8 Ways to Get Ready in a Snap

How to shower, prep skin, apply makeup, and style your hair better and faster.

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In the Shower

Tip No. 1: Not all two-in-one shampoo-conditioners are created equal, so make sure that yours has essential oils, like coconut and jojoba, for conditioning and is free of sulfates, which can strip and dehydrate hair.

Time Saved: 5 minutes

Tip No. 2: Use an in-shower moisturizer so you can hydrate skin while conditioner soaks into your hair for a minute or two.

Time Saved: 2 minutes

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No. 1: Avocado and Quinoa Co-Wash by Briogeo, $32, sephora.com.

No. 2: Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner by R+Co, $29, birchbox.com.

No. 3: Smoke and Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil by IGK, $29, sephora.com.

No. 4: Refreshing Coconut Oil Wet Skin Moisturizer by Jergens, $8, ulta.com.

No. 5: In-Shower Moisturizer by Eucerin, $11, target.com.

No. 6: In-Shower Hydrating Body Lotion by Nivea, $8, walgreens.com.

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Skin Prep

Tip No. 3: Combine two steps into one with a tinted moisturizer that contains SPF, so your complexion is supple and protected from harmful rays.

Time Saved: 1 minute

Tip No. 4: Pick a primer that's packed with nutritional ingredients (like glow-inducing antioxidants) so your skin is prepped for makeup and reaping a ton of health benefits.

Time Saved: 1 minute

No. 1: Daily Facial Moisturizer With SPF 50 by Cetaphil, $23, dermstore.com.

No. 2: Ibuki Protective Moisturizer SPF 18, $45, shiseido.com.

No. 3: Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $44, lauramericer.com.

No. 4: Primer Sheet Mask by Biobelle, $5, ulta.com.

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No. 5: Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28, firstaidbeauty.com.

No. 6: Jelly Pack by J.One, $42, sephora.com.

Makeup Application

Tip No. 5: Now is not the time to labor over a smoky eye. Forget makeup brushes, and use products you can apply easily with your fingers.

Time Saved: 7 minutes

Tip No. 6: Have makeup remover swabs or wipes on hand to fix any mess-ups. Swiftly erase mistakes without having to start over.

Time Saved: 4 minutes

No. 1: Blur Stick, $36, milkmakeup.com.

No. 2: Editorial Eye Palette Clays, $48, lauramercier.com.

No. 3: MultiBalm by Pixi by Petra, $12, target.com.

No. 4: Charcoal Swabs by Milk Makeup, $7, urbanoutfitters.com.

No. 5: Dinoplatz Magic Wand for Lip and Eye Makeup Remover by Too Cool For School, $8, sephora.com.

No. 6: The Original MakeUp Eraser by Makeup Eraser, $20, sephora.com.


Tip No. 7: Play up bedhead with a few spritzes of texturizing spray—aim it towards the roots to add volume to a simple braid or bun. When handling curls, add a pump of smoothing cream for shiny, bouncy coils.

Time Saved: 15 minutes

Tip No. 8: Guarantee pretty next-day hair by sleeping on a silk pillowcase—it will help eliminate frizz while you dream.

Time Saved: 10 minutes

No. 1: Supercream Coconut Curl Styler, $28, devacurl.com.

No. 2: Mare Mediterranean Sea Mist, $34, gmreverie.com.

No. 3: Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray by Kristin Ess, $14, target.com.

No. 4: Silk Pillowcase by Slip, $79, sephora.com.

No. 5: White Marble Silk Pillowcases Two-Pack, $139, shhhsilk.com.

No. 6: Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase, $45, drybar.com.

Total Time Saved: 45 minutes!

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