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Ponytail Chic

While working and living in a 24-hour city is both exciting and glamorous, it can also be very overwhelming. For women, looking effortlessly chic at all times requires thought and a bit of creativity, which we sometimes have no time for.

Whether it’s cocktails with coworkers, dinner with friends, networking events, or simply finishing up a project on your laptop at your favorite corner coffee shop, we should always try and look our best.

Here are my two-minute beauty tips for you to use from desk to dusk.

Step 1: After Work Refresher

Bobbi Brown in Hong Kong

Use a mineral face mist to refresh your skin and foundation after work. I recommend Bobbi Brown’s Mineral Face Mist, but there are many brands you can choose from. Spray about 5 to 6 inches away from your face and, with a small blending sponge, lightly dab the excess to refresh and even out your foundation from your morning’s application.

Step 2: Quick Lip Glam

After Hours Lip

Spice up your makeup with a little lip glam. There’s nothing more feminine or glamorous than arriving to an after-work event with a statement lip. You can never go wrong with a classic red, but if you’re looking for an on-trend look, go with a brown. If you just wanna have some fun, mauve is the answer. I used an Auburn Red, which is great for Fall!

Step 3: After Hours Ponytail

Ponytail Using Leonor Greyl

Long and stressful days have us constantly touching our hair. This means it tends to look greasy and dirty by the end of the workday. However, it’s the perfect combination for fun ponytails. Try wrapping your hair tie with some of your hair, teasing the rest of the ponytail with a brush, like the one pictured above. Use a texturizing spray with a bit of oil on the ends. I recommend the luxurious, all-natural product line, Leonor Greyl. This will create a more relaxed look for an after hours outing. As a hairstylist, I carry these products in my purse. But I’m sure these small bottles would fit perfectly in your bottom desk drawer.

Step 4: Embrace Your Baby Hairs

Baby Hairs Ponytail

If you have baby hair along your hairline, use it! It always looks youthful and pretty. Let those babies sit on your forehead as the rest of your hair is either fully or halfway pulled away from your face. It’s a current trend and gives off the “effortless” glam feel.

Messy and Chic Ponytail

These small, two-minute changes can make such a difference. You simply never know who you’ll meet, whether you’re working out of your favorite coffee shop for the day, or spending a night out on the town. These quick and easy steps will make you look and feel refreshed and ready to hit the town after a long day at work.

We would love to give a special shout out to, a guide to the fabulous city of San Francisco, for allowing us to guest blog and share some glam tips with their readers. Check them out and follow their Instagram account for great San Francisco tips and guides.

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