As a curly-haired gal with uncooperative skin who is prone to losing shoes, purses, and jewelry, and painfully indecisive about outfits, I have literally envied other girls for their ability to seemingly just “get up and go.” Truth is, I’ll never be one of them. But in the last year I’ve changed up a few things that have been life-savers for my routine. Hope you enjoy!
1. Learn How to Do Your Makeup
Many women who would deem themselves athletic or free-spirited scoff at the idea of makeup. I did for a long time. But inside I always wondered how certain girls in my college classes looked so ‘together’ every day. Honestly, I was averse to the idea of makeup because I didn’t want to be “overly concerned” with my appearance. Now, I see makeup differently. It’s just a tool that is meant to highlight your natural beauty and features. I like to follow the principle (usually) that less is more, and knowing what works for you is so key. In the past couple of years I’ve explored a lot of makeup blogs, YouTube Channels, and used other tools to figure out the best routine for me. Now, I know how to get a fresh look in 5 minutes, how to dress myself up for something more glamorous without looking fake, and so much more. Now that I understand how to use makeup to highlight MY unique features, I feel more confident and prepared for each day, not to mention more feminine. I’m not claiming to be an expert here, I’m just sharing what I know works for me!
- Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light
- MAC Brun Shadow for Eyebrow Definition (I use this eyebrow brush)
- Black Eyeliner (Gel or liquid. Right now I’m using this one) and a cheap Smudge Brush from Target (I always, always blend! Watch this great tutorial to learn how.)
- A fun lip color to make things pop, like this one
- Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin
- Urban Decay Naked Palette (There’s a good reason it has 4.8 stars and 6,000+ reviews!)
2. Invest in a Quality Hair Dryer (& Brush!)
I have thick hair. Like, really thick. I bet I could predict verbatim the reaction that any hairstylist will have to my locks: “You have SO MUCH hair.” I don’t know what I was thinking for the 8+ years of my life that I was using a low-quality hair dryer. It was like driving the slow golf cart around the track and trying endlessly to win the race to no avail. Finally, I got so frustrated that I threw in the towel and went shopping. It was one of the best decisions ever! Better yet, I didn’t drop $100/$200 on a hair dryer. I found a quality (consistently well reviewed – I always check) hair dryer for $50 at TJ Maxx. Originally $150. Cha-ching! I was spending 35 minutes to dry my hair and now I usually spend less than 10.
3. Plan Out Showers
As someone who enjoys working out most days of the week, I have had so much trouble in the past fitting exercise conveniently into my schedule. And, no, I’m not one of those lucky chicks who can go to the gym, shower, blow dry my hair straight in 5 minutes, and get to work by 8am. I’ve got a mane, people, and if I “just let it go” I end up looking like Albert Einstein’s relative. Now, I plan my workouts so that they benefit my schedule rather than inconvenience ME. If I know I’m not working out in the morning, I’ll usually shower the night before and allow my hair to dry overnight. This cuts down on prep time and, as an added bonus, keeps it healthier. If I workout in the mornings, it’s usually something light OR fast. On light days, sometimes there is no need to even wash my hair and, on fast/high intensity days, the workout is usually under 30-40 minutes, so I can get regular sleep, shower, get ready, and not have to wake up at the crack of dawn! Admittedly, sometimes I do not wash my hair even on these high intensity days. You just have to do what works for you!
4. Skin Care
Great skin is IN. And there isn’t some secret potion or magic formula to getting it. I am still learning about this aspect of my health but even without a complete knowledge of what works best I can still say that it is one of the most rewarding topics I have invested my time and energy into researching. The reason that skin care helps me in my “get ready” routine is that, with great skin, you glow and hardly need makeup, anyways. This cuts down on prep time AND time spent worrying about “why my face looks so tired, broken out, etc.” Truth be told, growing up meant growing out of my acne, so I don’t have major issues with that at this time (I FEEL for you girls who do – my best advice is to research natural, dietary solutions rather than medications or chemical creams). But I still have sensitive skin that tends to look dry, uneven, and doesn’t have a natural glow. I have recently gotten into a ROUTINE of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and CLEARING my skin of makeup each and every day. I opt for paraben-free products because my skin is sensitive, but I promise, finding a routine that works for you will significantly cut down on your “get ready time” and you’ll begin to want less makeup in the process!
5. Realize You See Things Differently
Nobody said you had to look perfect when you walked out that door – except you. I’ve struggled with this a lot, and so does every woman on the planet who comes in contact with a mirror. One of the best things I have to remember is that I am the most critical person when it comes to my appearance. It is really healthy for my mind and heart sometimes to step back from the mirror and try to see what other people see about me. It is always the good aspects. More importantly, on days when my hair, makeup, skin, body, clothes, accessories are cooperating, I remember that none of that lasts, anyways. My true beauty is internal and unshakeable, because it resides in Jesus Christ, who cannot be changed, wrinkle, blemish, or fade. When I focus on that on any day, I can walk out the door confident, feeling beautiful, and ready to work hard. Now that’s a part of my “Get Ready” routine I’ll never need to change!