Beauty is brutal, especially in the morning. You often have five minutes – a mere 300 seconds – to pull yourself together. When battling puffy eyes, blotchy skin and less-than-sexy bed head, “go with minimum product for maximum impact,” says Ramy Gafni, creator of Ramy Cosmetics. Here are his and other pros’ step-by-step makeup and hair tips on looking your best under the morning sun gun.
In 1 ½ minutes: Fabulous hair
Just stepped out of the shower? Blot hair with a towel, rub a quarter’s worth of lightweight conditioning oil in your palms and onto your hair, and then create a fashionable braid along the side of your head, says Dueñas. “Once the hair’s dry you undo it, and you’ve got perfect beachy waves without fly-aways.”
But what if you don’t have time to wash your hair? Keep an aerosol can of dry shampoo at hand so you can flip your hair forward, spray the shampoo at the roots and go. “The powder distributes itself,” says Brian Magallones, Exclusive Artist Management celebrity hair stylist. You also can reactivate yesterday’s products by lightly misting clean hair with plain water, says Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist at Boston’s Salon Mario Russo.
For a polished, no-fuss style, you can’t beat a sleek ponytail, says Magallones. While looking toward the ceiling, pull hair tightly to the nape of your neck. Wrap the pony base with an elastic tie, then rub a nickel-sized dab of hair gel into palms from crown to nape to calm any flyaways. Take an inch-wide swatch of hair from below the pony, wrap around the base and clip beneath with a 1 ¼- inch hair pin.
Or try a trendy top knot: Gather tresses into a ponytail on the top of your head. Wrap the pony into a bun toward your face and tuck the ends underneath the knot. Set with 3-inch pins, one each at front, back and sides. “A spritz of light hairspray (or an unscented clothes dryer sheet) will fight fly-aways,” says Michael Dueñas, Reese Witherspoon’s stylist and founder of Hair Room Service in New York and Los Angeles. ᔥ Read More…