Nothing beats those five extra minutes of sleep after hitting the snooze button. Sometimes I push mine two or three times, which leads to a late start and a frantic race to get ready for the day.
I've tried several tricks to speed up the glam process without sacrificing my look, but here are my top 10 hacks to help your morning run smoothly:
Drying your hair with a 100 percent cotton tee-shirt or microfiber hair wrap will cut drying time in half. They are doing twice as absorbent and keep your hair out of your face while you're doing your makeup. When getting ready for the day, do your hair last to cut down on blow drying time.
Work texturizing spray or cream evenly through damp hair, then separate it into two braids and go to sleep. When you wake up, take the braids out, give your hair a shake and spritz some hairspray, and you will have instant, gorgeous beach waves every time.
Not patient enough to wait for nail polish to dry? Give this trick a try: paint your nails with one coat, wait one minute, spray them with cooking spray, wait 30 seconds, rinse with water and your nails will be instantly dry.
Tying your hair up in a turban scarf only takes seconds and looks flawless. Turban days are perfect for when your hair isn't cooperating. Click here to watch a tutorial of five easy and fashionable ways to wear a turban scarf.
Oily scalps make your hair look dirty and stringy. Spray dry shampoo close to your roots to remove any shine from grease or sweat. Instead of washing my hair, I use dry shampoo to make my hair smell and look fresh for days.
To make a homemade version, sprinkle and brush just a bit of baby powder or cornstarch on your hair. If you are brunette, mix in just a pinch of cocoa powder for the right pigmentation.
When dry shampoo won't cut it, but you don't have time to wash your hair, try rinsing just your bangs or roots in the sink and follow with a hair dryer.
Using the same cosmetic for multiple purposes can cut time and cost. Find blush that doubles as lip color, use mascara as eyeliner, concealer as lip primer and moisturizer for foundation primer.
Wrinkly clothes and no time to iron? Whip out that flat-iron! As you're straightening your hair, run it over the worst of the wrinkles to keep yourself looking sharp.
Getting the perfect wing on your eyeliner or avoiding a mess of mascara on your brow bone is tricky when you're running late. Try using an old credit card or business card to guide your eyeliner and protect your brow bone from a catastrophic mess.
Invest in a dual contouring palette and a flat brush. Run the brush down the middle of the dual palette. Brush across your cheeks with the highlighter side up. This will save you loads of time while still giving you a defined, contoured cheek and highlighted cheek bone.
Makeup is addicting. It compiles into a huge collection that litters your counter and takes forever to sort through. Get an organizer to find exactly what you need quickly and efficiently.
Don't sacrifice looking fabulous when time isn't on your side. I use these hacks daily. I also keep Q-tips and makeup wipes handy for a quick fix when disaster strikes. You'll be surprised at how much time you will cut out of your morning ritual with these tips.