101 Lazy Girl Makeover Tips

Little changes; big results.


These are the best new tips and tricks for shortcut ways to score flawless hair, skin, and makeup.

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Ring Around the Collar

"To create the illusion of a more sculpted shoulder and neck area, shade and blend bronzer into the hollows of the collar bones," explains makeup artist Marissa Nemes, who works with Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel. "Then, take a translucent, illuminating powder and apply it directly to the ridges of your decollete to make it stand out. This trick will slim out the top part of your body in less than two minutes!"

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Bronze Beauties

"If you need definition and color, use cream bronzer to highlight your eyes, lips, and cheeks," advises celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow, whose client roster includes celebs like Mary Louise Parker and Natalie Portman.

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Shin-y Star

"When wearing short skirts, add a little highlighter up the center of each leg to contour," suggests Meredith Baraf, a Victoria's Secret makeup artist who regularly works with Adriana Lima. "This trick reflects light to the middle of the leg and recedes over the outer leg, making your gams look leaner and longer."

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Quick Texture

"Use a large-barreled curling iron to add bounce to straight hair," advises Redken Creative Consultant, Guido. "Keep the tong open and wrap small sections of hair around the iron, leaving the ends out. Do this in random pieces throughout your hair, all around your head. The rougher it looks the better—then tousle the curls out with your fingers."

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Bunny Honey

The perfect fix-all for limp or frizzy hair? "Wear it up in a tight, high, ballerina bun," advises Instyler spokesperson and celebrity hairstylist Dean Banowetz. "This look is super and really shows off bone structure, too."

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Slim Gyms

"When rocking shape wear, always make sure you buy the correct size," warns Spanx founder Sarah Blakely. "If you're in the right fit, your shaper shouldn't roll, ride, or pinch. Sometimes women think that sizing down drastically will give them extra slimming compression, but it often sacrifices fit and comfort."

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"When my hair feels frazzled, I throw two egg yolks—they're packed with lecithin—on my head, and top it with a handful of purifying shampoo. If I leave the mix on for 20 minutes, rinse and dry, I end up with dazzling shine," explains Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss, Fit Flops, and Soap & Glory.

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Smoky Bare

"For a quick, red-carpet ready smoky eye, apply your dramatic makeup in phases," explains Pati Dubroff, Clarins Celebrity Beauty Artist and makeup maven to the likes of Charlize Theron and Eva Mendes. "As you line your upper lash line, smudge the line with your finger, blink repeatedly, then blend. Keep blending and applying additional layers of pencil until you get the density of smoke you want or you run out of time."

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Simple Solutions

"For a red-carpet worthy style in less than five minutes, rake a leave-in cream through strands and part to one side," explains Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend (Lea Michele and Jennifer Lawrence are fans). "Then, pull your hair into a low braid, and tuck and pin the ends beneath the base. Finish with extra-hold hairspray to prevent wispies."

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Masking Stake

"Before a presentation or date, I always like to use a hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes for the antioxidant benefits," says Beauty.com Luxury Skincare and Fragrance Category Manager, Suzy Lang. "You can also use this time to check up on emails."

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Mani Makeover

"Last minute mani's and pedi's can be a gamble, but Liquid Palisade makes it foolproof," notes Vanessa Kuykendall, Beauty.com's Category Manager for Makeup, Hair Care, and Accessories. "Just brush the serum around the edges of the nail, like you would apply painters' tape, then apply polish to your nails like normal. Peel it off when your tips are dry, and you're good to go!"

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Mist a Lot

"To improve skin's dryness within seconds, use a hydrating spray for instant nourishment," advises Lisa Vela, lead aesthetician at NYC's AmorePacific Spa. "It will revive the look of tired mugs, plus you don't need to fuss about looking in the mirror. This is an especially great trick for the plane."

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Cardio Cuties

Have five minutes to spare before going out? "Do 500 jogs in place for five minutes," recommends celebrity personal trainer Terri Walsh. "It will give your face and skin an overall, healthy glow without getting you sweaty."

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Curly Cues

"Always, always, always curl your lashes to widen the appearance of your eyes," says Lori Talyor, lead makeup artist for Smashbox, whose clients include Kerry Washington and Rosario Dawson.

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C the Benefits

"If discoloration or pigmentation issues are a concern, use a Vitamin C serum to instantly give your mug an all-day glow," says Victoria's Secret makeup artist Sarah Maxwell. "You can use it on its own or under an illuminator."

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Parting Ways

The best 10-second makeover tip for your mane? "Change your part," says Aussie Celebrity Hairstylist Sarah Potempa, who works with stars like Faith Hill. "When you get out of the shower, create your new part and blow-dry your strands in that direction to retrain your locks."

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City Mousse

"Put mousse in your hair no matter what," advises Mizu Salon hairstylist Dominick Pucciarello. "It will always make your strands look and feel fuller and sexier. Plus, it helps tame unruly ends."

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Abs-olutely Fabulous

"Fake it 'til you make it when it comes to instant abs!" says Lauren Cosenza who works with Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellington. "Add an extra shot of tinted body spray to contour stomach muscles."

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Peek-a-Boo Points

"Add an accent, like feathers or a tiny braid, to your typical hairstyle for an instant upgrade," says Banowetz.

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Red-Carpet Ready

"For gorgeous, full hair in no time, set your strands in hot rollers for 15 minutes, and brush out the waves when done—it's a no-fail approach to volume," Townsend recommends.

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Twisted Sister

"An easy way to detox icky-feeling organs is do some seated yoga twists," suggests Walsh. "Cross one leg over the other and reach around your knee with the opposite arm, thereby turning your body. To deepen the twist, clasp arms and pull in your navel. Maintain this position for two minutes before repeating on the other side. This will stimulate circulation and promote the release of toxins."

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Step Up

"For the right placement and ease of entry, step into shape wear, including camis, strapless slips, and body suits," advises Blakely.

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Pencil It In

"If you're using a smudgey eye pencil, apply it first with your finger to make a quick smoky eye, then use the point to line the inner rim of the lid," adds Turnbow.

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Easy Bend

"To add texture to just-washed hair, towel dry it roughly," explains Guido. "Then, add a small amount of light-hold hairspray once it's completely dry. Pull strands back into a ponytail, twist it into a bun, and clip the knot into place with large U-pins. Let the bun set for 15 minutes, then remove the pins, and shake out your hair for added body allover."

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Time Saver

Forgot your luminzer but need to emphasize your killer cheekbones? "Use a pearly white eye shadow to double-duty as highlighter in a pinch," Turnbow says.

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Crease and Desist

"Creases can appear on lids if you have oily skin or if you use cream eye shadows," explains Baraf. "I like to use eye primers to create a stay-put base for all lid colors, dark or pastel."

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Face Time

"If all this fails, and you need to get ready in a flash, rely on style over skin," notes Kilgore. "Try thick-rimmed glasses, sexy neutral lipstick, a turtleneck, and a messy ponytail or top-knot."

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"For touchable hold, spritz a flat hair brush with hairspray before taming strands," says Townsend. "This will evenly distribute product and allow you to add volume with your fingers."

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Play Makeup Artist

"Never apply eye shadow directly from the container," Taylor warns. "Always tap or smear it on your hand first to warm it up and ensure better blending and building of color."

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Rinse Cycle

The best tip for making your face look fresh after a sleepless night? "Soak a washcloth in very warm water, press it against your skin, and give your face a good scrub," explains Kilgore. "Then, rinse, and splash your face with ice-cold water. Your capillaries will respond to the changes in heat, which will stimulate lymph vessels and blood flow for better depuffing."

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