Being too busy is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. That's why every woman needs a few tricks in her back pocket to style, shine and shape her way through her daily beauty routine — fast.
Clean hair quickly
I swear by dry shampoo for both times when I don't have time to wash my hair and days when newly washed hair gets oily at the roots faster then I'd like. That's because dry shampoo is designed to remove excess oil from hair follicles, minus the soap and water, of course. Dry shampoo is also ideal for keeping day-after hair fresh-looking and in great shape for a special event updo or simply creating the braided side pony.
I recommend an affordable drugstore brand called Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo, available at local drugstores for about $6. To use, simply flip your hair upside down, then spray dry shampoo at the nape of neck as well as at the crown of your head and hairline. Then, brush it through your hair thoroughly to distribute dry shampoo and remove excess.
Fake some beauty sleep
Unfortunately for many busy women, sleep is one of the first things we cut in a time crunch. And while, long term, depriving yourself of sleep is a beauty no-no, for those days when you just can't catch all the ZZZZs you really need, I have a go-to trick for faking a long night between the sheets. Simply highlight and brighten eyes with a combination of metallic shadow, such as Flirt's Solid Gold, applied at the inner corner of eyes and on lids. Next, my secret weapon: Apply Tarte's emphasEYES inner rim brightener ($18 at tartecosmetics.com) to the lower lash line as well as waterline as needed.
Camouflage a blemish fast
I keep a stash of Q-tips soaked in Visine (or any anti-red eye drops) in the freezer for mornings when I wake up with an out-of-nowhere blemish. To calm the zit quickly, apply the soaked Q-tip to the angry spot for about 60 seconds. The coldness helps reduce the swelling that often accompanies blemishes, making them less noticeable, while the red eye solution helps eradicate redness.
Manicured in minutes
They say you can tell a lot about a person by the condition of their nails. This means that chipped nail polish sends the wrong message and even unmanicured nails give away that you don't make time for you. Manicure nails in minutes with this three-step mani that I call on in a crunch. Step one: Remove nail polish and shape nails with a file. Step two: Apply a nude polish that won't give away application mistakes; I like "Sweet Heart" by OPI. Finally, apply a drop of Zoya Fast Drops Drying Drops ($16 at Zoya.com) to each nail to leave your manicure completely dry and smudge-proof in less than 60 seconds.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.