These days, most people are busy with work, school, and plenty of other commitments that consume precious time. So, it’s no surprise that everyone is looking for the quickest possible ways to complete their everyday tasks. Studies show that women spend an average of 55 minutes on their beauty regimens each day. Thankfully, estheticians and hairstylists know tons of tricks to drastically reduce this chunk of time.

If you are planning to enroll in a hairstyling college or pursue esthetics training, you will definitely learn all about these convenient hacks, so why not get a head start now? Read on for six ways to simplify your primping routine.

The REAL Way to Use a Bobby Pin

Most women have been wearing bobby pins incorrectly their entire lives. While many believe that the bobby pin should be placed into the hair straight side down, individuals who have taken hairstyling courses know that they should actually be inserted wavy side down. This is because the textured side of the bobby pin will grip the hair much better than the straight side and it will hold it in place for a longer period of time. For extra security, try first spraying the bobby pin with hairspray.

Dunk Freshly Polished Nails into Cold Water to Dry

It’s no major secret that nail polish takes an extremely long time to dry—yes, even those that that promise they will “dry quickly.” Or perhaps it just seems really long because we are virtually incapable of using our hands for the entire length of the manicure drying process. Fortunately, esthetics school graduates know that soaking the nails in ice water after they’ve been polished will help set the paint and help the nails dry much faster. It’s important to remember that the water has to be ice cold!

Make Mascara Last Just a Little Longer With This

One way to revive a mascara that has become dry and clumpy is to add a few drops of saline solution to the tube. This will re-moisten the formula and make it last a little longer. Of course, if the mascara is more than three months old, it’s best to toss it, since it can collect bacteria and cause eye infections past this point.

What Baby Powder Does to Lashes

No need for falsies or lash extensions, this quick trick will keep lashes looking plump and voluminous all day long. Dust a translucent powder (or baby powder) over the lashes between each coat of mascara. The powder will stick to the lashes, making them appear much fuller.

Plump Lips in an Instant

While many women envy Angelina Jolie’s naturally luscious lips, estheticians are privy to few secret ways to achieve plumper-looking lips (without going under the knife). One foolproof trick is to fill in the middle section of both the top and bottom lips with a light concealer and blend it slightly. Then, top it off with a nude lipstick and voila!

Bonus: Save Dropped Compacts and Powders!

This is something that has definitely happened to every woman at least once. Since most of us generally rush while applying setting powders, eyeshadows and blushes each morning, it’s no surprise that these items sometimes fall and turn into crumbly messes. Next time, instead of throwing the “broken” compact away, try adding rubbing alcohol to the product and smoothing it back into place. Once the alcohol dries, the compact will be good as new!

Do you know any other beauty or hair hacks? Please share them!