Pretty woman getting ready

Getting gorgeous doesn’t have to take hours. We know it can, but really, who has time to pile on makeup when there’s coffee to drink, outfits to put together and things to get done? Save time and look fab in a snap with these tricks.

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1

Drink more water

glass of water

Are you getting enough H2O? If not, your skin could look dull and sallow. The remedy is simple: Drink more water. Keep a reusable bottle at your desk so you remember to sip regularly, and trade one of your daily coffees or sodas for herbal tea. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you’re likely already dehydrated.

2

Add some shimmer

Adding a touch of shimmer (using a highlighting product) to the inner corners of your eyes, cheekbones and brow bone can do wonders to give you a quick beauty boost. The slight shimmer has an almost-optical illusion effect that helps hide the stress of the day.

3

Refresh with a spritz

Refresh your makeup or just wake up your skin in an instant with a mist of spray toner. They come in a wide variety of formulations, so choose the one that offers the beauty benefits you want (hydration, antioxidants, etc.). A little spritz can go a long way in breathing new life into your makeup.

4

Get more sleep

pillow

We know, it’s easier said than done, but if you feel tired you likely look tired, too. Aim to get to bed 30 minutes earlier each night (or an hour if you can swing it), and avoid doing anything stressful before you hit the sack. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing — it’s restorative to your whole body and being well-rested means a much healthier complexion.

5

De-puff

First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller

Stash an eye roller in your purse or desk to instantly de-puff and refresh your peepers. These products are also cooling, which will help you look more alert. We like First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($24), which smoothes and brightens the eye area, while minimizing dark circles.

6

Improve your posture

Your mother was right when she told you not to slouch. By standing up straight you’ll not only look more confident, your clothes will hang better and your circulation will be improved, meaning an all-over body and face improvement.

7

Open up your eyes

Mascara is a girl’s best friend when it comes to looking better in a snap. Seriously, if every other product was taken from our makeup bag, we’d survive with only mascara to enhance our look. Curl your lashes to further lengthen them and do a double coat of mascara to really make your eyes pop.

8

Put on some lipstick

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain

Feeling a bit blah? Fix it fast with a swipe of your favorite lipstick. We suggest red for a mega-watt beauty boost, but if that’s a bit outside your comfort zone, choose a more pinkish hue. We’re partial to Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain ($19) in Fox Trot, a deep berry-inspired pink.

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Comments on "8 Near-instant ways to get a beauty boost"

Joan Hough March 30, 2013 | 12:04 PM

These are very good tips. Good to hang on to. The question of what kind of makeup comes up when you're trying to look your best with as little fuss as possible. A high quality pure mineral makeup does a world of good. Good for your skin, good for your routine. These cosmetics give great coverage with all day staying power without chemicals or toxins. If you want a healthy glow and good skin, I whole- heartedly recommend mineral makeup.

Jessica October 26, 2012 | 9:48 AM

These are FABULOUS tips!! I totally agree that there are a lot of little ways to make you look more beautiful and better rested. I've been trying to drink more water lately, along with improving my posture! It's the little things that go a long way.

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