We’ve all been there-you forget to set your alarm, miss your wake-up call…or you’re just plain lazy. You only have 10 minutes to get ready for the day and are faced with a problem-how to look fresh and chic…with bedhead? Read on for fashion and beauty tips and tricks that require little time and minimal effort.
Step #1: Hair
So you wake up, and your hair sort of resembles a bird’s nest. That style may be totally in vogue on the runways, but it doesn’t really translate well to real life. You don’t have time to shower, so what do you do? You actually have more options than you may realize….
a Quick Fix: Carefully comb the tangles out of your hair, but try to maintain the tousled texture. Put hair in a loose bun, braid, or ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Tie a vintage scarf, colorful bandana, or wrap headband around your head, near the hairline. This will hide possibly greasy roots and unsightly matted bangs. Secure with bobby pins if necessary.
Tip: Put hair in a topknot or high ponytail before going to sleep. This will keep hair from getting tangled if you toss and turn, and also keep some volume and add texture and waves to the hair, so it doesn’t fall flat in the morning.
If you’re still having a bad hair day, you can just throw on a chic beret or cute boater hat.
Step #2: Face
Even the lowest-of-maitenance girls can’t deny the power of a good concealer and a touch of blush. Follow these steps for a three-minute minimal makeup look.
1. Apply concealer under eyes, to areas or redness/discoloration, and other imperfections. You can use your fingers, just be sure that they’re clean!
2. Curl your eyelashes. Even without mascara, this will open up your eyes and make you look more awake.
3. Wear blush on the apples of your cheeks. Cream blush is nice because it gives a glowy, dewy finish.
4. Put on some chapstick or lip balm! Because who doesn’t want luscious, moisturized lips?
Of course, feel free to add or omit steps to make your perfect routine. If you have naturally rosy cheeks, skip the blush! Or, if your skin is oily, wear a light translucent powder. Makeup, like fashion, is about experimentation. Practice and find the right (simple) look for you.
Tip: Take care of your skin before bed. Your skin rests and repairs itself while you are sleeping, so always remove all makeup and wear moisturizer and eye cream.
Still struggling? Don’t feel like you have to hide! Rock the natural look until you figure out the right makeup routine for you. Sometimes baring it all can be liberating! (And easy, too.)
Step #3: a Casual Outfit
Discovering your style is all about finding your formula. Figure out what styles and colors you are drawn to, and what looks good on you. A solid foundation is the key when you want to be effortlessly chic.
a Quick Fix: Graphic tee + Denim Bottoms + a Blazer or Moto Jacket
Tip: Invest in basics—leggings, tees, cardigans, flats. You’ll likely be wearing them often, so choose ones that will last.
If you still don’t know what to wear, don’t be afraid to re-wear a favorite outfit. (Really cute shoes will also make any outfit better.) Being chic should never be stressful.
Step #3: a Professional Outfit
As with casual style, professional style is all about your formula and foundation. Invest in structured basics-knee-length skirts, silky blouses, blazers, pumps.
a Quick Fix: Button down + Pencil skirt + Printed heels
Tip: If you’re a party girl, choose pieces that aren’t too sexy, but will easily transition from day to night.
And if you’re still stuck, maybe it’s time for you to take a personal day. Only joking. Same as with dressing casually—there’s no shame in re-wearing old favorites. They are your favorites for a reason—you’ll always feel chic.
I hope these tips have helped all you lazy girls out there! Stay chic! (And stay away from sweatpants!)