10 Ways to Get Out the Door Faster
Tint Your Lashes
It's a trick Jennifer Aniston swears by. Ask a pro to apply a tint to your lashes -- and the results will allow you to ditch mascara for up to a month! Request brown for the most natural effect, says makeup artist Robyn Cosio of Sally Hershberger Los Angeles. Just curl your colored fringe every morning as you would your regular lashes.
Chanel Precision eyelash curler, $34;chanel.com.
Skip a Shampoo
No time to lather, rinse, and repeat? Blow out your hair at night. Before a morning shower, tuck strands into a bun (so they get a little damp but not drenched). Later, take down your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner to help tame kinks, says L.A. stylist Guy Riggio. Then run this John Frieda round brush through strands -- it emits hot air to make hair smooth and polished.
John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush by Conair, $40; amazon.com.
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Brush on Your Base
Properly blending a liquid or cream foundation over your face takes time. Instead, suggests makeup artist Fiona Stiles, use a translucent loose powder, which "gives more goof-proof coverage." Just sweep it over skin with a large powder brush -- done!
Diorskin Forever Nude Fresh Glow Powder SPF 10, $46; at department stores.
Touch Up at Work
Don't do your whole face in the morning -- just focus on one or two of your skin's imperfections, "whether that means concealer under the eyes or foundation over a spotty complexion," says Stiles. Then add a dash of blush or lip color. At work, apply eye makeup and more color. Stiles loves this portable Laura Mercier palette for touch-ups. "The cream shades are light and impossible to mess up."
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks palette, $48; sephora.com.
Pre-Pack Your Breakfast
Bring a single-serve box of whole grain cereal, an 8-ounce carton of low-fat milk, and a piece of fruit to work for a quick "deskfast" with enough protein to keep you satiated until lunch, says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of Eat Your Way to Sexy. Another good combo, she says: a hard-boiled egg, a slice of whole wheat bread, and a 6-ounce can of tomato juice.
EZ-Freeze Cereal on the Go, $7;amazon.com.
Pull Your Hair Back
As is the case with any outfit, the right accessories can totally change up any hairstyle in a flash. So invest in a few sizes of barrettes and head-bands to suit a variety of hair days. One look we love for spring: a slim band sitting atop a messy bun. It's chic, it's simple, and it takes just seconds.
Judge Your Outfit
Take a moment at night to select what you'll wear the next day. Melanie Fascitelli, founder of the organizing company Clos-ette Too, recommends having a preview area. "A large hook attached to your closet door or any space on your wall works," she says. And remember, "it's just a head start -- you can always change your mind in the morning."
Merino wool cardigan, J. Crew, $80;jcrew.com. Polyester dress, Jack BB Dakota, $65; zappos.com. Rope and metal necklace, Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, $320;jaclynmayer.com.
No more wrestling with your ironing board! A travel-size steamer, says Fascitelli, "solves a lot of problems in two minutes," which is why she keeps one in her bathroom and another in her closet. Use it to take wrinkles out of everything from white shirts to cashmere sweaters.
Rowenta Ultra-steam handheld fabric steamer, $30; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Set an Alarm
Have an alarm go off 10 minutes before you have to leave the house every day. It's your official reminder to stop puttering and get going.
Designate One Departure Zone
Creating a home for your cell phone, keys, glasses -- and whatever else you can't find when it's time to bolt -- can save you precious minutes in the A.M. A tray located on a table near the front door is handy. Better yet? Try this tray-slash-charging station from Blue Lounge ($130; bluelounge.com), which comes with a range of connectors.