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9 Beauty Shortcuts that Will Cut Your Morning Routine in Half

Shave time off your beauty routine with these time-saving tips, and you'll enjoy pressing snooze one more time.


Beauty shortcut: Set out your stuff

Keep your makeup organized for a more seamless morning experience, advises There’s no right or wrong way to store your lipsticks, blushes, foundations, and mascaras, as long as you know where they are, so you don’t waste time digging around a messy drawer. These organizing tips will corral the clutter in every room in your house.


Beauty shortcut: Make your products multitask

Makeup artist and brow expert Ramy Gafni believes in “minimum makeup, maximum impact,” and that’s welcome news for your morning routine.” A great way to trim the number of products you need is to reach for ones that do double duty: For example, Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream adds a dewy flush of color across lips and cheeks—two products in one! (We like the color Lillium.) Colorescience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum Powder SPF 30 or 50 is a sunscreen and a pressed powder, with a hint of color. Your whole face base in one step. Publicist Rebecca Levy Levitt says that she loves multitasking makeup, like using foundation or BB creams with SPF and moisturizers, and shaving cream or body washes with moisturizers and exfoliators. (Related: Fake flawless skin with these pro makeup tips.)

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Beauty shortcut: Put your hair up

If you’re having a bad hair day and just over doing anything about it, says to pin it up in a messy chignon. The style is totally on trend, and no one will know that you haven’t washed your hair in a few days (or even brushed it). (Related: Check out the secrets hairstylists won’t tell you.)


Beauty shortcut: Use every moment

Most of us aren’t ambitious enough to launch projects like face masks, hair masks, or pedicures in the morning, but if you’re going to try to squeeze one in, try to cross another task off your list at the same time. “With anything that involves ‘sitting’ for 20 minutes, I try to do some sort of chore while it ‘cooks,'” says lifestyle writer Aly Walansky, “like putting up coffee or even catching up on morning emails.” (Related: Check out these morning habits of highly organized people.)

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Beauty shortcut: Shower at night

To save time in the morning, add more to your routine at night. suggests showering and doing your hair before hitting the sack; as a bonus, you can pin it or braid it to get soft waves in the morning. (Related: Here are more tricks to get curly hair without a curling iron.) And don’t miss these other ways to get gorgeous hair on the cheap.


Beauty shortcut: Use dry shampoo

Sure, you could use this universal hair savior in the morning, but applying it at night has a hidden bonus: volume! Beauty blogger Carla Maganinho of Product Girl recommends using dry shampoo—or even baby powder—the night before. “My hair always looks better than when I spray it in the next morning,” Maganinho says. “And my tossing and turning during the night seems to give my hair more volume!” If you must wash your hair in the a.m., save time with a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, like Redken Genius Wash Cleaning Conditioner. Just don’t fall for the nighttime habits that can ruin your hair.

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Beauty shortcut: Wash your face only at night

The secret is out: You don’t absolutely have to wash your face in the morning, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin, according to Instead, swipe a cleansing wipe or a cotton pad dipped in cleansing water over your face. Try Boscia Sake Cleansing Water or Sesderma Sensyses Classic Cleanser for all skin types, both of which come in a convenient pump. It not only cuts down on exposure to water, which can be drying, especially in winter, but it will trim your face-washing time to under 10 seconds. (Check out the natural cleansers you can make yourself right now.)


Beauty shortcut: Invest in semi-permanent beauty

You can skip eye makeup entirely with this modern tricks: Eyelash extensions, which can give your eyes a lush, done look with zero need for liner or mascara. Writer Andrea Marks Carneiro swears that pricey lash extensions are totally worth the money, noting, “You can get away with so much less makeup and it saves so much time in the morning.” Just make sure the lash artist is certified, warns Clementina Richardson, owner of Envious Lashes on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, and that he or she customizes the look and style of your lashes to suit the set and shape of your eye. If you can’t swing lash extensions, use these very simple tips to make your eyes really pop.


Beauty shortcut: Choose the right tools

You could blow dry, flat iron, and then curl your hair—or you could grab one of the new hot tools that does all three at once. We’re loving the Revlon Oval One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler that dries and styles your hair in literally half the time, with a design that prevents tangles. Reviewers have posted glowing feedback, like “You have changed my life! If I could give this product 10 stars I would! I love this thing!” Don’t miss the things your hairstyle could reveal about your personality.

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