How to Get Ready in a Rush: Look Fabulous in 30 Minutes or Less
Some Quick and Dirty Tips to Help Shave Time Off Your Morning Routine
I hate having to rush. But sometimes, it's necessary. Sometimes the thought of an extra half hour in bed is too good to resist! And other times, well, I just have better things to be doing in the morning than styling my hair or waiting for my body moisturiser to dry.
That's why I've pulled together a list of simple but extremely effective ways of cutting corners during your morning routine, without compromising on your hygiene, outfit, hair or make-up.
30-Minute Hair, Body, Clothing and Makeup
Use dry shampoo, and put your hair up. Try a clip-on ponytail or other hairpiece for a quick and effortless hairstyle.
Try an in-shower moisturiser, like Nivea - or use a quick drying moisturiser like Vaseline Spray & Go
Try a fuss-free onepiece outfit like a slinky wrap dress or a shift dress.
Use a BB cream, instead of foundation and moisturiser. Use easy-to-apply eye makeup, and a thin layer of mascara for maximum impact.
I'm not saying you shouldn't shower. If you're anything like me, then you probably don't feel human until you've scrubbed yourself awake in the morning! But showering can encompass a lot of different elements that take up valuable time:
- wash hair,
- apply conditioner,
- wash body while conditioner soaks into hair,
- wash face with special facial soap (never the same soap we use for our bodies, no sir!),
- shave appropriate parts of the body,
- rinse conditioner,
- exit shower,
- apply moisturiser,
- wait for moisturiser to dry...
The list could go on! Do we really need all these different layers of grooming?
In my opinion, yes. But I think it's time to cut some corners. Instead of sticking to your usual routine, try the following:
- Use a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.
- Use a high-quality body scrub, suitable for face and body, like L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Deep Exfoliating Scrub.
- Only shave where necessary!
- Use an in-shower moisturiser like Nivea.
You might be thinking, "no way—I have to use a conditioner on my hair," but this leads me rather nicely on to my next point about the wonders of hairpieces.
Use a Clip-On Ponytail to Save Time
Washing, drying and straightening or styling your hair can take up a lot of time and add a lengthy process to your routine. When I'm in a rush, or if I'm limited when it comes to resources or space to get ready (such as in the changing rooms at the gym), I use a clip-on ponytail.
These are a fantastic way to get a great looking hairstyle in just minutes! If you're in a hurry and have skipped showering, you can apply some dry shampoo to your hair, put it up into a bun or ponytail, and then attach the hairpiece over the top of it.
Alternatively, if you've showered and washed your hair, you can part blow-dry your hair and tie it up into a tight bun, leaving your fringe free if you have one, and then apply the ponytail while your hair is still damp. You can then blow-dry and style your fringe as you normally would. A word of warning though, it is not particularly good for your hair and scalp to repeatedly tie your hair up before you have allowed it to dry properly—so I wouldn't advise that you do this on a daily basis. But once in a while, when you're really pushed for time, is fine.
Hairpieces have come a long way, and you can now buy human hair or high-quality synthetic hairpieces for a very reasonable price. I often use a simple drawstring ponytail over a tight bun or use a wrap-around or "scrunchie" hairpiece to change things up a bit. I'm terrible at styling my own hair, even if I've got hours to spare—so these are definitely my go-to product if time is of the essence
Cut The Fuss: Choose a Simple Outfit
By choosing a simple, one-piece outfit such as a dress, jumpsuit or playsuit, you can cut the fuss when it comes to actually getting dressed.
Now, this might seem like a no-brainer, but it's something that is definitely worth thinking about. If you choose an outfit that complements your coat or jacket, then you eliminate the additional complications of:
- Having to coordinate multiple items of clothing into a complete outfit that works together.
- Having to physically put on more than one item of clothing in order to get dressed (with the exception of underwear, naturally).
If you absolutely must wear trousers or jeans, try teaming these with a two-in-one top, such as a sweater with a shirt underneath it. Also, using a little baby powder on your legs will help you to slide your trousers on more quickly, and not spend time jumping up and down, lunging, and doing the 'skinny jeans dance' as you try to wriggle into your trousers (if they are tight, that is).
Remember—if you're trying to get ready and look great in less than half-an-hour, every minute counts. The time you save dressing yourself could be put to use on other elements of your look that will have a higher impact—such as hair and make-up.
How long do you usually take getting ready in the morning?
Slap It On! Use an Eyeshadow Stick and Clear Mascara
When it comes to applying makeup in a hurry, it's best to keep it simple. What can you afford to skip off your routine?
In my opinion, it's eye make-up that provides us with our greatest transformation. I honestly feel naked if I don't at least have a little mascara and perhaps a touch of eye-liner. So when I say "slap it on"—I don't mean you should paint an inch thick. I mean, you should use make-up that is so easy to apply that you could do it in the dark (although I wouldn't advise it).
I would suggest using an eye-shadow stick, such as Avon Extra Lasting Eyeshadow Stick. You can literally paint it on, smudge with your fingertips, and your look is complete. The metallic finish is softened by the powder-like effect, so what you're left with is the look of a fine dusting of powder.
Then again, to save time, you could consider using a clear mascara. This is extremely easy to apply because if you smudge a little, it isn't visible. is a good choice! Great Lash Clear Mascara from Maybelline
Instead of applying moisturiser, primer and then foundation, combine all three by using a BB cream instead. These nifty formulas are designed to conceal, moisturise, and even your skin tone whilst providing flawless coverage like a foundation.
There are a variety of different BB creams on the market, and various different options to cater to different types of skin. I personally have oily and combination skin (mostly oily, with dry patches), so I use Rimmel Mattifying BB Cream or Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal / Oily Skin.
Alternatively, you could use a CC cream or even a tinted moisturiser. Either way, you're combining potentially three steps of your routine into one, and still getting the same result—a moisturised, even skin tone.
That's a Wrap
So there we have it. Just a few tips to help you get ready in a rush, and still look and feel great. Granted, there is a small element of planning involved—so it's best to think ahead the night before and ensure you have picked the right outfit, and packed your cosmetics bag with the right products (if you're going to the gym, or planning on applying make-up when you get to work—I've been there!)
Either way, this takes very little effort—but the results are pleasantly surprising. By substituting certain cosmetics with combi-products such as BB creams and just applying a little foresight, you can save time in a morning and treat yourself to a little extra time in bed!