In this day and age, we’re used doing a million different things all at once (see: our ability to scroll Instagram, binge-watch Narcos, face mask, and stuff our face with gluten-free tacos all at the same time). All the multitasking, while certainly commendable, makes us only want to use the easiest and most time-effective ways to do anything—our beauty routines included. Some might call it lazy; we call it innovative. Luckily, Beyoncé is so on our side, along with Lucy Hale, Julianne Hough, and, well, pretty much all of Hollywood. Ahead, you’ll find some truly genius lazy-girl beauty hacks straight from the mouths of our favorite celebrities. Next time you add a swipe of lip balm to your lashes, you can thank Queen Bey for the tip.
Keep scrolling for nine lazy-girl beauty hacks Hollywood loves!
The beauty-fluent model told us that after applying brown eye shadow, she dabs her finger in the compact and taps it on her lips. “It’s a trick [makeup artist] Wendy Rowe showed me,” she says. “You apply a little bit around the shape of your lips, and it makes your lips pop out. Obviously you have to be careful you don’t create a mustache!” Who needs lip plumpers and scary-looking suction devices when you have eye shadow?
Rubik is a wealth of beauty information—you can read more about her beauty routine and her fragrance philosophy here.
Few of us have time to trace and perfect a cat-eye each morning—but Jamie Chung shared a tip that makes things so much easier. Instead of tracing a line, then cleaning it up with a Q-tip, then tracing again, Chung says she just sticks a piece of tape along the outer edge of her eye, then uses it as a guide for her flick. After applying Make Up For Ever’s Graphic Liner ($24) and extending it past her eye, she removes the tape and voila—a perfect feline flick.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley lands near the top of our list of people whose hair we envy, which is why we latched onto her lazy-girl hair tip and took it as gospel. “It depends on what I’ve been up to in the day, but I always prefer to shower or bathe in the evening, and then I’ll blow-dry my hair and wrap it up in a little bun and go to bed,” she tells us. “Then when I wake up in the morning, it’ll have a nice curl to it, a little bend.” So simple, so genius—we’ll be trying it out ASAP.
You can read more about the model’s nighttime beauty routine here.
Most mornings, we don’t have the time (or effort) to deal with face primers. Luckily, Olivia Munn shared a tip to help us mimic its effects: Just use ice. She splashes her face with ice-cold water after cleansing and swears it “helps close your pores.” Smart move, Munn.
In that same vein, Byrdie guest editor Julianne Hough told us she reaches for an ice cube any time she gets a lone pimple. “If I feel a big pimple coming on, I like to get a really cold washcloth, or even an ice cube, and kind of massage the area a little bit,” she tells us. “I feel like that takes the swelling down at least. I don't want to pop it because then it will be too hard to cover with makeup the next day.” She’s so right—who has time to pop, apply product, and conceal? We’re filing this hack under “using immediately.” You can read more of Hough’s beauty tips here!
In an interview with W, supermodel Joan Smalls says that the best hack she’s picked up from makeup artists backstage is to think outside the box. “You don’t always have to use the makeup that is designed for a place in that place,” she says. She says she like using a red lipstick and peach lipstick on her cheeks, too, rather than reaching for a different blush. A girl after our own heart.
This might not be a hack you’ll be able to use all the time, but we’re including it because it falls high on the multitasking factor. Next time you roast some beets, channel Shailene Woodley and dab a little of the juice on your lips with your finger; the actress told Bon Appetit it’s her go-to method to add a natural-looking flush. Points for creativity.
Anytime Beyoncé says anything beauty-related (or anything, period), we listen. Which is why we freaked out over a genius vacation beauty tip she shared with Allure. “I used [Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6] to prime my lashes before curling,” she says. “It was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny.” BRB, scraping our jaws off the floor and furiously rubbing lip balm on our lashes. Who’s got time for mascara? This lazy-girl hack is Queen Bey approved, and we’ll be utilizing it ASAP.
Everyone loves a good face mist—but did you know you can use it on your hair, too? Instead of dealing with leave-in conditioners, hair serums, or gels, Lucy Hale told us she just spritzes her ends with a bit of Evian Facial Water Spray ($13) on her ends to smooth and hydrate. So. Genius.
What do you think of these lazy-girl hacks? Have you tried any yourself? Sound off below!