Always Oversleeping? Ten Ways To Save Time Getting Ready In The Morning

Every time I hit the snooze button on my alarm, I know I’m gonna regret it half an hour later when I simply don’t have enough time to do my hair. Although a few more minutes in bed may seem like a great idea at the time, they inevitably have a negative knock-on effect and leave us rushing out the door still attempting to apply mascara and pull up our tights. I’m not a morning person and I never have been, always struggling to get my backside out of bed and on with my day; however, I’ve managed to perfect the art of getting ready in minimal time thanks to time saving tricks and multi-tasking. Here are ten ways I save time in the morning while not scrimping on my beauty regime – and you never know, they could help you get a few more minutes in bed too. 

1. Sleep-In Rollers
My hair seems to always take the longest amount of time, especially since I’ve invested in hair extensions which simply don’t enable quick styling. However, if you prepare the night before by washing and semi-drying hair then you can save serious time the following morning. Sleep-in rollers are a fab invention, helping to create great curls and waves (as well as volume at the root) while you sleep; rollers help you to awake with hair that just needs a bit of pinning, hairspray or combing into place – rather than a full-on styling session that will leave you with mismatched shoes.

2. Overnight Treatments
There’s nothing worse than waking up looking like death and attempting to pile on the slap to cover a bad nights kip. Overnight treatments, masques and creams can help inject goodness into your skin while you sleep, leaving you with fresh and plumped skin the morning after. I’m a huge fan of MeruMaya, Philosophy and Origins before I slip under the duvet, as they help my complexion to look radiant and wide awake – minimising the need for piles of makeup and an hour in-front of the mirror in an attempt to correct imperfections and sallow skin. 

3. Double-Up In The Shower
While your conditioner is doing its thing, make the most of the dead time in the shower and get to work on other elements of your routine. I always brush my teeth in the shower to make sure I can step out and get on with getting dressed, as well as using the time my treatments are getting to work to buff my limbs or shave my bits n bobs. If you stop standing under the running water wondering how you’re going to get through the day ahead, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get in and out of the bathroom.

4. Plait It Up
One of my current favourite time-saving hair styles is a side plait. Messily taking three sections and wrapping them around eachother, pulling out the bulk to create volume and movement, and pinning a few sections around the side is a super quick way to create on-trend hair that looks super complex. You can even rough-dry hair and style it while still damp, creating ace waves that will look beachy cool when you release the plait later in the day. It takes two ticks and always makes a statement.

5. Spray & Go
Vaseline Spray & Go moisturisers have completely revolutionised my routine, enabling me to moisturise my limbs every morning without battling with getting tights on over the top. A quick spritz leaves a super lightweight cream on the surface of skin, which can be massaged in within seconds to leave limbs protected against the winter elements. It saves time but doesn’t compromoise on the important elements of your routine.

6. Skincare & Makeup In One
Opting for multi-functional products that offer skincare and makeup benefits in one formula will save time while looking after your skin. BB Creams are a great way of injecting moisture and offering radiance, while simultaneously protecting from UV rays and providing great coverage. There’s no need to layer up with three different serums, moisturisers and creams if you’re using fabulous makeup products that do all the hard work for you – Clarins, Dr Jart and Benefit have some great bases that will tick off many boxes every single day. 

7. Power Lips
If you’re struggling to put together an outfit or don’t have time to perfect that slick of liner, a powerful and bold lip is all you need to ensure you look ‘done’. A bright red or berry shade of lipstick can help create effortless glamour and bring together an outfit, even when you’re only wearing a t-shirt dress. Keep the rest of your look minimal for maximum impact… Plus you can apply this finishing touch on the bus to save even more time!

8. Working Spray 
If yesterday’s hair is looking a little lacklustre, a working spray is a great way to reignite a style or add effortless volume. My personal favourite is from Show Beauty, offering a great alternative to heavy sprays and helping to boost my style with ease. A short burst all over the hair helps to boost curls and shapes that were created the day before, as well as helping to add a touch of lift to the root. It takes two ticks and really makes a big difference without weighing hair down.  

9. Accessorise  
Like a great lipstick, a bold accessory or
statement necklace can instantly update an outfit and make it look like
you spent three hours getting ready. If in doubt, chuck on the plainest
thing you’ve got and pick out the blingiest pieces of swag to
accessorise with… Making something shiny and fancy the focal point of
your outfit will ensure people forget about your messy barnet or chipped
nail varnish. 

10. Chuck It In Your Bag 
Rather than rushing your routine or attempting to finish off your lipstick while tying your laces, chuck everything you haven’t managed to apply or accessorise with into your bag – and do it on the go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve applied mascara on the train, added bracelets and sorted out my rings. There’s often dead time while you’re on public transport, so make the most of it and stop panicking… As long as you get off the other end looking perfect, nobody will never know you overslept.

Do you always struggle in the mornings? Do you have any top tips for saving time but still ensuring you look fabulous?



  1. Mary Tohill
    November 15, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Another great tip is to sort your makeup bag out the night before and then you're not left with choices in the morning. If I have too many choices to make, I'm always late! You can even do this on a Sunday night for the week ahead. I simply change up my eyeshadow palette, blusher and lipstick, et voila, a completely new look from the week before. If by some miracle you have more time in the morning you can of course change up different products, but I prefer my bed to be honest!

  2. Anonymous
    November 15, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Those are great tips. I always prepare my clothes and other stuff the night before, so I don't have to think about it in the morning

  3. Sciencekoekje
    November 15, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    I hear you about applying make up on the train. It often earned me weird looks. I usually fill in my eyebrows on the train since i always forget those and often i apply mascara or lipstick. One great way of saving time in the morning is by the way to already put your clothes out the evening before. Not like i ever manage that but if i would, i am sure that would save loads of time ;)

  4. Rachel Jones
    November 15, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    I struggle every day, but not from over sleeping…because of my four year old messing about! Great post; have never cleaned my teeth in the shower…

  5. Laura Brooks
    November 15, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    I love these tips I'm actually laughing as I do some of these, the cleaning my teeth I do, even when I'm in the bath il clean my teeth at the same time, and yes gross I know I do spit it out, I stick an overnight face mask on before bed so I look ok ish, and now take a brush and hair spray to work to sort my hair out,Thanks for sharing Laura//libertylovesmakeup,

  6. Missmacbeauty
    November 16, 2014 / 1:36 am

    Great post! I need try some of these- I feel like i always look tired!Missmacbeauty | Missmacbeauty

  7. Lily D
    November 16, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    I have a struggle every morning. Lovely post

  8. Leanne Saunders
    November 16, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    great tips this pretty much sums me up as I'm always rushing for work in the morning I do try and get up earlier but how can you with that snooze button… My tips are get your outfit ready the night before and I do my hair first before my make up because whatever time I have left be it 5 mjns is how much makeup I can get on my face which is normally CC cream winged liner mascara and if I have time spare lipstick if not then I put on a to tinted balm as I'm walking to my car

  9. Emma-Jayne Punter
    November 16, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    Love this list – sleep in rollers are the way forward I tried my friends but still haven't got round to buying any. I found putting them on the top layers of your hair are much more comfier when sleeping and still work just as good 🙂 xx

  10. Sarah Yoon
    November 17, 2014 / 1:09 am

    Great tips!

  11. Nathalie M
    November 17, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Great tips.. I use a lot of them myself. I always double up in the shower. I can't just stand there doing nothing. Xoxo Nathalie

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