Every morning it’s a mad dash for me to get ready before I have to run out the door. As a mother of two, it’s not very often that I have enough time to really do my hair, put on makeup, and try on multiple outfit options. Over the last four years I’ve perfected a system of how to get ready in 15 minutes (or less!).
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Mentally choose an outfit to wear that’s comfortable, casual, and easy to put on. I have items in my closet that are perfect for days when I have little time to get ready, but want to look presentable in public. My bottoms vary from joggers to athletic pants to jeans and tops are always easy to throw on. If the weather is cool, I have a few vests, pullovers, and zip up jackets that are very versatile. I don’t get dressed until my makeup and hair are done.
Wash your face, put on moisturizer and deodorant, and quickly apply a few beauty products to hide the sleepiness (or exhausted mom-face). I use an under eye cream and Erase Paste, bronzer and blush to awaken my skin, and mascara. That’s it. While I apply my minimal makeup, I always plug in my hot tools (such as a straightener or current curling wand) and break out the dry shampoo.
I usually only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, and when I do wash it, I allow it to air dry. I have naturally curly hair, but since having children it is a mixture of wavy and curly. After I put on my face, I quickly spray the roots of my hair with dry shampoo and use my fingers to rub it in. Then I straighten any unruly pieces of hair around my face if needed. I tackle my hair in layers, bottom first, with a 1-1.5 inch curling wand . I grab chunks my hair and and wrap it around the wand starting halfway down from the root. I hold it on the wand for around 25-30 seconds. After I finish one layer, I spray with two different kinds of hairspray – one for texturizing volume and the other for hold.
Fortunately I have the type of hair that doesn’t need to be washed daily and looks better down than up in a top knot. If your hair becomes greasy overnight, throw on a baseball cap or put it in a braid. In the winter, I love wearing beanies.
Once my hair and makeup are complete, I quickly get dressed. Planning an outfit in my head before I actually get ready takes away from the stress of standing in my closet feeling lost. As long as my clothes are clean and matching, I don’t really worry so much what to wear when I am going out to run errands.
As a Mom, it can be difficult to get ready in a short amount of time. What are your tips for getting ready quickly?
Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.