10 Makeup hacks that will help you get out the door a lot quicker

We’ve all had one of those days. You set your alarm clock for 7am, dreaming of springing out of bed as soon as that samba tone begins. The reality, sadly, is vastly different. You’ve woken up again at 7.45am, and you’ve got half an hour to get out the door. Your hair looks like you’ve been electrocuted and your mascara from last night has somehow made its way down to your chin.

Don’t panic! We’re coming to the rescue. We’ve done a bit of research and noted down our tried and tested beauty hacks to get you out the door looking somewhat presentable.

Make your lipstick work overtime

One of our favourite makeup hacks involves one tube of lipstick doing twice the work it usually does. Instead of just dashing it on your lips and hoping for the best, use a creamy pink lipstick as a blush by dabbing on the apples of your cheeks, and softly blending outwards with your fingers. It sounds like it should turn into a sticky mess, but set it with a little powder and you’ll have an understated healthy glow – with no tell-tale signs of rushing.

Bronzer is a girl’s best friend

When you’re in a rush, there’s nothing worse than faffing around with a million palettes. One for eyes, one for contour, one for highlight…the list goes on. When time is of the essence, there’s one compact you should have close to hand at all times – bronzer. Use it to give your face warmth as usual, and then lightly dust some over your eyelids to create a bit of shadow and definition. If you have fair-light brown hair, you’ll also be able to get away with using your bronzer to fill in your brows. 3 for the price of 1, not bad eh?


You know that old tub of lip balm you have lurking at the bottom of your handbag? The one you just CAN’T seem to finish even though you’ve had it since you were in high school? Now’s the time to let it shine. Vaseline, or any other clear lip balm, can quickly and easily turn your face from drab to fab. Dot some product on your lips and in your cupid’s bow for a kissable pout, and dab some on your eyelids to quickly and easily recreate the wet-look catwalk classic. Lip balm is also killer at smoothing down flyaway baby hairs and putting stray brow hairs in their place – so be thankful that you’ve never got round to throwing old that old tub!

Pre-plan your products

If you’re a regular snoozer of the alarm clock, you’re going to have to prep and plan a bit more than the organised gal. A top way to shed minutes off your makeup routine is to use multi-purpose products. A friend of mine swears by using a powder-foundation compact in the morning, as it takes literally ten seconds to swipe the powder across her face. She’s left with great coverage, doesn’t need to use powder on top and there’s a handy little mirror in the compact too – so no more peering at your reflection in the bus window.

Overnight serums are a must

Sleeping is the best thing you could possibly do for your skin. Getting a good night’s sleep allows time for the skin to repair, heal and balance moisture again – essential if you want to avoid the puffy-eyed look. In order to give your skin a little push, at night time you should pop on a bit of overnight serum on before your moisturiser to give the moisturising product a boost. You’ll wake up with visibly refreshed skin, which will in turn make you look a LOT livelier than, if you were to rock up at work with a dehydrated face and eye-bags big enough to carry your shopping in.

Focus on the eyes

Our eyes are the first major give-away that we’ve woken up disgruntled and late. The skin around your eyes is naturally thin, and it gets even thinner with age. This is the reason why dark circles, puffiness and redness occurs so commonly here compared to other areas. The quickest and easiest way to combat the zombie-look is to dab some pearlescent white eyeshadow or highlighter in the inner corner of your eye. The white pigment reflects off your own eye and will make you look more alert in no time.

Curl those lashes

In a similar way to the previous tip, curling your eyelashes is another quick and simple way to perk up your peepers when you’re in a scramble. Curling your lashes before applying a couple of coats of mascara completely opens up the eye area, making them look bigger and brighter. If you’ve got 15 seconds to spare, blast your eyelash curler with your hairdryer on a low-heat setting to really lock in the curl.

Red lipstick

A statement red lip is a saviour on days where you just don’t have enough time. So another one of great makeup hacks to get ready quickly is adding a pop of red to your lips, it attracts attention, and people will be too busy admiring the colour to notice you haven’t done a whole lot with the rest of your face. Comb and fill in your eyebrows, add a slick of mascara, compliment with a red lip et voilà – zero to hero in no time.

Put a hat on it

If your hair looks like you’ve spent the night snoozing on an electric fence, there’s nothing else for it. Use this opportunity to showcase that cool hat you’ve hidden at the back of your wardrobe. A wide-brimmed floppy hat will never not be chic, and if you pair it with an all-black outfit you’re guaranteed to look sophisticated.

Tan, tan, tan

It’s a scientific fact that when you’ve got a tan, you feel healthier and more confident. (It’s not, but it should be). A tanned face allows you to get away with less make-up, so dedicate a little bit of time before bed to tan-time. If you’re a really lazy gal, you can even buy tanning wipes to swipe over your face in the morning. Just make sure to wash your hands!

We hope these tips help you get out the door faster.

What are your favorite makeup hacks? Let us know if you have any more!

Stay happy!

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