Maximize your morning shower
We know: It’s early. You’re tired. But if you’ve come this far—as in, there’s a steady stream of hot water raining down from above, and myriad beautifiers within reach—why not make the most of it? The extra effort will save you in the long run—promise. So, where to begin? While we’d love to celebrate the time-saving goodness of two-in-one shampoo/conditioners, it turns out “these combos will never give you the same benefits as the individual products, and they tend to build up faster on hair,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. That means you’ll need to start using a clarifying shampoo on the regular. No thanks. Instead, turn attention to skin. The beauty editors at refinery29.com suggest wearing a moisture mask in the shower, where the ambient steam can help ingredients penetrate deeper and work better. (Don’t wash it off; just blot excess with a tissue post-shower, then skip your usual face cream.) While waiting for your face mask to work its magic, slather on an in-shower body moisturizer after cleansing. Curel Hydra Therapy is loaded with healing ceramides; Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer is a double-duty gem that bestows hydration and a subtle hint of smudge-free color. And if you want to skip the shower, hey, that’s OK too. Wipe down with SweetSpot-on-the-Go Wipes for a quick, water-free refresher.
Test-drive a hybrid (moisturizer plus tint, that is)
Equal parts efficiency and luxury, the latest skincare-makeup fusions will jump-start your a.m. routine, delivering translucent (read: goof-proof) coverage, serious sun protection, and turbo-charged anti-agers in a single tube, saving you countless steps (and precious shelf space in your medicine cabinet). Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart pools DNA repair enzymes, antioxidants, and SPF 50 in a satiny tinted moisturizer that gives a seamless finish without brushes or blending. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ touts collagen-boosting peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid, and comes in five blemish-veiling shades. But if selecting one seems too big a chore, rub on a colorless blur cream instead. Milk Makeup Blur Stick nourishes skin and obscure flaws to silky, matte effect.
Go for monochromatic makeup
In about the time it takes to rub on some Chapstick, you can create a luminous, pulled-together look by applying a sheer, creamy multipurpose makeup stick, like Nars The Multiple in Riviera, to lips, cheeks, and lids, and softening the edges with your pinky. “A single-shade look means never having to think about coordinating eyes with lips and cheeks,” says makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. (Plus, fingertip clean up is way easier than washing your makeup brushes.) Rose hues flatter most skin tones, Ciucci adds, imparting a pretty, energized glow, and making eyes pop—even when you’ve gone a few rounds with the snooze button.