A blissful day dedicated to pampering yourself may sound divine, but honestly who has the time? That’s not to say you shouldn’t be looking your absolute best – just that there are ways to go about achieving soft skin, a glowing complexion and runway-worthy hair without spending hours in front of the mirror thanks to these smart beauty tricks.
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Here are some beauty tricks the experts swear by – ‘who’d have thought it?’ shortcuts that will have you looking gorgeous in half the time!
Your make-up sorted
These three components are all you need to look glam. Dot concealer under your eyes before blending in – you can use it to cover any blemishes too. Apply two coats of your mascara to add definition to your eyes then blend a rosy tint with your fingertips across your cheeks. If you want to go the extra mile, dab a little cheek tint onto your lips too, for a rosy pout.
Quick mani fix
Chipped mani and zero time for three coats of varnish? Here’s the answer – invest in a polish-remover pot! You simply stick your fingers in, twist, and your nails are clean. Then swipe on a single coat of nude polish – you’ll be able to get away with just one layer. Dip your fingers in chilled water to help them dry faster.
Try natural-looking lash extensions once and you won’t look back. The added length, volume and curl give you wide-awake eyes after just an hour with the beauty therapist and they last up to four weeks. But, if you’d rather just clip them on and off as you please, then magnetic lashes are a must.
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Shortcut Kit: black|Up Magnetic Lashes.
No time to wash your hair? Never fear! Here’s another way to revamp lank locks. Spritz dry shampoo directly onto your roots (remember this means ALL your roots, not just the top layers!) then mist through the mid-lengths. Tousle with your fingers to get rid of any powdery excess, then brush through with a bristle brush to smooth it out.
Fast moisture boost
Seal in moisture before you have even stepped out of the bathroom with an oil-based gel formulation. Or try using a body cream with shea butter and essential oils after towelling off if you’re after soft skin all day.
Glow to go!
Fake that post-facial glow with your favourite face oil or serum. Whether you are bare-faced or wearing make-up, tap a light layer of serum or oil over the top of cheekbones, and on the centre of your forehead and chin. You’ll get an instant hit of radiance that’s good for your complexion too!
Shortcut Kit: Mineraline Time It! Anti-ageing Serum.
DIY salon blow-dry effect
Before bed, wash hair then tip your head upside down and blow-dry. Twist hair up into a loose top-knot and secure with plastic clips to avoid kinks, then get some kip. When you wake up, unfurl your bun and shake out before misting with a volume-boosting hairspray.
Exfoliate in the shower
Smooth your skin while you shower with bath gloves. The slightly rough material is perfect for gently buffing away areas of dry skin on your body. Simply pop the gloves on and use with your regular body wash. Rub in circular motions, gently across softer areas like your legs and torso, and with a bit of added pressure over elbows and knees.
Shortcut Kit: The Body Shop bath gloves.