In Defense of a Super-quick Morning Routine

Read this post on allure.com here.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Five minutes? Thirty minutes? Three hours? According to a recent poll by British drugstore Superdrug, 12 percent of people claim to spend two minutes or less getting ready each morning. “Lazy Brits” shouted the Daily Mail headline. (OK, I know a headline doesn’t shout, but that font was huge.) I’ll concede that two minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but I can personally attest to the fact that a lot can be accomplished, beauty-wise, in not very much time. Here are a few of the speediest tricks for getting ready:

Do the hard work at night. Instead of washing and conditioning your hair in the morning, save it for after dark. This way you can let hair air-dry overnight and skip the morning blowout altogether. If you have a special event, get a blowout the night before so you don’t have to wake up extra-early to hit the salon. For dry, sensitive, or normal skin, only wash your face at night and use a facial wipe in the morning before applying a moisturizer with SPF. Also, save hair and face masks for the weekend when you have more time.

Get a low-maintenance cut. Although a Carey Mulligan pixie cut is the ideal wash-and-go cut, you don’t have to have short hair to save time. Ask your stylist for long layers starting at the chin. After you wash your hair and apply product, twist your hair into a braid or bun to wake up with beachy waves. Skip time-sucking styles that require hot tools, like blunt bangs.

Know your basics. Keep your everyday makeup in a separate pouch or drawer, so when you’re rushing to find your basic brown shadow, you won’t have to rummage through a drawer of glittery shadows. Also, try cream formulas that you can apply without using a brush and multitasking products like Stila Convertible Color that you can use on cheeks and lips.

Don’t go all out. If you feel the need to use a flat iron or curling iron to look polished, don’t take on your whole head of hair. Instead, mist dry shampoo at the roots and focus just on the front sections near your face.

Get professional help. Some of us need more help than others. For unruly hair, consider a keratin treatment to tame frizz and reduce drying time or if you have short, stubby lashes, try lash extensions. Many people don’t feel they need to wear eye makeup when they have them.

RELATED LINKS:
Insiders’ Guide: How To Streamline Your Skin-Care Routine
Daily Beauty Reporter: Three Time-Saving Hair Tricks
Daily Beauty Reporter: How Long Do You Take to Get Ready in the Morning?
Daily Beauty Reporter: How Much Time Do You Spend On Beauty?

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