Typically, I'm out of time, which is why finding "me time" is often a late-night indulgence. The other night, in need of some mindless me time, I tuned in to an after-hours rerun of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!. Needless to say, gratuitous entertainment abounded.
I watched enviously as Kim Kardashian rushed to fit in an hour of shopping before her 5 p.m. hair and makeup appointment (all in preparation for an 8 p.m. birthday party), while frequently lamenting the lack of time she has for herself. And while I think Kim is a natural beauty, when you have three hours for hair and makeup — not to mention professional help — it's easy to look stunning.
But how about the rest of us, who are forced to get gorgeous with significantly fewer resources? I often have 15 minutes to get ready, with a 2-year-old pulling on my dress all the while. And yet I do manage to pull it off, thanks to a simple beauty mantra I call "Glamour in no time." Here's how you, too, can look dashing in just minutes …
Make up your routine
The key to looking great in no time is having a go-to makeup routine that you can turn to in a pinch. When time is of the essence, experimenting with your makeup is not an option.
I have several go-to looks that I call upon when I need to get ready fast, and I've garnered rave reviews for my ability to go from freshly showered to hair, makeup and outfit in 15 minutes or less.
I always start with a quick and easy application of tinted moisturizer which protects, treats and hydrates my complexion while serving as a quick and easy cover for minor skin imperfections. I'm currently using a custom cocktail of Olay's Total Effects Daily UV Moisturizer + Touch of Foundation mixed with Physician's Formula Healthy Wear (both were recently featured in my "Best Tinted Moisturizers" column). Then, a quick slick of red lipstick and lip liner (done correctly, there's just something about red lips that screams "polished") and a swipe of Julie Hewitt's Shimmy on Lids ($22 at juliehewett.net) and I'm good to go.
Finally, I coax my long curly hair into a chic undone chignon or high ponytail. All the better to show off the precious minutes I just invested in looking pretty.
Dress the part
I'm frequently stopped while running errands by women who compliment my style and share that they don't have the time to look as good. And while I appreciate the kudos, I always throw some tough love their way by saying, "Don't make excuses — you do have the time!"
I firmly believe that it takes less time to slip into a dress and heels or skinny jeans, a long, classic cardigan and boots as it does to work your way into sweats, sneakers and a tee-shirt. The secret is to hang several outfits that are ready to wear in your closet.
It takes me just minutes to get dressed, but the impression one makes by taking pride in how the look is long-lasting.
— Carolyn Brundage is founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip in local beauty. Follow her on Twitter @tampabaypretty.