6 Speedy Ways To Shave Minutes Off Your Morning Beauty Routine

Hit snooze a few too many times? Here's how to get ready in a flash.

girl in pyjamas

Wouldn’t life be great if we could roll straight out of bed looking like we just stepped off the Victoria’s Secret catwalk? Sadly, unlike Alessandra and co, we don’t have a team of stylists on hand, or hours to make ourselves look fabulous. Nope, we’ve got minutes to spare and a bathroom packed full of products. Here’s how to get flawless in a flash.

1. Keep it organised

First things first: order your everyday products in a clear plastic makeup bag, so they’re visible and easy to find. Make sure your brushes are clean too, and all pencils are sharpened and ready to go the night before.

clear cosmetic bag set

Make-up bag set, €8.75, M&S

2. Opt for double-action

To save vital seconds, “skip foundation and concealer and use a double-action product like a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead,” suggests make-up artist Tanya McGoldrick. To conceal any imperfections, just blend a little extra product with a duo-fibre brush for a quick way to keep them hidden. #Donesies.


The Body Shop tinted moisture lotion

Vitamin E Tinted Moisture Lotion, €16.50, The Body Shop

3. Get blending

Want to look hot, not haphazard? Get to work with a foundation brush – we love Sigma’s F50, €26, on areas like your jawline, nose and hairline and blend, blend, blend for a flawless application. “Always blend down so your face is the same shade as your body,” suggests make-up artist Kerrie Urban. Contouring? Stick to one or two shades darker than your foundation, and soften the look by blending with a fluffy powder brush.

Sigma brush

Sigma F50, €26, sigma.com


4. Ditch the liner

No time to perfect your cat flick? Opt for a natural smokey eye instead. YouTuber Lisa Eldridge talks you through how to get the perf smokey eye in under three minutes. Phew!

5. Go for texture

If you’ve woken up with an untameable bed head; just roll with it. Spritz in some texturising spray, (We love VO5 Give Me Texture, €5.09) throw your head forward and tousle for an instant, ‘I woke up like this’ vibe. It’s straight off the catwalk, we swear!

VO5 Texture Spray

VO5 Give Me Texture, €5.09


6. Just add lippie

The quickest way to look instantly polished? A slick of red lipstick. Bonus point: it can also double as a cream blush in a pinch. One of our faves is Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Lana, €30. A vibrant red, it’s matte, so it lasts, but a new generation formula means it’s never uncomfortable-feeling.

A pro tip? Keep things neat by lining the cupid’s bow and the centre of your lower lip. Then finish by filling lips in.

Nars audacious lipstick in Lana


Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana, €30