8 Beauty Hacks for Impatient People
1. Shave Less Frequently—with Baby Oil
Smooth legs every day? Yes, please. Shaving your legs every day? No, thank you. One of the worst parts of shaving is the inevitable regrowth of stubble, which sometimes rears its prickly head mere hours later. One blogger swears by swapping the usual formula (water + shaving cream or body wash) for baby oil. Leg stubble seems to grow back more slowly than when you've used shaving cream and water, and, since baby oil is easier on your razor, you'll find you won't have to replace it as often.
2. Curl and Line at the Same Time
Have you ever tried to kill two birds with one eyelash curler? If the answer is no, you might want to give this clever timesaver a try. After all, the arc of your curler is perfectly shaped and sized to line your top lids. Multifunctionality for the win.
3. Flat-Iron Your Braid for Instant Beach Waves
A carefree look demands a carefree method, so before you sigh in frustration and resolutely pull out the curling iron, consider this ingenious technique.
4. Use a Pantry Staple to Dry Your Nails Faster
A DIY manicure won't feel like such a chore if you no longer need to sit around, completely motionless, waiting for the polish to dry. Turns out cooking spray is the key to quickly setting nails.
5. Skip a Trip to the Salon with a Mascara Touch-Up
This is by no means a long-term solution for covering grays, but it will help you out in a pinch—like corporate headshot day, which you conveniently forgot to put in your calendar.
6. Stave Off Facial Redness with This Unexpected Remedy
Eye drops are meant to reduce redness in your eyes but can have a similar effect on pimples. Simply place two or three drops on a Q-tip and dab directly on top of the offending areas. Consider this hack a quicker alternative to a full face of foundation with concealer, because who has time for that?
7. Make Your Lipstick Last All Day
Few beauty routines are more disruptive than having to reapply your lipstick multiple times a day—but there's hope yet. Simply apply your favorite lipcolor, use a cotton pad to blend a thin layer of baby powder on top and then finish with another layer of lipstick. Pinners swear by this trick, even when the lipstick only costs $3.
8. Spray Your Brows for All-Day Perfection
If you're embracing the "boy brow" trend à la Cara Delevingne, you'll know that one downside to a thicker brow is the possibility for unruly flyaways. Avoid the weathered seafarer look by combing your brows into the desired shape with a clean mascara wand; then give them a light spritz with hairspray to ensure they stay in place all day long. This way, you won't feel the urge to repeatedly check and touch them up in the mirror.