots to tip. This way, you’ll have hold, bounce, and no frizz.
- No time to shop and check out hair products? No need to look further. Use baby oil. Add it to your daily moisturizing routine for a bit of extra sheen. In a pinch, a pea-sized amount can act as a shine hair serum before dashing out the door. Or check your kitchen for olive oil that you can use to tame curly hair. A dime-sized amount of olive oil is great to use on wet, curly hair. This will help prevent frizz when your locks dry and your hair won’t be stiff from too much product. You can use it on your feet, too! Olive oil is also great to use on dry skin. To treat areas like your feet, apply generously, put on socks, and then head to bed. By morning, your feet will be super soft.
- If you ran out of your usual shave gel, use your hair conditioner. You’ll actually get a better shave and your legs will feel unbelievably soft afterward. If you get razor burn after shaving, try hitting those areas affected (including your bikini line) with your favorite deodorant immediately post-shower. It will help prevent those bumps from appearing.
- For bushy brows, use a fresh toothbrush and a spritz of hairspray to tame unruly eyebrows.
- To wake up next day to frizz-free hair, use a satin pillowcase so your hair doesn’t turn into a beehive overnight. Satin helps keep strands smooth while you sleep.