Say yes to all of the events — dinner parties, after-work drinks and more — this summer with these super-speedy beauty hacks that’ll shave your getting-ready time in half.
No one wants to be a buzzkill and flake on another platter sesh with the girls, but we’re all human and sometimes we just can’t hustle ourselves out the door without feeling tip top, are we right? While we can’t stop time so you can squeeze in a shower, an appointment at the salon and a session with the PT, we can free up time so you can spend less time getting ready and more time getting down doing whatever it is that takes your fancy this summer.
Scroll for our time-saving lazy-girl hacks below:
Hair today, tomorrow and the next day
Time saved: at least 20 minutes
Forget washing, much less blow drying and styling your hair when you’re in a rush. Besides, the humidity in the air *cough, club* and/or sporadic sun showers are only going to make a meal of it anyway. Cut your time in half with one of these quick hair hacks below…
Option one: It’s all about camouflage and distraction as you haul yourself an Uber. We’re talking hairline-concealing, attention-grabbing accessories. And if the bling ain’t your thing, the humble black headband is back, as seen sporting the runways at Tom Ford. Too easy.
Prabal Gurung FW18; Zadig & Voltaire FW18; Chanel AW18
Option two: Tip your head forward and brush your hair (or gather your curls) into a ponytail at the crown, twisting the tail on itself and into a knot. Fix with a hair tie some bobby pins, fasten with hairspray and you’re good to go. Effortless flyaways advised.
Time saved: Up to 10 minutes
Nothing makes you feel sleeker and ready to go than a pair of breezy smooth pins. Trouble is, shaving under pressure can lead you down a one-way path to missed spots and nicks that need blots. Ouch!
The solution? The new Schick Intuition f.a.b. razor that allows you to effortlessly shave forwards and backwards safely so you can focus on what outfit is best going to show these bad boys off. The bi-directional blades simplify shaving down to such an art, you’ll make this a main stake in your beauty routine.
Try: The new Schick Intuition® f.a.b., $17
Time saved: Up to 20 mins
Come spring, it always helps to switch out your daily moisturiser with a gradual tanner, preferably one that’s super hydrating, low on the scent and no fuss. That way, you can say yes to that last-minute excursion without hesitation ’cause you’ve got a healthy glow good-to-go and the perfect base to top up with an instant tanner that dries quickly.
Try: Skinfood gradual tanner, $16.99; ECO Tan Firm Cacao Firming Mousse, $44.95
Multi-purpose makeup, minus the minutes
Time saved: 10 minutes
The clock is ticking and you’ve got to apply a full face of makeup? Yep, we’ve all been there. Pare back your products and keep it simple. A primer, highlighter and tint all in one will be your perfect base under your foundation. Additionally, (once your face is complete), using your fingertip, pat onto areas you want to accentuate; think high points such as your cupid’s bow, tip of the nose, along the cheekbones and under your eyebrow arch.
Next up, foundation. Use a forgiving formula you can easily buff around your face, jawline and neck with medium to full coverage. Bonus points if it has SPF.
Try: Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer, $62; Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15, $57.60 – $72; L’Oreal Paris Wake Up And Glow Bronze Powder, $24.99
Final touches? Carve and contour with a bronzer you can sweep along the bridge of your nose, across the top of your forehead and cheeks. Then, using a smaller brush (or your fingertips), build the bronzer into the crease of your eyelid for a cohesive eyeshadow look. Look who’s a sun-kissed goddess, now.
Words: Terri Dunn
Photos: Getty Images, Supplied, Miss FQ Issue 1, 2016
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