You spend the entire week waiting for Friday evening to roll around so you can hightail it out of work and hit the town. The only problem? Between finishing up last-minute work in the office and rushing off to your fun destination, it's hard to look as glam and gussied-up as you'd like.
But trust us, you can look Friday night-ready in a few minutes just by making a few small tweaks to the hair (sad and limp) and makeup (probably just mascara) you already have on Friday afternoon.
Below, we've condensed your pre-going out routine into 5 easy steps. Do these and you'll be out the door and kicking off the weekend in no time.
Step 1: Brows
Step 2: Cat-Eye Liner
Step 3: Blush
Step 4: Lip Color
Step 5: Bouncy Curls
If you're looking for more makeup advice...
Opening a brand new tube of lipstick to find it split in two is never fun. If you're looking for a quick fix, here are some tips to consider: Using a blow dryer, melt your broken parts back together and freeze your tube in a plastic baggie. You can also use a lighter to reshape your lipstick; simply put it in the refrigerator when you're done for an hour so it can harden.
Using a marker end or the back of your brush (make sure you sterilize it with rubbing alcohol), press your broken pieces back into the container. If you drop powder on the floor, you're better off throwing it out, says makeup artist Vicki Millar, adding that dirty surfaces can lead to contamination. Next, use the flat end of a mascara tube or lipstick tube to flatten your powder. Lastly, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol over the pressed powder and let it sit for a few hours.
Hairs coming off of your brushes? Millar suggests washing your brushes once a month under warm water and with antibacterial soap. "You really want to be cleaning off the ends of the brush -- never put your whole brush under water. The more wet and dense the brush is, the more likely hairs will be to pop out," she says.
Fixing broken eyeshadow is quite similar to mending your broken foundation. In this tutorial, this makeup artist uses a plastic baggie and a piece of a T-shirt to dab the broken eyeshadow back into place; rubbing alcohol is also used.
Sometimes your mascara applicator can break or even bend. To fix a bent applicator -- wearing latex gloves -- bend it, gently, back into shape. If you accidentally lose the applicator or drop it on the floor, Millar suggests grabbing some disposable wands from the drugstore. She also says you should only use mascara for about a month -- and if you ever have an eye infection, buy a new wand immediately.
If you can't open the bottle of your favourite nail polish, you probably have dried polish around the inner lid. To fix this problem, fill a bowl with warm water and place your nail polishes in it, upside down, for five minutes. Next, remove your bottles and gently twist the lid. If you do see dried paint in the inner lid, use a tweezer to remove the excess.
Just like any pencil, your eyeliner can break if you drop it. If you're tired of sharpening your broken liner, try leaving it in the fridge for two hours so it can re-harden.
In this tutorial, this makeup guru uses a tea bag to fix her split nail.