Know what it takes to be the girl with perpetually maintained digits, a carefully planned outfit, and a well-stocked makeup bag on hand? A staff of five. For the rest of us, an arsenal of body-care tricks is the thing that keeps us fresh when going from work to gym to drinks — and back home. If we can make it. Are these last-minute life hacks elegant in design? Absolutely not. But, it’s the little things done on the DL that keep us in the game. Here, we expose the secret grooming tricks we do to get onto the next place — no glam squad required.
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We all have one. That bra that gets everything right (and still has super-cute straps). When we find it, all others are rendered inferior and forgotten, lost to our underwear drawer’s most hard-to-reach quadrant. So, we rock that singular star from Monday to Tuesday to (can we be real?) Friday. Call it what you want — we go with “lucky bra” — just don’t forget to keep it in shape with a gentle hand wash.
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Truth: We may have braved the gym’s communal showers in a desperate and flip-flop-less moment. But, we regret the error. Foot fungus is real, contagious, and not at all worth it. So, now we do the faux shower instead. With shoes on our toes and a sink by our side, we can splish, splash, and dry shampoo our way to cleandom. It saves face (and feet).
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Bedhead is in the eye of the beholder. And, what may have looked positively Brigitte Bardot after a morning tussle can inexplicably turn crazy bag lady by lunch. Reel in your whacked-out reflection by weaving a few half-done microbraids into wayward locks. Just like that, you’ve evoked a different type of beauty icon: the effortlessly cool Mary-Kate Olsen. Because that was the plan all along, right?
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Nobody wants to talk about them — those random dark hairs that grow out of nowhere on nipples. How and why do they get there? According to Dr. Sara Gottfried, author of The Hormone Cure, “Those rogue hairs are sometimes hereditary but more often a sign of excess testosterone.” If coupled with irregular periods and acne, they may be a sign of a bigger health concern, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. If you’re at all concerned, check with your doctor. Otherwise, quietly banish the suckers with some incog plucks.
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Doing laundry? That’s so three weeks ago. (Literally.) So, on the days we ransack our delicates drawer in a frenzied search for one last clean pair, well, those days are for bikini bottoms. There may be something just a tiny bit defeatist about sliding them on, but a trusty pair will buy you one. more. day.
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We know the whole point of stores with makeup samples is to test out colors and elevate our lipstick game. But, sometimes we find ourselves out and about and completely makeup-free. That’s when said stores take on a whole new meaning: the world’s largest makeup bag. They allow us to touch up our face and redo our hair with a few dips, dabs, and pats. Sure, we feel a lil’ bit shady, but some of our greatest beauty discoveries have been made when cocktails were calling.
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Victorious. That’s the feeling we get when waking up in another apartment the morning after a great date. At least, until we realize we’re up a paramour and down a toothbrush. It’s then we counter dry mouth and dragon breath by applying toothpaste to our finger and scrubbing away (mouthwash, if we’re lucky, makes a great chaser). Does it clean our teeth? Probably not. But, it does leave a minty veneer that tames the dragon and buys a little more time until we’re back in the comforting arms of our well-stocked apartment.
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It’s a question for the ages: Should a brand-new sandal — one that elevates an outfit to next-level beauty — get swapped for a bootie because a pedicure is past its prime? We think not. Free your shoes, and the pedi will follow. We say fill in chipped gaps with polish to make that tired paint job new. As long as it passes at a glance, you're covered.