How to streamline your morning beauty routine

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… and get out the door faster.

Getting ready to go out (or to at least get out of the house) during a Friday or Saturday night looks completely different from your weekday morning routine. I mean, I’m just assuming here, but it’s definitely the case for me.

The “weekend beauty routine” often involves taking your time, maybe listening to some music. That’s kind of what makes “getting ready” fun, isn’t it? Getting ready to go out for drinks or dinner after a long week is often half the fun of the whole “going out” thing, no?

Now, the weekdays on the other hand… things tend to look a little different. Even though I’d definitely consider myself an early riser (as you can probably tell from a few of my posts about some of my life-changing morning rituals) so I almost never find myself being in a hurry. I would, however, be lying if I said that I don’t, at times, find myself rushing out the door.

So… let’s talk about a few obvious and those not-so-obvious tips for streamlining your morning beauty routine and getting out the door on time.


Yes, multitasking can be a productivity killer (and we all think we’re good at it although that’s not necessarily true) but when it comes to your beauty routine, multitasking products are very much welcomed. Tinted moisturizers, cream bronzers, lip & cheek tints… and the list goes on. To this day, I still sometimes go with my good old high school makeup routine and mix a bit of foundation with a lightweight moisturizer and apply it to my face with my fingers, for minimal coverage. It makes things easier and takes about a minute.

The "no makeup" makeup is all about fresh skin and enhancing some of your best features.


Most of you probably know that when, on occasion, you get busy and end up not getting enough sleep + water, and your diet goes to sh*t… it all immediately starts to show on your skin. Unless, of course, you’re one of those lucky freaks of nature who can sleep with makeup on, eat all the french fries you want and still wake up to a flawless skin (first of all, how dare you?!). This is one of the reasons why I always keep a big jug of water on my nightstand. As soon as I wake up, I reach for it and drink a good amount of water. This way, I get my first liter or so out of the way.

And, just because it’s not the weekend, it doesn’t mean that you can’t sneak in a little pampering here and there into your morning beauty routine. Whenever my skin feels very dry, I grab Patchology’s FlashMasque sheet masks. I know what you’re thinking- a facemask on a Tuesday morning? Who has time for that? Well, with these all you need is 5 minutes. The same thing goes for their eye gels, which I’ve been using for years. I usually keep them in the fridge and they work SO well whenever I wake up with my eyes looking a bit puffy.

I almost never reach for makeup-removing wipes (especially not to remove makeup, that’s what my cleansing balms and oils are for) but I really like these Spa Water cloths and they’re great to use when I don’t have time for my usual multi-step morning skincare routine. I just splash my face with cold water, follow up with these cloths that cleanse and nourish the skin and finish with sunscreen. Always remember the sunscreen.


You’d think that at some point, during my life-long struggle with hair that’s naturally very oily (think Professor Snape) I’d figure out how to make dry shampoo work for me. Well… I kinda did. I always ended up with either tons or residue on my scalp, or my hair looking matte and lifeless due to my constant product layering because no amount was enough to absorb the oils. The secret, it turns out, is to use the dry shampoo before going to bed. I find that it prevents my scalp from producing excess oil overnight and I have less work to do in the morning.

With longer hair, I’d also put a bit of a texturizing spray in my hair, put it up in a bun and wake up to perfect “undone, but done” hairdo. It’s best to use hairpins when doing this, instead of a hairband to avoid creases and bends in your hair. Now that I have short hair, those loose curls/waives aren’t so easy to create. One, I can no longer put my hair in a bun, and two, curling it takes me way too long to do it in the morning and the curls themselves.. well, because of my blunt cut, they just end up looking a bit too curly. What I like to do instead, is quickly curl my hair at night with a wand. In the morning, the curls are nice and loose, and all I need to do is finish off with a texturizing spray or a pomade.



We just talked about organizing + keeping your collection clean in this post. Keeping some of your most-used and loved products in one place helps keep things simple. The key is to stay organized and always put them back in their place- it’s the simplest way to avoid having to go through your three makeup bags to find your favorite concealer. False eyelashes, full coverage foundations, and bold lipsticks are all products I don’t usually reach for on a daily basis, so there’s no sense in keeping them “out.”


Everyone knows that cream formulas are pretty easy to work with- especially when you’re short on time. A similar principle applies to eyeliner: a pencil or pen liner is the way to go. Unless you consider yourself a pro, being in a rush and liquid eyeliner do not mix. Pen and pencil liners are much easier to work with. It also helps to keep a bunch of cotton swabs and a little makeup remover handy as well.


Learn from my mistakes, and go with pressed powder products when you’re in a rush in the morning. I can’t tell you how many times I was ready to leave the house, but had to set my foundation and spilled powder all over my clothes and ended up having to change my outfit. I guess that’s what I get for always wearing black.


Whether you spend 5 or 35 minutes getting ready in the morning, don’t let silly things (like a bad hair day) ruin your morning. Because then you’ll probably ruin your day, and then maybe someone else’s. Your smile is your best accessory that can work better than a “full-face” makeup. If you don’t always have the time to make yourself all pretty and put-together, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t be like the girl who almost ran me off the road the other week, while driving and trying to put on mascara. Or the guy I saw in traffic shaving his nose hair who yes, was also behind the wheel. Seriously. Don’t be that person.

Do you guys have any tricks for simplifying your morning beauty routine?


  • Reply
    Christine C.
    October 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

    My morning routine is pretty quick! I want to look the best that I possibly can in the shortest amount of time possible, ha! I love using a good two-in-one product like a lip that also doubles as a cheek color!

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    Lisa Autumn
    October 16, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Haha I had to laugh out loud.. I had so many accidents with loose powders when I was in a rush.. pressed powder is for sure the way to go!

    x Lisa |

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

      I have “accidents” pretty much every single day. One of the reasons why I can never wear white, haha. I’m seriously one of the most accident-prone people, ever.

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    October 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t really bother wearing makeup or styling my hair during the week (who’ve I got to impress – my dead-eyed coworkers?) so my routine is usually just a quick micellar water sweep, some eye serum, and moisturizer. Hair is always a bit of a rat’s nest so I just let it be and work with the whole “bedhead” thing as a #lewk.

    On The Cusp |

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Haha! Hey, simple is definitely the way to go. I love a good micellar water too- I actually found that it helps me a ton with my chronically dry lips, too, so it substitutes a lip scrub as well for me. I always wake up with dry lips, smh.

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    October 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I agree that your smile is your best accessory! I usually don’t spend too much time getting ready for work. Luckily my work environment is very casual, so I don’t have to spend much time putting on makeup or choosing an outfit!


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      Paula @
      October 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

      That’s awesome, Andrea, it must definitely take the stress out of getting ready in the morning! I just love doing those things for myself, not necessarily other people, haha. I love all things beauty just a bit too much. :)

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    Linda Libra Loca
    October 17, 2018 at 2:42 am

    My morning skincare routine is pretty simple with a focus on hydration to prepare for makeup. My hair is styled once and then I just work with the “loose curls” that stay unti the next wash and I stick to a makeup moutine that I can do half asleep. Everything is streamlined and I am out of the door within 45 minutes.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

      I wish my hair style lasted between washes! It’s usually pin-straight by the end of the day, lol!

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        Linda Libra Loca
        October 20, 2018 at 3:58 am

        I used to be that way too, but pregnancy changed the structure of my hair. It is now wavy, so it looks messy undone, but keeps a style way longer.

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    Danielle Alexa
    October 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I loved reading this blog post and it is perfect for somebody like me that spends far too much time getting ready in a morning!

    Danielle xx

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    Samantha Frances
    October 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I may have to try that overnight hairdo trick of sleeping in dry shampoo – my hair always goes flat overnight and takes sooo much work in the morning! Love the part about your smile being your best accessory – so so true <3 xxx

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    Naya //
    October 18, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I am loving your tips here, very useful! I actually now have a separate little drawer with my 3-min makeup essentials. Whenever I am short on time, I will dig into it and it has never failed me. Just everything you can pretty much slap on with your fingers and run out the door! Hope you’re having a great day, Paula xx

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Thank you, Naya! Ohhh that is perfect, having a little space with all essentials cuts down so much time when you own a lot of products.

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    Yara Mel Rozaay
    October 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Useful tips Paula! Loved your posts, always!!

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    Natalie Redman
    October 22, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Great tips and perfect for mornings when I realise I slept in!

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