10 Life-Changing Beauty Hacks Every Busy Woman Must Know
#1 Get a low maintenance haircut
On some days, you just want to get up and go – no fancy hair styling, heck, who cares about putting products anyway? Ask your stylist for a fuss-free haircut that looks great messy or neat, or better yet, doesn’t require heat styling at all. Longer hair requires a little bit more work, but there’s nothing a classic ponytail or top bun won’t fix.
#2 Use products for your hair before you go to bed
Got frizzy, unruly hair? Give it some TLC before you go to bed and wake up to gorgeous locks. We love the Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery, $42 – just apply it on hair, go to bed (you can even work out with it), and then rinse off. Hair will feel incredibly smooth all day.
#3 Consider semi-permanent makeup
Who doesn’t want to wake up with perfect brows, eyeliner and even eyelashes all the time? Granted you’ll have to make an appointment for eyebrow embroidery and eyelash extensions, but the fact that you don’t have to worry about smudging (even when you go swimming) is amazing. Now you can truly say #IWokeUpLikeThis.
#4 Try overnight braids
Thinking of curling your hair but don’t have the time to fiddle around with a curling tong in the morning? Section your hair, braid them and go to bed. Unravel them in the morning and you’ll have perfect waves! If you want the waves to be more pronounced and long lasting, run the braids through with a flat iron before loosening them.
#5 Skip steps whenever you can
We treat nightly beauty routines as a ritual to relax and wind up the day, but no one really has time for an 11-step beauty routine in the morning. Remove unnecessary steps (never skip sunscreen though) to save time.
#6 Buy double-duty products
On the note of saving time, products like the Lancome Energie De Vie Smoothing Glow Boosting Liquid Care, $115, is an all-in-one lotion, serum and cream that allows you the effects of a full beauty regimen in just one step. Saving time and money, we like the sound of that.
#7 Wake up eyes with eyeliner
Not all of us had the luxury of an eight-hour sleep the night before but eyeliners are a great pick-me-up for making you look less tired. Defined eyes give the illusion of intense focus, which means you can sit through those Monday morning meetings without looking like you’re dozing off.
#8 Use a multi-taking balm stain
“Are you okay? You look really tired today.” is probably something we’ve all heard. More often than not, it’s the lack of makeup that’s making us look fatigued but a little colour should bring back some life back onto your face. Try a balm stain to give lips a natural looking just-bitten look.
#9 Pack on-the-go supplies
If there’s just one beauty product in your bag when you rush out in the morning, make it a multi-tasking one. The NARS Multiple in Orgasm, $60, is great for adding colour to your lips, cheeks and eyes so you can look polished even if you have only one product on your face.
#10 Master putting on makeup while commuting
If you only have five minutes to spare on your makeup in the morning, make it your eye makeup, or anything that requires a steady hand and leave the rest for your commute. This means putting on eyeliner, mascara and drawing your brows at home, and leaving your foundation and blusher for the journey to work. If you don’t have time to put on anything at all, take advantage of the time when your vehicle or train isn’t moving to draw your eyeliner or put on mascara.