Every gorgeous woman has certain beauty tricks up her sleeve, and she uses them daily to perfect her look. By a certain age, most women learn these tricks–either the hard way (by doing it wrong once too many times) or the easy way: by hearing them from a female friend or reading this article.

No matter your age, these are the beauty tips that will save you time and again. They’ll keep your beauty routine streamlined, get you out of tight jams, and keep you gorgeous from head to toe every day. Read them, memorize them, and let them help you look your best.

If you only have five minutes, do four things

Woke up late? Hot date ringing your doorbell? You don’t have much time. Here’s what you do.

First, conceal under-eye circles with under-eye concealer that’s one shade lighter than your natural skin colour. Second, comb and define your brows with a pencil, powder, or gel–whichever you have on hand. Next, do your lashes. Simply curl them and add a coat of mascara. Finally, use a combination lip and cheek colour stick to add a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks and lips.

If you ever plan on wearing lip color in your life, use a lip exfoliator weekly

No self-respecting woman wears any type of lip colour without having exfoliated lips. Dry lips with excess skin is noticeable under lipstick, stain, or lip gloss, and it’s definitely unappealing. Fix this by using a lip exfoliator.

Exfoliators are easy to make at home, cheap, and effective when used at least once a week. Simply mix together brown or white sugar with a bit of raw honey and olive or coconut oil until you have a thick paste. Take a bit in your fingertips and gently rub the paste on your lips for 20 to 30 seconds before rinsing.

Dry shampoo will extend a great do

Dry shampoo is crucial to every woman’s beauty basket, and don’t let her tell you otherwise.

When you don’t have time to wash your hair and style it, this lifesaver product is crucial for extending your blowout. It can also do wonders for adding volume to an up-do or top knot. Just be sure to match your shampoo to your hair colour. The brand Batiste has dry shampoos in several colours, including dark brown, light brown, red, and blonde. Use these instead of the standard white dry shampoo to avoid looking like Cruella de Vil.

Never go to sleep with makeup on

Your mother told you not to sleep with makeup on, and she was right. Doing so is not only bad for your skin (major pore clogger), but it can be dangerous for your vision as well. Mascara, eyeliner, shadow, and false lash glue easily gets into your eyes if you leave them on when you sleep. This can cause irritation and even infection.

Always use sunscreen–yep, even in the winter

Sunscreen is necessary to protect your skin from skin cancer, but it also keeps signs of premature aging at bay. Most days, the sun’s harmful UV rays won’t even give you a tan or a bit of colour, but what they will give you is sun spots, wrinkles, and collagen loss. If you have trouble remembering to put sunscreen on separately each day, the best thing you can do is buy a moisturizer that incorporates sun protection. You can also get it in your foundation if you wear one daily. Look for an SPF of at least 15.

You’ll learn your own personal beauty tricks over time, but these five tips are absolutely essential and a great starting point for any woman. Use them to improve your own beauty routine and look lovely every day, no matter your age.