I am not one of those people.
The snooze button is my best friend, I’m lucky if I’m out of bed by 9:30am, and I only wash my hair two or three times per week, avoiding the elbow grease it takes to properly blow-out and style my frizz-prone waves. As for makeup? Two minutes and bam! I’m done. Over the years, I’ve learned countless tricks to cut down on my beauty routine. Here are the lazy girl essentials I couldn’t survive without.
An absolutely indispensible part of any bum’s arsenal, hair powder will allow you to extend your style’s life 2 or 3 (or even 4!) days, especially when paired with a cute headband or artfully placed clip. There are a wide variety of great hair powders on the market, but the two I always come back to are Finley Hair Powder, $18, and The All Nighter, $18, both of which smell amazing and come in a variety of shades. The All Nighter is a bit chunkier than Finley, so I use it when my hair is really dirty; otherwise, Finley is great for days 1 and 2 of no washing. Sprinkle either over hair, rub into roots and tousle hair to distribute to ends, then brush out. Voila—clean hair that smells great and has oodles of volume.
Sure, you could go through the whole routine of washing your face and reapplying your makeup (say, post-gym, or after a long day of work)—but why would you when a few quick passes with an oil-blotting sheet (Clean and Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets, $4.49 at drugstores, are my go-to) will make you look dry, neat, and fresh as a daisy?
Forget the smokey eyes, the meticulously applied concealer, the groomed brows: a few swipes of jet black mascara (preferably after using a lash curler—I love Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $19, which is truly worth every penny and will last for years) will open up your eyes, make you look more feminine, and definitely fool people into thinking you had more sleep than you actually did. (Although, if you’re truly lazy like me, you’re probably operating on 9.5 hours anyway.) My two favorite mascaras are Cover Girl Lash Blast, $7.79, drugstores, and Lancome Definicils, $24.50,—both classics. Don’t be afraid—pile it on.
If you do have a few extra minutes, get your skin in order; this is particularly important if you have a slightly blotchy complexion. I’m wedded to Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 foundation, $25, which can make your skin look seriously flawless, stat. Get the original version, not the Matte, for luminosity, and if you have a concealer brush handy, swipe some extra minerals around your nose, under your eyes and over any redness or blemishes. It only takes 15 seconds, and will make a world of difference! Finish with glowy peach blush, like my beloved NARS Orgasm, $26. It looks good on every complexion, and helps kiss your skin with a “What has she been doing?” flush that makes the name oh-so-appropriate.