Not every holiday party lands on a Friday night. For those mornings when you’re running on less than 8 hours of sleep—and don’t have the time to let your hot tools heat up—you need a get ready quick routine that calls for as little product as possible. The trick? An arsenal of double-duty compacts and wands to get you glowing in minutes. Six magic essentials, above.
We don’t recommend skipping a moisturizer on the regular, but if you’re in a rush to get out the door, reach for a tinted moisturizer with SPF to kill three birds with one stone. We love Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($27), Boots No7 Dual Action Tinted Moisurizer SPF 15 ($12), and Dr. Brandt’s UV SPF 30 Face-Tint ($35).
Stash a mascara in your vanity that both lengthens and curls so that you can skip the delicate and time-consuming use of a manual eyelash curler. Our suggestions: Bare Mineral’s Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara ($12), LORAC’s Cobra Mascara ($20), or Revlon’s LashPotion Mascara ($8).
You’ll save precious minutes applying blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one fell swoop. The trick is finding the right shade of brownish pink that works for your face. Try Lancome’s Star Bronzer Palette ($42), Armani’s Face Palette ($88), or CoverGirl’s Clean Glow Bronzer ($8).
When you’re not in a rush, experiment with a tinted brow gel, so that when you’re ten minutes late for that meeting, you can skip the pencil, powder, and setting gel you normally use and score pigment and security in one swipe. Nars’ Brow Gel ($22), Benefit’s Speed Brow ($20), and Prestige BrowPerfection Gel Duo ($8) are all great options.
Any makeup artist will tell you that the key to flawless, lasting lip color is hydrated lips. Score both at once with Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense ($17), Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm ($7), or Laura Mercier’s HydraTint ($20).
This isn’t the time for a blowout. Let your dry shampoo work overtime and add texture to your hair while soaking up oil. Bonus: it’s easier to secure a ponytail or topknot when your hair’s full of product. Try Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($20), L’Oreal’s EverStyle Texture Series Energizing Dry Shampoo ($7), or Evo’s Water Killer Dry Shampoo ($25).