How to Streamline Your Makeup Routine for a Stress-Free Morning

How to Streamline Your Makeup Routine for a Stress-Free Morning

Check out these four tips for streamlining your beauty routine for a stress-free morning.

By: Amber Katz

If you want to streamline your morning makeup routine, the key is organization. I like to arrange my stash according to item type (eye shadows and liners in one drawer, for instance, blushes and bronzers in another). The drawers I use are from a large desk that I actually employ as a vanity table.

I also like to keep a tightly edited "favorites of the moment" makeup bag on top of my table. I switch these "greatest hits" out often depending on what I'm testing, but it's a great way to keep new things in rotation while still having at-the-ready access to my main makeup archive.

Are you looking to get a little more organized when it comes to your cosmetics? Here are four more tips for streamlining your beauty routine for a stress-free morning.

1. Edit Your Stash
During the morning rush, the last thing you want to deal with is rifling through a bunch of beauty duplicates. You know, those three almost identical pink-hued lipsticks, or those four Kohl eyeliners that all look the same. Keep your everyday makeup bag small and limit the products you put inside to just the basics: Brushes, foundation, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, blush and lipstick (or tinted lip balm). And just one of each will do just fine — trust me.


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2. Dish it Out
Instead of keeping your daily makeup essentials in a standard cosmetics bag, it may help to be able to view all of your items at once. I have a friend who keeps her makeup in a clear cake dish. It's absolutely perfect — she can see all of her beauty goods without having to blindly dig around for a specific item. Plus, it looks totally cute. A clear bowl or box would also work well.

3. Carry Touch-up Items
Stock your purse with a concealer, powder and tinted lip balm for reapplications throughout the workday. Going from your desk to drinks? Throw an eyeliner in as well in case you want to add a little drama to your look.

Pro tip: To maintain fresh-looking, flushed cheeks, pre-dust a cotton ball with your favorite blush in the morning, and take it along with you for easy, on-the-go touch-ups during the day.

4. Prepare a Primping Plan
Just as you lay out your clothes in the evening before an early flight or an important event the next day, try designing your cosmetics concept the night before. You can take your time to perfectly coordinate your makeup look with your outfit, and it will take much of the pressure off of your busy morning routine, plus, there’s no need to do a full makeup test run. Simply laying out your tools, brushes and makeup on your vanity or sink counter will help your grooming process run much more smoothly the next morning.

What's your morning makeup routine? How have you cut down the time you spend getting ready?

Amber is a freelance writer and the founder of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a
hilarious pop-culture infused beauty blog that covers everything from eye shadow to hairspray. Amber has written for,'s Buzzworthy blog, New York Press and Girlfriend Getaways magazine.

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Excellent guidelines, I am starting with organizing my make-up today!

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