Beauty Hacks to Cut Your Morning Routine in Half

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So often our days can turn into a ‘beat the clock’ situation. We have more things scheduled than hours to tackle them and a feeling of defeat becomes inevitable.

When the busyness invades, we tend to sacrifice self-care over anything else. Hey, that’s what dry shampoo was made for, right? Well, unfortunately, sacrificing those things can be the very reason we wind up feeling less than human. So today we’re sharing five beauty hacks to lessen your snooze button guilt and keep morning prep time to a minimum.

One: Moisturize the night before.

Developing a quick and simple nighttime ritual will expedite the morning process. And the key piece of this ritual is moisturizing. Not only will it provide a healthy glow overnight, but also the hydrated skin allows for fuss-free makeup application.

Two: After an evening shower, blow dry roots + braid damp hair.

This tip presumes you’ll shower at night. If that’s not the norm, give it a try and see what happens (those extra minutes of sleep may win you over). Once your hair is towel dried, blow-dry the roots to prevent any strange parts or cowlicks from appearing. Braid damp hair and sleep on it. When they’re taken out in the morning, you’ll have instant beachy waves. Just add a touch of holding spray to keep them in place all day.


Three: Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

Your hair and face spend (ideally) eight hours a night pressed against the pillow. And, the fact is, material matters. Switching to a silk pillowcase offers an extensive list of benefits: it helps skin retain moisture, decreases split ends (a.k.a. defeats bedhead), and is naturally hypoallergenic. So this luxurious fabric will literally improve your complexion while you sleep.

Four: Brighten with an under eye highlighter.

This is the ‘wake-me-up’ trick to instantly make it seem as though you’ve already had your morning cup of coffee. Whether you tend to go au naturale with coverage or lean toward a full foundation regimen, try this instead. Dab three dots of highlighter underneath each eye (choose one that’s about a shade lighter than your natural skin tone). Blend with a makeup sponge. This effectively draws attention to your eyes and banishes dark circles with minimal effort.

Five: Apply mascara with a spoon.

It always seems that applying mascara is 30% application and 70% cleanup. So, to cut out that frustrating second half, try holding a spoon beneath your lower lashes and above your upper lashes. Not only does the curve of the spoon act as a pseudo lash curler, but it also provides a barrier against stray mascara getting all over your eyelids.

Are there any other beauty tricks you’ve learned to save time in the mornings?

Images via Monica Outcalt

Based just outside of Boston, Leslie is the creator of one brass fox, a lifestyle blog exploring the dynamism of fashion, influence of beauty, and power of creativity. She adores brands focused on conscious consumerism, lives off hummus in all flavors, and makes a home with her husband, baby boy and two kittens.

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  • Sarah December 3, 2016

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Audrey December 2, 2016

    these are awesome tips!! never heard of the one with the spoon! wondering where these girls’ shoes are from though!?!?! 🙂

  • Justine December 1, 2016

    Have been wondering about ways to help cut time considering I wake up at 5:30 to leave the house at 6:30, but most often end up waking up at 6:20. Thanks!

  • Marie Therese December 1, 2016

    These are cool tips, especially about having a silk pillow case. I’ve feel so luxy 🙂 I definitely wash my hair the night before, and “usually” it looks okay when I wake up 😉

    xx, Marie

  • Charmaine Ng December 1, 2016

    I prefer to wash my hair at night anyway, so I’m all good for that point! Thank you for the tips… but are there really people who don’t moisturise both at night and in the morning? :O

    – Charmaine