Some days, you feel like time hates your guts and you know it must be true because you’re still in bed feeling disoriented and immobile when you have to be fully-dressed and out the door in ten minutes flat.
If I had four legs and a tail, this would be me, every morning of my life since I started work. It’s uncanny.
It’s hard to get gorgeous in a situation where you feel as if your mind and senses have left the building, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few quick tips I always stick to when I’m running a little behind schedule (which happens a lot – maybe I should name this post Minty’s Daily Routine instead -_-).
3 IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU’RE SHORT ON TIME
- ASSESS – Be honest with yourself! Is your hair really that oily? Are your brows sparse? Do you REALLY need that much concealer? Some people are going to need more coverage, some will need less, and others can just skip straight to eyes and cheeks.
- PRIORITIZE – Do you really need eyeshadow today, or can you do without it? What about foundation, or eyeliner? Do you really need to be dressed to the nines? Cut steps where you can.
- MULTI-TASK – What items do you have that could help you cut a few corners (light-coloured creamy eyeshadows can double as a highlight, and choose a tinted moisturiser with SPF in it)?
Know your face au naturale and know what looks effortlessly good on you. Take these things into consideration as you tailor this quick guide to suit you.
Ultimately, your aim is to look less like:
NOT what you want.
And a whole lot more like:
Definitely what you want.
- Put your hair up in a bun or a ponytail (at the crown of your head or to the side, doesn’t matter, whatever you think looks best). A quick, simple braid is another chic option if you are deft with your fingers.
- Use a headband or tie a colourful scarf around your head to detract attention from your oily roots.
- If you simply MUST wear your hair down, spray some dry shampoo at the roots to give yourself some lift and oomph. My favourite one is by Klorane, which is paraben-free. Don’t have dry shampoo in your beauty cabinet? Use baby powder, it works just as well. Leave in to absorb all the oil from your scalp whilst you move on to your makeup.
PUTTING YOUR FACE ON
- SKIP THE FOUNDATION. Make a beeline for a tinted moisturiser because it eliminates 3 steps for you by moisturising, providing sun protection, and evening out your skin tone. I use Laura Mercier’s oil free tinted moisturizer with SPF20.
- ALTERNATIVELY/OR if you have an extra minute or so, break out your concealer and spot treat acne scars and pimples if you need it; cover your dark eye circles and any redness at the sides of your nose, mouth, and/or chin. This makes a huge difference to your complexion. I use a mix of Garnier’s anti-dark circle eye roller, YSL’s touche eclat and Benefit’s Erase Paste.
- Dust on a light coat of SETTING POWDER so your face doesn’t melt off while you’re rushing about. My favourite drugstore option is by Physicians Formula, because its swirls of green, pink and yellow help to further eliminate any imperfections in my skin. It’s also made of natural products and is talc-free, which is an added bonus!
- Have some extra time? Sweep a neutral eye colour on your lids. One colour is enough – but stick to earthy tones, because these work on everyone with minimal effort and blending. If not, SKIP THIS STEP.
- DAB ANY GOLD, PINKY-BEIGE, WHITE OR SILVER eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes so your eyes look bright and awake. Also sweep the same colour along your brow bone, to give your eyes a bit of definition.
- SKIP EYELINER if you’re running short on time and go straight for MASCARA, simply because eyeliner can be a little fiddly especially when you’re rushing against the clock. Curl your lashes and apply a thick coat of your favourite mascara.
- Do you have sparse eyebrows? You might want to fill them in quickly. Tap a small angled brush in an eyeshadow that suits your colouring or a brow powder, and dot this along the length of your eyebrows to make them appear fuller, which in turn makes you look more pulled together. Brush this out with a spool brush to get that natural effect. (Don’t know what a spool brush is? Click here to find out everything you need to know about makeup brushes!)
- SWIRL ON SOME BLUSH. Sweep your favourite blush on the apples of your cheeks to give your face a bit of colour, apply a sheer lipgloss or lipbalm and you’re DONE!
- NOTE: IF YOU’RE JUST GOING TO BE OUT FOR A QUICK CASUAL THING, SKIP EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST, POP ON SOME HUGE SUNNIES AND SWIPE ON SOME LIPGLOSS FOR A DRAB-TO-FAB TRANSFORMATION THAT TAKES 2 SECONDS!
- KNOW THE DRESS CODE. Know where you’re going, and how to dress appropriately for the situation and/or venue.
- STICK WITH NEUTRALS today, because you don’t have time to dawdle and wonder if everything matches.
- WHITE SHIRTS ARE VERSATILE & STYLISH and can be paired with literally anything and dressed up or down accordingly.
- If you’re hurrying for a casual setting, you’re lucky. You can get away with shorts, jeans, or a cute skirt. If you’re in a hurry for work, pull on some black pants or an A-line skirt, tuck your shirt in, and you’re good to go.
- Accessorize appropriately. Hoop earrings or boho-style earrings, on-trend necklaces and stacks of bracelets and rings are good for a casual setting, whereas a professional setting calls for more subtle pieces such as pearl studs, a delicate choker necklace, and a watch.
- A colourful chiffon scarf is mostly appropriate for any setting (as long as it doesn’t contain profanities on it), particularly if you just want to add a pop of colour to your overtly monochromatic outfit.
NOW YOU’RE ALL READY!
“Hey there, good-lookin’.“
Brush out your hair if you have dry shampoo in it, put on your shoes, grab your bag, and head out the door to have a fabulous start to your day!