How To Look Polished In A Pinch

A model looking polished in a pinch

We’ve all been there: you’re running late and you don’t have time to do your hair and makeup. Instead of just throwing your wet mane into that lazy ponytail and slapping on some mascara in the car, we’ve found a totally easy solution to your morning routine (or lack thereof). Straight off the Jason Wu runway, this sleek look works great for all-day—and all-night—wear. Slicked-back hair and a chic chignon placed at ear height shows off your neck, adding just the right amount of sex appeal. Keep your complexion fresh—just throw on some tinted moisturizer or concealer as needed. The bold lip is the trick here—it takes the post-shower look to the next level so it’s glamorous enough to turn heads at work or at black-tie affair. Check out our product picks to get the look.

Lady Bun

Photo: Imaxtree

What You Need

Get The Look

Add mousse or styling cream at the roots of your hair and brush back until it’s slick and smooth. Rake fingers through hair to create a little volume and texture. It's okay to be imperfect—there’s no need to banish every bump (you're in a hurry, remember?). Gather hair at the back of the head, above the nape of your neck and between the ears.

Get The Look

Coil hair and secure with twisted bobby pins to ensure that it stays all day and night. For added texture on the bun, wrap an elastic in the same color as your hair.

The Finishing Touch

Add a bold red lip and you’re done!