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Easy ways to get gorgeous in no time flat

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Speed up your beauty routine

We know you're busy. But we also know you want to look good (who doesn't?) so leaving the house directly after rolling out of bed is simply not an option (you know that will be the day you run smack into your ex). So we're sharing some of our speedy beauty secrets to help you get ready in no time flat. Whether the alarm didn't go off, you're too tired to think about wielding a foundation brush or you simply don't feel like fussing, we're here to get you out the door looking great – in record time.

Woman applying tinted lotion

1Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing ClothsQuick cleanse

The fastest way to a squeaky clean complexion is with a swipe of a cleansing face wipe. But not all wipes are created equally. Many are meant as makeup removers (which are great for the end of a long night), but for real skin cleansing power, you'll want something gentle but power-packed. We can't get enough of Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths ($18), vitamin soaked cloths that effectively cleanse and tone while leaving skin smooth and soft. Oh, and they're biodegradable, too.

Multitasking products are also a great way to save time when it comes to skin care. Opt for a cleanser that also exfoliates and better yet, take it into the shower with you for speedy, one-stop skin cleansing all in one place.

2Klorane Dry ShampooHassle-free hair

If your locks are looking lackluster – and you've just slept through your alarm – a dry shampoo can be your savior. While it won't actually clean your hair, dry shampoo does absorb oil from your hair and scalp leaving hair refreshed and rejuvenated (minus a shower). We like Klorane Dry Shampoo ($18), which boosts volume and texture when there's no time to style.

You can also save time on mornings you know are going to be busy by showering the night before. Make sure to also have everything ready – your outfit, lunch and anything else you're going need – so you don't have to rush.

3Easy eyes

A hectic, pull-your-hair-out morning is not the time to try and finally see if you can master the perfect smokey eye. You don't have time and you'll just make yourself crazy (either that or accidently stab yourself in the eye with your eyeliner). Instead, dab some gold or nude lip gloss on your lids for a quick, no-fuss look. The slight sheen will open up your eyes without having to create a potentially time-consuming look. Add some mascara – the easiest and fastest way to play up your peepers and go easy on your brows – bold, thick (but well-groomed) brows are back and were a fixture on fall runways.

4No-muss makeup

Say no to foundation – there's no time to put on a full face of makeup. But don't worry – we're not suggesting you leave with a naked face. Choose a tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone and that glides on easily. We have a few favorites at various price points:

Red lips were also a fall runway staple, so paint your pout a ravishing reddish pink or deep fuchsia. With a brightly-hued mouth you don't have to worry about putting too much effort into the rest of your makeup – the focus will be on your luscious lips. Next create a natural glow with a cheek stain and dust a highlighting powder on your brow bone and anywhere else you need a little extra glow. Voila! You're ready to go with (ideally) time to grab a coffee before you hit the office.

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