How-to: go from desk to date in a flash

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Let’s face it, we’re all super busy and that means that we need to have our beauty routine down to a tee to work with us, not against us.

But sometimes life throws us last minute curve balls such as a hot date mid-week, a friend’s birthday dinner that you completely forgot about or last-minute post-work drinks with your office buddies.

When clock strikes 5.30pm and your fairy godmother isn’t around to magically transform you from glum to glamour, you need a few quick tricks and tools on hand to make it look like you’ve actually made an effort.

So whether you’ve got a hot date, you’re meeting the girls for dinner or you’ve got plans to hit the dancefloor as soon as the workday wraps up, we’ve got your look sorted in seconds.

READY-SET-GO HAIR

Thanks to the dry environment of an office due to air conditioning, by the end of the workday our hair can look like it’s had the life sucked out of it, leaving it dry, dull and frizzy. Before stepping out the door, squeeze a couple of pumps of a frizz-fighting serum in the palm of your hand and run your fingers through the lengths end ends of your mane. Smooth out straight hair with the new John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum, give wavy hair the once over with the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum, and de-frizz curly hair with the new John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects + Serum.

READY-SET-GO MAKE-UP

The best trick to add instant life to your complexion after a long day is to brighten it with some super-simple illuminating tricks. Get your hands on a multi-use lip and cheek tint to easily and quickly brighten and define your lips and give your cheeks a shimmering sheen. The MeMeMe Cheek & Lip Tint in Cupid’s Kiss will give you a perfect rosy hue like Rebecca Rittenhouse above. Simply swipe the brush across the apples of both cheeks and gently blend with your fingertips. Next, brush the tint on to your lips and smooth it evenly with your finger.

READY-SET-GO BODY

Want to bare your legs but they’re looking more ghostly than ever? Before you head out for the night, swing by the bathroom and give your legs an instant glow with temporary make-up for your legs. Simply spray your pins evenly with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs to hide uneven skin tone, veins and imperfections and give your legs a sexy sheen. When you get home, simply hop in the shower and rinse off the make-up with your body wash.

READY-SET-GO NAILS

Got five minutes until you’re due to meet your date and you realise your bare nails look as boring as a brick wall? Keep your desk drawer stashed with quick-drying nail polishes in popping shades like red, electric blue or peach to give yourself a speedy manicure before you go. Rimmel London 60 Second Nail Polish has a super quick-drying formula and a precision brush that will make prettying up your fingers in a flash oh-so-simple.

How do you go from desk to date? What are your instant beauty updaters when you’re short for time?

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