6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Look When You’re Short on Time

That last-minute business meeting, drinks at Norah or awards ceremony invite means you have to look good, but your hair is dirty, your nails are tragic and you’re pretty sure your dog ate your eyeliner. Oof. Here are some quick beauty fixes that will make it seem as if you always look super-polished and pulled together.

How about a blowout? Forgot you have to look presentable for drinks with potential new clients and now you have total gym hair? Tap your coordinates into Vive’s pay-as-you-go system (or purchase a monthly membership), and you’ll be sitting in a quality stylist’s chair right away for as little as $30.

Umm, what about my roots situation? No time to wait for a whole head of color or just need your dark or gray roots touched up? Drop into Santa Monica’s Chroma Color Bar, get up to two inches of regrowth treated and you’ll be out in as little as an hour.

Would a massage perk me up? Probably. A massage not only nixes any muscle spasms but also encourages blood flow so that you feel more energetic and your skin glows. But don’t take your chances with a random massage storefront. Instead, stop in at The Now in WeHo or Santa Monica and get a 25-minute chair massage ($35)—you don’t get undressed for it, but it still does a world of good. Now that’s efficiency.

I want someone to do my makeup but not too heavy: Pop into one of the Blushingtonmakeup salons in West Hollywood or Topanga and ask for the Pure & Simple, a look that’s fresh and natural-looking.

I need my nails done but can’t get away from home: The team at Glamsquad will send a manicurist (or hairstylist or makeup artist) right over, without the terrible surcharge you might anticipate. A manicure is only $45, which is more than worth it to avoid the hassle of waiting around at your usual salon.

All broken out. What should I do? It might seem like a big to-do, but all you really need is 15 minutes for a laser and light treatment at Skin Laundry. Your skin will be cleansed and calm in no time (OK, 15 minutes). The spa chain takes walk-ins at its six area locations from Topanga to Glendale.

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