It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and for many of us our morning routine means rushing around, applying whatever makeup we can get our hands on, and running a brush through our hair before hopping on the road to get the kids to school or make it to the office on time. If you find yourself skipping your normal makeup and hair routine just to grab some more sleep, or having to get up early to make sure you look your best for the day, simplify and revamp your morning beauty routine with these easy steps.
Reinvigorate Your Skin Care
If you spend many minutes applying lots of product to hide acne, scars, or covering up dryness (only for your makeup to flake later on), it’s time to reconsider your skin care regimen. Depending on your skin type, you may need to reexamine your moisturizing routine as well. Use natural, lightweight acne treatments and gentle cleansers each morning after waking up. Not only will this reduce the amount of time you spend applying makeup, but you’ll save on the amount of product you need to use and purchase on a regular basis.
Shower at Night
This might seem like common sense, but you’d be amazed at how much time showering the evening before can save you in the morning. If you still feel the need to shower in the morning, just do a body rinse and wash your hair in the evening. You can also use dry shampoo products—if you haven’t before, you’re likely to think of this amazing invention as your new best friend.
Organize Your Cosmetics
It’s easy to let our cosmetics run amok, spread out across the vanity or scattered in bathroom drawers. Take a Sunday afternoon and organize your beauty products. Knowing where to find your essential products can speed up your makeup application by minutes—and we know every second counts on harried mornings. Fill your drawers with makeup organizers from BH Cosmetics and place product by category. That could mean eye pencils and shadows in one area, foundation in another, and brushes contained in one standalone section. Organization can also help clear your head, leaving you calm and cool during those hectic mornings.
Tint Those Lashes
It’s amazing the effect that darkening our eyelashes can have on our look; mascara provides a bit of vibrancy and draws attention to the eyes. Instead of spending each morning applying layer after layer of mascara (and risking pulling out your eyelashes with each excessive swipe), get those eyelashes tinted. A routine eyelash tinting can last for six to eight weeks, and generally isn’t more than $50.
Some Nighttime Outfit Preparation
If you’re constantly running around with the clock ticking down in the morning, consider what you can prepare for the night beforehand. One of the easiest ways to refine your morning beauty routine is to settle the question of outfits far before your morning alarm goes off. Before heading to bed, take out the clothes you plan to wear in the morning. You’ll be amazed at how much time we can waste in the morning considering our options. This will also give you the foresight for any necessary grooming tasks like ironing or steaming.
An Easy Up Do
Instead of spending time blow drying and curling in the morning, work a casual but chic up-do that looks like you spent much more time on it than you actually did. Braiding your hair the night before, then protecting it by pinning it up or wrapping a scarf over your head is an easy way to save time in the morning. In the morning, you’ll likely just need to smooth down any fly-aways or hairs that fell out of place in your sleep. For certain hair types, taking out said braids could leave picture perfect waves. You’ll have to do a little bit of experimentation, but either way, braiding is a fantastic way to save time and look great.
With these tricks up your sleeve, you’ll look picture perfect on even the busiest of mornings. Speed up your morning beauty routine and impress everyone you meet with your polished look.