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The Busy Girl's Guide to Beauty

Save 10, 15, even 20 minutes a day with these genius look-radiant shortcuts. Ready, set, glow!

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Look Pretty in a Flash

You have miles to log -- whether you're running, Spinning, or swimming them -- and no time to spend slaving over how you look. In fact, 35 percent of women don't use body lotion, and 16 percent leave the house with wet hair just to get out the door faster, according to a new FITNESS poll. These round-the-clock secrets will give you a look that's pretty and speedy.

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Save Time in the A.M.

Skip the wash cycle. Instead of shampooing, go for a tousled look by raking a few squirts of spray gel, like Nexxus Lavish Body ($10.55, drugstores), through dry strands. This gives hair instant volume, says Kevin Mancuso, a celebrity stylist in New York City.

Lock in lipstick. Dab cream concealer onto your mouth before you put on your lip hue. "This layer provides grip for the color to stay on all day," says Sam Fine, a New York City-based celebrity makeup artist. After applying lipstick, blot with one sheet of tissue.

De-puff on the double. Shrink bags by pressing the back of a chilled metal spoon under eyes for a minute. "Anything cold works -- a bag of frozen peas, cool cucumbers -- to reduce swelling," says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.

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Bathroom Basics

Get ready in a flash with these morning must-haves.

  • For no-fuss eyes, swipe on CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast ($7.49, drugstores), a double-ended stick that functions as both a shadow and a liner.
  • Stila One Step Makeup ($44, stilacosmetics.com) is an all-in-one primer, foundation, concealer, and powder.
  • Thanks to a healthy dose of glycerin, Caress Whipped Souffle in Blackberry Cream ($4.49, drugstores) is so hydrating, you won't need body lotion after your shower.

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Race to a Flawless Finish After the Gym

Give frizz the brush-off. Spritz a bronzer brush with a sheen spray, like Citre Shine Shine Mist ($3.99, drugstores), and smooth it over flyaways. "Because the bristles are lightweight, they won't pancake strands, the way your hairbrush would," says David Evangelista, a celebrity stylist in New York City.

Get the red out. To quickly minimize flushing after a cardio session, place an ice cube on your tongue and press it to the roof of your mouth. "This trick constricts the blood vessels in your face to lower your body temperature, reducing rosy flare-ups," Dr. Fusco says.

Play up eyes. Apply a dark blue eyeliner, such as Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Navy ($7.39, drugstores), along the inner rims of lower and upper lash lines. "The blue tone is the ideal contrast to the whites of your eyes," Fine says.

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Locker Room Staples

Speed through your post-workout regimen with these quickie product finds.

  • Mark Pro Gloss Plumping Lip Shine and A Spray We Go Rebel Rose Fragrance ($14, meetmark.com) team a hydrating gloss with a refreshing floral perfume.
  • Lather up with Biore Steam Activated Cleanser ($7.99, drugstores); the steam helps the formula's tiny beads burst, releasing green tea to soothe skin.
  • Unslick sweaty strands with Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo ($20, beauty.com), a powder infused with clay to leave hair dry and sweet-smelling.

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Sleep Your Way Beautiful at Night

Remove eye makeup in a jiffy. Saturate a cotton ball with an oil-based product, like Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Liquid ($5.99, drugstores), then press it over each eye for 15 seconds before wiping.

Get ahead of the game. Twist dampened hair into a low bun and secure it with several large bobby pins. Shake out the bun in the morning for sexy, beachy waves, Evangelista says.

Zap a zit while you snooze. Place the end of a cotton swab in warm-to-hot water, then gently press it against your pimple for a few seconds. The heat helps unclog pores to heal your blemish.

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Bedtime Soothers

Wake up pretty with these dream-come-true pamperers.

  • Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99, drugstores) dissolve oil and makeup in one swipe, leaving skin feeling soft.
  • Laced with shea butter and coconut milk, Curel Targeted Therapy Deep-Penetrating Foot Cream ($4.99, drugstores) smoothes sandpapery calluses.
  • L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Overnight Repair Treatment ($8.99, drugstores) is a honey-scented gel serum with ceramides to strengthen your hair.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2010.

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This adds time; it doesn't SAVE time!

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