Your morn­ing short­cuts: shave min­utes off your beauty rou­tine

Want more time snooz­ing? these fool­proof hacks will shave pre­cious min­utes off your morn­ing rou­tine…

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FUN FACTS: on av­er­age, ev­ery morn­ing Grazia read­ers spend nine min­utes on skin­care, 15 min­utes putting on make-up and 16 min­utes styling their hair. So, that’s an av­er­age of 40 min­utes on beauty rou­tines. Which works out at 4 hours 40 min­utes a week! Seize the day – and your time back – with these savvy short­cuts.


For­get an elab­o­rate 12-step Korean regime – there’s no need to spend that much time on your skin, es­pe­cially in the morn­ing, when the aim of the game is pro­tec­tion against the day ahead (think an­tiox­i­dants and SPF). ‘Skin­care nowa­days is so in­tel­li­gently for­mu­lated that you don’t need to take time lay­er­ing many in­di­vid­ual prod­ucts if you’re time poor,’ says aes­thetic doc­tor Dr Maryam Za­mani. ‘In­stead, opt for mul­ti­func­tional for­mu­las that cover all bases and keep skin clean, hy­drated and func­tion­ing op­ti­mally.’ Cut cor­ners with MZ Skin Hy­drate & Nour­ish Age De­fence Mois­turiser [3], £95, which con­tains SPF30, hyaluronic acid to plump and hy­drate and an en­cap­su­lated retinol to speed up cel­lu­lar turnover and tar­get fine lines. Equally good is De Mamiel Skin Re­cov­ery Blend, £95, a balm that is both anti-in­flam­ma­tory (to calm stressed skin) and full of an­tiox­i­dants to pro­tect skin from the en­vi­ron­ment. Then there’s Lumene’s Pure Glow Cleans­ing Balm, £15.90, which will boost skin with vi­ta­min C while re­mov­ing make-up.


The one time-saver to avoid? ‘ Wipes just move what­ever is sit­ting on the face around and can cause fur­ther ir­ri­ta­tion on the skin,’ ad­vises Dr Za­mani. The lazy girl’s answer? Face Halo Makeup Re­mover Pad [1], £7, a mi­crofi­bre cloth that only re­quires wa­ter to magic ev­ery last trace of make-up off your face.


Soup up your cleans­ing rou­tine with a speedy stick; con­tain­ing 11 skin-nour­ish­ing oils and shea but­ter, Rodin Olio Lusso Lux­ury Face Oil [2], £55, can be scrib­bled on and washed off, or ap­plied on-the-go to nour­ish dry skin or cre­ate a dewy high­light on cheek­bones. Alex Stein­herr X Pri­mark Plump & Glow Fa­cial In A Stick [4], £5, pairs an­tiox­i­dants and hyaluronic acid to re­move make-up and plump skin.


What’s more sat­is­fy­ing than dou­ble-duty make-up that can be swooshed on to skin in mul­ti­ple places? ‘ To save time, I go for cream prod­ucts,’ says make-up artist Lynsey Alexan­der. ‘ They layer up nicely so it’s easy to achieve a gor­geous balmy fin­ish.’ RMS Beauty Lip2cheek [6], £34, can be used on lips, cheeks and eye­lids and sinks im­per­cep­ti­bly into skin for a ra­di­ant fin­ish, while Lynsey’s go-to MAC Paint Pot in Ground­work [10], £16.50, is a uni­ver­sal taupe that works just as well as a ‘wash of colour on the eyes’ as it does be­low cheek­bones to sculpt the face. Find your most flat­ter­ing tones by look­ing for colours that oc­cur nat­u­rally in your skin tone.

A creamy con­sis­tency is also ideal for foun­da­tion, just don’t fall into the time trap of ap­ply­ing it ev­ery­where. ‘ The key ar­eas to cover are un­der the eyes, around the nose and on any blem­ishes,’ says Lynsey. By opt­ing for pin­pointed touch-ups rather than a full-on mask, your nat­u­ral glow will shine through. Try BECCA’S Skin Love Weight­less Blur foun­da­tion [5], £32, or IT Cos­met­ics CC+ Cream Il­lu­mi­na­tion, £30, both of which come with fuss-free pump dis­pensers. Al­ter­na­tively, if you’re nat­u­rally blessed in the skin depart­ment, a con­cealer is all you need. We love Sisley’s speedy click-and-go Stylo Lu­miere [9], £41.50, which con­ceals and bright­ens.


Known as the ul­ti­mate face-framers, a well-de­fined brow makes all the dif­fer­ence but is no­to­ri­ously tricky in a hurry. Monthly main­te­nance with thread­ing and tint­ing means there’s less work to be done day to day (Blink Brow Bar are na­tion­wide and uni­formly good, from £21). For those who like to DIY, May­belline’s Tat­too Brow [8], £12.99, will tint brows for up to three days, while for ev­ery day, Ben­e­fit’s Brow Con­tour Pro [7], £28.50, houses four dif­fer­ent nibs – from high­lighter to de­finer – to craft the per­fect arch in record time. ‘ Try tint­ing your eye­lashes, too,’ says Lynsey. ‘It makes them ap­pear fuller and thicker so you won’t need to ap­ply mas­cara.’ Or for real devo­tees, lash ex­ten­sions last up to four weeks.


Blow-dry­ing is one of the most time­con­sum­ing el­e­ments of any beauty rou­tine and hair brands are wisely seek­ing ways around it. Take Sisley’s new Straight­en­ing Sham­poo [11], £54, which uses moringa oil to smooth fly­aways and frizz even be­fore you’ve dried. Then there’s Aveda’s Blow Dry Ac­cel­er­a­tor [13], £21, which con­tains lac­tic acid to seal the hair cu­ti­cle and sub­se­quently cre­ate in­creased air flow around each strand for a speed­ier re­sult. As for the swiftest of hair re­fresh­ers, Klo­rane Dry Sham­poo with Net­tle, £9, and Liv­ing Proof Per­fect Hair Day [14], £18, are two of the very best.

Fi­nally, if you want to call in the big guns, the Dyson Su­per­sonic Hair Dryer, £299.99, has been shown to cut blowdry­ing time in half, thanks to a mo­tor that de­liv­ers three times the air flow as your av­er­age hairdryer. Pair with Tan­gle Teezer’s Wet Brush, £11[12], for a speedy de­tan­gle. Con­sid­er­ing we spend over four days a year styling our strands, we’d say that’s a worth­while in­vest­ment.

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