6 Easy ways to save time during your morning beauty routine

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Simplify your morning

You want to put your best face forward, but you don't have time to waste in the morning. With these simple ways to speed up your morning routine, your hair, make-up and skin will look fabulous in a flash.

Morning beauty routine

1Keep your bathroom organized

The best way to save time during your morning routine is to keep your bathroom organized. Don't waste time hunting for your favorite eyeliner or moisturizer. Use bins, baskets and other containers to organize your make-up, skin care products, hair accessories and other daily essentials. If counter space is at a premium, hang shelves where you can place all your morning necessities. The products that you don't use as often can be moved to your hall or linen closet. Check out these other bathroom organizing tips to stay clutter-free and save time in the morning.

2Wash your hair every other day

You don't really need to wash your hair every single day. In fact, your hair might even look better on the second day because it will have more body. Over-shampooing can make your hair look dull due to residue build-up and strip your hair of its natural oils. Speed up your morning beauty regimen by showering at night, if possible. Consider these easy fixes for second-day hair to look your best on days when you don't shampoo.

3Use multi-purpose products

Picking the right beauty products can save you time in the morning. Two-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is a no-brainer. However, a number of other multi-purpose products are available as well. Pick moisturizer that is infused with sunscreen or make-up that contains SPF. Many lip products can be used on your cheeks, and eye shadow can be applied as eyeliner as well. Get more bang for your buck and save time too with these six multi-purpose beauty products. All your cosmetics and skin care products should be easy to apply as well. For example, use concealer pens or eyeliner pencils to make your routine a little easier (and quicker). Also, curling mascara allows you to ditch the eyelash curler.

4Get the right haircut

Don't spend 30 minutes in front of the mirror every morning primping your hair. With the right haircut, you should be able to get ready lickety-split. Talk to your stylist about the best low-maintenance haircut for your hair type. Wavy hair can be left long and loose for an easy, wash-n-go style. Thin, straight hair might look best in a short and sweet pixie cut. These low-maintenance hairstyles will simplify your mornings. Also, check out our complete hair guide to find the best hairstyle for you based on your face shape, hair texture and other factors.

5Go fuzz-free

Do you hate the time you waste shaving, waxing, plucking and getting rid of unwanted hair? Eliminate removal from your beauty routine by getting rid of hair permanently through electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments. The procedure will take a few visits to the salon or clinic, but it's definitely worth it. If you prefer shaving, use a quality razor and never dry shave. Dry shaving can damage your skin and will leave hair behind. Learn more about various hair removal methods, techniques and costs.

6Prepare for beauty blunders

Beauty dilemmas and mishaps can slow down your daily routine. Be prepared for blunders and have your solutions thought out.

Bad bangs - When your bangs aren't cooperating (or if you cut them too short), use a wide headband to smooth them back and out of the way. Headbands are really trendy right now and look cute when positioned just about a half-inch to an inch from your hairline.

Pesky pimples - Zap a zit fast. Don't be tempted to squeeze or pop a pimple. Instead, shrink the inflammation and swelling with a tiny dab of hydrocortisone cream. You'll be able to apply concealer right away because the cream absorbs (and works) quickly.

Smudges - Make-up that smudges can slow you down. You don't have time to waste cleaning up stray mascara or lipstick. Select waterproof mascara and only use it on your top lashes. Applying to your bottom lashes can be time-consuming and messy, plus you probably don't really need it. Pick lipstick, cheek color, foundation and other cosmetics in long-wearing, budge-proof formulas.

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