If there was just one ingredient of grooming that could be considered essential, it’s time. Good grooming and smartening of your appearance requires you to dedicate yourself to the pursuit; to washing, drying, trimming, cutting, shaving, and all the other tasks that keep you looking as sharp as possible.
Sadly, there are times in life when it’s simply impossible to take the time you need to keep yourself looking your best. Maybe you’re short on time because you’re travelling through Europe, or you head off on a bachelor party to play paintball and need to clean up for the subsequent evening out. Whatever the reason, you need to look your best, and the clock is ticking on achieving your usual high standards.
In an effort to provide some clarity, here are a few essential tips for bringing your physical appearance back to its best, even when time is short.
#1 – Carry Vaseline everywhere you go
Vaseline is a lifesaver if you’re in a pinch and need to smarten your appearance without spending hours in front of the mirror. You can use Vaseline to:
Neaten your hair
Tame stray beard strands
Moisturise your cuticles
Ease unsightly dry lips
Help your eyelashes stand up, which will make you appear more awake
You can buy Vaseline in small pots that will slot into your pocket, ready to be deployed in a moment of urgency. It’s just important to remember to use a light touch; just rub your fingertips over the product rather than digging your fingers in. You’re looking for control, not to make yourself appear unpleasantly greasy. Use sparingly, and you can always apply more if you find you need it.
#2 – Multipurpose tools
Clippers or nail scissors are useful if you’re a fan of short nails, but they can also be used for a variety of other tasks. They can trim stray eyebrows or beard hairs, helping you to return to looking sleek and well-groomed even when you don’t have the time to go through your full routine.
#3 – Colour correcting makeup
Makeup for men is finally becoming more common, as guys accept the artistry in personal appearance improvement. One of the most vital pieces of makeup you may wish to carry with you is a colour corrector.
Colour correctors double as concealers. They come in a range of colours, some of which can look frighteningly vivid. However, when used sparingly, they’re invisible on the skin and make a huge improve to colour, texture, and pigmentation issues in record time.
There’s a great guide to using colour correction in this post, which should help you identify the colour you need to help mask any skin issues you have. If you’re in a rush and want to instantly improve your appearance, colour correction is definitely a viable way to achieve this.
Follow along with these tips and you’ll be back to your sharp, groomed, stylish self in no time.