8 Life-Saving Beauty Hacks to Use When You're Running Late
Sometimes just getting out of bed and starting the day is enough of a feat without the added pressure of a complicated makeup routine. So we put together a few tips to help get you out the door and into the world as fast as possible while still looking put together. Because after all, a snooze button is a terrible thing to waste.
1. Skip the Intense Lips
Nothing is quite as satisfying as stepping out with a perfectly applied bold lip, but then again getting to work on time is also pretty satisfying in its own way. When your back’s against the wall, and you have to make a call between the two, a one-step gloss like the Urban DecayNaked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss might just do the trick. The trick, in this case, is applying lip gloss as you hold on to a strap during a crowded commute.
2. Make Your Brush Work Harder
It’s no secret that we’re beauty addicts, and if you feel like you need all the products, all the time to be ready for any beauty scenario, we get it. No judgements. But the key to moving quickly is packing light. Get your gadget on with a handy double-ended brush that helps you apply bronzer, highlighter and blush with a single tool.
3. Process, Process, Process
To paraphrase a great quote, beauty is 1% inspiration and 99% preparation. So, if you’re looking to lose a few minutes from your beauty routine, you’ve got to have a plan in place. Since we love to see beauties everywhere thriving, we set up this crazy-easy 3-, 5-, and 10-minute strategy that you can feel free to customize. But you’re on your own for breakfast.
4. Smudge Your Mascara
It might sound like weird advice, but executed correctly, this little trick can let you skip your eyeliner, leaving you with a lined eye and full lashes. Just apply your mascara really close to the lash line so that it lightly smudges against your eyelid. Then smooth it out with an angled brush as you would a liquid liner. Try it out with an pigmented mascara like the Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy and presto—perfectly lined lids and voluminous lashes.
5. Go for a Refreshing Cleanse
We all know that face cleansing at night is an absolute must—all that gook and gunk from the day has got to go. But if you’re short on time in the morning, occasionally skipping a full face wash and replacing it with a no rinse, all-in-one micellar cleansing water will do just fine.
6. One-Minute Bronzer Magic
No time for contouring? Sun-kissed perfection is closer than you think. In fact, you can get the glow you’re seeking in just 60 seconds with the right products and a bit of know-how. You may never get back all the minutes you’ve spent fielding weird links your parents have sent you from the internet, but this time-saving tip will at least make you feel like it’s possible.
7. Use One Nail Coat and Go
Not surprisingly, our nails are one of the first places it shows when we’re spread a little too thin. But it is possible to have a fresh mani without spending fresh mani money or time. The essie 3D pop tints are a great solution for getting a nail polish look that’s, well, polished. The gel-setter formula is infused with color pigments for lush shine and deep shades. 3D glasses are totally optional (but highly encouraged).
8. Have a Day-to-Night Transition Plan
Somehow you manage to consistently fit 25 hours worth of stuff into a 24 hour day. Props. But even the most time-efficient beauty bosses could use a little help—especially after a long day that promises to turn into a full night. That’s where a gameplan for a quick day-to-night makeup transition can pay off big time. Spend less time blending & lining, and more time wining & dining. #LifeGoals
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