You have to walk the dog, work 9 until 5, pick up some groceries and this week’s issue of People, drop off your dry cleaning and spend late nights combing through that dreaded PowerPoint presentation.
Your definition of getting ready involves forcibly tugging a hairbrush through your hair while trying not to drool toothpaste all over your blouse.
Getting dolled up doesn’t have to be stressful and time-consuming, you just need to look for the right products! Read on to learn how to (properly) get ready in a jiffy…
1. Look for Multipurpose Products
Products that can do double-duty make getting ready faster and take up less room on your vanity and in your makeup bag!
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks doubles as both a cream blush and a sheer, matte lipstick. Not to mention, it’s packaged in a super portable compact that includes a mirror!
Maybelline’s EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow doubles as an eyeliner when you use an angled eye shadow brush to apply.
Don’t forget to mix a little bit of your favorite moisturizer into your foundation before applying for added staying power!
2. Keep it Natural
Nothing is more time consuming than spending twenty minutes perfecting your Cleopatra eyeliner flick and applying and reapplying the false lashes. The true function of makeup is to beautifully enhance the features you already have – not mask them and create new ones!
Have thick, fluttery eyelashes? Play them up with volumizing mascara like Tarte’s Lights, Camera Lashes.
Have pronounced cheekbones that even a supermodel would envy? Accentuate them with a matte bronzer like NARS’ Laguna.
3. Always Come Prepared
I always advocate keeping two well-stocked makeup bags with you at all times – one in your handbag and one in your office. Your office makeup bag is stationary so you can afford to fill it up a bit more. I like to have a hairbrush, a small can of hairspray (you can get these in the travel aisle at any drug store), a lipstick, a powder compact, a concealer, mini mascara and a travel-sized deodorant.
Your cosmetics bag should have: a foldable, travel-sized hairbrush, a lipstick and gloss, Tide To Go, breath mints, a sample-sized perfume, blotting papers and a powder compact.
This way, you’ll be prepared for any disaster that could strike (like an oily t-zone after a stressful commute, yuck!) or if you dashed out the door and didn’t have time to apply your signature red lip!
4. Invest in a Good Dry Shampoo…
…and an even better hair dryer! Let’s face it, not all of us have the time and the funds to get a weekly blow-out at the salon. Spend a few minutes in the mirror practicing how to balance out a round brush and a blow dryer in each hand to perfect your own bouncy blowout.
If, like me, you find that you are still blissfully uncoordinated, Conair’s Infiniti Pro Spin Brush is for you! The blow dryer has a built-in round brush that you can gently pull through your hair for bouncy waves or curls.
Keep the blowout going for a few days with a good dry shampoo, like Batiste’s. The dry shampoo will soak up any dirt and grease and will also inject a dose of volume into your locks.
What’s another time-saving beauty trick you can think of?