Beauty Shortcuts For a Busy Mom

Good ol’ mornings—they can be rough. You wake up in a panic at the sound of your alarm. At that moment, your cat walks on your face. You hit the snooze button for ten more precious minutes of sleep, and then accidentally wake up 30 minutes later. You want to look good, but you slept until the last minute. Now you have minimal time to work beauty magic.

Waking up is a challenge in itself. Finding time to beautify is even harder, especially for moms. Before motherhood, your time was your own. After having kids, you’re lucky if you can find 15 minutes to yourself. Since moms share much of their personal time helping their families, they tend to leave little time for themselves. Thank goodness for beauty shortcuts.

Whether you’re heading to work or to the playground, you want to look put together. There are time savers that will get you out of the door faster without sacrificing your look. They can even free up some quality time to spend with your family. You might just be able to savor a cup of coffee, or sleep in for another ten minutes.

If you’re an organized, morning person who likes getting up early, good for you. As for the rest of you, read on to learn about the art of getting ready using 7 beauty shortcuts.

8 Prearrange Your Clothes

When you’re rushing, doesn’t it always seem like you have nothing to wear? It also doesn’t help when half of your wardrobe is in the laundry hamper. Rummaging through your closet while you’re half asleep is tiresome and time-consuming.

Since getting dressed in the morning requires thinking, deciding on pants styles, necklines, accessories, and shoe colors can become overwhelming when you’re short on time. Trying on multiple pieces of clothing can make you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. To eliminate the guesswork, prepare your clothes the night before.

Select an outfit or two before you go to bed. From your earrings to your shoes, have everything laid out. You’ll want to give yourself a couple of options just in case you’re not feeling the look in the morning.

To further prepare yourself, check the weather report for the following day. On the way out of the door, you don’t want to be dressed in a heavy sweater and wool pants to find out it’s unseasonably warm for February.

Pre-planning your outfit might seem like a lesson in an Adulthood 101 class, but it’s a tested and true time-saver. You’ll appreciate not having to think about what to wear when you wake up in the morning.


6  Shower at Night

While you’re preparing your clothes, you might as well prepare your body. Again, it sounds like an obvious tip, but you’ll be surprised how fast you can get ready if you get your shower out of the way.

On those mornings you don’t have extra time, you’ll need to eliminate steps or speed up the routine. Showering at night can cut your morning routine in half so you’re out of the door on time.

Some people prefer to bathe in the morning so they can wake up. Unfortunately, bathing consumes valuable a.m. minutes. Showering at night is so simple, yet it can turn a frazzled day around. Organize at night so you don’t feel rushed into the next day. 

5 Use a Dry Shampoo

If you only have a few minutes to spare on your hair, use a dry shampoo instead of shampooing in the shower. If dry shampoo is already a staple in your bathroom cabinet, you know the amazing properties of this quick fix.

There are several dry shampoos on the market that will refresh your hair. You can also use baby powder with cornstarch. It will work just as well as expensive competitors.

When you’re in a rush, apply a light sprinkle of cornstarch to your roots. Comb or brush it through your hair until you can’t see the powder. The cornstarch will absorb excess oil. Flip your head upside down, and blow dry for one minute. This will add volume and shake out any leftover powder. Now you’re ready to style as usual.

You can look great, even when you only have seconds to do your hair. Tweaking your routine will waste less time and get you and your kids out of the house in a timely manner.

4 Style Your Bangs

Everyone’s had a bad hair day. Some days you just don’t have time for a complete hairdo. Since washing and drying your hair can be time-consuming, a dry shampoo is a good option. But if you have ten minutes to spare on your hair, there’s another alternative.

Instead of washing and blow drying your entire head, refresh your bangs. Rub a pea-sized drop of shampoo and rub with water in your hands. Apply this mixture to the front of your hairline and your bangs. Wet your hands again and work the product in for about 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and repeat this process.

After washing your bangs, blot your hair with a microfiber towel. 80 percent of blow drying consists of getting rid of water. Using an absorbent towel will cut your blow drying time in half.

Use a round brush when blow-drying your bangs. Throw the rest of your hair up in a topknot or a low bun. Ponytails and headbands are also handy when you need a hairstyle in 10 minutes flat.

Most people only pay attention to the front of your hair anyway. So, focus on your bangs, and you will have fabulous looking hair in a flash.

3 Try Bold Lipstick

Imagine one of those frantic mornings when your alarm fails to go off. You have to leave in ten minutes. In these moments, lipstick will be your best friend.

In case you’re truly pressed for time, skip your regular makeup routine, and grab one cosmetic item: a bold color of lipstick. If in doubt, choose red. This color makes you appear more youthful and more awake.

Apply red lipstick, and then rub it in with your finger. Apply the excess color on your finger to the apples of your cheeks. It’s a super-duper fast substitute for a cream blush.

The winter air can do a job on your skin, especially your lips. It can be tempting to lick dry lips, and pick at the flaky skin, but this will only exacerbate the problem. If you prefer a moisturizing lip balm, choose one with a tint.

Even if you have a bit of a bed head, a rich, crimson pout will instantly pull your look together. This may seem like a harebrained technique, but it works. It’s better than a rush makeup job that leaves you looking like your three-year-old gave you a makeover. Simply apply a bold lipstick and go.

2 Play Up Your Cheeks and Eyes

If you can set aside five minutes for makeup, you can look like a million bucks. Some women can’t do without cosmetics, even when they’re strapped for time. If you’re a mom who won’t leave the house without makeup, here’s a quick fix for you.

When you don’t have time for your usual makeup routine, focus on your cheeks and eyes. Forget the powder, and forget the eyeliner. Your ‘zero-time’ makeup arsenal consists of three items:


You can quickly cover your flaws with dabs of concealer. First, concentrate under the eye, and then go over your blemishes.


We can’t sing its praises enough. Rouge makes your face appear healthy and bright. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Better yet, you can prevent your blush from disappearing in the afternoon by using two kinds of blush. Rub in a cream blush, set it with powder and then apply a powdered blush. This combination will last longer than powdered blush alone.


A simple swipe of mascara can have a big impact. Mascara accents your eyes, making the whites appear brighter.

These time-saving tips will radically streamline your morning beauty routine. It’s the most efficient way to do your makeup.

1 Practice Time-Saving Methods

If your regular routine is making you late in the morning, you need to find ways to will shave time off of your current process. One way to put the pedal to the medal is to incorporate ways that will make your life easier.

Hang Your Clothes in Outfits

Avoid fashion disasters by hanging your clothing in clusters of outfits. Each outfit will be clear at a glance.

One item may work for two outfits, so not all hangers will be complete. But organizing most of your wardrobe in this fashion will save you much needed time. Each morning, you’ll be thankful.

Spray-On Body Lotion

If your daily beauty regime includes applying body lotion from a jar, there’s a faster way to moisturize your skin. Right out of the shower, spray lotion all over your body instead of applying cream to one body part at a time.

Use Your Fingers

Rather than searching for the right brush, buy cream-based makeup so you can use your fingers. Applying cosmetics with your fingers may only save a couple of minutes, but minutes count when you are running late.

There are many ways to fake a full morning routine. If you find it hard getting out of bed, you’ll need to master these time-saving beauty regimes. Or, you can just drink a lot of water before bed. A full bladder is nature’s alarm clock.

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