Summer is not the time to be spending hours getting ready. It’s too nice out to waste time in the mirror, not to mention too hot out to wear a face full of makeup or deal with an elaborate hairstyle. We show you how to pare down your get-ready routine to the bare minimum. Trust us; you’ll still look great — just in much less time.
Opt for oversize accessories
No time to figure out what to wear? Get-noticed accessories are a great way to make getting ready this summer a snap. Add a gorgeous, chunky oversize statement necklace like this one ($58) to a fitted white tee, maxi skirt and strappy flats (or black tank top, denim shorts and espadrilles) and you have an instantly chic outfit — minus the extra time spent staring into your closet. Colorful statement pieces become the focal point, meaning they bring even the simplest ensemble up a few notches.
Whether you step into a pair of red wedge sandals, add a bright blue cross body bag to your outfit or make a statement with vibrant coral denim (we like this cropped skinny pair, $110), having one bright piece you can grab as your go-to get ready piece makes hectic mornings a lot easier. Why? Everyone has basics (black T-shirts, white tank tops, simple button-up shirts) and those basics can be easily paired with that one, bold piece for effortless summer style.
Summer is not the time for a full face of makeup. Rather than spend precious morning minutes applying foundation, switch to tinted moisturizer, which will cut out tons of getting ready time. Simply swipe and go. If you tend to be shiny, add a dusting of translucent powder, but other than that, tinted moisturizers even skin tone and provide natural-looking, sheer coverage with virtually no time spent on application. Try Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 ($36).
If you’re short on time, the best thing you can do is multitask. That might sound daunting, but we’re not suggesting you take your coffee and toast into the shower or drive while attempting to apply mascara (please don’t do that). We mean find products that do more than one thing — face wash that exfoliates (or better yet body wash that’s gentle enough for your face), cheek stain or bronzer that can be used on lips and/or eyes — you get the idea. The more you can do in one shot, the faster you get out the door. Take Red Flower Active Organic Milk Forest Purifier ($32) into the shower with you to wash both face and body.
Skip heat styling
If you really don’t have time, think about opting out of blow drying. We know that might sound scary, but if you’re able, go for a simple braid or beachy waves instead. Otherwise, keep yesterday’s blowout going strong by adding some dry shampoo to your regimen to revive your locks instead of starting fresh. Try Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Glistening Dry Shampoo and Body Powder ($20).