Too busy to fit in your beauty fix each morning? Here are seven fantastic beauty hacks to help your hectic lifestyle.
- Ice Your Nails
When it comes to your nails, a simple bowl of ice water can help you out. “Avoid ruining all your hard work in a matter of seconds by dipping each hand in a bowl of ice water for one minute each to dry your nails,” suggests Beach St Tanning’s beauty expert, Lauren Capelin.
Save time and money on that salon manicure, by doing it yourself. Investing in your own kit and supplies can go a long way.
- Skip The Blowdry and Dry Shampoo
Eliminate the need for morning blow-dries by investing in a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil at the roots, allowing hair to remain fresh and full for another day. “This godsend should be in every busy woman’s bathroom cabinet and work drawer,” Lauren insists.
Try: A'Kin Dry Shampoo
- Down Tools
I rarely use a cosmetic brush. Ever. Fiddly and so quick to fray, I find that fingertips are always a much faster way to apply makeup. From foundation to eye shadow, cheek tint and lip colour, a few magic moves and you’re done in minutes. Lauren agrees, pointing out that the big benefit of applying foundation with the hands is that the heat from our skin melts the product. "This allows it to be applied smoothly and seamlessly," Lauren explains.
- Line Your Eyes
“A fabulous winged eye can be the bane of a woman’s existence,” laughs Lauren. Her tip is to reach for the sticky tape to save time. Stick it along the lash line where you want your line to finish. “Use a small amount of sticky tape applied along the upper eyelid,” she advises. “It acts as a guide to ensure your liner is straight, even, and going in the right direction. You can be as messy as you want as the excess ink will fall on the tape.”
- Step Out For A Spray Tan
A healthy glow is the way to go in spring, but avoid the health risks of sunning yourself naturally by stepping into the salon for a spray tan - the best investment you can make to nail that custom-made glow for your colouring.
- Double – and Triple – Dip!
“Embrace the 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1 nature of beauty products,” Lauren encourages. “Most nude eye shadows with a shimmer make excellent highlighter and illuminator for cheekbones and cupid bows,” she says. “Glossy pink or orange-toned lipsticks make for creamy, lasting blushes and a clean mascara brush works as a brow brush in a pinch!”
- Braid Before Bed
For beachy waves, prep hair before it hits the pillow, Lauren advises. “Sleep with your hair in braids for easy waves in the A.M.,” she says. “For a less dramatic look, twist your hair into two Princess Leia-style buns and spray each with sea salt spray. This will result in a beachy effect, and you can say you did just ‘wake up like this’.”