The lazy girl’s beauty guide
Handy shortcuts for those stressful days
Laziness is no excuse to look undone. So we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet that will help you get the maximum results in the least amount of time. Click through to find out how.
MAKE-UP IN A JIFFY
You’d rather sign up for an art class than tackle the precision of putting on your face, but trust us, it just takes a couple of lines and smudges. Here’s how to do it:
In the AM, you need maximum payoff with minimal effort. Here is a one-product routine:
Apply three lines on the cheeks and lips with the applicator and blend into skin. You can use it on your eyelids too. Since each part of the face has a different natural skin tone, the tint will look different on each, and voila, you’re ready. (Optional: Two coats of mascara)
Benetint, Rs 2,340, Benefit
A lunch date with the girls doesn’t need a lot of effort. Here’s what we suggest.
Begin with a well-hydrated face. Generously apply the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ‘Super Strawberry’ on your lips for a pop of colour. If you wish, you can tint your cheeks lightly with the same stick and smudge well. Next, create a thick line on your upper lids with Chambor Smooth-On Eye Liner and smudge out the harsh lines for a soft, smoky effect.
Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ’Super Strawberry’, Rs 1,190, Clinique
Smooth on Eye Liner, Rs 645, Chambor
If precision isn’t your strong point, don’t fret. Here’s how to ace the glam look without the pro skills.
The Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse foundation needs no extra application tools. Apply liberally all over your face and massage in. It’s a primer, foundation, concealer and cream – all in one. Next, follow this three-step lining method to achieve smoky eyes.
1. Begin drawing a line with L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Gelmatic Pen at the inner corner of the eye and elevate as you go outwards along the lash line.
2. Next, draw two vertical, slightly slanted lines – one from the corner of the eye, and second, about half a centimetre inside.
3. Smudge the lines in an inward motion.
4. Lastly, use Oriflame Beauty Studio Artist Cream Blush ‘Sheer Berry’ on your cheeks (of course) and lips.
Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, Rs 625, Maybelline New York
Super Liner Gelmatic Pen ‘Deep Brown’, Rs 395, L’Orèal Paris
Beauty Studio Artist Cream Blush ‘Sheer Berry’, Rs 549, Oriflame
SAVE THE MANE
We know you’d rather spend your limited morning energy on pressing the snooze button than using the blow-dryer. What you need are hairdos that will perk up your look but take only as much time as washing your face would.
Whether you’re having a bad hair day, are too lazy to think of ideas or just need an uncomplicated hairdo – the topknot is the answer (the higher, the chicer). Soak up the extra grease from your scalp with some dry shampoo and just pile it up.
We’re sure you’re glad that braids are one of the biggest trends of the season. Be it the simple three stand braid, a braided bun or a fish tail, they all look stunning. Spray on a dry conditioner to tame flyaways and give your mane moisture.
Even simpler than a braid, a couple of twists can pretty up your hair in an instant. Clip them up with delicate floral or embellished accessories to feign effort.
Dry Shampoo and Conditioner, Rs 1,300 each, Percy & Reed
Bamboo Anti Frizz Hair Spray, Rs 1,300, Alterna
Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo, Rs 1000, TIGI
Before you turn in, wipe off the day with hydrating cleansing wipes. They’ll remove all traces of make-up and grime and nourish the skin. Pick between Sephora Collection Express Cleansing Wipes, Rs 880 and M.A.C Cleansing Wipes, Rs 2,700.
Cleansing Wipes, Rs 880, Sephora
Cleansing Wipes, Rs 2,700, M.A.C
We know you’ll click ‘next’ the minute we tell you that a proper skincare routine consists of at least five steps. But wait just a minute! There’s good news; multitasking products can cut the effort by four steps. Here’s a piece of advice though: just like a burger isn’t a balanced meal, these shortcuts are for days when you really can’t deal with a full regimen. Don’t go making this a daily thing.
Nourish, protect and conceal all flaws with Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Rs 3,000, which also intensely hydrates the skin to prolong luminosity all day long.
Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Rs 3,000, Chanel