May 25, 2012

Lightning Fast Hair and Makeup Tips

For the busy ladies out there that are always on the go (do you know a woman that doesn't fit this description?), spending time on hair and makeup can seem like a worthless hassle. In truth, this time-consuming task is not necessarily a time-waster. After all, looking your best will boost your confidence and change the way that others react to you. The problem is that you have so many more important things to do with your limited time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get the look you want with less time commitment. Here are just a few hair and makeup tips that are sure to have you looking great in no time.

The best place to start is with a clean, clear palette. Daily showers are a must, and you should also develop a beauty routine to ensure that your skin is free of dirt, oil, and blemishes. You should include a moisturizer with sunblock to keep your skin glowing and avoid the UV damage that can prematurely age you. And when it comes to your hair, keep the roots touched up and the ends trimmed. All of these preparatory steps will ensure that you are halfway to your beauty benchmark the minute you roll out of bed, significantly reducing the time spent sprucing yourself up on a day-to-day basis.

Even with a flawless fa├žade to start, you will no doubt want to add a little finish. And you don't have to spend an hour in front of the mirror to do it. With a few key products and some practice under your belt you can leave the house looking fantastic with just a few minutes of effort each day. In most cases you can find products that will do double duty so that you can get the same effect in a fraction of the time. For example, several companies now make tinted moisturizes (with an SPF rating) so that you can get the hydration and coverage you want without having to use two different creams. You can also find color compacts that double up as a cream blush and lipstick (or stain). Most can be applied with your fingers so that you don't have to waste time searching for a variety of application tools.

If you really want to look your best, though, your five-minute face should include, at the bare minimum, a bit of blush to instantly brighten your face and add a youthful flush, some mascara and highlighter (under the eyes and on the inside corner) to open your eyes and make you look rested, and a swipe of lip balm (or even gloss) to keep your pout pretty. As for your hair, you don't have to go for the full blow-out and flat-iron routine in order to look good.

If your hair is short, a good cut will go a long way towards fixing itself, and all you need is a towel-dry and some styling cream to spice it up. For longer hair, run some shine serum through with your fingers while wet and pull it back in a simple ponytail or bun (go high on the head for chic style) and secure it with a couple of cute clips (nab fly-aways with pins or an elastic headband). It only takes a few minutes in the morning to look great all day (with some practice you can practically time it via the stopwatch feature on Even if you don't want to waste time looking good for the benefit of others, think about how good you'll feel when you spend a few minutes of each day doing something nice for yourself.

(Guest Post by Carol Montrose)

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  1. Kavita3:03 PM

    its all about the eyes, emphasise them girl :)
    but never wear to much foundation you dont want look like a lolly pop.

  2. Pavani3:05 PM

    To match the light hair color, use a light brown eyebrow pencil.
    For blush, brush on Delice in iced Cinnamon.
    For finishing touch, Glam Shine Cream in Sweet Nude, a sheer lip color, it will give you a dewy look.


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