Getting up and getting out of the house in the morning is a rush for most people. But when you have kids it’s even more tricky. You have to get them up, dressed and breakfasted, before you can even think about yourself. So it’s useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
The Night Before
Do as much as you possibly can the night before. This includes making packed lunches, deciding what you and the kids will wear and laying it out, packing school bags, etc. If you don’t have to do these things in the morning, you’ll save precious time.
Morning Beauty Bag
Set aside a makeup bag with only the key essentials you use for your morning routine. This will save you searching for brushes and mascara when time is against you.
The Quickie Shower
It’s possible to have a shower in five minutes flat. Use a shower cap to protect your hair. Wash it the night before if necessary. Use a shower timer or load up your iPod with a couple of tunes so you can track the time. Another tip is to have a cold or lukewarm shower. This will encourage you to move quickly and get out as soon as possible. If your hair needs washing, try a dry shampoo.
Go-To Hair Style
Some mornings are more challenging than others, and for the days you’re really up against it, have a go-to hairstyle. This is the fallback style you can rely on and will take minutes to achieve. If you have long hair, this could be a bun or quick ponytail. www.youtube.com has lots of quick hair style ideas and will walk you through the process step by step.
Hair straighteners or a heated brush will also save you lots of time. Find a device that works for your hair type by reading some online reviews, such as www.straighthairday.co.uk. Heat provides more power, and this method is much quicker than struggling with a regular brush. Plus, the results are much sleeker.
Keep makeup to the absolute minimum. Wash and moisturise your face in the usual way. Allow the moisturiser to sink in while you have your shower. It’s important to use a primer. Applying this now will save you time later as you won’t have to reapply. It also creates a better surface on which to apply your makeup. Depending on your skin, apply concealer and then add your foundation. There’s no time for contouring so skip that stage and move onto your eyes. Add a little eye shadow with your fingers and then finish with mascara. To pull it all together and create a groomed appearance, add a bold coloured lipstick.
Clothes should be a breeze if you decided on your outfit the night before. And to create a finished look, add a few key accessories. Scarves and jewellery help to give you a polished appearance, even if you got ready in under one minute.
If you’re not sure what to wear opt for something simple like a maxi dress. You won’t have to mix and match, and you can get away with not wearing socks or tights.
What quick fixes do you use to save time in the morning?