With a million and one things to worry about as you roll out of bed late, let’s take a look at how you can reduce the time your spend primping and preening.
One of the most difficult things about this time of year is leaving the house while it is still pitch black and returning in the evening time when it’s equally dark. For many of us, this means a difficult choice between getting extra snooze time or arriving in work looking like you’ve let a toddler do your makeup.
Have your cake and eat it too by figuring out where you can cut valuable minutes out of your morning beauty routine.
1. The Edit
If your alarm clock fails to go off and you’re scrambling around your room in a rush, the last thing you need is heaps of cosmetics to rifle through before you head out the door.
Set aside a small box or area where you keep you bare essentials and tools so that you know exactly where to find everything in the morning.
Top Tip: Keep an emergency kit at your desk or in your car in case after work events or meetings pop up unexpected.
2. Eyelash Extensions
The eyes are arguably the most important feature on our face, and are a big indicator of our overall health.
To ensure your eyes always imply you have had plenty of well-rested sleep (rarely the case) pay special attention to your peepers in the morning.
Our favourite beauty hack to appear alert at all times is a set of false lash extensions. Fake your way to doe-eyes by paying a visit to Dublin’s hottest lash boutique Christoph Eye Couture in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre where the makeup maestro will apply full-looking lashes that last for up to one month.
Top Tip: To open up and brighten the eye area, apply some white shimmer eyeshadow in the inner corners and on the brow bone.
3. Skip the Shampoo
You have probably heard of the ‘No Poo’ movement, where women are shunning over using hair products. If you’re tight for time in the morning, use a cleansing conditioner instead of a shampoo and conditioner. The result? Smooth, shiny hair in half the time.
Top Tip: Invest in a micro-fibre towel which drys your hair far quicker than the average towel.
4. Multi Tasking Heroes
Products that save both time and space in our makeup bags are winners in our eyes. For example, CC creams, cheek and lip tints, bronzers as eye shadows, etc.
Top Tip: Do you have a white eyeliner in your beauty arsenal? If not, it’s time to invest. A slick on the tear line instantly brightens up the eyes, or fill in the centre of your lips under lipstick for the illusion of a fuller pout. (We love Inglot's soft precision liner in No 31, €10.)
5. Bed Head
Do your hair the night before; this one we stole from Lily Aldrige (hey if it’s good enough for a Victoria’s Secret Angel it’s good enough for us). You are often less tired in the evenings so utilise time spent catching up on tv wisely by simultaneously doing your hair.
Top Tip: Investing in professional-grade hot tools will pay off dividends. For a salon-worthy blow dry, arm yourself with an InStyler which allows your to straighten or curl your hair with added shine and bounce.
Are you applying your concealer correctly? Minimise how much foundation you need by adding concealer in a triangle shape underneath the eyes. Bags be gone!
Top Tip: If you need more coverage, mix a few dots of your usual base into a blob of moisturiser and apply all over the face with your fingers - the heat from your fingers will naturally perk up your collection. Dust your t zone with translucent powder if necessary.
7. Hair Saviour
Conceal day-old hair by giving a good spray of dry shampoo to the roots and massage into the scalp. If you have brown hair, you can also brush a little eyeshadow in a matching shade on to your parting.
Top Tip: If you are all out of dry shampoo, simply rub a tumble dryer sheet to get rid of fly aways and stale-hair odour. (We love Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo, €2.59.)
8. Pout it Out
A bright coloured lip will distract from other sins such as tired eyes. According to research, women who rock a vibrant red lip always look more powerful and youthful - so if all else fails, ensure you have a tube of crimson colour stashed in your handbag for emergencies.
Top Tip: Run your foundation/powder brush over the lips before applying lip products to give them more staying power.