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    37 Low-Effort, High-Impact Ways To Step Up Your Beauty Routine

    Tips, tricks, and products for your skincare, beauty, and hair needs.

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    1. Give your lashes instant volume and length with a cult-favorite mascara and a few flicks of the wrist. Your minimal makeup days just got even easier.

    2. And to make lashes appear even fuller (Are you wearing fake eyelashes?!?! they'll all ask) use a primer before mascara application. It'll coat individual lashes and form the perfect base for your mascara to glide on so your they look longer.

    3. Apply a miracle-working eyeshadow primer to your eyelids *and* lips to ensure your perfectly blended smokey eye and lip matte stays in its dang place from sunrise to sunset. Now you can can kiss smudging, flaking, and creasing GOODBYE.

    4. Remove any built-up residue caused by hairspray and other hair products with a clarifying, non-irritating shampoo. Just use every couple weeks in place of your usual shampoo — your scalp and hair will thank you.

    5. And! Relieve your scalp from dandruff with a soft silicone massage brush. No extra steps, simply use it to gently exfoliate your hair with a bit of shampoo. Relaxing and helpful, the best combination of things IMO.

    6. To help limit the amount of product you use daily — too much causes that pesky residue that weighs hair down — check out this handy chart that roughly indicates how much of what product to apply. Ugh, I just love a good chart.

    7. Create an easy shimmery look — minimal makeup skills required — with a NYX jumbo eye pencil that features soft tips to make blending on your lids easy like butter. Go ahead, toss your worries of precision out the window.

    8. Running late? Opt for a braided bun after a shower or workout. It works great for wet hair, looks fabulous when completed, and is a quick hairstyle you can do in a hurry.

    9. Nourish and hydrate your lips while you're off in dreamland by applying a heavenly layer of this moisturizing sleeping mask. Our lips could use some backup as they face the wrath of this upcoming winter and its unforgiving, frigid winds.

    10. Target any pimples the second you feel one coming on with some magical pimple patches. Apply over the bump and the patch will draw out sebum and reduce irritation like some type of skin sorcery. Take a peep for yourself (sorry):

    11. Dab and blend a little concealer on your eyelids and around your nose to brighten up the center of your face. It's an easy step in your makeup routine that'll make a *chef-kisses-fingers* difference.

    12. Skip the expensive blowout and run a hot air brush through your mane. Seriously, this thing will make it look like you just walked straight into a salon and dropped some serious money. Here's to having (inexpensive) gorgeous soft waves and volume for days.

    13. Efficiently groom, fluff, fill-in, and thicken your brows with just ONE product: The Glossier Boy Brow pomade. It's made with a creamy wax formula that will provide extra hydration, so LITERALLY WHAT CAN THIS PRODUCT *NOT* DO?

    14. Treat your skin to a body scrub post-workout so you don't have to ~sweat~ over unwanted breakouts. It's packed with natural and anti-bacterial ingredients to give your skin a ridiculously fresh feeling. Truly, this stuff makes all the difference.

    15. Ditch the all-too-common fake eyelash struggle and try this handy tool for quick application. It holds the falsies in place so adding glue is easy, and actually attaching them to your lash line is even easier. Thank the heavens, honestly.

    16. Combat dry and flaky skin, redness, and breakouts with a wildly popular rosehip facial oil. A couple drops of this is in the morning and evening and your skin issues don't stand a chance.

    17. Give your curls the love they deserve and treat them with a diffuser on the lowest heat setting. Diffusers help reduce frizz and enhance curls so you're left with a glossy 'do.

    Ooooh, these results!

    18. Enlist the help of a peel-off barrier nail polish so you can erase all your mani missteps and end up with a salon-quality polish job. $25 mani, who?

    19. Learn what order to apply your skincare products so they're as effective as possible. Here's a helpful chart to get you started:

    20. Get quick curls in the comfort of your own home by running an easy-to-use curling wand through different sections of your mane. 10 minutes of this and you'll have beachy waves worthy of space on your Instagram grid.

    21. Or if you want to give your hair a break from the heat, try a set of foam rods for effortless waves that require little work on your part. Really, you could put these things in and then head straight back to the couch.

    22. Apply your primer starting at the center of your face and work outward so the formula goes on even. If your primer is uneven, so will your foundation. And that = not great.

    23. And if you're on the hunt for a good primer, check out Smashbox's top-rated Photo Finish Primer. It'll blur pores, lock in makeup, and even out skin so your foundation goes on flawlessly (and stays there). Oh, and its lightweight, oil-free formula is packed with antioxidants so it will ALSO protect from pollutants. A tiny tube of magic, I tell ya.

    24. Instantly change your look and add some synthetic clip-on hair extensions. Now you can drastically switch things up without any commitment. Or (!) — they can give you the extra tresses to create some trendy braids and other hairstyles.

    25. And! Use elastic ties to section off hair and create essentially a lock for clip-in extensions. The portioned-off, tied hair will prevent the clips from sliding out.

    26. *Finally* master the cat-eye, winged look with help from a double-sided eyeliner stamp. Are you ready for this? It literally creates the perfect wing in mere minutes. Oof, these are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.

    27. Make sure you apply a thermal spray before using hot tools. This one works double time as a heat-protecting spray and leave-in conditioning serum, so next time you put your hair through a styling session, you'll literally see and feel the difference.

    28. Add in oils to your skincare routine and focus on ones that work for your skin and address your concerns. For example, chamomile oil can reduce puffiness, tea tree oil curbs acne, and marula oil is great for moisturizing.

    29. Say goodbye to the days of eyeshadow fallout ruining your perfectly blended foundation, because these shadow shields will catch it all. These can *also* act as a stencil for creating sharp wings, and we stan a multipurpose product, yes we do.

    30. Mix this popular clay mask with apple cider vinegar for the ultimate acne-fighting formula. This powerful combo basically acts as a vacuum and sucks bacteria and gunk straight from your pores. Hello, these results speak for themselves!!!

    31. And! For quick and mess-free application, use a silicone face mask "brush". It's actually just one soft, flexible piece of silicone — meaning you'll waste significantly less of your mask.

    32. Tone down unwanted yellow hues in blonde hair with a special no-yellow shampoo so your mane keeps the vibrant, natural color from your last salon visit — you know, which means less pricey trips to the hairdresser for touchups!

    33. Comb a detangling brush through your hair to rid your it from nasty tangles without causing tons of breakage. Just imagine a world where you don't have to force a brush down your hair while you listen to the harsh knots ripping apart. *cringes*

    34. If you suffer from overly dry skin and uneven texture, try an exfoliating facial wash that's gentle enough to use daily*. The teeeeeny beads will scrub away impurities so your left with radiant, glowing skin.

    35. Lock in makeup and create a matte finish by going over your fresh look with a highly-rated setting powder. Not only will it seal in your foundation, it'll rid excess shine and oil to leave skin looking flawless. And if you're wondering about possible flashback, there isn't any — just see for yourself:

    36. And for more protection, spritz a makeup setting spray so your entire ~lewk~ looks picture perfect — even after you've worked all day, ran some errands, went to happy hour, and then hit up the gym.

    37. Lastly, give yourself a well-deserved at-home facial and lure out any pesky blackheads and underground pimples with a powerful steamer. Expensive trip to the spa?! I think not!

    Little effort, big results. We love.

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