Do you remember the scenes from Hollywood movies where a group of stylists turns an ugly duckling into a gorgeous lady? We could use this transformation in the real world. However, we often have neither a team of professionals nor the time. On the Enlighten though, there are tricks that can make you look great even when you are caught off guard with no time or money to spare.
Enlighten created a list of life hacks that’ll help you go from a beat-up person to a person worthy of a magazine cover or a least a lot of compliments.
1. Partial washing of hair
Greasy or oily roots can instantly spoil your look. You can try partially washing your hair if you don’t have dry shampoo or a hairdryer, or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, for example, on a train.
Separate narrow strands of hair from your forehead and temples; put the rest of the hair back and make a low ponytail. Wash the separated strands under running water, preferably with shampoo. It won’t take more than 20 minutes for your damp hair to dry. After that, make a high ponytail carefully covering your greasy roots with freshly washed locks.
2. A quick way to fix-up your nails
You’ve been peacefully taking care of your garden when your boss calls you for an urgent meeting. Your hands and nails don’t look good. Dirt won’t come off that easy, and your skin looks dry.
Hot water and a soft toothbrush to the rescue. Soak your hands in a bowl with hot water for 5-10 minutes. After that use the toothbrush and clean your fingers right in the water. You can also add some soap. Your hands will look much better: the toothbrush cleans off both dirt and dead skin cells.
Use the same method to clean your nails from the clothing dye. Don’t forget to throw away the toothbrush.
3. A second life for your shoes
Did your favorite pair of shoes turn into a mess after a careless walk and you’re unable to buy a new pair? The harmful effects of water and dirt can be fixed with a simple hand cream. Apply a little bit of cream to your dry shoes and they’ll look much better in just a couple of hours.
4. A flat belly in 10 minutes
Have you been eating junk food for the whole weekend and tonight you have a date? And, your favorite pair of jeans is trying to get revenge for your overeating and won’t zip up. Don’t worry: squats will help you. This exercise has an instant positive effect. However, its benefits are more obvious if you do it on a regular basis.
Feet shoulder width apart. Heels resting on the floor. Sit down as low as you can holding your back straight and looking straight in front of you. After this, 20 sit-ups will make your belly look thinner and your jeans will easily zip up.
5. An instant hairdo illusion
If you have oily roots, your hair ends might often look dry, disordered, and split. To fix messy hair ends, you should use a hairbrush and a couple of drops of oil (essential, cosmetic, or olive oil).
Apply several drops of oil to your brush and comb your hair ends (1.5 inches from ends). The oil will smooth out split ends and make them look slick and shiny. Make sure you don’t touch your hair after the procedure, the oil on ends shouldn’t touch your oily roots.
6. Eye drops vs. pimples
Many women know how hard it is to treat stubborn breakouts. However, even when you get older a tricky pimple can appear out of nowhere at the worst possible time.
Don’t panic. Take a bottle of eye drops that contains vasoconstrictors, apply it to a cotton ball, and put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Then put the cotton ball on your pimple and wait for a couple of minutes. The drops will narrow blood vessels and make the color of your “problem” less vivid.
7. Auto-tan and body lift in 30 minutes
Have you ever received an impromptu invitation to go to the beach? Except your body got used to lazing about on the couch and your skin tone looks more milky than golden brown. Well, to make yourself look better you’ll need about 30 minutes and a pack of ground coffee.
Brew coffee in boiling water and add a couple of spoons of olive oil to make the mix look like a thick scrub. Apply this scrub to clean skin after taking a hot bath or a shower. Rinse with warm water. Coffee will make your skin appear more tan and also remove extra moisture from your skin, making your silhouette look fit.
8. Not just for teeth
Certain unpleasant smells stay with you for a really long time, for example, fish, tobacco, or onions. Regular soap is pretty useless in these cases. Try to wash your hands using toothpaste. A fresh scent is guaranteed.
9. Beautiful arms
Off-the-shoulder dresses require your arms to look perfect. Can you make your arms look more attractive in just 10 minutes? Yes, but you’ll have to work a little for it. Get weights with the maximum weight you can lift (approximately 8-10 kg). Do several repetitions of major arm muscle exercises: biceps, triceps, and shoulders. The blood will rush to the muscles and your arms will become more toned.
10. Quick relief from feeling bloated after a nourishing meal
Overeating is something that often goes unnoticed. For example, trying new foods abroad, eating at a wedding, or at a buffet… You don’t even feel like moving afterward despite the fact that you still have a lot of plans.
Here’s a simple trick to get relief: squeeze the juice of half of a lemon into a glass of water. It’s a great way to make your digestive system work really fast without any drugs. Don’t drink the mix if you have gastrointestinal tract diseases.
Do you know any tricks to make yourself look great in the blink of an eye? Share your ideas in the comments.