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29 Ways To Cut Down Your Beauty Routine So You're Never Late Again

You love makeup, but not at the expense of your livelihood — if you're late to work one more damn time, your worst nightmare just might come true!

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1. Place all of your essentials (concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, etc.) in a makeup organizer so they're easily accessible when you're half awake in the morning.

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Promising review: "I can easily access all my products with ease. This is a great idea, I may purchase another for my Godchild." —Frenchy

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 or a similar one from Jet for $19.86 (available in three colors).

2. If you have tons of products in your bathroom (and are lucky enough not to cohabitate with roommates), line them up according to how often you use them.

3. Prep your precious skin the night before and use a sleeping mask for glowing skin the following day, because we all know AMAZING skin helps!

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Promising review: "I really like this. I put it on before going to bed and wake up with very soft, bright, balanced skin. It doesn’t cause me any breakouts or clog my pores. A little goes a long way and it also smells really great; like fresh watermelon. I’m glad a gave it a try." —Lola

Get it from Sephora for $22+.

Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the Watermelon Sleeping Mask for even more info!

5. Invest in multipurpose products like a tinted moisturizer that'll hydrate your face and act as a light foundation.

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Get this tinted moisturizer option from Winky Lux for $25 (available in five shades).

Promising review: "I love tinted moisturizer because it allows my skin to breathe while looking better. The formula is creamy and tinted perfectly to look good on all areas of my face even though some are darker than others. It smells great, and I use Whipped Cream Primer underneath to blur my pores." —Team R

Check out my full review of this tinted moisturizer too (#7 in the post)!

6. Skip washing your hair in the morning if you can. Styling your hair takes up so much fucking time you really don't have, and speaking of leaving the hair washing behind — dry shampoo and mousse are your best friends, get acquainted.

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Promising review: "I love this stuff! I have black hair, and you cannot see this dry shampoo at all. The initial spray does come out white, but then I run my fingers through my hair a few times, and it's all blended in. It smells nice and adds volume. I have curly hair that I painstakingly straighten, and since I discovered this I can add another day or two in between blowouts." —SK

Get the Amika dry shampoo from Amazon for $25 and the Nexxus mousse from Target for $11.99.

7. And throw the whole blow dryer away (figuratively, of course) and apply a Bumble & Bumble air drying hair cream that'll mimic the sleek look you were going for without any of the heat!

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Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It Hair Styling Gel will enhance your hair's texture and smooth down fly-aways so you don't have to pick up the flat iron or dryer!

Promising review: "I have straight, dull, flat hair and I'm so lazy. Sometimes I don't want to dry my hair, and when I use this I have shiny, soft, voluminous hair! It also helps with my frizzy hair; I normally have to blow dry my hair, but with this I don't have to at all. It's perfect when I take a shower in the morning and have to rush to get to school." —Illana23

Get it from Sephora for $30.

8. Or try out a simple wet hairstyle like an adorable braided bun, especially if your gym routine ran a TAD long that morning.

9. For all my naturals, if you're into the wash-and-go life, use a cotton T-shirt or a microfiber towel so your curls won't frizz while you're applying a full face!

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Promising review: "These hair towel wraps are wonderful. I have long hair and it covers all of it and it soaks in all the water from my hair. All I do after I shampoo and rinse my hair is wrap this towel around my head. When I unwrap the towel, my hair is dry enough to brush through." —MfromKY

Get it from Amazon for $11.19 or a similar version from Walmart for $6.08 (available in three colors).

10. Moisturize your fab skin before you even towel off with a handy in-shower lotion to make your body smooth as butter.

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Promising review: "Love this stuff! I've been one to use lotion after every shower due to dry skin. I LOVE putting this on in the shower, and getting a quick rinse off and being able to get dressed immediately following. It seems easier to me and less time-consuming. This also has a pleasant smell and makes your body soft, with no greasy residue." —Leslie Colgrove

Get it from Amazon for $16.47 or a similar version from Walmart for $5.48 (for a pack of three).

11. Use concealer instead of eyeshadow for a carefree, nude look. No one has time to blend, blend, blend when you have work in an hour and you ALREADY woke up late.

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This Nars creamy concealer has a super blendable formula that literally will NOT waste your time. Get it from Sephora for $30.

Promising review: "I've never been one to buy higher end concealers, but the Nars Concealers changed everything. This concealer feels so amazing under the eyes, it's hydrating and creamy with amazing coverage, but somehow is still lightweight. A little of this product goes a long way coverage-wise." —sxrahmaria

12. Save time by placing dots of concealer under your eyes instead of a triangle for an everyday look that'll blend in a jiffy, especially if you're thinking you want to do a mini contour in a limited amount of time!

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Check out a BuzzFeeder's post about easy makeup tips for more inspiration.

13. And if you ARE thinking about contouring, use this simple method (placing bronzer at the top and sides of your hairline along your temple) for added depth on your face. Just write the number three and you're done!

14. When using concealer, find a container with a built-in applicator to easily blend the product onto your skin instead of digging out a different brush.

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This LA Girl concealer has a brush tip that makes it super easy to apply. Get it from Amazon for $3.74 or Walmart for $2.38+ (available in 26 colors).

Promising review: "Love this concealer. Last long, goes on smooth and this color was perfect for my complexion. I used it to correct and highlight my brows along with using it as a highlight for my face." —Nessa

15. Save applying lipstick for your commute or when you get to the office. Chances are you're gonna re-apply right before your work crush comes walking toward your desk, anyway.

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But if you DO want to apply an awesome red lip, try Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint!

Promising review: "One application lasts me six hours without worrying if it transfers to food or drinks. I can kiss someone on the cheek or forehead and barely leave any lipstick behind. It dries instantly and doesn’t make my lips feel dry and sticky. The formula is amazing and I will continue to purchase this for everyday wear. Rihanna truly killed it with this lip paint." —obstancil

Get it from Sephora for $24.

16. Use fluffy powder brushes for blush AND setting powder. It'll apply both of them evenly and will save you the precious seconds of going through your plethora of makeup tools.

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Promising review: "This is the most gorgeous brush I've ever owned. The finish and design are simply beautiful, and the significant heft to the handle is indicative of quality construction; no wimpy plastic handle here. The brush is incredibly soft and picks up loose and pressed powder with ease. I use it most often to brush off setting powder from my sensitive under-eye area." —It'sJenJenAgain

Get it from Amazon for $7.37 or Walmart for $7.37.

17. Or you can use a makeup sponge to apply both your foundation, concealer, and creamy blush. Multiplicity!

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Promising review: "I love these sponges. Use them damp and foundation goes on so smoothly and easily. It makes foundation less cakey and doesn't soak up as much as a foundation brush does, which means you use less product. It also doesn't make foundation look streaky like a brush can. If you dab foundation on in a blotting motion it helps pores less noticeable. I almost never use a brush anymore." —Mandy Ratliff

Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (for a pack of four) or a a single sponge from Jet for $4.88.

18. Use a cream blush or bronzer on both your cheeks and lids for a double duty look in less time!

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Promising review: "I love this bronzer, it is not shimmery and dark. It is a very natural matte color and works great as a bronzer for contouring techniques or even alone as a blush." —Grace Omalley

Get it from Amazon for $19 or on Walmart for $14.29.

19. Save valuable minutes by skipping the eyeliner completely and applying a bit more mascara to make your eyes pop.

20. I know you're attached to your liquid liner, but a classic pencil can give you the same look without the effort (and without the fucking smudge).

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This eyeliner pencil is absolutely vegan and creulty-free, plus it has a mix of castor and jojoba oil so it can glide SMOOTHLY onto your lids!

Promising review: "Non-toxic, easy to apply, just the right color, and no raccoon eyes at the end of the day. I've been looking for the perfect eyeliner for years, and I think I finally found it." —Susan HB

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 or a simlar version from Jet for $7.66.

21. Or you can just stamp on your eyeliner for a perfect wing in literal SECONDS.

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Promising review: "I always wasted so much time trying to get my eyeliner as precise as I wanted it to be. With the Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp I am finally able to get my eyeliner done super quick and it never looked any sharper. It gives my eye so much definition and the pen is super handy. I absolutely love it!" —Nadja Wildi

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp for even more info!

22. But make sure you know what kind of eye shape you have so you're not putting in all that effort into eyeliner and eyeshadow to just get frustrated, wipe it off, and start from the beginning.

23. Since you're all about dramatics, you can try a speedy (and simple) smokey eye that'll turn heads while you rush out the door. Just draw a simple cross hatch with your pencil liner and blend it out with your fingers!

24. If you want a speedy, voluminous look — spritz a bit of hairspray to your roots and do a quick Legally Blonde hair flip!

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This Nexxus hairspray has a special formula that allows for a flexible and extremely touchable hold. No crispy hair in sight!

Promising review: "I was looking for a spray with a light to medium hold. This one does the trick. It holds my waves in place without being too stiff and it has a really good smell. I also like that its a fine mist instead of a strong spray that actually blows my hair out of place like some others I've used." —Bo

Get it from Amazon for $11.39 or Walmart for $11.39.

Check out more easy ways to get voluminous hair here!

25. If you want to actually go for a eyeshadow look, apply it before your foundation so the fallout doesn't fuck up the rest of your face.

26. Don't go crazy and try to fill in your brows with pomade; try a tinted eyebrow gel with a spoolie applicator for fuss-free definition!

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Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. It goes on clean, looks completely natural, and subtly enhances the brow line. It's much easier to apply than using those little pencils. Easy to wipe away excess, easy to clean off at the end of the day, only needs to be applied once during the day and lasts all day." —Amanda C

Get it from Amazon for $15 or a similar one on Walmart for $11.50 (available in five colors).

27. Cop a baked blush so you don't even have to waste time on face highlighter since it'll combine the pigment of blush with the shimmer you adore.

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The Milani Baked Blush can shape, contour and highlight your whole face, while remaining streak-free. Sounds like a dream!

Promising review: "Words cannot describe how gorgeous this color is. It definitely has a 'glow' but isn't glittery at all. Sometimes I use this by itself and sometimes I use a matte blush and use this on top to provide just a bit of highlight." —PeaSnap

Get it from Amazon for $6.97 or Jet for $6.97.

28. Stick your mascara in a glass of warm water, (or in your wonderful cleavage) so when you apply it on your lashes it won't look super clumpy!

29. And lastly, don't forget spraying some Urban Decay setting spray onto your full face, because having your face melt after rushing to put it on would be a damn shame!

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Promising review: "I was somewhat skeptical about needing a setting spray on top of using primer and powder, but this product REALLY changed my tune. I often put makeup on at the beginning of the day and need it to still look perfect for afternoon auditions. This spray prevents me from having to do ANY touchups at all. It's also especially great for the summer when things tend to get sweatier and oilier. If you need makeup to go from day to night - or you just don't want to worry about things sliding around, this product is absolutely worth every penny." —somersaultwme

Get it from Sephora for $32.

Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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