The cheat’s guide to LOOK­ING FLAW­LESS

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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! laura.berming­ham@mailonsun­day.ie

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