Stylist Hannah Sandling reveals how to do beauty routines the lazy way.
Paparazzi constantly in your face, pressure to look perfect 24/7, regularly jetting around the globe for VIP parties and red-carpet events – being an A-lister sure is tough. Luckily for them there’s usually (just) enough room in the first class lounge/limo for their beauty brigade to keep them looking on-the-go gorgeous. Wherever stars such as Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey go, you can be sure their entourage (yes, that’s right – their entourage) of hair stylists, make-up artists, manicurists and facialists won't be too far behind.
But back to our reality - bronzer applied on the bus; lashes curled in the car; unruly hair scraped speedily into a style that gives us an instant headache. More often we don’t even have the time to shave our legs on a sunny day, let alone perfect an ‘I’ve-just-been-yachting-off-the-coast-of-St-Tropez’ tan. Hmmm…not nearly as glam as we’d quite hoped.
Thankfully, help is at hand for those of us who don’t have the time (or inclination) to spend hours on our beauty regime. In her new book, The Lazy Goddess, celebrity stylist Hannah Sandling reveals how to cut corners and costs and still look gorgeous.
QUICK-FIX HAIR TRICKS
Tresses need some SOS? Try Hannah's advice for a red-carpet-ready mane:
• Mayonnaise is amazing for re-hydrating dry and damaged locks. Simply massage a small amount into your hair, wrap your head in cling-wrap and leave to penetrate for 20 minutes. Shampoo and lightly condition as normal and smooth, silky strands will be yours!
• Keep oiliness at bay with an all-natural deep-cleanse. Run a mixture of warm water, a touch of salt and two teaspoons of vinegar through your tresses then leave for a couple of hours before rinsing out with cold water for added shine.
• Keep flyaways at bay no matter where you are. If you’re stuck without serum just reach into your handbag and tame down your mane by smoothing a small amount of hand cream over the surface instead.
Insider’s Advice: To avoid passing old grease on to fresh, yummy-smelling locks, wash your brushes with shampoo every two weeks.
SPEEDY MAKE-UP MASTERCLASS
Make-up looking more drab than fab? Hannah shows you how to get "lovely luscious lips and a killer stare":
• Get a plumped-up pout (minus the collagen!) by using two different shades of lipstick. Apply the darker one to the corners and contours of your smile, and the lighter one to the more fleshy part in the middle of your lips.
• Achieve perfectly arched eyebrows by spraying a little hairspray onto your fingers and quickly smoothing them over your brows. You can then brush them into shape using a dry toothbrush before leaving them to set.
• If you want to create smoky eyes, simply pop your eye pencil under some hot water or a light bulb for a few seconds before use. You'll notice how much thicker and easier it goes on, making a vamped-up, vixen look all the more simple.
Insider’s Advice: Baby oil works a treat as a cheap and gentle eye make-up remover.
GREAT BODY BLUFFS
Get a goddess-worthy body in an instant. Hannah shows us how:
• Rid your skin of dead cells and make it cuddly and soft. All you need to do is add three tablespoons of powdered milk into your hot bath, then lie back and relax.
• Want more voluptuous breasts without going under the knife? Simply shade your way to a fuller, sexier chest by swishing some bronzer down your chest where you would normally see a cleavage shadow.
• Want to make your legs look longer and thinner? Smooth a little shimmer cream down the centre of your calves and shins to for a slender silhouette in seconds.
Insider’s Advice: Get rid of bloating by eating watermelon - it helps prevent water retention.