While we’d all like to look as made-up and put-together as the models and celebrities we see in the glossy pages of magazines, the reality is most of us don’t have hair stylists, makeup artists, and fashion designers doting on us.
As a result, we’re short on quick styling tips and have to settle for our own beautifying and styling talents, not to mention the little-to-no time we can carve out of our busy schedules. The good news is it’s still totally possible to pull yourself together and even love what you see in the mirror, all within five minutes or fewer. Here are some easy tips to streamline your getting-ready routine with as little time as you can spend.
1. Add Some Lipstick
Any makeup artist will attest to the all-mighty powers of a quality lipstick—especially in colors that work well for your skin tone. When you’re low on time but want to look more refreshed and put together, reach for your favorite lipstick. Adding this bit of color to your look will instantly perk you up. If you’re able to match your lipstick to your outfit, even better!
The rule of thumb is to not apply too much. To prevent this, apply your lipstick fully, not forgetting to line the inner part of your lips that show when you talk or smile. Next, grab a napkin or folded paper towel and gently clamp your mouth over it to dab off any extra color.
2. Throw on a Scarf
One of the fashion tips stylists live by: even when the weather doesn’t call for it, a scarf can make a great addition to your outfit. You can throw it over pretty much anything—from a blouse to a dress—and it instantly upgrades your attire.
When pairing your outfit with a scarf, the key is to base it on your outfit. If your clothing is relatively plain, you can pair it with a colorful or patterned scarf, but if your clothing is on the louder side, it’s best to stick with a plain-colored scarf. For added flair, pair your scarf with your shoes!
3. Brighten Up
Especially when you’re short on time, it’s easy to reach for a subdued piece of clothing that matches with just about any shoes and coat. Try to fight this urge, since earthy tones such as browns, greens, and blues drown you out. Instead, reach for bright and bold hues; think pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows. You might be surprised by all of the compliments that come your way!
While adding some accessories to your outfit might be just one more step to add to your get-ready routine, it’s a worthy investment of whatever short time you have to work with. Whether it’s earrings, a necklace, bracelets, or a handbag, accessories add that bit of style you’re craving in a matter of seconds.
To help save even more time, pick out your go-to accessories the night before, along with your outfit of choice, so in the morning you can just grab and go! Of all fashion tips, this is a good one to add to your repertoire!
5. Be Your Healthiest Self
When you feel good about yourself and your body, pretty much anything you put on will look good in your eyes! While it’s not always easy, especially when you’re dealing with the stress of family and work, eating healthy and exercising regularly are the two tenants that build a good body foundation.
If you feel like you’re already doing both of these things and still not liking the results you see in the mirror, there are still options, one of which is SculpSure®. This noninvasive laser technology helps permanently get rid of fat cells in hard-to-reduce areas such as your tummy, love handles, inner and outer thighs, and even your double chin.
With all of these quick styling tips, you’ll carve out time in your busy schedule while still looking as fabulous as you feel!