The gut-wrenching panic is all too famililar: you roll over in bed to come face to face with your alarm clock — you know, the one you totally forgot to set last night — and realize you have exactly three and a half minutes to get dressed and out the door on time. Though the cards may be stacked against you, throwing in the towel and showing up to the office with last night’s makeup and a greasy rat’s nest perched atop your head isn’t the answer. Take matters into your own hands and fight back against your unfortunate time lapse by employing these quick and effective beauty hacks for those days you accidentally oversleep.
Two words: Dry. Shampoo.
Dry shampoo should have its own cabinet in your bathroom, as it’s the Holy Grail of primping when you’re pressed for time. It should go unsaid by this point how much of a lifesaver this product is, but you’ll really learn to appreciate it on the days a shower just isn’t an option. Sprinkle on a tad to give limp strands some extra volume and texture when you don't have time to use a blow dryer or curling iron, or double up on the powder to mask a greasy mane and pull it back in a low bun at the nape of your neck for a sleek look.
Reach for the CC cream
Use a CC cream in order to cut out steps from your morning makeup routine. A good CC cream moisturizes, conceals and protects so you don’t have to mess with your usual moisturizer, SPF cream, concealer and foundation, saving you tons of time.
Stock up on powder foundation
If you’re feeling the need for just a little more than CC cream to look more lifelike, opt for the brilliant powder foundation. Eliminate the step of having to set a liquid foundation and simply open up a compact and swipe on your medium-to-full coverage in the form of a handy powdered foundation — once you try it, you won’t go back.
Head straight for the mascara
When you’re pressed for time, you have to make some sacrifices — and two of the biggest sacrifices should be your eyeshadow and eyeliner. You can’t have it all when you only have a few minutes, so if you have to pick one product for your eyes, opt for several coats of your blackest mascara to give your eyes a little life without slowing you down.
Pack your prettiest lipstick to-go
While you’re speeding to work and daydreaming about coffee, don’t forget to layer on the lipstick while you’re in the car. A swipe of bright, pretty lipstick can pull your whole look together in a flash and help bring your entire face back to life. And while you’re at a red light, simply dab a little bit of your lipstick on to your cheeks and blend, blend, blend to replace the blush you didn’t have time to apply.