There’s only so much time in the day and getting ready in the morning or before a big night out on the town can be a hassle for busy ladies. Here are the 8 best beauty shortcuts I’ve come across. I’m sure some of them will be familiar to you and you might already incorporate them into your daily routine. If you have some additional ones to add, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.
8. Use baby powder to eliminate greasy hair
Both baby powder and cornstarch can be used to cut the grease in your hair when you don’t have time to wash it. This is the best beauty shortcut to save time. Sprinkle a small amount of powder along the crown of your head and rub it in. You can also put a small amount on your finger tips and massage your scalp where the hair follicles are the greasiest.
7. Use hemorrhoid cream to get rid of bags under the eyes
Hemorrhoid cream is meant to shrink swollen tissue, so it works very well on puffy eyes when you don’t have time to lay down with a couple of cucumber slices over your eyes. Apply a small amount to the swollen area under the eyes and be sure not to get any directly into your eye. Once it has soaked in you can apply your makeup as usual.
6. Stick to neutral shades of makeup so they match with anything you wear
Some of the best beauty shortcuts involve things to avoid. For instance, blue eye shadow only goes with so many outfits. If you wear makeup consisting of neutral tones, you won’t have to worry about your makeup clashing with your clothing. You can always have an assortment of brightly colored eyeliner pencils if you want to add a small amount of color at the last minute.
5. Wash hair with a shampoo/conditioner combo
Shampoo with conditioner included in it is a huge time saver. Some formulas don’t condition all too well, so it would be a good idea to invest in a quality shampoo/conditioner combination. Applying a spray-on conditioner will help to smooth out any frizzies that appear afterwards.
4. Allow conditioner to set in hair while bathing
If you can’t seem to part with your separate bottles of shampoo and conditioner, then shave off some time in the shower by applying conditioner before you wash your body. Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Add the conditioner to your hair and massage it in completely before you begin bathing. By the time you have finished scrubbing your body, you will be able to rinse your hair and body at the same time. In addition to being the best beauty shortcut, this method also makes for silky, moisturized hair.
3. Dip freshly painted fingernails into a bowl of ice water for quicker setting
Your nail polish will need to air dry for a couple of minutes before your fingernails can be placed into the bowl if icy water. After the two minutes have passed, plunge your fingertips into the ice water and keep them in there for at least 3 minutes. The hardest part will be keeping your fingers in the frigid water for that length of time. I think it’s worth it though, because there’s nothing more frustrating than smudging a freshly painted fingernail.
2. Repair a torn fingernail with super glue and a tea bag
It will only take a few minutes to get your nail looking good once again. Remove any fingernail polish on the torn nail. Cut a small square from the tea bag and dab of super glue to the torn section of the nail. Apply the paper square and let it dry completely. Use an Emory board to file the paper down slightly and then paint the nail as usual. Depending on the tear, you might be able to simply use super glue by itself to fix the nail.
1. Use lemon juice to fix streaks in a fake tan
It’s summer once again and not everyone is comfortable heading outdoors in their shorts with pale legs all aglow. A canned tan is a quick way to cut down on the glare of your pasty winter skin, but it can occasionally lead to skin with a streaky appearance. Douse a cotton ball with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon and pass the cotton ball over the streaked areas. The lemon juice will help the streaks blend together a bit better.