The cheat’s guide to LOOKING FLAWLESS
We start off each week with the very best of intentions. Groomed hair, polished nails and pretty make-up are the norm for most of us on a Monday morning. By Wednesday we have moved into ponytail territory; by week’s end our relationship with a hairbrush could be in serious doubt. Chances are you work with someone who has no such issues. For her, highmaintenance beauty appears effortless: she glides from Monday to Friday looking like a celebrity. So, how does she do it? Here are some tips for stretching great grooming out until the weekend... with minimal daily effort.
Let’s begin with your crowning glory. Bobs are always popular but a style with added layers will get you more time between trims. A pomade, salt spray or dry shampoo will let you create different looks for different days. Learn a new style or two using bobby pins or hairbands; ponytails should be a last resort.
To keep hair colour vibrant, use a colour shampoo in a matching shade. Root touch-up kits are becoming popular as women try to stretch the time in between hair appointments but if you are red, brown or black-haired, a coloured shampoo and conditioner can help disguise roots and add extra shine to the hair.
Most of us feel better wearing at least a touch of make-up at work and it’s easier to maintain if your skin is even and healthy. Weekly exfoliation makes the skin smoother so makeup will glide on. Perk up your complexion with a light coat of self-tan too; either use a drop mixed into your daily moisturiser or apply once or twice a week before bed. With summer on the way, a touch of tan on the arms, face and chest can make all the difference, but less is more — save the super-bronzing for partying!
Nail art is not for the office, ditto full-length gels. Groomed nails or a simple manicure look great; just keep it simple. Pale pinks, nudes and clear polish are the least likely to show chips but if you are going for a stronger shade, always finish with a layer of top coat. To extend the life of your manicure, apply more top coat every other night and sweep it along the bottom of the nail. Be kind to your polish too — your nails aren’t meant to be tools that open cans, prise staples free or remove labels!
Simple, quick, tricks for being perfectly presentable Monday to Friday. Try them! firstname.lastname@example.org