10 gorgeous beauty tricks that can make you go from mortal to goddess

Tired of looking like a zombie in the morning? Here's how to fix that when you're in a rush

It’s not THAT hard to look like a supermodel, guys
It’s not THAT hard to look like a supermodel, guys
31 Mar 2015

It’s not THAT hard to look like a supermodel, guys

One of the fundamental laws of personal grooming is that nobody gets out of bed looking flawless, save for Beyonce. Anyone who’s attempted to follow a “five-minute” beauty tutorial would know that it takes a small arsenal of products – and a whole lot of eye-hand coordination – to replicate the handiwork of Michelle Phan and her cohort of makeup vloggers.

But if the latest runway and street style beauty trends are any indication, standards have shifted in favour of low-maintenance, yet progressively-minded, people like you and me. Forget the usual hopeless routine of applying concealer, foundation, mineral powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lipstick every morning. Here are the NEW, fashion-forward ways to go from looking like an ordinary human to a super sexy supermodel before your morning coffee has even finished brewing.

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Step 1: Cover your eye bags
Step 1: Cover your eye bags
31 Mar 2015

Step 1: Cover your eye bags

The only thing more tedious than concealing eye bags is concealing AND highlighting them to achieve the perfect aegyo sal (in other words, cute Korean-style eye bags). Maison Margiela’s method is obviously more effective.

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Step 2: Embrace raccoon eyes
Step 2: Embrace raccoon eyes
31 Mar 2015

Step 2: Embrace raccoon eyes

Cat eyes are so 2013. And puppy eyes? Not without a few layers of eyelid tape. Nowadays, it’s all about the raccoon eyes (or panda eyes, if you’d prefer), which you can achieve simply by wearing your makeup overnight.

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Step 3: Embrace bed head
Step 3: Embrace bed head
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Step 3: Embrace bed head

We’re not talking about “artfully messy” hair either, a la the Olsen twins. We’re talking straight-up troll hair, fly-aways and all. It’s all the rage in Milan. Thank you, Cristiano Burani, you’re a life-saver.

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Step 4: ….Or don’t even bother drying your hair
Step 4: ….Or don’t even bother drying your hair
31 Mar 2015

Step 4: ….Or don’t even bother drying your hair

“But wait! I bathe in the morning!” You protest. Don’t worry, so does Kendall Jenner, who walked down the runway at the Alexander Wang fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February looking like remarkably like we do after sprinting out of the shower on a Monday morning.

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Step 5: Groom your eyebrows
Step 5: Groom your eyebrows
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Step 5: Groom your eyebrows

As much as we love “K-pop brows”, we’re sorry to report that not everyone is born with perfectly straight, bushy brows. What’s someone with old-fashioned arches to do? Shave and tattoo them? Heck no. Think adventurously, people. Think of Badgley Mischka. Anyway, Easter is this Sunday. What better way to celebrate than by rocking some pastel-coloured brows?

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Step 6: Dye your armpit hair
Step 6: Dye your armpit hair
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Step 6: Dye your armpit hair

But why stop at your eyebrows? Surely your armpits deserve a break from being waxed, shaved, and tweezed beyond recognition. So exchange that razor once and for all for a bottle of neon-coloured hair dye – it might be a little weird, but hey, it’s cuter (and less high-maintenance) than stubble, right? RIGHT?!  

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Step 7: Cover your mustache with a mustache
Step 7: Cover your mustache with a mustache
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Step 7: Cover your mustache with a mustache

Adverse to tweezing your upper lip hair? We know. It’s boring, painful, and boy-does-that-hair-grow-back-fast. Up until now, we’ve been biting the bullet, but it looks like Givenchy’s got a way better solution.

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Step 8: Banish chapped lips
Step 8: Banish chapped lips
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Step 8: Banish chapped lips

….by enhancing them. Sure, you could go the Kylie Jenner route and line them up to your nostrils, but the CandyLipz enhancer achieves a much smoother effect, with far less artistry required.

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Step 9: Rock the sickly look
Step 9: Rock the sickly look
31 Mar 2015

Step 9: Rock the sickly look

Do any of you suffer from allergies? Well, you’re in luck, because the whole “pollen might kill me” aesthetic is all the rage in Japan. So throw out your green-tinted concealer (we’re not sure it every worked, anyway), cut back on the Claritin, and go out in all your sniffly, red-eyed glory.

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Step 10: Cover your entire face in foil
Step 10: Cover your entire face in foil
31 Mar 2015

Step 10: Cover your entire face in foil

Some days, however, are just hopeless. Beyond effort, beyond intervention. It’s okay. Rick Owens gets you. Bonus: extra sun protection.

Also, Happy April Fool’s Day.

(But seriously, can going out with wet hair become a legitimate trend? Please come to Singapore Fashion Week next year, Mr. Wang, the residents of this delightfully humid city need you.) 

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