There is no doubt we are busier than ever. So if you feel you spend most mornings dashing around getting everyone ready while simultaneously trying to dry your hair and put make-up on, you’re not alone.
As a parenting expert and author of Mum Hacks: Time-Saving Tips To Calm The Chaos Of Family Life, I know just how difficult it can be to find space for yourself when you’re under pressure.
These clever tricks will help save precious minutes on doing your hair and make-up every morning and will ensure you look glam in half the time.
MAKE-UP IN MINUTES
Perfect packaging. Products such as moisturisers, which are packaged in pumps rather than fiddly jars and tubes with lids, are your best bet. They dispense the product quickly and won’t dry up or spill if you can’t find the tops.
Choose multitaskers. Find products that do two or even three things at the same time. Buy lip tints that double as blushers, mascaras that curl and lengthen and combination foundation and powder compacts.
Primed for success Use a make-up primer. It may sound counterintuitive to add an extra step before you have even started putting on make-up but a primer is quick to apply and blurs imperfections such as large pores and lines. This ensures make-up lasts longer, saving you touch-ups later in the day.
Act natural. Choose shades that are as close as possible to your natural colours. When you’re in a rush, applying bright scarlet lipstick is going to take a lot more time than a subtle lipgloss that is similar in colour to your own lip shade. Buy make-up in tones as close as possible to your colouring so they are easier to put on and any mistakes won’t be so noticeable.
Go tinted. Choose a tinted moisturiser rather than foundation. Tinted moisturisers or BB creams are great multitaskers, giving coverage, hydration and more often than not, sun protection. They can be applied with the fingers, without looking in the mirror if needs be.
Stay streamlined. Keeping cosmetics that you do not use will clutter up your dressing table and slow you down. Apply the wardrobe rule: if you have not worn it for a year, chuck it away – whatever the brand.
Bags of style. Keep a spare set of make-up basics in your handbag, preferably in a see-through bag. This means you can spot what is in there and can get to it fast when you need a touch-up.
Stick ’em up. The easiest way to keep your make-up essentials such as a cream concealer, gel blush and lipgloss at your fingertips is to use Blu-Tack to stick them to the wall next to your mirror. You could do the same with a magnet and use it to keep tweezers and nail scissors to hand.
Go professional. You will save hours if you invest in a professional hairdryer. While it may cost more (salon models start at around £60, compared with the usual £20 when bought on the high street), it will be worth it because professional models have much stronger motors and dry hair much faster.
Use the nozzle. The nozzle is your secret weapon when it comes to speedy hair drying. Attaching it concentrates the air flow and channels heat directly to where you need it. It also flattens the hair cuticles – the tiny scales on the outside of each strand – making them lie flatter so your locks look shinier.
Don’t start too soon. You will end up wasting time if you try to dry your hair while it is still sopping wet. Instead rub with a towel until it is 70 per cent dry. This way you will have more time to style it the way you want it.
Get organised Blow-drying can be boring. The result is that we adopt a scattergun approach, switching from one side to the other and changing the direction of our brushing and drying. Be methodical and divide your hair neatly into four sections – one at the top of your crown, one at the rear and one on each side. Dry each section one at a time.
Use the right brush. Use a vented hair brush to style your hair as you dry. This allows air to circulate, speeding up the process. When it is completely dry, give it a blast of cold air to close the hair cuticles and seal in the style.
Ready steady glow. Apply fake tan last thing at night over your moisturiser. You will wake up looking healthy and glowing and needing much less make-up.
Eyes have it. Make sure you take off all your eye make-up before going to bed. It is worth getting a good waterproof eye make-up remover to do the job thoroughly so your eyes are not bloodshot or irritated by mascara and eyeliner debris overnight.
Get lashed. Tint your eyelashes one evening when having a quiet night in. This means you shouldn’t need to bother with mascara in the mornings for a month. Keep bright eyedrops on hand to get rid of redness.
Tie it up. Put your hair in a ponytail or loose plait when you go to bed. That way it stands a better chance of holding its style overnight and should be relatively knot-free in the morning.
Magic massage. When you wash your face in the morning use your fingertips to massage the cleanser under your jawline and around your eye sockets and hairline to boost blood circulation and kick-start lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness.
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