Hello to 5 Time-Saving Beauty Tips from Nikki DeRoest

Our schedules are crammed. We can barely make enough time to get to that 7PM spin class after work-- so forget a 30-minute AM prep before work when we need to look presentable. We need a beauty routine that works for our schedules, not against them. 

When you work a 9 to 9 every second is valuable. 

To help us hack our morning beauty routine, we asked Create & Cultivate DTLA panelist Nikki DeRoest and Hello to Beauty guru to dish the beauty tricks she uses to make her life a little easier. Check her 5 key tips below, and be sure to catch her on panel this May as she shares how to succeed in the business of beauty!

1. Style your hair the night before.

Wash your hair in the evening and let it air dry either all the way or 80% of the way and then finish the last 20% with a blowdryer. You'll save time washing it at night, and will also help the health of your hair. I often completely style my hair at night so that I can do minor touch ups in the morning. You know what they say, when a woman says she can't go out because she has to wash her hair....there's some truth to that!

2. Invest in a good at-home mani.

I always use a "gel" topcoat on all of my at-home manicures.  My favorite one is from Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel, and it prolongs any of my manicures to last at least a week, but I don't damage my nails like the in-salon gel manicures.  (Tip: You can use ANY brand nail polish with that topcoat and it works wonders!)

3. Have a masquerade party.

I don't know if I'd call it a hack, but using a lot of face masques is a REALLY good idea!  Your skin will love you for it.  I switch up the different types of masques, and usually sleep in them.

4. Glow up.

Glowing skin will always make you look younger. Promise. 

Make sure to always add a good highlight to the cheekbones to give yourself a youthful glow. My favorite is RMS's Living Luminizer.  

5. Have your boss look nailed down.

If you are a busy boss, I think it's important to come up with your "look." That way when you are getting ready for your day-to-day, you don't have to think too hard and can feel confident walking out the door.  


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I have my standard "look" and easily switch it up with different lipstick shades.  Of course, in the evening or weekends it can be more of a free-for-all, but I think it's important to know your routine and look so you can get it done quickly.

Priscilla Castro

Director of Social Media at Create & Cultivate