Get out the door faster- how to simplify your morning beauty routine



Simplify your morning beauty routine.

Getting ready on a Saturday or Sunday morning is so much different from getting ready during the week. Isn’t it?

You know, you can’t take 30 minutes just to do your hair, while getting annoyed at those “are you ready yet?” questions. During the week, it’s more like constantly looking at your phone to check the time to see if you have enough time to do your eye makeup.

Okay, so I am an early riser and I’m almost never in a hurry- it’s just not something that I’m willing to give up for a few extra minutes of sleep. BUT, I’d be lying if I said that I don’t find myself rushing out the door at times.

These are a few obvious, and not-so-obvious tips on how to simplify your morning beauty routine.

Plan ahead

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it definitely helps quite a bit. Planning out your makeup and/or outfit the night before can save you A LOT of time. I also like to make sure that my laptop is always charging before I go to sleep, since I bring it to work with me everyday and that my bag is packed.

Putting your hair in a loose bun overnight

Styling hair is definitely a part of the beauty routine that takes up the most time, especially if you have long hair. One of the simplest ways to assure that your hair will look great in the morning, is to blow it out and keep it in a loose bun overnight.  Make sure that when doing this, your bun is in fact loose, and use a big hair pin, rather than a hair tie, to prevent any indents/creases from forming. Another cool way to refreshen your blow-out is to put velcro rollers in your dry hair, and take a shower (if you take showers in the morning). The hot steam from the water will help to curl your hair a bit and give it some shape. Now that my hair is short, I can’t really put it up in a  bun, but I like massaging some volumizing powder before going to sleep and using a texturizing spray in the morning. Sometimes I’ll use a curling iron and take big sections of hair and curl them away from my face, finishing off with a little hairspray before going to sleep. The next day, my curls are loose and slightly defined giving my hair some texture that helps to get that “undone, but done” bed head hair (with a little help from my texturizing spray).

Oily hair? Try using dry shampoo before you go to bed

On those days when you don’t wash your hair, use a bit of a dry shampoo before you go to bed. Using dry shampoo at night can help to prevent your scalp from producing excess oil. The fact that you rub your head on your pillow during sleep will help as well and will get rid of any excess product, preventing the powdery residue from forming.

Use a pressed powder instead of a loose formula

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.

Use a pencil eyeliner instead of liquid or gel formulas

Unless you’re great with makeup, you know that being in a rush and liquid eyeliner do not mix. You end up with uneven wings/lines and while trying to fix them you totally mess up, next thing you know, you need to take your eye makeup off because you look like a raccoon. Pen eyeliners usually work great for me when I’m in a rush (see some of my favorite and not-so-favorite pen eyeliners right here).  Also, it helps to keep a bunch of cotton swabs and a little makeup remover handy as well. Whenever I’m running late it’s almost always because I decided to use a liquid liner, last minute.


Keep your “beauty” space organized

This is something that I used to struggle with on regular basis. I’d finish doing my makeup, but wouldn’t have enough time to clean everything up. The next day, I can’t find my concealer or an eyeliner and I end up making even a bigger mess. What I started doing was keeping my “everyday” makeup products in a small bin right on my vanity. Because I have so much stuff, this makes things much easier for me; products like very full coverage foundations, intense lipsticks or false eyelashes are not usually ones that I reach for every single day, so it makes sense to keep them stored away.

Go for multi-tasking products

This is probably another point that might make you go “duh”, but it’s  helpful. I’m talking BB creams, tinted moisturizers, lip & cheek tints, etc. Products like these definitely come in handy when you’re in a hurry. Sometimes, I like going for one of those old tricks- mixing my foundation with a light moisturizer and applying it with my fingers. It gives me light coverage and fast, flawless application. Right now I also love reaching for these Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths from Ole Henriksen. When I don’t have enough time for my fancy 5 or 6-step morning skincare routine, I just splash my face with cold water, use one of these cloths and follow up with sunscreen. These are soaked with purifying eucalyptus and AHAs to exfoliate, remove dead skin cells, and smooth texture for a refined complexion.

I also can’t skip breakfast– even when in a hurry. Overnight oats or home made breakfast bars are my go-to options when I’m in a rush to get out the door.


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    Nicole Merza
    July 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Great tips! I’ll definitely be using some of these! :)

    Nicole | In The Life of NM // Enter My Giveaway!

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    Ambar Syed
    July 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Lovely tips – multi tasking products are honestly a god send – I love them, especially for the summer months! :)
    – Ambar x

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    Hannah McDonnell
    July 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Girl, I totally struggle with the “keeping my space organized!” I have a beauty box, but I still manage to have makeup all over the place! I feel think I just need to down size and give away products I just don’t use!


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    July 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Oh goodness my beauty space needs some desperate organization right now! I always seem to be running out the door anymore. :) I love love your point about pressed powder too. Haha nothing like having foundation spots all down your outfit…

    Kelsey |

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    July 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    My new motto when it comes to makeup is “less is more”. I always try to have some mascara on, because I love the look of it! But I skip the smokey eyes for days when I have a bit more time to get ready ;)

    xoRosie // Rosie’s Life

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    July 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Some great tips…also have major lipstick envy with that collection!!

    Agree with previous comments – mascara is a must for a minimal makeup look. Also, if you have wavy hair don’t brush it, use a wide toothed comb instead – keeps the curls without frizz!

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

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    Dagmara Klich
    July 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Planning everything and getting ready the night before it’s a must for me too if I want to do that eye makeup in the morning :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    Mikéla Davelyn
    July 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Great tips! I’ll have to start putting my hair in a bun at night as that sounds like it would be a huge time saver. Also, you are so right, loose foundation powder is the worst when you’re in a hurry – especially when you’re wearing a white shirt. Eeek!

    Hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

    xo, mikéla /

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    Dilara Bosak
    July 20, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I am definitely trying the hair trick tomorrow!! It always takes me the longest time to do my hair. Hopefully this will give me some extra minutes of sleep! Thanks!

    With love,

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    Katie S.
    July 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of putting your hair in rollers in the shower! What a great idea. I’m definitely going to have to dig out my rollers and give that a try! The steam makes my roots so limp and sad so I’m hoping that might help combat that a little. Thank you!!


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    July 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I am definitely not a morning person haha so this is so helpful! x

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    The Sunday Mode
    July 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I’m lucky that I can spend a bit more time getting ready nowadays (well, most days) but I would’ve loved reading something like this back when I was at uni and I was always struggling to get out the door. See my problem is that I do want those extra few minutes of sleep and then that choice bites me in the ass later!

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      Paula @
      July 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Haha yes, it’s a tough choice between extra few minutes of sleep and being able to take your time while getting ready :)

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    July 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thank goodness I don’t have to rush out the door early morning. But soon enough my routine is about to take a U-turn, these tips are going to come in handy. definitely need to keep my makeup organised. But I can never sleep with my hair tied, drives me nuts :(

    Sam || Beautydetour

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      Paula @
      July 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I know what you mean! When my hair was longer I used a plastic clip and put it up in really loose bun- so much better than using a hair tie!

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    Leah Rose
    July 21, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Setting up the night before is one of the best things I was taught.

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    Jasmin N
    July 21, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Loved these tips!
    The products that I use daily are separated from my other makeup products just because I’m like a zombie at 4AM when I have to get myself ready for work haha :D

    ♥: Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

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      Paula @
      July 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Jasmin! Haha I know how that feels, I once put an acne cream on my toothbrush in the morning haha ;)

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    July 21, 2016 at 3:28 am

    I am so bad at getting my hair done in the morning, I usually leave it to be fixed at work… (yeah, I know it is a bad habit, but…)

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    July 21, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I try to tidy up my make-up space once every week, so I’m mostly good on that side, at least. But I just never leave enough time to do something neat with my hair!

    Dorothy |

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    Cara E
    July 21, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Great tips! x

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    Lubna M Umar
    July 21, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Such a great post ! I am usually a punctual person LOL But sometimes I almost get late and these tips are pretty handy x

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    Emma Engmark
    July 21, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Such useful tips! I need to save some time in the morning, this come in handy ;)

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    Ela BellaWorld
    July 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Even though I wake up early, I tend to be late and in hurry to get ready, it feels like I am not using my time efficiently :) I make sure to wash my hair at night, otherwise it makes me lose so much time and takes ages to style it. Since I just moved, I need to go shopping to get things for organising my makeup, it is a big mess here at the moment :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Truc Pham
    July 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    These are such helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ariadna Morell
    July 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I usually sleep in braids so that my hair looks decent when I wake up, it saves me so much time in the morning! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    Holly @ Mellifluous
    July 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Loved the tip on putting your hair in a loose bun! I do this (in a fashion), but I clearly need to dry my hair and do the loose bun method to avoid those awful creases the following day!

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    July 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    An organised beauty space would help me out a whole lot when getting ready for uni haha!
    Kathy x

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    Gitana Deneff
    July 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Yup, planning ahead is actually something that SHOULD be a no-brainer for me but isn’t :( I need to plan outfits and stuff in advance really so I can just wake up and go. Good post!

    Gitana | Books & Bellinis | Instagram

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    Camille Grace
    July 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Love your photos! I can totally relate with keeping your vanity organized. Such helpful tips :)

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    August 2, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Indeed such useful tips! I truly agree that hair takes up most of our time and I have really long ones. I hope this helps me! Thanks for sharing :-)

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