I know the feeling of late nights, early mornings, and battles of getting ready on time. It never feels good to be late, but we’re all guilty of stretching our time limits. I can remember that at some point in my life, I was a chronic snooze pusher. However, through the years of traveling with so many events lined up back to back, I’ve learned to condition myself to get better at it. I don’t like to compromise my sleep, so my only option is to trim down my mourning routine. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, I have some time saving hacks and tips to get ready faster in the morning.
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1. Have go-to pieces ready at a moment’s notice
I know this sounds silly, but I still get stressed out styling outfits even when I have several options to wear and a career as a fashion blogger. I know now that I do better when I have a few pieces I can turn to that boost my confidence and look flattering on my body. I’m all about that chic and elegant aesthetic so when I’m in a time crunch, I reach for classic pieces like trousers and blazers. This red suit is an example of something I would wear when I need to get ready fast!
2. Use multi-tasking products
My next tip is to use multi-tasking beauty products, such as lip and cheek tints, tinted moisturizers with skincare benefits and SPF, or texturizers that double up as hairspray or dry shampoo. Products that serve multiple purposes can cut your getting ready time drastically. This can make a big difference when you only have 10 minutes to get yourself together.
3. Keep your makeup simple
I’m definitely a makeup girl and I love everything from eyeliner to eyeshadow, bronzer to highlighter, and foundations. However, when you’re in a rush, using everything as you normally would isn’t exactly practical. On days I’m rushing, I keep my eyeshadow minimal and just add several coats of mascara. Forget the bronzer, highlighter, and blush trio. I’ll usually just stick to one. As for my lips, that’s done on the go.
4. Learn to use your hair tools fast
Thank goodness I have learned how to master quick waves. I think it’s about getting a feel for your tools and then getting used to them. I’ll usually wrap the front few pieces around a curling wand for a few seconds, finger comb through the strands, and spray in a texturizer. As you can tell, it takes no time and still looks good. Also, a good quality blow dryer is essential and usually cuts drying time in half!
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5. Prepare what you need the night before
My last tip is to prepare what you can the night before. This isn’t always realistic but it helps tremendously. The most simple things like making your breakfast the night before, packing your bag of clothes, laying out your shoes, or making sure your documents and business cards are in your handbag give you more time to get ready.
And that’s all for tips from me. If you have any tips to get ready faster in the morning, please let me know in the comments section!
Photos by Felicia Lasala.
Location: La Peer Hotel.