Ultra-fast beauty fixes

Essentials (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

✱ SPEEDY NAILS : Painted your nails and need to run out the door? Avoid smudges by hold­ing them un­der a cold, slow-run­ning tap for one minute – it’ll help set the pol­ish so you can do the party dash!

✱ LUSH LASHES : Be­fore you ap­ply mas­cara, gen­tly heat the rub­ber on your eye­lash curler with your hair-dryer for a few sec­onds – a bit like a heated roller for your lashes, it’ll make that curl big­ger and bet­ter. Just make sure the curlers aren’t too hot be­fore us­ing them! ✱ FREE MAKE - UP : Bobbi Brown, Ur­ban De­cay and Lancôme are just a few of the ma­jor brands that of­fer com­pli­men­tary demos or make-up ap­pli­ca­tion (if you buy one of their products). Book one in the af­ter­noon of your night out to get your make-up pro­fes­sion­ally done – and why not treat your­self to a new lippy while you’re at it. ✱ MAS­SAGE YOU R FACE : Just two min­utes. That’s all it takes to give your skin a ra­di­ant glow. Use gen­tle pres­sure with the pads of your fin­gers and gen­tly mas­sage your face in cir­cu­lar mo­tions be­fore you ap­ply your make-up.

✱ BOOST RA­DI­ANCE : Is your skin look­ing tired and dull? Mix a lit­tle high­light­ing fluid – just a tiny bit – with your foun­da­tion to give a more lu­mi­nous fin­ish to your skin.

✱ GET SMOKED : Ap­ply­ing a smoky eye look? Do it first, then ap­ply your foun­da­tion, con­cealer and pow­der, so you won’t ruin your base with any dark flecks of pow­der and have to re-do it. It’ll save you valu­able min­utes.

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