Who couldn’t use a shortcut? If your goal is to reclaim some much-needed time in your hectic schedule, we have cosmetic treatments — think longer lashes, brighter eyes, fuller eyebrows — that make excellent beauty hacks, carving minutes off your morning routine.
Here are five easy ways to free up more time with some cosmetic treatments.
Hide dark circles under the eyes with an injectable filler like Restylane, which can last for six months or longer. Time saved from not having to apply under-eye concealer every day? Our community manager who also is an expert makeup artist with the popular Instagram Glamazon Girls Glow, Devin Jones, estimates that you’d save about four hours of concealer application time every six months.
Average cost: $1,000
Worth It Rating: 91 percent
U.S. interest in microblading has increased 127 percent compared to 2017, according to RealSelf data. This semi-permanent treatment fills in sparse eyebrows with tattooing. Results last at least a year and look natural, like individual hairs. Time saved from not having to do your brows every day? Jones told us about 21 hours per year. Plus, you get a consistent look. “I would draw mine in, but it never quite looked right,” says one reviewer on RealSelf.
Average cost: $425
Worth It Rating: 71 percent
Microneedling rejuvenates skin by triggering the natural healing process with a set of tiny punctures from fine needles. It improves skin texture and firmness, and reduces scars and pore size.
Microneedling experts often recommend an initial series of four to six treatments to achieve initial results, and then six months to a year before a maintenance treatment. Time saved from not having to apply coverup? 13 hours per year. It’s a huge bonus if you spend a lot of time filling lines and pores. “It’s a huge concern with many older women I do makeup on,” says Jones. “We spend a lot of time filling deeper wrinkles and pores before we start concealer and foundation.”
Average cost: $625
Worth It Rating: 86 percent
Lip filler Volbella
Popular lip filler Volbella creates a subtle, natural look and can last up to a year. Time saved from not having to plump your pout with lip liner, lipstick, and gloss is about 13 hours per year. But many people still love to work it with their lip colors, a la Kylie, just for fun. We say if you got it, flaunt it!
Average cost: $575
Worth It Rating: 85 percent
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Latisse is a topical treatment that makes eyelashes grow, giving you luxurious, thick lashes. You have to keep using it to keep seeing results. Latisse is applied with a small brush to the upper eyelash line at night before bed. Time saved on mascara and false eyelashes? About an hour and a half every two months, estimates Jones. “False lashes are too much upkeep,” wrote one reviewer on RealSelf.
Average cost: $125 for a two-month supply
Worth It Rating: 73 percent