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How to Shave an Hour Off of Your Beauty Routine

Fake a Wash

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You don't need to wash your hair every day, but sleeping on it can give you weird kinks. To keep your blowout in shape and wake up with a sexy (rather than just messy) bedhead, sleep with your hair loosely twisted in a topknot, says Jonathan Van Ness, stylist at Sola Salon Studios in Brentwood, CA. "Leaving your hair down to sleep causes friction on your ends between your body heat and the pillow case," says Van Ness. "Securing the ends away from your body helps preserve your ends."

If you slept with a topknot and your style still looks flat, sweep the sides and back of your hair into a ponytail and shampoo your bangs, or the hair around your crown, in the sink. Blow-dry just the part you washed, and you're good to go. "If the hair around your face looks great, your style will look fresh and polished," says Amy Abramite, stylist and creative director of Maxine Salon in Chicago.

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Laser Hair Away

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Although laser hair removal doesn't guarantee you'll be hair-free forever, investing in a few sessions with a reputable technician will definitely help streamline your morning routine. Your showers will be shorter and you won't have to worry about scrambling for a new outfit that doesn't show your legs. Laser hair removal reduces your hair—it doesn't completely remove it —so you may still need to shave, but only occasionally, says Jennifer Lee, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Rethink Your Routine

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Do your eyes before your foundation, says Veronica Sinclair, Los Angeles-based makeup artist, whose clients include Sarah Silverman, Lucy Hale, and comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. If you do your eyes first, you won't need to spend precious time carefully cleaning up eye makeup fallout from your already-set face.

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Splurge on Eyelash Extensions

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Eyelash extensions may seem the exclusive purview of celebs like Beyoncé and Kim K, but this is one luxe beauty treatment that is totally worth it, time-wise. The reason? You basically wake up looking fabulous. "Eyelash extensions often make eye makeup, like eyeliner and mascara, unnecessary," says Sinclair. "They lift the entire eye area and cheek area, so you can just focus on great-looking skin and be out the door." But the process isn't cheap: a full set of lash extensions typically costs between $100 and $300 and lasts three to four weeks. Go to a clean salon you trust; we suggest Blushington for those in  New York, California, and Texas ($175).

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Use the Right Tools

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For liquid concealer or foundation, Sinclair swears by the beautyblender, a $20 teardrop-shaped sponge that lets you stipple on foundation quickly and flawlessly. Blending is often the most time-consuming part of your routine, so learning to use a "beautyblender" correctly (make sure the sponge is damp before you use it to apply product) will cut your concealer/foundation application time in half.

If brushes are still your thing, that's totally fine, just make sure you always tap excess product off before applying. "It's such a simple thing, but it makes a big difference," says Sinclair. "You'll get a cleaner application and you won't have to spend a lot of time blending in heavy makeup."

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Don't Dry Your Hair Right Away

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Don't try to dry your hair the moment you hop out of the shower. Instead, wrap it in a sham-style towel or a special hair towel (like Aquis' Lisse Luxe Hair Towel) and do your makeup first. Once your hair is about 80 percent dry, turn your blow dryer on. "It's the last bit of moisture that sets the style for your hair, so taking the time to blow-dry strands from the second you get out of the shower is just a waste of time," says Nick Penna, owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri in Boston.

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Perfect Your Pencil Technique

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This trick is simple, but it will help you get a flawless application every time: Before using any pencil-type makeup (eyeliner, lip liner) on your face, warm up the tip by gliding it across the back of your hand. You'll get a smoother, faster application, with fewer imperfections and dragging, says Sinclair.

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Polish Brows Quickly

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It's a lot of work to line, shade, and blend a perfectly-arched set of brows every morning, says Brianna Solberg, Detroit-based freelance makeup artist. She suggests investing in a good tinted brow gel such as Anastasia Beverly Hills' Tinted Brow Gel. "If you can apply mascara, you can use a brow gel," says Solberg. "Go for a shade in a slightly lighter color than your hair color so as not to look too dramatic."

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Use Products that Work Double-Duty

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If you're pressed for time, try mixing a little foundation with your moisturizer, says Lauren Carelli, principal designer of hair and makeup at Blushing Brides, a Boston-based bridal hair and makeup company. Carelli also swears by multi-functional products, such as Nars' The Multiple in Orgasm, a stick that can be used on your eyes, cheeks, lips, and body. You'll save time because you won't have to rummage through your makeup collection to find shades that work together, plus you can just throw the stick in your bag for on-the-go application.

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