Don't have an hour to get your nails done, a half-hour to blow out your hair or even a measly 10 minutes to apply foundation and concealer? That's OK-being busy doesn't mean you have to let yourself go completely. Any of these 10 instant-gratification beauty moves will get you looking fab on those days when you've only got a minute to spare. And when you have time to do two or three in a row, all the better!
1. Shine Your Strands
"When you need a quick fix, spray and liquid serums add an instant boost of shine," says New York City hairstylist Riccardo Maggiore. "They also smooth and seal the hair cuticle to eliminate frizzies and static electricity." Just warm a few drops of the shine serum between your palms, then smooth right onto dry hair, concentrating more toward your ends and avoiding your roots (otherwise hair could get flat or greasy). Photo: Thinkstock
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2. Curl Your Lashes
Few beauty tricks produce such dramatic results in such a short time. Just grab a traditional metal lash curler and hold tightly in your hand to warm it for about 10 seconds, then gently clamp near your lash roots and pulse three times, moving the curler down your lashes a bit more with each pulse to create a smooth curve. Apply mascara afterward to give the curl staying power. Photo: Shutterstock
3. Prettify Your Pout
They may take a bit longer to apply than lipstick or gloss, but lip stains keep your pout looking rosy for hours (even through eating and drinking) and can easily make up for the lack of other makeup. "A little goes a long way, so dot just a little bit on your lips and then mush them together to transfer the color," says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who notes that stains are now available in a wider array of flattering hues than ever before. "If your lips feel parched, just add a little clear lip balm," she says; the added shine will also make lips appear even fuller. Photo: Shutterstock
4. Faux Some Glow
Bronzer is possibly the best secret beauty weapon to come around in years: It gives anyone an instant healthy glow, and the new formulas are almost goof-proof. Just avoid one with sparkles, which "can make you look overly shimmery and orange to boot," Stiles says. Sweep up some matte bronzer using a large, fluffy brush (to ensure even, natural application) and lightly dust it on the zones where the sun would naturally hit-your nose and cheekbones, as well as along the hairline. Add blush to the apples of your cheeks, and you'll look like you just got back from a relaxing vacation. Even quicker: Add a few drops of liquid bronzer to your daily moisturizer for some subtle all-over healthy color. Cargo Multi-mix Bronzer is one pro favorite.
5. Do a Quickie Mani
Right after you get out of the shower, gently push your cuticles back using a hand towel. Then paint your dry nails with clear polish. If you want to add color, forget about sitting around waiting for your polish to dry-these days, there are tons of high-tech nail formulas that set within seconds. Choose a light neutral or metallic polish; they will dry the quickest and are the easiest to slick on. You can also mist a speed-dryer on top of your regular polish to harden it instantly-celebrity manicurists swear by CND SolarSpeed Spray.
6. Try the World's Easiest Updo
On days when you don't have time to mess around with a curling iron but don't want to resort to yet another ponytail, try this instant upgrade: Pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail and secure with a clear elastic hair tie (or one that blends with your hair). Then twist the tail and coil it around the base to form a pretty ballerina bun. Secure with three or four bobby pins, and mist on medium-hold hairspray to keep flyaways in check. Photo: Oppenheim Bernhard/Getty Images
7. Wake Up Your Face
The one-minute way to fake 10 hours of sleep: Take a flesh-colored eye pencil and use it to trace inside your lower lashline, covering up the area that normally looks pink. Then use a pale, shimmery eyeshadow or pencil in more of a whitish hue to make a little "V" at the innermost corner of each eye; this deflects from dark circles and draws light into the entire eye area, leaving you looking alert and bright-eyed. Photo: Alex Cao/Getty Images
8. Prime Your Skin
It was designed as a way to prep skin for foundation, but the latest primers have proven to be miracle workers unto themselves-and they're way quicker to apply than a whole face of base. To see the benefits for yourself, smooth a silicone-based primer like Smashbox Photo Finish onto your face, starting with your nose and then working outward over any areas where you have visible pores or excess shine. Set with a little translucent face powder, and you're good to go. Got redness or pimple scars? A primer with a greenish hue will combat those problems.
9. Fake an I-Just-Jogged Flush
Overslept and missed your appointment with the treadmill? Nothing a minute with the blush brush can't fix. "Peachy blush is a surefire complexion perker-upper," Stiles says. "The color is universally flattering for any skin tone and it adds light and life to the face." She suggests using a formula that's sheer, so you can build up the color gradually without overdoing it, and one with just a hint of shimmer for luminosity. ( NARS Blush in Orgasm is one peachy-rose longtime favorite of celebrity makeup pros.) Grab a dome-shaped blush brush and smile so you can clearly see the apples of your cheeks; apply with brush gently, in a circular motion, layering the blush until you have a natural-looking flush.
10. Have a Bombshell Hair Day
Setting your hair in hot rollers can have an amazing effect, but who has the time? Here's the quickie way to give your hair some sex appeal: Flip your head upside down and blow-dry your roots for about 45 seconds. Then mist your roots with light-hold hairspray, flip your head back up and smooth hair back into place. You'll have gorgeous volume, as if you just got a blowout (even if in reality you're overdue for a shower). Oily roots got you down? Try working in a dry shampoo to absorb grease before you do the blow-dry trick. Photo: Thinkstock
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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