We all like to look and feel good, but sometimes spending hours in front of the mirror in the morning can be a real drain on our time and energy.
However, if you apply a couple of beauty hacks to your skincare, makeup, and hair care routine, you can make sure you look and feel ready to take on the day without sacrificing hours of your time.
Take a look at our top beauty hacks for men and women that can save you both time and money.
1. Fixing Spray
We promise you, spending a few pounds on a fixing spray can save you so much time and money you’ll wonder why you’ve only just discovered this ‘best-kept secret’ product.
Fixing sprays keep your makeup in place for hours and hours, and are lightweight and comfortable. They work hard to combat weather, sweat and heat, so they’re perfect for outdoors people, or those of us who regularly find ourselves dancing into the small hours.
With sprays like W7 Fixer Make Up Face Spray and Technic Makeup Setting Spray both coming in at less than £2, a setting spray is a great value beauty hack, and can save you from having to touch-up your look throughout the day.
2. Go for brows
Getting ready in the morning can be a difficult process at the best of times, and it’s even more of a chore when you’ve missed your alarm and you’re running half an hour behind.
If you find you have no time for your makeup routine, simply style your eyebrows. The eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face, and if you style them properly they will frame your face, helping you look well rested and well put together (even if you don’t feel it!).
Marco By Design Complete Brow Kit is all you need when you’re in a rush. For an even easier morning, Colorsport Diva 30 Day Brow Tint Dark Brown will let you temporarily dye your eyebrows darker – you won’t even need to fill them in.
3. Dry shampoo is your best friend
Dry shampoo is a beauty hack that many beauty lovers know about already, but there are ways you can make it work even harder for you.
Make sure you only spray it onto your roots (where it’s needed most), whilst using a bristle brush to spread it through the rest of your hair. We also recommend letting it sit in your hair for 5-10 minutes before you touch or brush your hair to massage it in.
If you have a feeling that you’re going to wake up with greasy hair but simply don’t have time to wash it, you can apply some dry shampoo to your roots and leave it to absorb overnight. This will help it get rid of excess oils and sweat produced through the night.
If you have dark hair with grey or light roots, Schwarzkopf Got2b Fresh It Up Dry Shampoo Dark Brown is a great temporary solution to hide them, or if you have very dry hair, Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk will help both nourish and refresh your hair.
4. Use serum
We all know the importance of the three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise process as part of a daily skincare routine. But there’s another stage that you can add that can leave your skin looking and feeling better than ever: serum!
Applying serum to your skin is a great beauty hack because it can offer you a solution to a number of different skin issues. Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Eye Serum is the perfect formula for those suffering from aged skin or dark bags around their eyes. Yves Rocher Botanical Native Cells Complete Anti-Aging Serum has a penetrating formula that leaves the skin looking younger and fights the signs of ageing. DECLÉOR Anti-Blemish Oil Serum suits those with oily, blemish-prone skin, while Elemis Hydra-Boost Serum helps rehydrate dry skin.
Whatever your skin problem, we have a serum to help!
For the boys
1. Always condition your beard in the shower
So, hopefully, you’re washing your beard each time you take a shower. But to keep it soft and reduce itchiness, you should be conditioning it too.
Don’t forget your beard oil to top off your look!
2. Get a good moisturiser
Maybe you don’t wear makeup, and feel like the three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise process isn’t for you. Well, think again!
Impurities can get onto your skin in a number of different ways, not just from makeup, so you should always make the effort to cleanse your face and keep it looking fresh and healthy with the right kind of moisturiser (especially after shaving).
Investing in a good moisturiser now can save you so much time and money in the long run. Fade Out Brightening Moisturiser For Men has added SPF 25 to protect your skin from sun-damage with minimum effort, and targets discolouration and dark spots. Yves Rocher Energie Homme Anti-Aging Face Care has been designed to meet the specific needs of men's skin, with fatigue fighting and anti-ageing actions.
Look after your skin now, and you’ll be thanking us later!
3. Don’t be afraid of a good face mask
The right face mask can nourish and help minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, under eye shadows and dryness, and promote a youthful appearance.
BARBER PRO Under Eye Mask With Activated Charcoal has been designed for men with tired, puffy eyes, so can help you look like you had eight hours sleep even if you rolled in at 5am the night before. What’s not to love?
For more time-saving hacks, discover how to create a 15-minute morning skincare routine, or treat yourself to some of the best products and trends of 2018 and get your routine nailed down.