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Time Saving Tips?

I like putting on makeup and love how it makes me look afterwards obviously, but my limiting factor is time.  On workday mornings (mon.-fri.) I only have time for face wash, prescription acne treatment topical, serum/moisturizer, undereye cream, primer, foundation, concealer, & setting spray.  Luckily that only takes me about 20-30 min. which isn't too bad I suppose.  But if I ever want to do my full face (eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrows, lips, blush, etc.) that can take up to 2 hours.  So I'm curious to find out how long it takes all of you to put on makeup.  I'm a perfectionist and slow at doing things (not coordinated I suppose), which is a bad combo, because it takes me forever to get things done.  My boyfriend said he had an ex-girlfriend who could do her full face (heavy makeup, goth-like I think) AND hair and it would only take her about 20 minutes.  I couldn't believe that, but then again I'm often surprised at how quickly people can do things that take me forever.  If anyone has any time-saving tips, it would be much appreciated!

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I also like to wait for each layer to sink in.  While I'm waiting is when I'll be getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc.


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Full everyday face only takes me 20 minutes at most, if I don't dally and get sidetracked.  Hair takes 15 minutes as I blow dry with a diffuser and let the rest air dry so I don't get frizzy.  My "night on the town" makeup usually takes me an hour (it's hair that puts me into the 2 hour range for a night out, depending on what I do.


I'm a former burlesque dancer so high glam makeup on a tight schedule is something I had to master.  While I take my time for a night out, it helped get my everyday routine down to a short time span.  I do shower in the morning, though that changes depending on my work day.

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I was taking way too long getting ready in the morning and so I decided I needed to find a way to streamline what I was doing and still get the look I wanted. I am not a highly organized person by nature so I had to make some changes and stick to them.  The first thing I did was get all my cosmetics, skincare, tools,etc, organized and ready to grab.  I own many cosmetics and I now have them in a set of storage drawers organized by type.  I have a small container on my table top that has all the things I need to get my face done. When I am doing my evening skincare I put things in that box that I would like to use in the morning.   I have cups on my table that hold my eyeliners, tools, and brushes so I can easily find them.  I have a routine that I try not to deviate from. This keeps me focused.  I told my husband that he's not allowed to talk to me while I am getting ready unless it's truly important.  Getting sidetracked and distracted really eats up time. I generally don't try any new techniques or colors for the first time when I have to get out the door.  Those are things for the weekend or in the evening when I just want to play.  I can take a shower, do my skincare and complete makeup, style my hair and get dressed in 40-45 minutes.  If I have to rush out the door for whatever reason I have ways to make that shorter.  Trying to be organized and focused is the key.  So far, this seems to be working for me.

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Though I know this thread has covered mainly make up and even going in depth in terms of looking at things from a perspective of "making time" as opposed to just "finding time", yesterday after getting home from work I washed off my make up and put on a face mask. I then proceeded to cook and while I was boiling the pasta and stirring it, I let my face have a few short moments over the steam from the pot. I figured I would share this small tidbit because it's an added way to still multi-task and work efficiently (skin care/pampering while cooking) and the steam from the pot helps to open up pores and really let the face mask sink in better and nurture my skin. Smiley Happy



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I steam my face like that all the time! Then run to the bathroom real quick to apply a mask. 

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