When it comes to looking your best, you don't always have time to go that extra mile. Lucky for you, these sneaky beauty tricks will allow you to skip steps without compromising your hotness.
Check out extra beauty and fashion shortcuts here.
1. Give Yourself a Facial
There's nothing better than a professional facial. But if you have a big night and no time, you can still get luminous skin without the royal treatment. Try this 10-minute routine, suggested by Elena Arboleda, head aesthetician at Mario Badescu Skin Care, in New York City. First, wash your face with a cleanser for your skin type. Next, massage on a gentle scrub for 30 seconds with your fingertips. Rinse and apply a thin layer of a mask containing fruit enzymes, such as papaya, which will help give your face a glow. After five minutes, rinse off, and blot your skin dry. Finish with moisturizer, eye cream, and lip balm.
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2. Send Wrinkles into Hiding
After moisturizing, dab a
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Burgers, potato salad, ice cream...yum, but talk about porking out. These skinnier swaps go there with taste and are sooo satisfying.
DITCH: Vanilla ice-cream cone (644 calories; 32 grams fat in a medium serving)The sandwich has cold, creamy, and cakey covered. There's no feeling of "poor me" here.
DEVOUR: Ice-cream sandwich (190 calories; 8 grams fat)
DITCH: Movie-theater popcorn (1,200 calories; 75 grams fat in a medium tub)
DEVOUR Licorice (500 calories; 3 grams fat in a 5-ounce serving, a typical concession box size)
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Keep Pants Long
Boxy capris and flats give the illusion of short, thick legs. Long, dark jeans with heels elongate Elisha Cuthbert's frame and hide curvy thighs.
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Choose Shorter Tops
The tank hits at the widest part of Fergie's thigh - eek! A shorter tee and looser, straight-leg jeans streamline her figure.
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Sport a Flowy Fabric
The gray dress clings to every curve; the red one downplays Alicia Keys' thighs, creating a slim hourglass silhouette.
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1. Antiperspirant Spray
Even if your soles don't sweat much, just a little bit of moisture in the air can cause the leather straps of your sandals to chafe your skin, resulting in painful blisters. Mist your feet with deodorant-like Secret Spring Breeze Antiperspirant Aerosol ($4.49)-to keep them dry and happy. Plus, find out if your deodorant can lose its effectiveness.
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2. Blister Blocks
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3. Now tip your head back, and gather strands into a ponytail. Leaning creates volume plus prevents part lines and bumps.
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