I am, for lack of a better word, lazy. At least when it comes to things that I realise are unnecessarily time consuming.
One of those things are what beauty editors everywhere call a beauty regime. It’s a pretty silly term if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, I like make up and pretty things and sometimes I do spend a bit too much on lotions and potions, but I don’t get why it should all have to take up so much time. Sometimes, I’d much rather sleep in or watch something ridiculous on television or do a little dance instead.
Which is why I love that there are so many products devoted to making you look bright eyed and bushy tailed and smelling like roses in an instant, even if you did just stumble into work after a night of partying and very little sleep. Or maybe you just stayed up all night revising or you accidentally got sucked into watching reruns of some terrible 90s TV show or you just couldn’t sleep? Or you might just want to get on with your day without all the fuss. Well, here’s my top tips and quick fixes for when you’re in a rush or just plain lazy.
They are only bad hair days if you care.
I haven’t had a proper bad hair day in ages. This is not down to dumb luck, some magical product or bargains with a devil. It’s just down to not stressing out about it. It’s just hair and it grows on your head to keep it warm. But there are a few tricks that have come in handy.
I have long, curly and most of all messy hair that takes forever to wash and dry (not to mention the time it takes to untangle). So dry shampoo is probably the best thing to happen to me. It saves me not having to wash it too often (which is bad for the hair anyway) and it saves me the time it takes to wash it. Add to that a plethora of hats and scarves and you’re sorted.
The second best thing to happen to my hair is Lee Stafford’s R U Taking Protection from Partying and Smokey Nights. That’s an incredibly dumb sounding name for a hair product, I know, but it’s actually more clever than it sounds. Because, despite smoking bans, your hair is probably going to end up smelling a bit funky when you go out and this crazy spritz counteracts that morning after ash tray smell in your hair. It’s especially usefull if you’re seventeen and trying to hide the fact that you smoke from your parents or if you’re walk of shame-ing it straight to work.
Face the facts.
If you’ve got make up on, you need to take it off before you go to bed. You’ll only wake up feeling like you passed out in the middle of a children’s birthday party with face paint on. L’Oreal makes this face wash that’s specifically for removing make up (and I’m sure other brands do too). So there’s no need to fuss with a billion different lotions and potions and toners and what nots before you go to bed. Just wash it off, slap some face cream on and pass out. I swear it only takes like five minutes. And that’s five minutes you wont have to furiously scrub make up in the morning, only to put it back on again five minutes later (which will just lead to bad skin days, because those do exist).
A little goes a long way.
You know those days when you look in the mirror in the morning and think that maybe the zombie apocalypse isn’t so far away? Well, you don’t need to take a nap to rival Rip Van Winkle’s to make that go away (even if it does sound tempting, naps are awesome after all). Good make up is like a real life photoshop for your face. But just like with photoshop, you’ll end up looking like you’re wearing a plastic mask if you overdo it. Find out what works for you and stick with it (but don’t be afraid to be creative when the mood strikes).
A light eyeshadow when applied at the corner of your eyes or a cream coloured eye pen on the inside of your lower lash line will make you look more bright eyed and awake. Although the latter is a bit risky if you wake up with hangover shaky hands. Blusher will also add to this effect. But don’t underestimate the power of a smile. My best trick for looking awake? Blasting some sugary and upbeat 60s pop when I wake up. Like this happy toon.
Although do be aware that your smile might end up verging on crazy if you start your day with this.