We all go through the same battle every morning – to get up early and get ready or sleep for just five more minutes. If you’re like me, you know the struggle of choosing between some extra minutes of sleep or struggling to look good.
And guess what, sleep usually wins.
With some time and experimenting, however, I finally came up with a routine for myself to not look like a homeless person and also get my extra minutes of sleep.
Sure, the basic thing is to get up earlier than you do. But not everyone can do so, since many of us are usually working late nights or our routine is set in a way that you just cannot wake up early no matter what. Whatever the reason may be, there are other ways to deal with it.
So I came up with this brief guide to help all university, college or office goers get a simple, yet minimal look in no time! Don’t worry; it does not involve getting up early. Here’s how:
CREATE A SPECIFIC ROUTINE
Never wear make-up haphazardly. Develop a specific pattern. For example, first put on a BB/CC cream or tinted moisturizer, then your eye liner and mascara, blush and lip color. Not only will this save you some extra time, but also will help you to cope with the morning stress. It is also good to break away from your routine once in a while to do something new.
USE MULTI-TASK PRODUCTS
I personally love doing this. This simply means that you can buy or choose products which have multiple uses. Use a specific shade of lipstick as both a lip color and as a blush or using mascara on your eyelashes and slightly combing on your brows to tame them.
GO FOR SIMPLE TECHNIQUES
A day-to-day look is free of any complicated routines. This is not the time to try out a new cat eye or any other complicated make-up routine. Go for the usual simple look and nothing too dramatic for a day time look.
Say no to heavy contour, overdone brows, baking or falsies. Keep the drama for a night time look. However, switch to more natural techniques like using a light bronzer for a very minimal contour and using a brow pencil with light strokes to shape your brows. Remember, you are running out of time. So, keep it simple and easy.
KEEP TISSUES OR MAKE-UP REMOVER CLOSE BY
Since you are in a hurry, you are bound to make some mistakes. Make sure to have a make-up remover, tissue or simple concealer at hand so that you can correct your eye-liner or mascara stain whenever needed.
USE LIGHTER COLORS
When it is daytime, use light and neutral colors to enhance your features. Ditch the usual black eye-liner and opt for colorful eye pencils. They can make you look much awake and brighter than usual.
DO NOT GO OVERBOARD
Falsies and heavy contour looks amazing, but not for the day. Always remember to keep your look natural and well-balanced.
KEEP A SET TIME LIMIT TO DO YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP
For example, one minute for your face, another minute or two for eye-liner, and a minute for your blush and lipstick. This way, you can divide your total available time in simpler steps to effectively utilize it.
CHANGE IT UP
It can get boring using the same techniques, so it’s is a good idea to change your routine every now and then. Add some pop of cooler on your eye or lip or go liner free every once in a while to change the whole look. Everyone will notice.
A very simple trick I love doing is keeping my daily used products in a separate box or basket. This will really help to reduce time finding things in morning or to struggle arranging everything. I love my products to be well-placed and having a separate make up box works very well.
About the author: Sundas Sajid is a pharmacist in the making, with a passion for beauty, makeup and writing. She blogs about almost everything at Dose of Glamour.