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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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Haha, no it's ok.  He wasn't doing it in a way to compare me to his ex or put me down.  He was just offering some insight into what he knew about makeup application time.

 

Do you do the full 2 hr makeup/hair routine every day?

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I understand.  Looking good makes me happy too, but so does eating healthy (and cooking healthy meals), exercising everyday, and cleaning and organizing the house.  There's just not time for all of that everyday, so I feel like I have to pick and choose.

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It takes me 40 minutes in the morning to shower, blow dry my hair and put my makeup on.  20 of those minutes are putting makeup on and I put everything on my face.  I don't have any tips besides to keep moving.  I don't ponder what makeup I will use each day.  I kind of plan that out in my head when I chose my clothes the night before.

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I'm envious- shower, blow dry & makeup would take me about 3 hrs.  If I didn't ponder on what to use I could maybe save about 20-30 min.

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I've seen magazine and blog tips on quick makeup routines but they often involve skipping entire products. Like you I prefer a very put together look and don't like to skip products or steps. Usually I have to get up early but I can share some tips on what I do when I'm running late or just running errands. I like to go as makeup free as possible when I'm not working or "going out".

 

Firstly, figure out what you need most to look your best. I have sparse eyebrows and ALWAYS need to at least do a little bit of brow filling and enhancing. I read somewhere that blush will give any woman a healthy glow, so after years of not wearing blush as a teenager (probably didn't really need it anyways), I started to use it in my 20's and it is now indispensable. I find mascara annoying and used to never use it until recently when lash growth serum gave me better length to work with. I much prefer smudged eyeliner to mascara to enhance my eyes. If you are skipping eyeshadow, smudged and blended eyeliner is awesome. You can wear just eyeliner too if you prefer. What works for me may not work for you. Have dark circles? Your indispensable may be under eye concealer. My friend loves dark bronzer used across her cheeks and nose bridge as blush. I tried it and it looks horrid on me but absolutely adorable and elven on her. (Yes I said Elven, like the ethereally beautiful elves on Lord of the Rings. Her pointed nose and pixie small face has always reminded me of an elf. In a good way.) She rarely does more than bronzer plus single color eyeshadow with eyeliner. My lips are deeply pigmented enough to skip lip color if I want. Without going into detail about the washing part, let's just go with the actually cosmetic part. After washing, blah blah, I do foundation/concealer. Do my eyebrows. Then I apply blush and a quick buff of bronzer. Set everything with translucent powder, including the brows. If I'm skipping eyeshadow, I apply and a smudge dark brown eyeliner near the lashline, upper only. This enhances my eyes and gives it a slightly smoky effect near the lashes. My eyes look so bare without this step! Apply lip balm or tinted lip balm, lip gloss or chubby lipstick pencil. Any lip thing that doesn't require super precise application like a traditional lipstick. In the 90's, back when we wore brown lipcolor, I realized I could do a quick makeup look with just a brown eyeliner pencil and lip balm. I used a stiffer dual eye pencil softened with a lighter (they make them better these days and you can get hard eyebrow or softer eyeliner now), did the brows, eyeliner and smudge with finger, lined and dab some on the lip, apply lip balm and blend with finger. Haha. Those were the days when I was less neurotic about my makeup.

 

If you don't have bad skin texture or oily skin, skip primer! Great lashes? skip mascara or liner. I think most women can skip eyeshadow to save time unless they have very dark lids. healthy flushed cheeks? skip blush! Good luck!

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Here's my morning: Shower- wash and condition hair, wash face, wash body, shave every other day

I get out towel dry, spray a moisturizer on, deodorant, put product in my hair, put moisturizer on my face, blow dry my hair half way (I let it air dry the rest of the way and I don't curl or flat iron my hair), put face and eye primer on, brush my teeth, then I start on my makeup for the day.  Which is foundation/concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrows, blush, powder, lip gloss.  

haha phew!  It seems like a lot but I only have a 40 minutes in the morning before I need to get my kids up and ready for daycare.  I guess you just use the time you have.  If I could take longer I probably would! Smiley Happy

 

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I can't help you because like you, I do it slowly and precisely and would take upwards of two hrs! At least I know I'm not alone. Smiley Happy

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I skip acne treatment and serum in the morning cuz those work best at night anyways. I skip face wash and just wipe with a wet/damp towel, if my face is so oily I NEED to wash in the morning, that means I need to adjust my night routine. So for me it's:

- moisturizer with SPF

- hydrating or mattifying primer (depending on the season).

- TM, BB cream, foundation OR concealer on problem areas only depending on coverage.

- eyeshadow OR eyeliner

- powder or spray

- tinted lip balm.

 

I only do eyeshadow or eyeliner, and I usually don't wear mascara, blush (I've got too much naturally) or eyebrow stuff (I've got thick eyebrows). If I'm picky it takes me an hr, but 10-20min usually and my morning routine is usually just moisturizer + curled lashes + tinted lip balm (bonus, I can skip makeup remover step at night).

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On work days I tend to default to my quick beauty routine because I run out of time to do more. My absolutely minimal makeup essentials would be blush, mascara, and lip gloss. I feel like they really make your complexion come alive and can be applied in a matter of minutes (or even in the car while I'm on my way to work if I'm running super late). If I have a few extra minutes I will add in a BB cream, eye primer, and eyeliner. 

When I'm going out for the evening, or on weekends it probably takes me about 30-40 minutes to do full-face makeup, with the majority of that time being spent on my eyes. I love eyeshadow, especially experimenting with different colors and blending/shading, but it's a tedious process, and one that's often too time consuming for my everyday routine.

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Agreed! A few extra minutes awake can save others life and your own!

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It takes me just under an hour from waking up to being out the door in the mornings- and I shower, wash/dry/style hair, and do a full face of makeup and skincare.

 

My best timesavers:

  • Decide on your outfit and makeup the night before, and lay it all out. Not having to make decisions makes things quicker.
  • You can multitask- For instance, I wash my face while the shower is heating up, and while the mirror is defogging in there, I'm elsewhere doing the rest of my skincare prior to tackling my hair (which is a giant time-suck).
  • If I didn't do my hair, I could be out the door in less than 20 minutes.  Weekdays aren't a time to experiment- save that for when you have time.

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A full face of makeup for me, if I am REALLY trying to perfect everything and use a ton of color, is about 45 mins to an hour. I've done a lot of weddings & fashion shows where I have much less than that to create a whole look, so I've gotten pretty good under the gun Smiley Wink

 

An every day look, I can get done in about 10-15 minutes. I have 2 girls that require a LOT of my attention in the mornings, so unless I want to wake up before them (which I DONT, i absolutely love my sleep) I have to be quick about my routine. That includes foundation, blush/bronzer/highlight, eyes (shadow, liner, mascara, brows) & lips. My one tip is not sitting down at my vanity in the mornings. I grab my products & do my makeup standing up. Once I get comfy, its all over & I can sit there forever! You might want to do a quick search on youtube for "5 minute makeup challenge" where beauty gurus try to get everything done in, you guessed it, 5 minutes! Its pretty fun to watch and a bit inspiring to see a full face done that quick!

 

xo, Mia

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It takes you 2 hours just to do your makeup? Hmmm.....when I do a full face it takes me 30-45 min, and that's we me really taking my time. When I watch professionals on youtube do a full face, it takes them 15 minutes or less. Do you have everything organized? If you have all of your makeup in one big bag that you have to go through to find a specific item, try updating how you store your makeup. I know that when I switched from storing my makeup in one big makeup bag to a small makeup box with 8 drawers, my getting ready time got cut by more than half. Also, try to have one little makeup bag with one complete look--that way, if you don't have the time to look around your stash and figure out what goes good with what, you can just reach for this one bag and have everything you need.

 

Like someone else said, unless you just worked out or didn't wash your face the night before, or unless you have oily skin, you don't need to wash your face in the AM.

 

And get some good cream shadows, I find that it takes me SOOO much less time to get ready when I am using cream shadows instead of powder. Quickly swipe over lid with clean fingers or brush and GO.

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My usual morning routine which is really just the basics (wash, acne treatment, moisturizer, foundation, concealer) takes me about 20-30 min.  If I were to do my full face, it takes at least 1 hour and sometimes 2.  I have everything super organized (OCD style).  I'm just really slow when it comes to doing things with precision I guess.  But with the tips everyone has suggested, I think I'll be able to improve my time/efficiency.  

 

One big problem is that I have very oily/acne prone skin (we're talking change the pillow case every 2 days).  Because of my acne, it's always a surprise in the morning on what my face will look like.  Sometimes I have a lot of blemishes, so more concealer is needed (and the ones hiding under my jaw line or close to my ears are a real pain).  Sometimes my skin is flaky or my pores are really dilated, so it can be difficult to get foundation to cover well.  And I've given up on trying to conceal my dark circles under my eyes, so I'm trying different eye cream treatments as a way to try and remove them somewhat.

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Have you tried a new moisturizer?  I have that problem too.  Almost 29 and still have acne like a teenager.  It's worse now than when I was a teen actually.  Moisturizing a lot helps, but it's like a second job to remember. Smiley Wink

 

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Yeah I experiment with different moisturizers, and I've found that I sometimes have to change moisturizers once my skin 'adapts.'  I've also started using oil (argan oil & similar types), and it really helps decrease my oil production actually and makes my face more smooth and manageable.  

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It's true. When you have acne prone skin, just the basics take forever because flawless skin is the most beautiful of all. So of course concealing blemishes and hyperpigmentation and setting the makeup is so important. Plus being perfectionist means you dwell on things other people just don't see. I've spent many a minute overly applying concealer just to realize I just caked it on or applying so much brow pencil that now my eyebrows are super dark. I recommend taking a step back from the mirror and doing a once over when you find yourself obsessing! You'd be really surprised how easy it is to get perspective and be like,"What am I doing?!" Also a small alarm clock on the counter helps. I always forget the time when I can't see it.

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If I add the time it takes to curl my hair, my morning routine would be 2 hours as well because it's just so thick and there's so much of it.  So I can sympathize!!  Straightening my hair only takes an extra hour instead of an hour and a half.  I may not have the greatest curling iron in the world.  Smiley Wink A full face of makeup takes me 30-40 minutes. 

 

Could you possibly cut back on the time it takes to get ready by showering and washing your hair after work?  Then you only have to straighten your hair in the morning.  I started doing that and only washing my hair every other day.  It's a lot healthier now and saves a lot of time in the morning!

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Yes, I definitely shower and wash my hair at night and that saves a significant amount of time (and since I'm not a morning person, I would likely fall asleep in the shower, which would not be a time saver to say the least).  And luckily I have stick straight hair, so my time spent on my hair in the morning is very minimal.  

 

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Lucky!  I always wanted stick straight hair and I'm only just now learning to love my waves.

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A full face makeup for me could take anywhere between 30-45 minutes. I like to make sure my makeup is well blended and that everything is prefect before I set my makeup and go. If you really want to save some time, you can always skip eyeshadow and just line your eyes, or go with a paint pot or creme eyeshadow all over the lid to save some time there. If I want to save time, sometimes I don't do my hair, I just comb through it. If I feel like my hair needs a little something, I would use my B&B surf spray to give a bit of texture to my hair. 

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