12 Beauty Hacks To Help You Speed Up Your Morning

12 Beauty Hacks To Help You Speed Up Your Morning

If a lengthy beauty routine is costing you sleep time, these hard-working products and clever hacks will help you streamline your morning routine so you feel great, look groomed and are ready to go – fast.

1. Use Highlighter To Enhance Everything 

Mix a liquid highlighter into foundation, moisturiser, body cream or your balm for a pretty glow on cheekbones, shins, arms, brows – wherever. Make-up artists say it’s a great way of enhancing your make-up (and limbs) at a pinch.

TRY: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid; Huda Beauty N.Y.M.P.H; Zoeva Liquid Light Drops

2. Invest In A Balm

Foundation gone patchy? Skin feeling dry? Brows need taming fast? Look no further than a thick, rich balm, which is also perfect for massage, travelling, mixing with moisturiser and generally helping to solve all your beauty needs. 

TRY: MOA The Green Balm; Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm; Decleor Cica-Botanic Balm

3. Get Clever With Your Concealer

Use your concealer to cover up dark circles and redness, but also to highlight your T-zone. It’s a trick recommended by make-up artist Patrick Ta when time is at a premium. Grab a colour that’s a few shades lighter than your complexion and blend it across the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, and onto your chin with a dampened Beautyblender. It takes seconds and is really effective.

TRY: Uoma Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer; Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer; IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 

4. Apply Dry Shampoo The Night Before

Hair stylist and expert Kristin Ess advises using your dry shampoo (from roots to ends) before you go to bed and sleeping with your hair in a bun for lasting volume and texture the next day. Sleeping with it spritzed in also helps soak up any oils that appear overnight – the tossing and turning on your pillow helps to distribute the product evenly throughout the hair for a cool, lived-in-finish, like a day-at-the-beach hair. 

TRY: Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo; Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo; Batiste Dry Shampoo

5. Utilise Your Beauty Sleep

More and more brands are launching overnight tanning masks. The benefit? You wake up with a subtle, believable glow that means you won’t have to put as much make-up on in the morning when you’re rushing out the door. The latest formulas also contain just the right amount of tanning agent, DHA, so you never have to worry about waking up orange. 

TRY: James Read Sleep Tan Mask; Vita Liberata Self-Tanning Night Moisture Mask; He-Shi Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm

6. Spritz A Little Water On To Hair

We’ve been recommended this tip by several stylists – spritz your hair with a little water if you’ve previously used styling products (think balms, mists and salt sprays) the day before. It works to reactivate yesterday’s product so you don’t have to pile on more (which can weigh down your hair). Scrunch your strands as you spray for extra texture.

TRY: Hershesons Almost Everything Cream; Herbivore Sea Mist Texturising Salt Spray; Playa Endless Summer Spray

7. Try This Eye Trick

Make-up maestro Mary Greenwell recommends filling in the gaps between lashes – it’s the easiest (and fastest) way to give the impression of fullness. How? Gently pull up your lid and trace along the water line with a slanted brush dipped in gel or kohl. 

TRY: Morphe Gel Liner in Jet; e.l.f Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil; Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Colour 

8. Boost Your Hair’s Volume Fast

For speedy sleekness, stylist Jen Atkin recommends brushing your hair forward as you dry it (over your shoulders) with a paddle brush. This works to create tension and volume at the roots as your brush dries the hair straight.

TRY: GHD Paddle Brush; Aveda Wooden Hair Paddle Brush; Denman Paddle Brush

9. Play With Skincare As Replacement Make-Up

If you want to try the glossy lid trend, but are in a rush and don’t want sticky balms attaching to your hair, reach for your skincare. Take a hydrating serum and apply a few layers to your lids. It’ll leave you with a naturally glossy, hydrated effect in seconds. Plus, the formula is likely to last longer than make-up which often creases and smudges after a few hours. 

TRY: MILK Watermelon Brightening Serum; Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Serum; It’s Skin Power 10 GF Serum – Moisturising  

10. Create Your Easiest Smokey Eye Ever

No time to create a smokey eye? Try dabbing a cotton bud into your moisturiser, then use it to smudge black kohl (or any colour liner) along your lash line. Not only will this encourage a natural ‘slide’, it will also give you a worn-in eye that’s effortlessly cool for both day and night.

TRY: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil; Rimmel Ultimate Kohl Kajal Liner; Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour Pencils 

11. Use Products That Double Up

Especially for your eyes. Right now, we’re loving Surratt’s Inner Light Baton. One end cancels waterline redness while the other adds a touch of glimmer to inner-eye corners, giving a brightening effect instantly.

TRY: Surratt Inner Light Baton; Youngblood Eye-Illuminating Duo Pencil; Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shadow Liner

12. Fake A Glow In 60-Seconds

Looking washed out, even after a good night’s sleep? Mix one daub of a tinted cream, like This Works Energy Bank Sun Flash into your moisturiser to add warmth and glow in seconds. 

TRY: Pixi H20 Skin Tint; Cover FX Custom Cover Drops; This Works Energy Bank Sun Flash

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