Get to work on time with these top time-saving beauty tips.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re out of time in the morning, things just seem to fall apart? You’re out of toothpaste, you can’t keep a bar of soap in your hand, your mascara has disappeared, you can only find one shoe and everything in your closet needs ironing. I think we’ve probably all headed for the door with bedhead, no makeup and clothes that look like they just came out of the hamper. Is this truly necessary? No. Here are a few simple tricks that you can follow to maximize the time you have in the morning and leave the house looking your best.
Do as much as you can the night before to ease into the morning rush. Get your shower or bath out of the way, apply your body lotion and maybe even mist yourself with a bit of fragrance before bed. And think about what you might wear. If your clothing needs ironing, spend the extra few minutes taking care of it.
Take a Minimalist Approach with Your Hair
If you don’t have time to wash and style your hair in the morning, use quick fixes. A ponytail, braid or even a hat can work on most days. If your bangs or roots are the problem, section them off and do a quick shampoo and rinse in your sink. Then grab your round brush and blow dryer and you’re good to go in just a few minutes. By freshening up your bangs or just the front pieces of your hair at the crown, you can turn your bed head into a stylish do in no time. If you find yourself in a real pinch for time, grab some dry shampoo and spray those roots. It’ll help absorb the excess oils and give your hair a bit more volume.
Set Your Makeup Fast
No time to wait for your skin care products to dry or your makeup to set? Reach for your blow dryer. Put the temperature setting on cool and give your skin a blast. Your products will dry down in no time and you’ll be on to your next morning beauty step. I love this tip because I need my skin care products in the morning no matter what. And the last thing I want to do is skip a precious serum or moisturizer because I am running out of time.
De-Clutter Your Beauty Area
Many of us have too many beauty products. When you have the luxury of time, it’s fun to experiment with them. But when in a hurry, the clutter can add precious time to your morning beauty routine.
If you have products that you don’t use on a regular basis, get them out of the way. Keep the products that you do use on a daily basis within easy access. If you know you’re going to have a hurried morning, line up all of your skin care products and cosmetics in the order that you’ll apply them. With everything right at your fingertips, you won’t waste time looking for something.
Think in Terms of Multi-purpose
Look for items such as hydrating cleanser, tinted moisturizer, de-puffing concealer, all-in-one cheek, lip and eye color, tinted lip balm and so on. Many guys have the multi-purpose concept down with all-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash being a popular option.
Follow the 3 E’s
If you’re in a major time crunch but need to put your best face forward, focus on your eyebrows, eyeliner and eyelashes. It’s really that simple. Give a quick brush and, if necessary, add a bit of color to your brows. Swoop on a bit of eyeliner and wiggle your mascara wand through your lashes for a bit of eye opening wow. If you put your focus on the 3 E’s, you can still dab on a bit of lip balm or apply a pouf of blush in just seconds. No one will ever know you were in a race against the clock.