I'll admit: I'm not much of a morning person, so employing time-saving beauty hacks in order to shave minutes off my routine is completely necessary. This is how my day usually starts: I'll wake up, press the snooze button at least twice, and before you know it, I only have 10 minutes to spare to do my makeup, hair, and grab a granola bar. Usually, I'll try to cram all of that as quickly as I can, and over the years, I've gotten pretty good at it. Still, if it weren't for the double-duty makeup tricks and quick beauty hacks I've learned, I wouldn't emerge from my apartment looking like a I've seemingly got it all together.
Having only 10 minutes in the morning has really forced me to use clever beauty hacks that actually work in all occasions. While it might be nice to have an extra 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee and read some news, rushing in the morning doesn't always have to be a bad thing. You can actually learn something! (There's always a silver lining!)
If you're like me and find yourself having an extremely limited amount of time getting ready in the morning or just leaving the house in general, here are some ways to save you some time:
Use Dry Shampoo
If you haven't already jumped on the dry shampoo trend, I highly recommend you buy some immediately, especially if you don't have time to wash your hair in the morning. When you have super greasy, oily hair, and refuse to wear a hat, using dry shampoo is definitely the way to go. It's a quick fix and super easy to apply: A perfect solution to your bed head problems.
Buy Leave-In Conditioner
Using leave-in conditioner can help give your hair that shine and protection it needs, but it can often seem like a big task when it actually isn't. If you're doing chores around the house, consider putting in your leave-in conditioner while you're doing work. Applying this product will moisturize your 'do quickly and efficiently, and you don't have to do anything except leave it in!
Apply Tint To Eyes, Cheeks & Lips
When you don't have a lot of time, it's hard to switch through products while doing your makeup. You have to grab your blush, then some eye shadow, then apply color to your lips. Sometimes, it can just take too long. The way I solve this issue is to just buy a product that covers all three. I love using the Benebalm from Benefit to do it all. It gives a little natural color on my lids, cheeks, and lips.
Buy A Mattifying Gel
Mattifying gels are literally one of the best things you can add to your beauty routine to save time. When you apply a great mattifying gel, it'll help keep your skin and makeup looking good all day. You won't have to use oil pads or touch up your face like you would ordinarily. If you don't have enough time to wear makeup, using this gel will also help give you a natural glowy look.
Wear Two-In-One Products, Like Foundation With SPF
Just like the Benebalm, finding an all-in-one coverage product will cut the time of you having to switch from SPF to foundation. Instead of doing both steps, try finding a product that will do both jobs for you. I don't know how many times I've scrambled trying to find my foundation and moisturizer in my makeup bag, but having a bottle that takes care of both my needs saves me so much time.
Erase Makeup Stains With Pantyhose
Hanes Silk Reflections Sunkissed Ultra Sheer Smoothing Thong, $8, Hanes
I cannot explain how much this beauty hack has helped me. When doing my makeup, or putting my clothes on, I somehow always get a little foundation or deodorant powder on my black outfit. (Yes, I'm always wearing black, and yes, the stains become almost unavoidable.) In order to fix this without trying to figure out another outfit or scouring my closet for another black t-shirt, I always have pantyhose in my makeup bag to remove the stain. All you have to do is rub it on the stain — it's amazing.
Curl Your Hair The Night Before
There are so many ways to wake up with beautiful, beachy waves in the morning. I promise you, none of them involve having to wake up at the crack of dawn to heat up your curling iron. There's the option of sleeping with foam rollers or bobby pins in your hair. There's also the option of curling your hair with an iron the night before, throwing your hair into a loose bun, and sleeping in it. Whichever process you choose, know that it'll save you from having to do your 'do in the AM. Just remember to refresh with some dry shampoo!
From one lazy girl to another, I hope you find some solace in knowing there are ways to make your rushed mornings easier ones.
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