‘Accidentally’ I watched the rest of The Summer I Turned Pretty before going out? No problem! As an eventful summer comes to an end, I have come to realize one thing about myself: I am the biggest procrastinator in the world when it comes to getting ready. In the past couple months, I have had multiple trips and nights out and they all have one thing in common… I end up being late for each and every one of them.
Nevertheless, I know I am not alone on this. At one point or another, we all are late for something. In my case, if I am not binging The Summer I Turned Pretty, it usually correlates to me underestimating how much time I have to get ready. I’ll give myself an hour to get ready and end up getting to the bar closer to midnight than 9:30.
But I have finally cracked the code. If you know that you’re usually rushing to get ready, switch your routine to one you know you can count on. Now, I don’t mean putting all your favorite hair products into 3.4 oz tubes or skipping a few steps of makeup. You can still get a flawless look, but in a shorter amount of time. Say goodbye to the days you show up somewhere with a half face of makeup and a one-minute ponytail arrangement done in the car.
Here is a list of rush-friendly products that you can count on for effortless beauty:
If you’re taking an Uber, you don’t want to cram too many things into your handbag. The first thing to do before you leave is your hair.
The Vodana line of hair tools heat up fast to create long-lasting curls or waves in less time. You also don’t have to worry about your house and if it’s still intact because you forgot whether or not you turned your curling iron off. The hairstyling brand creates a variety of products with a setting that ensures the heated tool will be shut off after an hour.
Now, the two makeup steps I believe should be done at home no matter the circumstances are: foundation and contour. There is no amount of car lighting that will truly tell you when those products are fully blended in. Once these two are done, it’s time to switch into your outfit and call the cab because everything else is taken care of.
Next comes Wander Beauty’s On-The-Glow Blush & Illuminator. This all-in-one beauty enhancer has a versatile highlighter on one side with a blush tone on the other. No brush or blender needed with the cream-to-blush formula as it glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly onto skin to allow a beautiful flush and glow to every complexion.
We are not taking an eyeshadow palette to the bar because that just sounds like a disaster. At any point, you could drop or sit on your bag and everything will be covered in colored dust. The best way to quickly craft a fierce eye look without the time in front of the mirror is to create a sharp wing. I know it sounds daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
I initially doubted Kaja’s Stamp Wing Eyeliner Stamp & Pen until I tried it in the car and was shocked by the results. Within 30 seconds, I was able to create a flawless cat eye. The dual-sided pen creates a smudge and waterproof winged eyeliner in two simple strokes. The brand created two pens with varying wing lengths to choose between a classic or dramatic eye look.
The one makeup step that takes me the longest time is my lashes – especially when I’m in a frantic, hurried state because I can’t get my hands to remain still long enough to lay the lashes perfectly against my lash line. Well, I wasn’t able to do so before at least…
Now, you don’t need to wait for an event to have salon-worthy lashes because iEnvy by Kiss’s V-Luxe Extended collection. Their system includes 12 different styles of faux and real minx clusters that can be applied in just three quick and easy steps: brush on Bond, place clusters underneath your natural lash, then lock with Seal. 10 minutes replaces 2 hours on a lash bed. The best part is you can do your lashes on Thursday and use their Overnighter serum so the lashes last for that entire weekend and the next.
Of course, we get so wrapped up in our hair and makeup that we forget the most important step: our scent. Our perfume completes our outfit so we need to make sure we smell just as luxurious as we look. You’ll especially want this last step if you’re in a rush, as often there is no way you have time to shower before getting ready (be honest, we’ve all been there).
Sometimes, it can be hard to choose the right scent when your budget limits you. That is no longer a problem with Scentbird, a fragrance subscription brand that will hook you up with the best and most popular scents for only $16.95 a month. Every month, they deliver 8 mL bottles of any scent, ranging from Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy Rose to Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Garden! It also comes dressed in a sleek case so you can carry it with you everywhere.