5 Beauty Tips & Tricks by Polly Blitzer, Beauty Expert & New Mom

During this busy holidays season, women want to cut down their beauty routine without compromising a great look. While I want to look great during all the holiday visiting, I don't have time for hours of makeup preparations.

 Beauty Tips & Tricks by Polly Blitzer

To help you (and me!) simplify the beauty routine, I wanted to share these 5 tips and tricks from Polly Blitzer, beauty industry expert and new mom of twins, for staying beautiful during this holiday season.
  • Good news for moms everywhere: Your messy mom 'do is perfectly on trend. The fall runways forecast intricate updos, from tousled knots and sleek buns. To turn your look from lazy to lovely in seconds, pull hair back into a messy bun and throw a chic pin below it. I call it Nape Candy!
  • During the whirlwind of prepping for a family outting, you might leave something out and have to get creative. You can MacGyver your way to glamour with body lotion (hair pros use it to thwart frizz), olive oil (adds sheen to lids, cheek bones and legs), a credit card (curls lashes, parts hair) and raspberries (the natural pigments stain lips and cheeks).
  • Switch to longer-lasting treatments and you'll save yourself tons of money and time on beauty. Ask your colorist for soft balayage instead of full highlights. They grow out more gracefully and give you a couple extra weeks between appointments. Instead of weekly manicures, give bare nails a high-shine gloss with a nail buffing chamois. You can also swap a salon waxing or daily shaving with a razor for an at-home hair epilator tool like Philips Satin Perfect or Philips Bikini Perfect trimmer, which keeps skin smooth and stubble-free for up to four weeks.
  • Want to look wide awake when you're running on empty? Hide dark circles with a swipe of a luminizing pen then camouflage puffiness with a sweep of matte bronzer on the lightest part of the puffiness. Beyonce's makeup artist taught me this. It's the best beauty contouring - the opposite principle of highlighting.
  • If there's one word to describe life as a new mom, it's clutter. I have twins and there's just no space for my beauty arsenal anymore. I save time and counter space with products that multitask. My favorites: chubby color pencils. You can apply them without looking and add color to lips, eyes and cheeks that blend into skin with a finger. I call them my 'sticks of beauty dynamite!'" I also use oil-absorbing sheets that can be used to set makeup, blot away shine, and revive greasy roots when I don't have time wash my hair.



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