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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 was thinking about this thread this AM and timed myself.  That said, I was rushed even more than usual and was out the door 42 minutes after waking up- and had time to make my bed and shower and do my hair, too.  Doing my makeup (not skincare) took 6 minutes for a full face. (concealer, foundation, powder, mascaras, eyeshadow, eyeliners, highlighter, blush, lip balm). 


It's all about finding a perfect, easy look that you can literally do in your sleep.  Then doing it over and over and over until your fingers just take over on autopilot, seriously.


That said, no way would I have been able to do get ready in that little time when I was in school.  I'm sure the moms out there probably laugh at my 42 minutes and think I'll learn when I have kids... time crunches make you faster, seriously!

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Wow, 42 min and you're out the door.  I honestly don't think I would ever be able to go that fast, especially if I were to shower in the morning.  It's true that time crunches can make you faster, but usually for me they just stress me out and make me screw up and then it ends up taking me longer.  If I had kids I would probably be crying in a corner most mornings!

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That's so true about how we ultimately make time for what is important to us.  I get annoyed when people insist that they don't have time for something, when in reality they are choosing  to not use their time for that something (and that's ok, just see it for what it is).  I could definitely choose to get up much earlier on workday mornings, so as to give myself more time to do eye makeup, etc., but I choose not to, since it's more important to me to just take the time for a clean face, even complexion, and most importantly oil free face (for as long as possible throughout the day).  Having said that, I would like to get things done faster so as to possibly branch out and do more makeup during the week (and still have my dedicated sleep time).  I've found that I need 7 hrs of sleep in order to be at my best physically and mentally.  

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Oh, I'll do a 5-minute face if I have to, but I LOVE spending time lingering over my routine. Ideally with all those layers (serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation, powder) I like to wait for each layer to sink in before adding the next, which probably takes the longest time.


Then since I'm acne-prone and dealing with a lot of post-acne scarring, getting the layers of concealer and powder just right can also take a long time. Applying foundation and setting powder doesn't take too long but sometimes I just love the feel of a big fluffy brush on my skin. Smiley Happy


Then I really go to town with my eyes, that section could take half an hour just by itself or possibly even longer. I love to play with colors and textures!


So if it's a lazy day I absolutely do not mind spending hours on my routine.


The key to my 5-minute face is to take absolutely no risks and not play around with anything.  I only use stuff that I know will definitely work (like a mascara that doesn't smudge, eyeliner that I know ahead of time will stay put and is easy to apply.  And for eye colors stay neutral and simple.

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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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