We’ve all had one of those mornings—maybe you overslept for an 8 a.m. class, forgot about an important assignment due that day or are rushing to work after a long night. To help you get out the door sooner, we’ve got some easy tips to trim your beauty routine. Whether you’ve got five, 15 or 30 minutes, here are some ways to quickly get yourself ready for the day ahead.
Streamline your routine
Even on more leisurely days, it always helps to choose and set aside your outfit the night before. The same applies for classroom necessities—gather everything you need the night before to avoid scrambling or forgetting things. If you consistently have trouble waking up or foresee running short on time, try showering at night instead of in the morning, especially if you have to compete with roommates for the bathroom.
The 5-minute routine
The goal: To avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed (even if you did). These efficient steps are designed to brighten your face while allowing you to squeeze out a few more minutes of beauty rest.
Face: Lightly sweep on a bright blush. A peachy or coral blush is perfect for giving you a subtle glow. Try shades like Milani Luminous or NARS Orgasm. Smooth on your favorite tinted chapstick, like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers, which come in a range of colors.
Eyes: Apply a shimmery brow highlighter under the ends of your brows and near your tear duct. Sweep a light pearl shadow across your lid. Neutrogena’s Mineral Sheers for Eyes duos combine two natural, shimmery shades.
Hair: Throw your hair into a loose bun and slip on a headband. If necessary, pin bangs to the side (especially convenient if you haven’t had time to wash your hair).
The 15-minute routine
The goal: To avoid looking hurried or rushed. Quick and effective, this routine is great for getting you to class on time, while looking put-together.
Face: Apply concealer to any spots or undereye areas, or tinted moisturizer if your skin needs it. Products like Maybelline’s Dream Mousse concealer work well in a hurry since they are easy to apply with your fingers. Sweep on blush and apply chapstick.
Eyes: Sweep a light shadow across your top lid and smudge a thin dash of liner on your bottom lash line. A pencil liner like Rimmel Special Eyes is the quickest option and will give you a natural looking line.
Hair: Wear your normal style, but give your hair some extra “pizzazz” by adding cute accessories—like decorative clips or headbands.
The 30-minute routine: Looking polished
The goal: To look calm and collected. This regimen is perfect for those days when you actually have the time and desire to dress up a little.
Face: Apply concealer or tinted moisturizer if you think it’s necessary. For the most coverage, blend with a brush. Sweep on blush—for a more dramatic look, experiment with bolder shades. Sweep on a shimmery highlighter above your cheekbones. Apply lip gloss for a more polished look.
Eyes: Sweep a light shadow across your top lid. Use a darker shadow near your lashline and blend. Line your top and bottom lash lines. For a more intense look, try a liquid liner like L’Oreal Lineur Intense. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. Shu Uemura and Shiseido make great eyelash curlers. For a polished look, try a lengthening mascara like L’Oreal Double Extend.
Hair: Try a new style—curl or straighten your hair, or experiment with trends like side braids.
Last modified: April 4, 2010