Don’t Take Too Long to Get Ready
Instead of chasing an airbrushed ideal of perfect, maybe we should spend more time going after natural…
- “Chasing Perfect,” Vogue, November 2009
If there’s one thing that seems to frustrate any man, it’s waiting for a woman to finish getting ready.
In order to be live-with-able, you need to be able to get ready from scratch in 30 minutes or less.
When you have time to spare, feel free to spend as much time as you wish. For rush-rush moments:
Aim to look as beautiful as possible naturally, right out of the bath.
Do not be one of those girls who turn from Ms. Hyde into Dr. Jekyllina after hair products + make-up potion!
Below are tips for both high and low-maintenance girls.
1. FIX Your Problem Areas, Don’t Hide Them
- Know how to style your hair so it looks good air-dried. Example: apply shine serum and braid, then open when dry for even waves (Cost: minimal)
- Japanese and Brazilian hair straightening (semi-)permanently recondition hair to be pin-straight and smooth. If you don’t want to waste an hour drying and flatironing, only to frizz up in humidity any way… (Cost: $250-1000)
- For mascara and/or eyelash curler addicts, eyelash extensions individually glued on by a professional, prescription eyelash growth serum (Latisse), and eyelash perms can help. (Cost: $50-500)
Do you apply lip plumper, liner, and gloss? That come off after eating and expose your real mouth? For lasting pouty and perfectly even lips, low-risk temporary fillers or your own fat can help. Science has come a long way from the old “fish-lipped” results. Find the most skilled (not cheapest) practitioner for natural, subtle results. (Cost: $500-800)
- Forget concealer for under-eye hollows, use temporary filler. Skin brighteners help under-eye darkness. If you do make-up contouring “offstage,” cosmetic surgery is a permanent fix. (Cost: $50-8000)
- For bad skin (blemishes, uneven color, or wrinkles), ditch the foundation mask. Go to a top dermatologist and start cosmeceutical treatment. A friend’s husband’s father is a dermatologist and made all the kids in his family use Accutane. Each has stunning, finely-textured skin. (Cost: $50-300)
- Laser hair removal or waxing. Annoying to grow out the hair in between. But gives a super smooth, small-pored result and save lots of time too. (Cost: $100-$2000+)
- Lose weight if you have to dress in slimming clothes. Short legs or a long waist are tough, but fat rolls and potbelly are treatable. (Cost: possibly $$ for trainer or weight loss program)
- Buy good clothes. Know what fits, cuts and colors look good on you. Only buy those items so you can pick quickly and be OK. (Cost: your normal budget. Bonus tip: being skinny makes it easier for clothes to look good)
- Use moisturizer and exfoliator regularly for soft, smooth skin. (Cost: $5-100+)
Hands and Feet
- Regular manicures and pedicures. Do biweekly and don’t worry about embarrassing tips or toes. (Cost: $5-100)
2. Get Organized and Get Regular At It
If you buy decent materials and take care of them (no dirty powder puff, unwashed brush and comb, dried out nail-polish), eat and sleep sensibly, remember that cleanliness and neatness are what you are working for, and that they can be attained with ten minutes of washing and brushing a day and a little extra time one night a week, you should never have to scream in anguish and take an hour to get ready when told that your best beau has arrived unexpectedly and is waiting downstairs.
- Jacqueline Kennedy nee Bouvier, Vogue “Prix de Paris” 1951
- Your living space should be organized for your routine: a place for everything and everything in its place.
- If you are like me, how you dress is a form of self-expression: your body is your canvas, and your style is your art. Organize to support your creative energy.
- But…have outfits in mind so you can grab coordinating items in a rush. Play dress-up in your free time to figure it out (fun!).
- Follow a regular weekly, biweekly and monthly beauty maintenance routine.
3. Come Up With Your Fast Routine and Memorize It
|1. Shower||5 mins.||
|2. Hair||10 mins.||
|3. Skin care and make-up||10 mins.||
|4. Get dressed and final touches||5 mins.||