7 Easy Beauty Ideas For Busy Women

Just because you are slammed with work doesn’t mean that you have to forego looking your best. You can still look beautiful with creative makeup ideas that won’t take too much time.

If twenty-four hours a day isn’t enough for you to finish all your tasks (not because you move slowly, but because there’s just simply so much to do), you’re officially a busy gal.

Time is gold for you, so every second counts. You don’t have time to wonder and wander. You only have time to work, work, work just as badass Rihanna says.

If this is how you roll each day, chances are you sacrifice some important things in your life, including several time-consuming beauty routines (Oh, no!).

Since you can’t afford for a second to go by without you accomplishing a task, you may have forgotten how you look during the process.

You don’t have to look as if you’re going to attend a red carpet event whenever you’re meeting clients, but if you want to make a good first impression, you at least make an effort to look beautiful and professional at the same time.

For this reason, we’ve rounded up seven beauty ideas that will glam up how you look without taking much of your precious time.

1. Hide imperfections with concealer

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We workaholic women don’t always get enough sleep. Despite that, you know how important it is not only to stay awake, but also to look awake. This is when the right concealer can do wonders for you.

Buy one that is close to your skin tone. After moisturizing and washing your face early in the morning, apply it in the area around your eyes to hide your dark circles and, in some cases, eye puffiness. You’ll look awake and alert (even with less sleep) in less than three minutes!

2. Captivate anyone with striking and expressive eyes

Have you ever seen some women forgo the blush and lipstick, but not their eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara? Yes! It’s all because the eyes are almost always what people notice about you, so you want people to be captivated while you have that split second opportunity.

The eyes are the window to the soul as the old adage goes, so you want people to notice depth instead of emptiness. How do you do these? The trick is simple.

Apply an eyeshadow that suits your skin tone, hair and attire. Then, apply your eyeliner (stick or liquid, whichever suits your fancy). Lastly, give your eyelashes a quick swipe of your mascara to make your eyes look fuller and awake. You’ll look perfect from day to night in less than ten minutes!

3. Moisturize

You don’t want a beautiful and radiant face, but a dull looking skin, do you? It’s an ugly combination. So, throw in that moisturizing lotion into your beauty essentials kit and lather it on skin generously to achieve soft and supple skin your colleagues will surely envy you for.

4. Plump those lips

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If you’re preparing for a meeting with clients or have a speaking engagement but are pressed for time, you can forget everything but your lips.

Make them pop just enough to keep things fabulous and exciting by using colors like red, fuchsia or plum. You can also add a light hint of lip gloss to give your lips a plumping boost.

You can do all these after protecting your lips by applying lip balm with SPF.

5. Keep those brows neat

Not all women can spare some time to get those brows taken care of. With that said, nailing the art of tidying up your brows yourself is a skill you need to master.

There are a variety of video tutorials available online, so watch one while on coffee break. They’ll teach you which brow form is perfect for your face shape so that even if you’re makeup free, you’ll always look impressive in photos.

6. Add some cheek color

If you look naturally pale, a hint of cheek color from a tint or blush on can go a long way. Pick a color that matches your skin tone, then apply it evenly after your face powder or foundation.

7. Style those tresses

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You look perfect with your subtle but captivating makeup, but your hair is all over the place. Before you head out the door, brush your hair and tie it in a ponytail (braids are kind of time-consuming, but worth it if you have time to spare). You can also opt to wear a headband.

Just choose one in a solid color (gold or silver always does the trick) so it matches easily with your outfit of the day while keeping your hair away from your face as you work.

When you know that you have a long day ahead of you, it’s always best to start the day looking your best. It not only gives you a boost in your self-confidence, but also helps to impress the people you need to impress on any given day.

So cheer up, queen! Even if you don’t have much time to get all dolled up before you step outside, these easy but brilliant beauty ideas will do the trick for you. You’ll shine your brightest effortlessly wherever you go.

What other beauty ideas can you suggest for women who are pressed for time every day? How do you keep yourself looking beautiful despite being busy? Share your thoughts and beauty ideas in the comments.

7 Makeup DOs And DON’Ts for Healthy Skin

Makeup was created to help women glam up any look. In the right hands, makeup can help paint the most beautiful face and transform even the dullest skin, but there are still things to avoid.

If you wear makeup every day, I bet you’ve scoured the internet for blogs and websites offering makeup tips. While some of them prove helpful, you may find that some can cause more harm than good—and that’s something you want to avoid.

You put on makeup to look beautiful. Skin that is damaged because of improper use of makeup is never pretty, so to maintain beautiful skin while enjoying the benefits of makeup, here are the dos and don’ts to live by.

Makeup DOs

1. DO prep the skin on your face.

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Before you apply foundation or any makeup, prep your skin to ensure that it is clean and not greasy. Use moisturizer first to give your face that smooth feeling. If you have oily skin, use a moisturizer that helps to control the oil. This way, when you apply makeup, you won’t have a hard time making it work since you’ve already addressed your skin issues.

2. DO use a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly.

How do you know what the best foundation for your skin type is? Trial and error! Go to a department store’s makeup section and try the foundation on your face. You don’t want to purchase one without even being sure that’s it’s the foundation that will best work on your skin, right?

3. DO apply foundation before the concealer.

Your concealer is wasted when you apply it to your blemishes, if any, and under your eyes before applying foundation.

So, to save you money and the effort of having to put it again, put on your foundation first. Another benefit is you don’t over-apply the concealer if you’ve already applied the foundation.

4. DO use colors that complement each other.

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Your lipstick and blush should be the same shade within your look. If you choose a pink lipstick then apply a pinkish blush for consistency.

5. DO match your blush to your skin tone.

If you have fair skin, use blush in lighter shades like rose and pale pink. If you have medium to dark skin, choose plum, deep berry or mahogany shades for a more flattering look.

6. DO use brushes designed by professionals.

Some makeup kits come with preselected brushes. While they may be useful in the beginning, they don’t often last, especially if you use them regularly. Invest in top quality brushes so that you can say hello to more defined and beautiful makeup applications.

7. DO double check your look in a magnifying mirror.

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Some women, especially those who wear glasses, may find it a challenge to see if the overall look is not the way it is supposed to be.

So, whether you wear specs or not, buy yourself a handy magnifying mirror so that you can see double check and correct anything that needs fixing on your overall look!

Makeup DON’Ts

1. DON’T forget about your eyebrows.

Well-groomed brows can help to define your eyes and improve your overall look. Make sure you maintain your eyebrows; if you think you can’t do it on your own, consult a professional who can help you to achieve the ideal shape. You’ll see that it’s worth it.

2. DON’T plump up those lips.

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We all want full lips like Angelina Jolie’s so we use lip liner to make our lips appear fuller. This can be tricky and does not work for some. If in doubt, stick with lipstick, which is enough to pull off most looks. Or look for makeup-free, natural way to make your lips look bigger.

3. DON’T wear black eyeliner during the day.

Yes, you think you can rock black eyeliner at any time, but the truth is that it’s kind of harsh during the day. Opt for a brown eyeliner instead and save the black one for the next girls’ night out.

4. DON’T skip the lipstick.

You can forget about mascara and maybe eye shadow some days, but never forget to apply a pop of color to your lips. You may know it but lipstick is usually enough to polish your overall look. You just have to pick the color that works best for your outfit and skin type.

5. DON’T contour your face.

Who wouldn’t love chiseled-looking cheekbones? However, contouring your face can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not naturally gifted at it. It can go all kinds of wrong and do you no good. This is something best left to makeup professionals.

6. DON’T wear glitter.

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Glitter is fantastic—except when it’s makeup we’re talking about! It moves from one area of your face to another and never looks good.

7. DON’T sleep with your makeup on.

Yes, I know Kim Kardashian once said that she breaks this number one beauty rule because she wants to make sure Kanye West only sees her with makeup on, but this is an absolute no-no. Remove your makeup before you go to sleep so that your skin can breathe and rest while you do, too.

Now that you know the dos and don’ts about makeup, be sure to live by them to achieve the vibrant, healthy, younger looking skin you desire.

6 Makeup Sins You Don’t Realise You’re Committing

Whether you’re a beauty newbie or a makeup maven, we all make mistakes from time to time. Fortunately, most of these makeup faux pas are easily avoided once we learn to identify them.

#1 Thou shalt not share makeup with friends

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Go ahead and share your fears, tears and favourite dresses with your gal pals, but next time your bestie asks to borrow your lip gloss or slap on some of your mascara, think twice before saying yes. When you share makeup, you’re essentially trading germs and bacteria. This is particularly problematic when dealing with sensitive areas such as the eyes and lips. Dermatologists warn that this seemingly harmless practice can lead to a number of nasty infections and skin complaints, including cold sores, dermatitis and even the herpes virus. Yikes!

If you absolutely must share makeup, you can minimise your risks by investing in a few disposable mascara wands and some anti-bacterial spray to keep your products germ free.

#2 Thou shalt sport wear lipliner that’s darker than the lipstick

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Lipliner is vital to keep your lipstick from smudging and feathering throughout the day. However, the dreadful, dated combo of dark lipliner and light lipstick needs to be catapulted back to the eighties and early nineties where it belongs (unless, of course, you’re part of a drag act). Choose a lipliner that is no more than one shade darker or one shade lighter than your lipstick colour.

If you’re a girl with a lot of lipsticks in your stash, you can save yourself the trouble of trying to buy liners for all your lip colours by picking up an invisible lip liner.

#3 Thou shalt not sleep with the makeup on

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Most of us know that this is a total no-no, but it can be so tempting to just fall into bed after a long night out. While occasionally skipping your cleansing routine won’t do any serious damage, regular offenders are putting their skin at risk of blocked pores, hyperpigmentation, cellular damage and even premature aging! Additionally, leaving all your makeup on overnight makes it difficult for your skin to get the oxygen it needs to repair itself while you sleep. This can cause dull, dry and damaged looking skin.

For those nights when you don’t have the energy to go through your regular skin care routine, use a makeup remover/cleansing wipe to remove your foundation and let your skin breathe.

#4 Thou shalt not overpluck your eyebrows

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The thinner your eyebrows, the older you’ll appear. That might sound great at fourteen or fifteen, but overplucking your eyebrows can eventually discourage the hairs from growing back and leave you looking old (or perpetually surprised!) before your time.

To avoid overplucking your eyebrows, get them shaped professionally in a salon at least once. This will give you a clear guide to follow when you take to grooming your own brows. You can also use brow stencils to help maintain a favourable shape. Keep in mind, though, thick eyebrows are back in vogue.

#5 Thou shalt not sport spidery lashes

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We all want the gorgeous big, black lashes we see in the mascara commercials. In our quest to achieve this impossible look, we can sometimes go overboard and apply so much product that our lashes become clumpy, spidery and stuck together. Not a good look.

To avoid looking like Twiggy on a bad day, remove any excess mascara from your mascara wand (just wipe it on a tissue) before using it on your lashes. And when you’re applying your mascara, be sure to start at the base of your lashes then zig-zag your way to the tips. This will help to separate your lashes as you go, preventing clumping.

#6 Thou shalt not reapply makeup in public

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There’s nothing wrong with powdering your nose or giving your lipstick a quick touch up on the run. However, most people surveyed (men and women) agree that performing your whole makeup routine at work or on the subway is just a little bit tacky. It’s difficult to say why this particular tradition is considered so distasteful, but, like getting dressed in the morning, some things are just meant to be done in private.

Now that we’re all a little more aware of these six major makeup sins, we can work on avoiding them and focus on putting our best faces forward in 2016. Good luck!

How To Do Your Makeup Flawlessy

1. Use good face cleaners. Wash your face. Washing your face will make your skin look perfectly clean. This cleans your face well and gets rid of dead skin, blackheads, oil, and dirt. Make sure you don't clean your face with aggressive cleaners or soaps. Use a cleanser that is complementary for your skin, for advice go to your dermatologist or ask for advice in a store where they sell beauty supplies.
1. Use good face cleaners. Wash your face. Washing your face will make your skin look perfectly clean. This cleans your face well and gets rid of dead skin, blackheads, oil, and dirt. Make sure you don’t clean your face with aggressive cleaners or soaps. Use a cleanser that is complementary for your skin, for advice go to your dermatologist or ask for advice in a store where they sell beauty supplies.
2. Find a good moisturizer. Apply a moisturizer. Pick a moisturizer that fits with your skin type: Dry/sensitive skin: choose a thicker cream/ointment that locks moisture in. Normal skin: choose cream moisturizers that are hydrating. Oily/young skin: choose a water based lotion.
2. Find a good moisturizer. Apply a moisturizer. Pick a moisturizer that fits with your skin type:
Dry/sensitive skin: choose a thicker cream/ointment that locks moisture in.
Normal skin: choose cream moisturizers that are hydrating.
Oily/young skin: choose a water based lotion.
3. Use a good primer, any brand will do. Add a light foundation primer. Foundation primers are used to set make up (foundation) so that it lasts longer.You can find several in drug stores or specialized beauty stores.
3. Use a good primer, any brand will do. Add a light foundation primer. Foundation primers are used to set make up (foundation) so that it lasts longer.You can find several in drug stores or specialized beauty stores.
Choose your foundation. If you already have flawless skin (no freckles, blemishes, discoloration, or uneven tone) you should use a tinted moisturizer. This will add a bit of color without looking cake-like. If you want to cover a bit more, use a foundation.This is one product that you should splurge on. To get the right shade apply some near your cheek in natural daylight and make sure to test a bunch of them to find the right one for you. Ask one of the professionals in the store to help you find the right color. Apply the foundation. To get your skin dewy and radiant use an illuminator. Just mix a pea-sized amount of illuminator with your foundation and you'll get glowing skin. Apply the foundation with a foundation brush if you have one or use your fingers. Some people like using brushes, but you may prefer fingers because it's easier, just remember to wash your hands before. Put a bit of foundation on the back of your hand, dab a bit of foundation onto your fingers and smooth it onto your face. Make sure to get your jawline, ears and around your eyes. Remember: foundation is meant to even out your skin tone. Don't use it to add color or completely cover blemishes.
4. Choose your foundation. If you already have flawless skin (no freckles, blemishes, discoloration, or uneven tone) you should use a tinted moisturizer. This will add a bit of color without looking cake-like. If you want to cover a bit more, use a foundation.This is one product that you should splurge on. To get the right shade apply some near your cheek in natural daylight and make sure to test a bunch of them to find the right one for you. Ask one of the professionals in the store to help you find the right color.
Apply the foundation. To get your skin dewy and radiant use an illuminator. Just mix a pea-sized amount of illuminator with your foundation and you’ll get glowing skin. Apply the foundation with a foundation brush if you have one or use your fingers. Some people like using brushes, but you may prefer fingers because it’s easier, just remember to wash your hands before. Put a bit of foundation on the back of your hand, dab a bit of foundation onto your fingers and smooth it onto your face. Make sure to get your jawline, ears and around your eyes. Remember: foundation is meant to even out your skin tone. Don’t use it to add color or completely cover blemishes.
Buy a good concealer. Search for a concealer close to your skin tone, making sure you don't choose one that is too dark or too light. If you can't tell, ask for advice to ensure you get the right color. Apply the concealer on any zits or redness on your skin , use a small brush to stipple it on and dab it with your fingers to blend it in. Conceal any dark circles under your eye by applying the concealer in a triangle shape. Blend the outer corners of the triangle with your fingers. Don't forget to conceal the inner corners of your eyes as they are generally darker than the rest of your eyes.
5. Buy a good concealer. Search for a concealer close to your skin tone, making sure you don’t choose one that is too dark or too light. If you can’t tell, ask for advice to ensure you get the right color.
Apply the concealer on any zits or redness on your skin , use a small brush to stipple it on and dab it with your fingers to blend it in.
Conceal any dark circles under your eye by applying the concealer in a triangle shape. Blend the outer corners of the triangle with your fingers. Don’t forget to conceal the inner corners of your eyes as they are generally darker than the rest of your eyes.
Set the concealer with setting powder. Choose a loose (mineral) powder and dab it on the concealed parts of your face with a stippling brush
6. Set the concealer with setting powder. Choose a loose (mineral) powder and dab it on the concealed parts of your face with a stippling brush
Apply a bronzer and/or blush. Choose a bronzer that isn't too dark for your skin color otherwise you will end up looking like a clown. Use an angled, hard brush or a stippling brush to apply the bronzer, work in a cross on your face (forehead, nose and cheeks). To make your face look slimmer apply the bronzer right under the apples on your cheeks, to find the apples smile and apply the bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks. Find a blush that suits your skin tone and apply it on the apples of your cheeks. To prevent your face becoming shiny you can use oil blotting sheets. You can find them in any drugstore or store where they sell beauty products. They're cheap, reduce shine, and don't disturb makeup. Bring these along with you.
7. Apply a bronzer and/or blush. Choose a bronzer that isn’t too dark for your skin color otherwise you will end up looking like a clown. Use an angled, hard brush or a stippling brush to apply the bronzer, work in a cross on your face (forehead, nose and cheeks). To make your face look slimmer apply the bronzer right under the apples on your cheeks, to find the apples smile and apply the bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks.
Find a blush that suits your skin tone and apply it on the apples of your cheeks.
To prevent your face becoming shiny you can use oil blotting sheets. You can find them in any drugstore or store where they sell beauty products. They’re cheap, reduce shine, and don’t disturb makeup. Bring these along with you.
Apply eye makeup. To make your eyeshadow last, apply an eye shadow primer first. For natural eye looks choose a natural color. Curl your lashes. Curl your eyes for about 15 seconds on each side. Use an eyelash extender. The fibers from this connect and make lashes much longer. Apply a waterproof mascara. Wait for each coat to dry before applying another to avoid clumps. Apply eyeliner. Liquid or pencil, top or bottom, eyeliner can be applied in many ways and looks good in different ways depending on the eye shape, color, and size. You'll really just have to experiment with this. Color your brows if they aren't even with an eyebrow powder, choose a color that is close to your eyebrow color. Apply a brow gel to keep your eyebrows in place.
8. Apply eye makeup. To make your eyeshadow last, apply an eye shadow primer first. For natural eye looks choose a natural color.
Curl your lashes. Curl your eyes for about 15 seconds on each side.
Use an eyelash extender. The fibers from this connect and make lashes much longer.
Apply a waterproof mascara. Wait for each coat to dry before applying another to avoid clumps.
Apply eyeliner. Liquid or pencil, top or bottom, eyeliner can be applied in many ways and looks good in different ways depending on the eye shape, color, and size. You’ll really just have to experiment with this.
Color your brows if they aren’t even with an eyebrow powder, choose a color that is close to your eyebrow color. Apply a brow gel to keep your eyebrows in place.
Moisturize your lips by applying chapstick. Use a lip primer to fill up any creases and apply a lip liner, followed by applying a lipstick in the same color as the lip liner and finish with a gloss if you want a glossy look.
9. Moisturize your lips by applying chapstick. Use a lip primer to fill up any creases and apply a lip liner, followed by applying a lipstick in the same color as the lip liner and finish with a gloss if you want a glossy look.
Finished.
10. Finished.