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7 time-saving beauty tips from a girl who just hates mornings.

June 15, 2015

7 time-saving beauty tips from a girl who just hates mornings.

Hey there!

If you're just joining the CarmenClaire family, welcome to your dose of beauty tips, need-to-know CC news and juicy articles with a feminist twist. 

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If you just want me to get on with the tips to speed up your morning beauty ritual, keep reading.

1. Plan ahead. Anyone close to me will tell you that I'm not a morning person. I do my best work in the dead of night, and the same goes for my beauty ritual. Think about everything you do to get ready in the morning and see if there's anything you can get done the night before. And no, you can't do your makeup the night before (I wish!). Five minutes here, ten minutes there can add up, and before you know it you'll have freed up more time to catch up on reading or even sneak in a quick polish change. 

2. Skip the lotion. Smear on some heavy duty body cream or oil before you go to bed. Applying lotion on a hot summer morning isn't always fun, so think of it as an overnight deep moisture treatment. You can also use conditioner instead of shaving cream for your legs. Conditioner will moisturize your skin so you can skip the post-shower lotion sesh.

3. Go old school. Embrace beachy waves and sleep with your damp hair in braids. You can even do your whole morning routine with braids in, head to work and unravel them right before you walk through the door. And this time you can really say "I woke up like this". 

4. Be your own stylist. This may seem like a no-brainer, but the time it takes just to pick out an outfit could be longer than you think. Why not lay out everything before hitting the hay? Clothes, accessories, shoes, bag, the works. You can even go nuts and lay out all your outfits for the week on a Sunday.
5. Minimize the makeup. Gasp! Have I lost my mind? But seriously, even I have to admit that there are days when makeup just isn't a priority. If you haven't mastered applying your makeup in the car, doing your face can be a pretty time-consuming (albeit fun) morning task. If you're in a rush, limit your "home makeup" to things that need a steady hand, like winged eyeliner, bold lips or your brows. Other "no-mirror-makeup" like powder or lip color can be done at a traffic light, easy. 

6. Save the shampoo. This may sound gross to most of you, but I'm a HUGE advocate of washing my hair just a few times a week. It's not only healthier, it keeps your dye job looking great for way longer. Give your hair a few weeks to "train" by washing every other day and using dry shampoo or powder between washes. You'll be loving your dirty hair days in no time. 

7. Get organized. All the planning and strategizing in the world means nothing if it takes you ten minutes just to find your favorite eyeliner. Use some of your free time to organize all of your makeup and maybe even give your brushes a bath. Make a day out of it and organize the rest of your room too! 

Love and kick-ass morning rituals,

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