1 Keep makeup remover next to your bed so you have zero excuse not to take it off before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause break-outs and infections. On nights when you’re exhausted and can’t imagine standing at the sink for longer than 30 seconds, you’ll be thankful to have this stuff stashed next to your bed. (But really, help your face and reserve this hack for extreme lazy emergencies only.)
2 Hide a manicure that’s growing out by creating a glitter ombre effect starting at the base of the nails. The best way to distract from a chipped or overgrown manicure is, well, glitter. It’s pretty and will last for what feels like for-ev-er.
3 If you’re too impatient to wait for moisturiser, toner and self-tanner to dry or for makeup to set, blast skin with a hairdryer on the cool setting. Certain products (toner, tanner) need to dry completely before you move on to the next step of getting ready, and a hairdryer can really help speed up that process.
4 On days when you don’t want to mess with your whole makeup regimen, use lipstick to add colour to lips, cheeks and eyes. Swipe your one-product wonder stick along your cheekbones, brow bones, and lips, then blend it with your fingers for a subtle glow. There, now you look like a real human.
5 Make highlighting and contouring as easy as (1,2,) 3. To highlight your face, quickly make a ‘3’ with a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone. Draw the top line above your brow, middle line above your cheekbone, and bottom line right above your jawbone.
To contour your face, draw a backwards ‘3’ (aka the shape of an ‘E’) in a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Start the top line at your temple, put the middle line right below your cheekbone and draw the bottom line underneath your jawbone. Buff out the two shades, blending the lines completely for a seamless finish.
6 If you love winged liner but don’t have the hand-eye coordination to do it perfectly, no big deal. You can clean messy edges with a cotton swab coated with petroleum jelly. Making the perfect freehanded flick on the first try is difficult. Erasing your mistakes is easy.
7 If you’re out of liquid or gel eyeliner, borrow some mascara instead of going to the store. Use a small liner brush to grab the formula off the mascara brush.
8 Instantly make eyes look more awake by lining the inner rim (also known as the waterline) of the lower eyelid with a nude eye pencil. Not only will this trick brighten your eyes, it’ll also make you look wide-eyed, like any Disney princess ever created.
9 Take eye makeup from a sleek daytime look to something sexier by smudging liner with a cotton swab to diffuse it into a smoky-eye look. No need to get out the whole makeup bag. You’re welcome.
10 If you need a root touchup but haven’t got around to one, tease hair at the roots and create a messy side parting to help camouflage the overgrowth. A straight parting down the middle will only highlight the fact that you look like Pepé Le Pew.
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11 If you have dark hair that’s dyed blonde but you don’t have Kim Kardashian’s glam squad, disguise the roots by using dry shampoo to cover up noticeable regrowth. Spray roots with dry shampoo, let it sit for a few minutes, then finger-comb it through your hair to distribute the product.
12 If the front pieces of your hair are greasy but the rest of your strands aren’t, pull the back section of hair out of the way and wash only the front section in the sink. Washing your hair every (or every other) day is a pain in the ass and actually makes it produce more oil in the long run. Only wash the sections that need it. Finally your laziness is justified!
13 Make your blowout last longer than one day by rolling hair into a looped bun and pinning it before bed. If the ends of your hair tend to fall flat or get kinks in them while you sleep, wrap the hair around your hand to create a looped bun, and secure it with bobby pins. In the morning unroll it for another day of loose, glam waves.
14 If your hair’s too dirty for words but there’s absolutely no chance you’re waking up early enough for a wash, apply baby powder liberally to roots before bed. The powder will soak up the excess oil that makes hair look greasy. If you have dark hair, baby powder is too noticeable to apply it right before you leave the house – but if you sprinkle it on roots at night, the white residue will have time to fade by morning.
15 If you’ve washed your hair but don’t have the energy to blow-dry it, loosely twist it into a low bun, secure with a clip and go about your life. When it’s dry, untwist and separate the tendrils with your fingers for effortless waves.
16 If curling your hair takes too much time, tie it in a loose, low braid before bed for mermaid waves in the morning. If you have thin hair, don’t braid too tight – a loose braid will give you softer, less obvious waves.
17 If your heels resemble a cracked pavement, give yourself a relaxing foot treatment while you sleep. Cover each foot with a healing lotion or oil and slip them into socks before hopping in bed at night. In the morning, your feet will be soft and smooth.
This article was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com