A few months ago, after a lot of introspection and research and analysis (a ridiculous amount, really, but hey, I like to be prepared!), I took the plunge and got a puppy. It had been years since there’d been any kind of dog in the house, let alone a tiny 8-week-old fur-baby. While I thought I was ready for what that would entail, I didn’t realize just how much of my morning routine would have to be shortened in order to take care of her before heading out for the day. I used to be the sort of person who would luxuriate over her creams and gels and powders, taking her time (and letting herself wake up). But now that there’s a bouncing ball of fuzzy energy wanting to play at 6AM, I have to hustle.
Here are some of the ‘redhead friendly’ approved shortcuts I’ve adopted to get me out the door ASAP while still looking fabulous and rockin’ it like a redhead.
1. Moisturizer & Sunscreen In-One:
Using a separate moisturizer and sunscreen? Who has time for that? But as we fair, freckled redheads all know, skipping either of these products just isn’t an option. So instead of doing individual layers, simply blend the two together or find a moisturizer with a hefty dose of SPF already in it.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Products: Combination of Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 and La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion for summer and Ole Henricksen Truth Revealed Crème with SPF 15 for winter.
READ: 5 Best Tinted Sunscreens for Redheads
Tip: If you want to get really crazy, try adding a dollop of your foundation to your moisturizer/SPF concoction, especially during warmer months when foundation on its own is too heavy. Presto, you’ve just made a tinted moisturizer suited just for you!
2. Don’t Mess With Concealer:
Put down the concealer! For everyday activities, it’s quicker to simply pat a tiny amount of foundation on blotchy spots for a flawless, smooth finish. And, it’s one less product to use.
3. Multi-Tasking Makeup:
Fall in love with all-in-one products. My favorite is NARS The Multiple in shade ‘Orgasm’. It is legendary for its multi-tasking abilities. Use it on your cheeks for a dewy flush or your lips for a hint of color. As a bonus, the non-messy tube applicator makes it a fantastic staple for your purse.
4. Lip Crayon:
Make lip crayons your best friends. These have so many time-saving perks: you get the precision of a liner with the coverage of a lipstick, and since they have awesome staying power, there’s no need to reapply. Try Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm or Bang Beauty Lip Crayon.
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Viola –– you’re ready in record time! Leaving you free to take care of other important tasks, like stopping a certain four-legged creature from eating your favorite pair of shoes. Rock it like a Redhead!