I'm what we women like to call, "low maintenance." My favorite label is actually more like, "no maintenance."
I hate everything about the post-shower routine: lotion, doing my hair, taking care of my skin, putting on makeup, picking out clothes and accessorizing. I have very little patience for these things and it's a rare event when I actually take the time to do all of the above.
However, I've come to realize that I love the end result... I enjoy looking well-put-together. The cute jeans look better than the yoga pants and I have to admit, I really love my hair when I take care of it. I love the way I look when I put some effort into my appearance, but here's the thing: I HATE THE PROCESS. It takes time, effort and muscles (yeah, you read that right, I said muscles. Holding a curling iron upside down above your head so you can wrap your hair around it piece by piece is exhausting. Bonus? Toned biceps).
Because of my disdain for the getting-ready process, I've come to the point where I just don't care anymore. My outward everyday appearance over the course of the last two years has taken a hit and honestly? I looked like I didn't care, too. I never mastered the perfectly-mussed-up-ponytail look. I just looked sloppy.
Over the past month, I've been trying to put a little extra effort into looking put-together. While I've been putting in the time, I've also been trying to find easy, no-brainer ways to achieve the look I want with very minimal effort.
So, if you're a woman who doesn't give a crap about beauty regimens, but you've decided you enjoy the finished product, this is for you.
1. Learn the art of the no-heat curl. No joke, this easy process changed how I feel about doing my hair. I've always loved the beautiful, soft, wavy look but, I hate using the curling iron. It's ideal if you prefer to take showers at night, like me. I blow-dry my hair until it's 80% dry, apply this easy method (I use bigger sections of hair for a larger curl), go to sleep, take it out in the morning, and I've got lovely, beach-curly hair straight out of bed.
2. Simplify your skincare routine. Try the Oil Cleansing Method. I know. It sounds super hippie and crunchy to cleanse your skin with oil. But it's fast, easy, and I only have to do it about three times a week. It's actually done wonders for my skin (especially when I'm in Utah, where it's incredibly dry). I combine this cleansing method with eye-makeup remover wipes and BAM, done.
3. Invest in a good, hydrating makeup primer. A lot of people refer to primers as "clear makeup" and I couldn't agree more. They go on smoothly, they even out your complexion and give your face a nice, flawless look. I'm a huge fan, because I absolute HATE foundation, concealer and all that other stuff. For my everyday routine, I simply use the primer as my foundation. I use Smashbox Hydrating Primer so it does double duty as a makeup base and light moisturize, and I've been SO happy with the results.
4. Downsize your everyday makeup to three items. Yes. Three. That's it. After I use my primer, I add a little bit of blush with lots of shimmer to give me a fresh-faced glowing look (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is my favorite), then I use some volumizing mascara (I love Dior's Diorshow mascara, but it's pricey. Cover Girl is legit, y'all), and a quick coat of hydrating lip gloss. Three items. That's it. Blush, mascara and lip gloss. You can get all of that done in about 2 minutes flat.
Well, there you have it. My painless, easy beauty tips that will get you feeling great with hardly any effort. What would you add to the list? Do you have any favorite, easy must-haves in your routine?