While you can’t change the clock to add more hours to the day, you can make more time by shortening your beauty routine – and still look fabulous! Make sure to look for multi-function products to minimize your minutes in front of the mirror and don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out which products you really need. Because let’s face it – there’s no room in your life for one-hit wonders.
Remember that time you forgot your makeup bag and tried to use your shimmery lip gloss from your purse as an eyeshadow? Wasn’t the best option! Stick with products intended for and designed for dual use, instead of making due in a pinch. Choose a clear or tinted mascara meant for lashes or as a brow gel, a powder that doubles as a bronzer or a foundation that’s also a concealer. And be on the lookout for multi-purpose sticks that can stand in for cheek, lip and eye color – you’ll be ready to go in seconds!
Moisturizers are one of the best products that pack more than one benefit. Snag a moisturizer with SPF so you don’t need to put on a separate sunscreen, and at night, pick one with anti-aging ingredients and forgo a serum. A scented moisturizer is also a great way to get a fragrance fix without needing to carefully spritz your favorite perfume. And don’t forget BB creams! Many of the so-called Blemish Balms are in the tinted moisturizer family, offering foundation coverage, moisturization and acne-fighting ingredients in just one tube.
Ready to go
Another way to save time in the AM is to have all your products organized and ready to go. Chefs call this method “mise en place” – getting everything you will need in its place beforehand. Clean out your makeup drawer, trashing what you don’t use to make it easy to spot your favorite products. Store your items in a pretty container for quick access, and wash and keep your brushes and sponges squeaky clean for a flawless application.
Eliminate the wait
Why wait for great results? Look for products that can cut your time spent beautifying in half. For instance, opt for the latest nail polish shade in a one-coat variety for a quick application, or think outside the box – try press-on nails so you don’t need to wait for them to dry at all! Invest in a high-quality, fast-acting hair dryer to go from soaking wet to smooth and dry in minutes – or add a hair cream to your locks after a shower, then loosely braid your hair and and let it dry naturally for beachy waves.
While there are plenty of occasions to spend hours getting ready – big dates! Weddings! Nights out with the girls! – some days it’s okay to hit the snooze button again and skip the full routine. A mist of dry shampoo, a touch of foundation/concealer, a swipe of mascara and a dab of lip gloss and you can be out the door in no time!