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The next few weeks are inevitably going to be a bit hectic for me. The boyfriend and I are in the process of moving pretty far away from home and we also have a few trips planned, so there will be a good deal of early mornings and long days ahead.
Usually when I know I have to be somewhere that matters early in the morning I try to set my alarm earlier than I need to get up so I can leisurely get ready and feel like my normal self all day. Yet when the alarm goes off I just don’t know what happens. I just keep hitting snooze until it’s down to the wire. It’s like the little voice in my subconscious is telling me “shhhhh you don’t care if you look a mess, it’s fiiinnnne” But of course then I wake up and it’s not fine.
After having done this at least 10 bajillion times I have learned to get decent looking in under 20 minutes, and now I’m going to show you how I do it, because I KNOW I’m not the only one with snooze button issues.
Ok, so here we go! I timed this to make it legit.
Now first things first, you need to learn to anticipate the fact that you are going to be in a rush in the morning. So sleep with your hair in a way that will let you wake up with it looking decent. Clearly in your mad dash to get ready you won’t be washing it, so you should plan ahead.
For some this might mean putting it in a braid or in curlers, but for some reason those annoy me at night and I wind up taking it out just to get some sleep. Instead I wind it up into a little Whoville style bun right on the top of my head, and it seems to do the trick.
Once I let the hair down the ends are fairly neat and it has some shape, but the roots need some help. So before I even go near my face I hit my roots with some dry shampoo. That way it will sit in there and absorb all the oil while I do my makeup.
Ok so clip the hair off your face and then get started on the skin. I recommend a BB or CC cream, so you can combine three of your steps into one (SPF, moisture, foundation) I apply it with my hands, because it just seems faster and easier to me that way.
Once that’s on I head on over to the under eye area with some concealer. Normally I would use a corrector and then a lighter concealer over it to create dimension and highlight my face, but in 20 minutes that’s not going to happen so I just use a concealer with some correcting color in it like Benefit Erase Paste. Again I do this with my fingers because the warmth of your hands blends it faster and ain’t nobody got time for a tiny brush right now.
Ok time for brows. This is important because your brows frame your whole face. Look at what a difference they make compared to the picture with just the skin done. Crazy.
I don’t eff around with brow powders when I’m in a rush, I just grab my brow pencil and fill in the shape how I like it. Then I brush through them with the spooly brush on the end of the pencil to soften it and set them with a colored brow gel. Just a little time for a huge impact.
Ok so let’s be real, eyeshadow is not an option in the scenario, because that takes some time and precision. But naked lids often get really greasy so it’s a good idea to put just a primer over the lids. It doesn’t need to be precise so you can swipe in on in .5 seconds and it will keep things in control.
Then the key is to curl the lashes, and add quite a bit of mascara. Your lashes are going to be the only thing that is lining your eyes so make sure they are perky and well defined. Then because I was feeling like I still looked sleepy (and I was doing pretty well on time) I dipped my pinky into a subtle highlight color and dabbed it on my inner corners and gently blended it out.
Then I took the clip out of my hair, and used my hands to tousle it around a bit. The dry shampoo gave it some texture at the roots so just shaking it up a bit was enough to make it look presentable.
I took just one pump of my favorite hair oil and spread it through the ends of my hair with my hands to smooth it. The ends instantly get more tame when you do this, but since it’s on dry hair don’t go overboard because it might get greasy looking. If your hair is thin maybe even a half of a pump would be enough.
Then to really seal the deal, I like to pop on a bright lip. Nothing says “Look! I give a damn!” like a bold lip color. It looks very intentional, so even if your eyes are a bit plain or your hair is a bit shaggy, you still look put together.
Awww yeah baby, finished with time to spare! Is it the best I’ve ever looked in my life? Not even close. But for an early morning rush it’s not too bad.
Hope this helps on those mornings where you lost the battle with the snooze button!