You'll save time in the long run if you:
  • Wear sunscreen every day so you won't have to conceal dark spots and wrinkles caused by UV exposure later.
  • Get a good pedicure—your polish should last about a month.
    Commit to four to six laser hair removal treatments to reduce hair growth so you may have to shave only once a week (or every other).
  • Wash your makeup tools every few weeks with shampoo. Clean brushes apply makeup precisely and evenly.
  • See a dermatologist for troubled skin. Prescription products have a high percentage of active ingredients; they typically work faster than over-the-counter ones.
  • Exfoliate your face once a week with a gentle scrub that contains small, smooth beads (try ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish, $75). Your skin will look healthy and feel smooth, and you'll need less makeup.
    Our Experts
  • Carmindy, makeup artist
  • Doris Day, MD, dermatologist
  • James Edick, Wella Professionals Master Colorist at Arrojo Studio
  • David Evangelista, creative director, David Evangelista at Cornelia, NYC
  • Laura Geller, makeup artist
  • Ranella Hirsch, MD, dermatologist
  • Sandy Linter, Lancôme makeup artist
  • Mally Roncal, makeup artist
  • Eva Scrivo, hairstylist and owner of Eva Scrivo Salon, NYC
  • Jin Soon, manicurist and owner of Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa, NYC
  • Donna Tripodi, hairstylist Maria Verel, makeup artist

    — Research by Kate Sandoval


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