Would you rather snooze a few extra minutes in the morning or spend the time fussing with your hair? Yeah, we thought so. Here are our favorite low- to no-effort beauty tricks that will get you out the door fast -- and looking flawless.

By Krista Bennett DeMaio
May 20, 2016

Layering on a multistep skin-care routine, mastering your makeup, and glamming up your hair is great -- when you have the time (or motivation) for it. But some days (or nights), you just need to phone it in. Fortunately, you can cut a lot of corners and still get gorgeous results. Seriously. With these tips, no one will ever know that you didn't spend hours primping.


Skip the sink. For those nights when you just can't muster up the energy to take off your makeup: Stash a package of wipes on your nightstand. Just swipe and go … to sleep. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes ($7; target.com). Bonus move: Leave your night cream at your beside, too, and follow your quick cleanse with a hefty dose of hydration.

Or, do a bedside rinse. Another way to shorten -- or eliminate -- time at the sink: Switch to a micellar cleansing water. The clear, waterlike solution removes makeup, attracts grime, and tones skins. Just saturate a cotton pad and swipe it over skin. No soap, no rinse required. Try Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water ($42; fragrancenet.com).

Just add oil. Moisturize while you're still in the shower. After you wash, step out of the spray and douse skin with body oil (try Aveda Beautifying, $30; aveda.com, which can also be used on your scalp and hair). Rinse off the excess and when you get out, pat dry. You've just sealed in moisture for the day.

Skip several skincare steps. Hydrate skin, blur wrinkles, shrink pores, mattify shine, and get skin-evening coverage in one tube. New do-it-all balms and primers have made five-step regimens a thing of the past. One to try: Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer ($46; dermalogica.com).


Go monochromatic. Skip the separate eye shadow, cheek color, and lipstick, and invest in a creamy, all-over color stick in one wearable shade. Swipe it on lids, cheeks, and lips, volià: your makeup is done! Try Nars The Multiple in Na Pali Coast ($39; sephora.com).

Try a bright lip color. The quickest route to ready? A vibrant look-at-me lip color. A punch of color makes you look put-together in seconds; and you can get away with wearing less, or no, makeup on the rest of your face. Our current favorite: L'Oreál Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in Matte for Me ($10; lorealparisusa.com).

Curl and line at the same time. Using black, water-resistant liner, line the edge of your lash curler. Place the curler as close to your lash line as possible and clamp down. Release for perfectly curled lashes and lined lids. So cool!

Clean up your brows with concealer. It's the ultimate lazy-girl solution to less-than sculpted brows. Simply cover any unwanted brow hairs, and trace out a more precise brow line with your concealer.


Style at night. And we're not talking about a 30-minute prebedtime blowout either. Simply spritz damp hair with a texturizing spray (we like Garnier De-Constructed Beach Chic, $4.29; garnierusa.com), and gather into a high bun on the top of your head. In the morning, unravel for smooth and natural-looking waves, says Devin Toth, hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City. It's that easy.

Add an accessory. A low ponytail can say, "I didn't try too hard today." But a low pony adorned with an on-trend gold metallic cuff says, "I don't have to try; I'm naturally chic." See the difference? Try Loft Metallic Cuff Ponytail Holder ($24.50 for a set of two; loft.com).

Cut your shower short. Got curls? Then you know how high-maintenance your coils can be. Don't rinse out all your conditioner in the shower, says Toth. "Let some of it stay in your hair -- like a leave-in conditioner and curls will be softer and more defined."

Shade your roots. When you've forgotten to schedule an appointment with your colorist, again: Cover gray regrowth with a powdered, matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color. What roots?


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