Whether you always find yourself in a weekday-morning rush, or just want to enjoy a lazy Sunday without a completely bare complexion, there are some fantastic products that make getting made-up practically effortless. Here are seven of our faves:
In-shower body lotions are serious time-savers. Plus, they add maximum moisture to your skin because your pores are wide open from the hot steam of the shower. Just slather on liberally from head to toe, then rinse. No need to apply any lotion post-shower, which eliminates an entire time-consuming step. It’s a lovely luxury, whether you’re dashing off to work or simply sliding back into bed with someone special. (They’ll notice your soft skin, we assure you).
There are many BB and CC creams on the market, and if you’ve already found your favorite, use it. This CC cream (which, if you were wondering, standing for “coloring correcting”) provides a multitude of beautifying benefits in one application, including sun protection (SPF 30), hydration, fine-line and wrinkle reduction, and skin-tone and texture balancing. It also adds a natural-looking, luminous glow to your complexion, which for many, negates the need the foundation altogether.
We believe mascara is a must, but you can skip the curler and still give your lashes eye-opening definition with this specially formulated version from Clinique. The arched wand lifts without smudging or smearing, and leaves you with a wide-eyed, lengthy lash look.
The cult-classic lip and cheek stain is now portable, which means it’s easy to stash in your pocket or purse for a quick flush of color. The double-sided wand contains the stain on one side and a clear gloss on the other. Perfect for adding an instant tint of rosy red to your lips, cheeks, or both!
Simply put, dry shampoo is a beauty essential. A quick blast will remove dirt, product build-up and oil, and will extend the life of any blowout (which is especially key for curly-haired girls). It can also be used as a texturizer and volume builder for flat hair. We love Batiste’s original version, but it also comes in a variety of other scents, including Blush and Cherry.
Beachy, tousled hair, especially on an easy-going summer weekend, is such a simple and sexy look. Josie Maran’s spray adds just enough texture and shine to give you natural-looking, bead-head chic hair in seconds. It also moisturizes your sun-exposed strands—as well as keeps them soft and manageable—with Argan Oil and mineral-rich Pink Sea Salt.
No time to book your regularly scheduled highlighting appointment? No problem. Oscar’s Blandi’s touch-up pen is perfect for hiding those roots, and it comes in a variety of shades, from jet black to golden blonde. It’s a great tool for adding extra streaks, enhancing highlights that are starting to grow out, or covering those pesky grays that always seem to suddenly pop up. And it can all be done in a matter of minutes.
Still looking to save time? Try some of these muti-tasking, double duty makeup picks, which can also ease an otherwise busy, beautifying routine.
by Susan Linney
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