Come on — ‘fess up: When the time crunch is on, deadlines need to be met, and your schedule is overflowing with family obligations, your beauty routine is the first thing to go. Luckily, with these quick beauty tips, you can find the time to look and feel good — and with that confidence, there will be no stopping you!
Open your eyes
If you don’t have time for a full-fledged makeup application, spend that one minute you do have on your eyes. Tame unruly brows with a tiny dab of hair gel followed by a brow brush for gentle shaping. Next, a little mascara will literally open your eyes and give the appearance that you’re ready to start your day (even if you could’ve used a few more minutes of shut-eye). To goof-proof your application and avoid wasting time removing unsightly blobs, gently use a tissue to give the applicator a wipe-down before you apply.
Love your lips
Forget the lip liner/lip brush/multiple coats routine when you’re running late. Tinted gloss or a lip stain is all you need to add a little shine and color. The best part? It can be applied while you’re running out the door, at a stoplight or when you just don’t have access to a mirror. Keep one in your purse and another in your desk to keep your lips kissable at all times.
Super stain: Lip stains stay put and offer long-wearing rich color without the sticky or heavy feel of other lip color options. We love Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm ($23), a stain on one end and emollient balm on the other that you can wear alone or over the stain. Try Guava, a rich reddish-pink.
Go-to gloss: We can’t live without lip gloss, the simplest way to get your pout looking kissable. Try Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink ($7), a smooth and never-sticky shine-enhancing gloss.
Take 10 for your skin
You can add clear, healthy skincare to your regimen — and all it takes is ten minutes once a week (surely, you can spare that on a Sunday night). Apply a mask best suited to your skin type and either relax while you let it work its magic or use those ten minutes to send an email, paint your nails, make a to-do list for the week or pick out your outfit for Monday morning. Try these masks for a variety of common skin care concerns:
Blemish-busting: Minimize blemishes with Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask ($20), a gentle non-drying formula that helps prevent breakouts and keeps skin shine-free.
Super-hydrating: Ditch dryness with Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Mask ($45), which works to pull moisture into the skin cells providing mega-hydration for thirsty skin.
Skin-smoothing: Lately we’ve been loving Ole Henriksen Firm Action Mask ($27), a delicious-smelling mask that provides instant lift and refines skin texture.
Pull double-duty beauty
Try adding some multi-tasking products to your repertoire to minimize prep time. For instance, try moisturizer that doubles as sunscreen, lip color that can also be used on the cheeks or eyes or body wash that can be used as shaving cream. Every step you save will minimize stress. Product pick: Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Raspberry Crush ($24), a vibrant pop of pink, perfect for summer. This combo lip and cheek color makes getting pretty a snap — simply swipe over lips and cheeks for a healthy, fuss-free glow.
Say bye-bye to bed head
If you’re a nighttime washer, in the morning you’ll most likely need a pick-me-up. Use a spray bottle to spritz your hair with water to slightly dampen, then comb through a dab of anti-frizz cream using your fingertips. Try Fresh Sake Hair Cream ($26) to fight frizz and add sheen. A ceramic straightening iron is the finishing touch to tame down any stubborn flyaways, or even better, slide on a funky headband for a sleek, stylish look.
Simplify your on-the-run makeup routine
For days when you’re in a hurry, keep a separate go-to makeup bag containing a neutral palette of foundation, blush and eye shadow that will make for a foolproof application, rather than rifling through your massive collection of hues to find the perfect color combo when the clock is tickin’.