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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 05:29

Setting a Quick Pace for Hair and Face
After hitting snooze too many times, your morning routine needs to be compressed into the amount of time it usually takes to pick out shoes! Learn quick tips for how to get board-room beautiful in no time flat.

Being a chic, professional woman is a big job for which you happily step up to the plate — in your favorite stiletto pumps, of course. But nothing yanks you out of your comfort zone more quickly than getting caught bare-faced and frazzled because you didn't have the time to tame your tresses and frill your face. To aid in alleviating your morning meltdown Cincy Chic met with Krystina McKeehan, hair designer at Valenti Salon & Spa, and Sephora
product expert Amber Johnson. These ladies have some tips to get you out the door looking fresh, confident and professional.


To fix crazy bed-head McKeehan has a couple tricks for calming your coif. If you don't have time for a shower, sprinkle your scalp with baby powder to absorb some of the oil that has built up in your hair overnight, McKeehan says. Products like AVEDA Pure Abundance Hair Potion ($23) work like a dry shampoo to absorb oil and add body. After your sebum problems are remedied, backcomb hair at the root and around your crown, smooth the sides, and pull your mane into a low ponytail for a sleek look.


If your hair is curly, a great way to look like you took the time to style your locks is by wetting it down with water, squeezing out the excess moisture with a towel and then applying a gel. McKeehan recommends AVEDA Brilliant Humectant Pomade ($19), which helps bring out those soft, "just-out-of-the-shower" curls. After you've rubbed a small amount of gel through your damp hair, scrunch and keep scrunching while you're on your way to work as your cranked up air conditioning provides an on-the-go blowout, McKeehan says.


For makeup application start with a clean face, Johnson says. Instead of piling on messy liquid or powder foundation, she recommends using a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($42). In one step you knock three items off your cosmetic to-do list: moisturize, even out skin tone and apply sun block. With an oil-free formula and seven different shades for your selection, this tinted moisturizer fits all skin types.


083109BEAUTY2.jpg Next on your quick tips list is to bring out your eyes. If there were time, a gal could spend hours blending shadows and perfecting her liquid eyeliner technique, but when you're in a hurry focus on big, bodacious lashes. To make those puppies pop, Johnson recommends a curl-defining mascara like LANCOME COURBE VIRTUOSE, Divine Lasting Curves Mascara ($24.50). "This is one of the most curling mascaras I've ever seen in my life! It has an old-school brush with a curve so you can get it right up against your lash line, and like a rollercoaster, it will bend your lashes up, up, up," Johnson says.

Last but not least make sure to pretty your pout with another time-saving, dual-purpose product — the tinted lip balm. Customers really have taken a shine to the new Hydra Tint lip balm with SPF 15 by Laura Mercier ($20), Johnson says. With ultra-emollient shea butter, grapeseed oil and green tea extract, this balm keeps lips soft and smooth while a sheer tint of color — ranging from nude to crimson — is perfect for building brilliant color.


Also available at Sephora is the Stila all-in-one shadow, liner and smudger "convertible eye color" tool. This versatile, dual-ended eye color wand is a sleek, pen-shaped do-it-all makeup gadget with an eye pencil on one end and a smudging tool on the other. Twist the middle to get the coordinating eye shadow ready for application. This is perfect for someone looking for no mess, no fuss and no worry color-coordinated lids in an instant!


To order the products mentioned by Johnson, visit or visit the Sephora boutique at the Kenwood Towne Centre. AVEDA products are available through the Valenti Salon & Spa Web site or at either of the salon locations in Anderson or Mariemont (both in Ohio).


Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Debba Haupert
Hair and Makeup: Cura Bella Salon
Location: The McAlpin

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