Overslept? Running Late? How to Get Your Face Ready in Minutes

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Photo credit to Ellie Rulon-Miller

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

Scenario: You just woke up. You pressed snooze a few too many times and have burned through all the time you would have had to get ready for work. You’ve got ten minutes to get out the door or you’ll be late. There’s no time for the usual get-ready routine, but you still want to look fresh to death when you roll in for work. What do you do?

There are a lot of little tricks women use to get ready a little faster in the morning. These are for those brutal, rushed mornings when there’s no time for a shower, when you have to just put on your clothes and get out the door as quickly as possible.

But it’s easier than it sounds, so those days don’t need to be all that stressful after all. Here are a few emergency essentials for when you’re having “one of those mornings.”

Baby Wipes

A quick wipe-down of your face with a baby wipe is often all you need for a quick cleansing in the morning. They can get any excess crap off your face and serve as a great prep for any moisturizing or sunscreen usage. Running a baby wipe under super-hot water prior to wiping down your face with it can help the cleansing process even more; it’ll open up pores for an extra-clean feeling. Alternatively, inexpensive cleansing wipes are easy to find and can go the extra mile in fully cleansing your skin, though they are a bit pricier than baby wipes.


If you’ve got oily skin, your best bet is to wash your face the way you normally would so you don’t leave the house with a super-shiny face. A baby wipe isn’t always the best bet for super-oily skin, so if that’s your skin type, skip the wipes in favor of a cleanser.

Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream

Tinted moisturizers are easy to find, easy to use and very often have an SPF count in them. The moisturizer helps to keep your skin extra healthy, the tint helps even out your skin tone and the SPF is a little added protection bonus. They can also come pretty cheap. Physicians Formula makes an organic tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 for about $10. The tube is a little small, but a little bit goes a long way and it lasts much longer than you’d expect. If you’ve got oily skin, shoot for a mattefying moisturizer. It’ll absorb the oil on your face as it’s produced, so you won’t need to do any touch-ups later in the day.

BB creams are getting a lot of hype on the beauty circuit right now, and for very good reason. They do a world of good for your skin if you can find the right one for your skin type. They moisturize, protect, tint, and even out your skin tone, and some BB creams do even more. Since they’re still gaining popularity in the United States, they can be hard to find in stores and are often very expensive. If you’ve got the funds for it, Sephora carries a number of name-brand BB creams; if you’re on a budget, a few brands have released cheaper drugstore BB creams that often do the same job as the more expensive varieties. Garnier and Maybelline have both released inexpensive BB creams.

Using a tinted moisturizer or BB cream is a freakishly simple and practical alternative to applying a foundation. If you typically primp a bit more on the daily, using a little blush will bring life to your sleep-deprived face. A lot of tinted moisturizers and BB creams work well as face primers, so blush would take to your cheeks with incredible ease.

Baby Powder

Just as everybody has a skin type, everyone has a hair type. Some get a shiny, oily build-up at their roots after a day or two without shampooing their hair. If you have this build-up but lack the time to get in the shower, a little baby powder will do the trick in making your hair look freshly washed. Put a little baby powder onto your fingers and rub your hands together until there are no clumps of powder, then work it into your roots. This step can take the longest if you’ve got a particularly horrendous build-up going on. A simple ponytail or bun can also do a lot in hiding oily roots. Be sure to brush your hair out after this step to help distribute the powder a little further. The powder (and the oil along with it) will wash right out of your hair the next time you take a shower.

That didn’t take too long, did it? Now you’re good to go, you’re out the door, and nobody needs to know you’re having “one of those mornings.”

About Ellie:

Ellie spent her entire time at UMass Amherst working for the Arts & Living section of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, specializing in health & beauty, music and photography. She’s obsessed with skincare, lipstick, film and books, though not necessarily in that order. She currently works her buns off at multiple part-time jobs and spends all her days off playing with makeup and reading comic books.

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3 responses to “Overslept? Running Late? How to Get Your Face Ready in Minutes

  1. Love this advice. I have definitely had those oh-crap-I-have-no-time-to-do-anything mornings, and this will come in handy. Thanks!


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