Let’s face it, we’re all busy. Our lives can feel like a constant juggling act of work, family, friends, school, and romance. On a perfect Friday night, we’d have tons of time to get ready for a date. But we don’t live in a perfect world, do we? Usually—even on a date night!— our work days go longer than expected and when we get off, we still need to run by the bank, pick up our dry cleaning, and grab a couple things at the store.
So what do we do when our real lives don’t give us a full hour to get ready? How can we pull off a date-worthy look in a fraction of the time?
Here’s a game plan to pull it off:
1. Organize for 2 minutes.
Set out everything you need. Locate your hair products (dry shampoo, brushes, bobby pins, hair ties, etc.) and set them out in your hair-area. Locate your makeup and set it out wherever you do your makeup. Locate all your moisturizers and skin-prepping stuff (lotion, face moisturizer, primer) and put them on the counter next to your shower.
2. Throw your hair up, and take a 3 minute shower.
Even though a full, comprehensive shower may not be in the cards when you’re crunched for time, you’ll feel better to just wash off the day. Even if it takes 3 minutes, jump in and out. You’ll feel cleaner. Make sure to use a shower cap or throw your hair up— you won’t have time to wash and dry it. Use 60 seconds of this time to shave your underarms and lower legs, it’ll make you feel more comfortable on your date!
2. Drench everything in 60 seconds.
As soon as you towel-off, you’ll be glad all your moisturizers are waiting for you, ready to go. Put on your facial moisturizer first, then move to your body lotion. Then finish with your face primer (your facial skin should have absorbed the moisturizer during the time you were applying body lotion).
3. Use dry shampoo and style your hair in a design that’s good for dirty hair. (3 minutes)
Take your hair down, and spray dry shampoo along the root lines. Then apply a strong hold, matte-finish hair spray throughout. Use one of “hairstyles for dirty hair” and throw it in something like a low chignon, a side braid, or high messy bun. You’d be surprised how good dirty hair can look with all that texture in it. Now that you are done with your hair, all you moisturizer is soaked in and won’t cause you to feel sticky or sweaty. You can move on to makeup now that your skin is ready!
4. Do your “code red” makeup routine. (5 minutes)
Every woman should have three makeup routines— one longer version for a formal night out, one “normal” version for everyday makeup or semi-nice events, and one “code-red” version for the days you have no time. Your code red version needs to skip the luxury steps of makeup. Most of us do certain things twice in our normal makeup routines– multiple coats of mascara, applying foundation and powder, using two different kinds of lipstick/ lip pencil, using both bronzer and blush, or taking 10 minutes to apply cat eyes. When you are pressed for time, choose a one-step process for each facial feature instead of your usual routine. Skip all the double steps in your “code-red” routine. Choose bronzer or blush, but don’t do both. Choose an eye design that doesn’t need to be precise—for example, a general liner will do instead of the point-precision of winged liner. Use a high-coverage mineral makeup instead of using foundation and pressed powder. Choose one basic lip color or gloss instead of using lip liner, lipstick, and lip shine products. In short, pick one shadow, one liner, one lip product. Ditch the multiple-step processes.
5. Put on your best dress in 60 seconds.
We all have our favorite dress that we feel our best in. We already know what jewelry goes with it and which shoes are most flattering. We already know exactly where it is in our closet. When you’re pressed for time, choose what you know works. You don’t have time to mix and match your wardrobe to find that new, perfect outfit. Don’t try to be revolutionary with your style for the evening. Pick what you know looks good on you so you aren’t wondering during your entire date if you made a poor outfit decision in haste.
And there you have it! Your 15 minute date-ready beauty routine! Hope this weekend beauty tip helps everyone out there who has a busy schedule!
Much love from,
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