Your Guide to Time-Saving Makeup and Beauty Hacks


Let’s face it, waking up is hard. We want every bit of sleep possible, and hit the snooze button too many times, without guilt or shame until we realize what time it is and jump out of bed to rush to work.

What do you do when you don’t have enough time to shower and put on your make-up?! Do you cut out parts of your morning routine, dangerously apply your makeup in the car, or simply accept your fate and go into work late?

Lucky for you, we have timesaving makeup and beauty techniques so you’ll look flawless, even when you have to sprint to the office.


Prep The Night Before

By taking 5 to 10 minutes before bed you can get a lot of morning prep work done. For example, go ahead and pick your outfit out the night before. This way in the morning you’ll skip the whole, time-consuming ‘what do I wear?’ routine. Some people even pick a backup outfit, in case the first one doesn’t work out.

Organize your makeup cabinet or vanity, and keep your essential items out and ready to use. This way instead of looking all over the place in a panic for your favorite lipstick or mascara, you’ll save time by knowing exactly where they are.

Give yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes to sleep in every morning by showering at night. Not only will you wake up clean and fresh, but you’ll have dry hair, so you won’t have to take the time to blowdry it. You can even straighten or style it before bed to save more time.

To wake up with lively, firm skin, wear an overnight moisturizing mask. This way you can skip the exfoliating scrub in the morning.


How to fix Your Hair in a Jiffy

If you wake up and can’t shower, don’t panic. They’ve made dry shampoos for this exact reason! Simply spray it on, massage it into your roots, and take off on your commute. If you don’t have dry shampoo use baby powder to absorb grease or blow-dry your roots.

When you can’t live without a shower, but don’t have time to style your hair, simply let it air dry. Wavy, all-natural looks are in right now anyways! By throwing your wet hair in a ponytail or stylish messy bun, you’ll be done managing your hair for the day. Once your hair is dry you can take out your ponytail to reveal wavy, natural-looking curls.

Wait to blowdry your hair last, As you do other parts of your morning routine your hair will naturally dry, so you’ll spend less time with your hairdryer later. Also, you can invest in a hair drying serum or spray that helps your hair dry faster and fights frizz to help you save time while drying and styling your hair.


Time-saving Makeup Tips

Put on moisturizer right after your shower to give it time to dry before putting on your foundation. If you don’t have time to let it dry set your hair dryer to cool and give your face a quick burst of cool air.

Then start with your eyes first, this way if you accidentally smear mascara or eyeliner you’ll only need to wipe it away instead of having to touch up your foundation and concealer. Also, to cut down on the number of time-consuming products you use fill in your eyebrows with eyeliner or mascara.

Plus, you can keep your eye makeup simple and still look amazing. Try choosing between either mascara or eyeliner instead of using both. If you choose to use eyeliner use a stick or pencil. Avoid liquid eyeliner, as it can be time consuming and tricky to put on, unless you have a stencil.

If you wake up with bags under your eyes and don’t have time to get rid of them, invest in an eye-roller. Most eye-rollers have serums full of mint and have a refreshing, cooling effect on the skin that reduces puffiness and discoloration.

Next, instead of using a moisturizer and foundation, you can combine the steps by using a tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone. To skip foundation and concealer altogether use an exfoliating facial scrub in the morning to perk up your skin with a splash of cold water on your face to reduce swelling and puffiness.

We know that makeup brushes are essential for an even look, but you also have to take care of them and clean them. Cut your makeup time in half by using your fingers. You can smear and pat foundation and concealer to quickly give your skin a colorful, even look.

Blush is actually your 3 in 1 secret weapon because it can be used to color your cheeks, as eye shadow, and to color your lips. Also, lipstick often makes a beautiful blush.

When it comes to your lips a big fuss doesn’t need to be made. You don’t need to use lip liner and lipstick to blend together and then cover with a clear glossy coat. Instead, go natural with a little lip gloss. To spice things up with a dash of color use a bright shade of lipstick to draw attention to your lips, away from other makeup-less features.


Look Your Best, Even in a Rush

Follow our beauty and makeup tips to look amazing, even when you overslept and don’t have time for a full morning routine. Rushing out the door will no longer be a problem! If we missed any time-saving beauty tips be sure to share them in the comment section below.

*Content found in the UnitWise blog is for informational purposes only. UnitWise is an independent business with no affiliation to Mary Kay®.


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