Who hasn’t had one of those days when you just don’t have the time for primping and pampering? Even though you may be busy and don’t have time to look your best you still never want to hear “Are you feeling well, you look really tired today?”
So to lessen the chances that your co-workers or family members think you’re at death’s door, use these tips to help you look great, even on the days you jump out of bed with just a few minutes to look presentable.
Create an on-the-go beauty bag.
First, buy a stylish, yet functional cosmetic bag. The bag shouldn’t be too big – ideally it should fit inside your purse. But it should be big enough to hold:
Travel-size tissues, deodorant and mouthwash
Mascara, lip gloss and powder
One or two ponytail elastics or hair clips
Small brush and comb
Tampons or panty liners
These basic tools will allow you to freshen up in minutes in a public restroom or in the driver’s seat of your vehicle (when you not driving of course). You’ll feel confident and secure on even the most harrowing day.
Have an emergency plan
It’s bound to happen, you’re going to oversleep. Have an emergency plan beforehand, such as using dry shampoo to freshen up your hair, applying tinted moisturizer or adding some cheek stain to give your face and lips some color. Have a simple go to hairstyle or wig to get you out the door without having a bad hair day. Don’t forget to always have an outfit that’s ironed and ready to go for the rare time that you’re running late.
Prepare for the unexpected
Murphy’s Law holds that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This is especially true when you’ve got kids. Prepare for the worst by keeping a change of clothing in your car or at your office. It’s wise to keep an extra everything, all the way down to your undies. Stock up on Tide pens, Shout wipes or a similar product for spills that end up on your favorite white blouse. Having a lint roller on hand is a great idea, especially if you have pets at home. You might also consider having a travel-sized bottle of contact lens cleaner and case, if applicable.
Eat regularly and drink plenty of water
When you’re busy, you’ll need to keep your energy up by eating appropriately. Try not to skip meals, but if you must, have apples, protein bars or trail mix handy as snacks. And don’t forget to drink lots of water. You’ll find you’ve got more energy and you feel better altogether if you consume water instead loading up on of caffeine-laden beverages.
When you think you look good, you always feel better and are more productive. So even on the days that you should be a mess, have your backup plan to make sure you’re not.