Friday, April 20, 2018

Instant beauty solutions worth a try for skin, lips and wardrobe

Traffic when you're running late. The drive-thru at Starbucks. Blind dates. Not everything worth having is worth waiting for.

This week I've rounded up a bevy of instant beauty updates because sometimes, the best things in life are … fast.

Just add color

Perk up your wardrobe with a quick pop of color. Opt for a bright belt (instant color blocking), pick a hotly hued bag or go for a pencil skirt in a jewel tone. I love Marni's Crystal-embellished leather waist belt ($235 at Net-A-Porter) but since I may have to wait a lifetime to afford it, I'll happily make do with the Lodis "Audrey" Belt in teal; $38 at

Build a new foundation

I'm often asked which beauty products are most worth splurging on and foundation tops my list. A great, high quality foundation is a game changer. Want great skin, instantly? Throw away your drugstore foundation and splurge on a product that's adept at faking flawlessness. I swear by Make Up For Ever's High Definition Invisible Cover Foundation, $40 at Sephora stores. Since a little does so much, imparting a flawless finish that withstands harsh lighting, the price is actually quite right. Those who eschew liquid will love Pür Minerals' 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation, another standout that sells for $27 at Ulta.

Go red

The quickest way to change your look is change your makeup, of course. But we're not talking about a full makeover here. Going for a bright lip when you're typically nude (a la Kim Kardashian's red pucker) really makes an impact. Can't find the right red? Have no fear, we've found a drugstore brand and shade that not only lasts, it's flattering on most skin tones; it's Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in a shade called Fire & Ice. Get it for about five bucks at Walmart stores.

Instant facial

Daily exfoliation is the key to keeping a tropical glow year round. Finding a great exfoliator can be tricky however because some are too drying, some are too harsh and some are too gentle. Get spot on exfoliation every day with a product I swear by, Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant ($50 at local spas). Just add water and this ultra-fine powder becomes a skin-saving scrub that's gentle enough for many skin types and for everyday use. I apply mine and then leave it on as a mask for two minutes, a tip I picked up from a favorite esthetician who swears that this allows the licorice in the product, which evens skin tone, to really work its magic. Think of it as a 120-second facial and yes, even you, busy lady, have time for that.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet Up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.