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7 Beauty routine shortcuts

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

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Shave precious minutes off your morning schedule with these beauty routine shortcuts. You’ll be on time for once, and maybe even have time for that extra cup of coffee!

Woman applying lip gloss

1Skip the shampoo

Unless your hair is extra oily, there's no need to shampoo every day. On the days in between, sleep with your hair in a high ponytail to add some volume, then spray the roots with a dry shampoo to soak up extra oil and freshen your tresses. You'll shorten your time in the shower and skip blow drying, so you cut out two steps with this one trick.

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2Wash without water

 

Wash your face without the fuss. Use waterless cleansing cloths to wash away last night's dirt and grime, even if you're nowhere near a sink. These wipes work a lot like baby wipes, getting rid of oils and dirt in seconds, leaving you refreshed. Best of all, you can use them wherever you are, making morning multi-tasking even easier.

3Simplify your 'do

The next time you go for a haircut, ask your stylist for something easy to maintain. A cut that falls between your chin and shoulders is easiest because it dries fast, but is still long enough to pull into a ponytail when you're really short on time.

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4Multi-tasking products

Since you can multi-task, your products should, too! Look for beauty products that can pull double-duty, such as blush that works as lip gloss or a anti-frizz shampoo. You'll save both time in your day and space in your bathroom.

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5Minimize make-up

If you're really pressed for time, stick with the make-up steps that are going to make the biggest difference. Freshen your face with a tinted moisturizer, then apply two coats of a lengthening mascara to help open up your eyes. Finish the look with a tinted lip gloss, applying it to your lips and adding a dab to your cheeks to gain a healthy glow. You'll be ready to face the world in no time flat.

6Skip eyeliner

Eyeliner takes time to get right. If precise application doesn't fit into your morning beauty routine, try faking it with your mascara. When you apply your mascara, wiggle the wand against the base of your lashes. A tiny bit of mascara will be left behind, looking a lot like eyeliner. To make it look cleaner, blend with a cotton Q-tip.

7Dry in a hurry

You had to paint your nails, but now you don't have time to let them dry. When painting, apply two thin coats instead of one thick one – it'll look better and dry faster. Let your nails air-dry for the first two minutes, then dip them in ice water for 3-5 minutes to finish. They'll dry in half the time with the cold water boost.

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