How To Cut Down Your Morning Beauty Routine By Half
Do you spend more mornings than you can count rolling out of bed a tad late, before rushing through your morning routine and dashing out of the house? You’re not alone. We all mumble to ourselves that we will watch less Netflix that night and head to bed earlier, to wake up fresh and rejuvenated tomorrow (and we’re not even talking about actually making it to that 7am yoga class you’ve been talking about since June last year). While no one can actually yank you out of bed, we certainly have a few tips to help you save some precious time in the a.m. Plus, it’s always a good idea to have the following products on standby for your quickest, most stress-free mornings ever.
Text: Joyce Cheo
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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Forget Face Wash
Cleansing your skin thoroughly twice daily is one of the most basic things you need to do to ensure healthy, congestion-free skin. Plus, makeup goes on best when your skin is clean. Yet, on the days when you can’t even bring yourself to roll out of bed, try reaching for a bottle of micellar cleansing water. Formulated to be rinse-free, a quick wipe down of your face with a cotton pad saturated in micellar cleansing water gently lifts traces of dirt, dead skin cells and sebum that have accumulated on your skin overnight. We like Estelle & Thild’s BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38 for 250ml, as it is infused with aloe vera to soothe and hydrate skin while natural coconut tensides ensures that it cleanses thoroughly without compromising the skin’s natural barrier function. The best part? It literally takes 10 seconds.
Stick To The Basics
When you’re trying to get out of the house in under 15 minutes, there’s no point bothering with your usual six-step skincare and eight-step makeup routine. And flat-ironing your hair? Forget it. Instead, just go for the basics. Massage on a moisturiser, slap on sunscreen, pull your hair up into a messy bun, don’t skip concealer, apply everything with your fingers, dab on a touch of colour on your lips and cheeks and you’re good to go!
Use Multi-Tasking Products
Another way to further help you save time is to count on multi-tasking products. And there’s definitely no shortage of them on the market because women, whether or not we’re running late, like products that do-it-all. After all, who needs three separate tubes of a moisturiser, foundation, sunscreen when you can get the benefits of all three in one nifty tube? Look to Dr. Jart+, a Korean brand that has a good selection of all-in-one products. For example, its Dis A Pore Beauty Balm, $54 for 50ml, not only protects the skin against UV rays, but is also fortified with niacinamide, which refines skin texture and tightens pores at the same time. Plus, it contains a smoothing powder and silky polymer to smooth skin surface and blur out visible imperfections so your skin almost looks airbrushed.
#4: Add some instant colour
And if you want to add some colour to your face, opt for a versatile product that doubles up as a cheek and lip colour. We like NARS The Multiple in Orgasm, $60, a universally flattering shade that works for all skin tones and has a buildable coverage so you can either dab on a sheer veil of colour or layer on for more intensity. It also comes in a convenient retractable format, making it easy to use even when you’re on the go.