Sometimes, you don’t have hours and hours to get gorgeous but you still want to feel as pretty as possible. For days when you need a fast, extra beauty boost, here are a few simple tricks.
Add a hint of tint.
Wake up a tired complexion with a subtle application of bronzer. You’ll instantly look more awake, even if you skipped a full night’s sleep. Try DuWop Sundrops ($28), which hydrate and condition skin while providing a healthy, natural-looking glow.
Feel the flush.
Add a pop of pretty color to your cheeks with cheek stain to look as if you’ve spent the past hour getting fresh air, exercise and sunshine. We swear by Tarte natural cheek stain ($30) in Blissful, a warm peachy-pink.
Paint your nails.
One of the easiest ways to feel prettier is to give yourself a DIY manicure. Choose a bright, tropical-inspired hue to get in the mood for summer. You just can’t feel anything but cheerful when you look down at nails painted in Essie’s Peach Daiquiri ($8), a luscious shade of coral.
Improve your outlook and your mood with a flirty, floral scent. A spritz or two will lift your spirits and make you feel great. Our current go-to perfume is Marc Jacob’s Daisy Eau So Fresh ($85), a light and lively scent that conjures up fun, carefree afternoons enjoying the sunshine.
Love your lips
Bold lips made a statement on spring runways, so make your lips the star of the show with a stylish, look-at-me hue. MAC Cosmetics lipstick in Show Orchid ($15) is a fun and flirty vibrant fuchsia.
Like a breath of fresh air for tired skin, one spritz of a cooling spray toner will instantly breathe new life into your makeup and help you feel more alert. Stash one in the fridge and one in your purse — we like Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist ($21) — so you can always give yourself a refreshing mist.
If you’re not feeling particularly pretty, sometimes you just need to dress the part. Choose a bright, fun accessory to put a positive spin on your mood. For instance, this Pieces Floral Romance Scarf ($28) has a cheerful floral pattern.