Do you have somewhere to be? Need to look nice, but tired of spending an hour or more on getting ready. I have some quick beauty tips that will have you out the door feeling good, and looking even better in twenty minutes or less.
Hair: If you have unruly hair, I can offer some very easy advice that will smooth out those locks and have your hair pretty, playful, and ready to go in ten minutes or less. This works best for people who have medium to long hair and a bit of wave or body, but this quick trick will work on most hair types.
First, wash your hair and use a little extra conditioner after shampooing. While your hair is still wet, turn your head upside down and take a towel in your hands. Use the towel to gently scrunch and squeeze your hair in an upward motion. Be sure to work the scrunch all the way to the top, as this is where most of the body comes from. Once you’ve done this, leave your head upside down and wrap your hair up in the towel. Now, you’re ready move on to make-up.
Make-up: There are four types of face paint that can be a girls’ best friend: base, blush, mascara, and lip-gloss. It takes less than five minutes to apply the four, and together they make for a very fresh, natural, and put together look. I am a bit of a bargain shopper, and so I tend to buy cheap makeup. I have tried Lancôme, Clinique, Revlon, and everything in between, but I prefer RIMMEL base and mascara over any of the rest. I use twenty-five hour Lasting Finish base and SCANDALEYES FLEX mascara. The base has great coverage, yet is very lightweight; and the mascara goes on smooth to eliminate clumping. Both of these bargain buys can be found at your local drug store or big box store for around five to ten dollars each.
First apply the base to your entire face in order to smooth your complexion and give your skin a nice even tone. Next, choose a blush of your liking that matches your skin tone. If you have a dark complexion, it’s best to use darker colors of blush. Light colors won’t blend well, and may look ashy on your skin. Try reds, burgundies, and pinks. For medium to dark skin tones– roses, soft plums, and peach colors will work well. If you are very light complected, soft pinks will complement and highlight your cheekbones beautifully. After you’ve applied the base and blush, you are already half way done.
Next apply mascara. Again, I prefer RIMMEL as it doesn’t clump and is easily washed off so it doesn’t damage your lashes. The trick to getting your eyes to sparkle is in the lashes. Start at the base of your eyelashes closest to your eye lid. Make a long steady sweeping motion about three times, and then focus on just the tips of the lashes making shorter strokes. By doing this, you are pulling the lashes out for maximum length and then adding volume to the tips.
Now you’re ready for the last steps to completing your look. Take your hair down out of the towel, and repeat the scrunching with the towel so that your hair is only damp. This next step is what will make your hair look playful and pretty all day. It will take out the frizz, and keep the body and waves in place.
Run cold water in the sink, or use a spritzing bottle filled with cold water to get your hair closer to wet than damp, but not drenched. Repeat the scrunching motion one last time with the towel. Now, take a small dime sized amount of conditioner and apply it to the ends and anywhere you notice frizz; and finally, apply a very light coat of hairspray. I use Aussie, it holds great and doesn’t make your hair feel sticky to the touch. The key is for your hair to dry without looking like you have gobs of gel and hairspray in it. It makes for a very natural, effortless look.
Finally, apply your favorite color of lip gloss and you’re ready to go! The outcome is a beautiful, natural look that is sure to leave you looking and feeling great.
The best part about this easy and quick method for your hair is that there is no damage from flat irons, curling irons, or hair dryers. The more you use this method, the healthier your hair will become.
So here you have it, three tips to have you out the door in a matter of minutes, all while looking flawless and effortlessly beautiful.