Many women complain it's too much effort to get ready to go out. They feel they have to consume too much time to look awesome or otherwise they go out looking bad. Sometimes they even decline to go out for this very reason, because they don't feel up to doing all that effort to look good. But there is a way to make this process easier.
1. Make sure your wardrobe and your make up cases are all organised and ready to use.
A common problem many of you face is you can't find anything to wear, even though your wardrobe is full of things. If you wardrobe is a mess, you tend to forget what's inside and you can't find your stuff. Then, another common reason is having too many trendy/edgy/statement pieces and not enough basic clothes, or that generally your clothes don't get combined together. Or you haven't still figured out in which clothes you look the best yet.
If your wardrobe is neat, and everything inside is stuff you wear, clean and ironed, and your makeup is all in one place and your brushes are clean, then you 've saved yourself a lot of time and effort. So, donate everything you don't wear, doesn't fit or is too old. Repair holes, rips, lost buttons, too long trousers, or give them to a seamstress to do it for you. Throw items beyond repair, don't keep them, not even to wear inside the house. If there are clothes you want to keep, but they don't fit you, put them in a suitcase. Also, make sure that you own basic pieces of clothing, that can be combined in many outfits, some statement/signature clothes according to your style, shoes for each occasion, a ready outfit for a funeral and one for a wedding. Make sure you own some layering pieces ( eg I alwas seem to forget to buy new tights, they get holes all the time!).When you buy new clothes, think if they match anything you own.
Go through all your makeup products, throw away everything that has expired, give away anything you don't use, or put them in a separate place. You can keep them all in one bag or drawer, you can organise them into categories or have a makeup vanity to keep them.
2. Make sure you have done all other beauty processes beforehand.
It's better to have a bath when you wake up, before you go to sleep or after working out, instead of before you go out. When you have a bath, you can take care of all other beauty processes that need to be done each time, like doing hair and face masks, shaving, plucking eyebrows, manicures, penticures, hydrating creams etc. If you do these in the last moment, you 'll get anxious, you 'll skip them, or you 'll get very late.
3. Start with a clean slate and a good mood.
Remove any make up residues, and clothes. Wear a robe. Thus, you won't get any makeup on your clothes, you won't ruin your hair undressing, you avoid going out with what you currently wear inside the house and you 'll feel nice while getting ready. Be calm, put on some music if you want to. If you're stressed, you are prone to mess up.
4. Do your hair first
Hair is hery important because it frames the face. It makes a lot of inpact on how you look, even more than clothes and makeup. Studies have shown that bad hair has a negative impact on your mood and confidence. So do it in a way you know looks good on you. Don't experiment with hairstyles right before you go out. If your hair refuses to cooperate, be ready with an alternative, like an updo or a braid type. If it's not washed, put some dry shampoo or baby powder or cocoa powder on the roots, to absorb the extra oil and make your hair more voluminous. You can postpone washing it for 1-2 days with this technique. While you do it, think of what to wear.
5. Put on makeup
Do your make up, again in a way you 've tried before. Do as much work as you desire, or as the time you have allows. Stuff like liquid eyeliner and conturing need a lot of time, while stuff like mascara and lipstick can be done more quickly. Do your eye area first, because this way it's easier to clean any smudges or products that fall on your cheeks. While you do it, think of what to wear.
6. Get dressed
Whoever has emptied half her wardrobe on the bed, after she tried it on, and then collapsed on top over it, raise your hand! Aren't we all guilty of that?
First of all, think of the temperature and where you're going. Then pick a piece of clothing you 'd like to wear and think of what to combine it with. eg pick a pair of pants, then find a T-shirt that looks good with it. Dresses are easier to wear than separates because they are a ready-mady outfit. Then find underwear, they are important because they are the base of the outfit. Also, at this point you could look for some layering pieces, like a cardigan, and tights if you're wearing a dress. Then find shoes. Pick some accessories, like jewellery, belts, scarves, gloves, hat, etc. Finally, pick outerwear, like a leather jacket, a coat, a cape etc, and a bag. Now that you have everything strewn out in your bed, or in a chair, wear it and you're ready.
To save up time, think of what to wear as you do your hair and make up. Also, have some default outfits ready, for when you have no time to pick an outfit. Have four outfits for a special occasion, one for a summer/spring wedding and one for a winter/autumn wedding, one for a spring/summer funeral, and one for a winter/autumn funeral, because these things sometimes come in unexpected times. Don't experiment with new clothes' combinations and styles when you get ready to go out. Find some free time to play dress up instead. Have a full length mirror in your room so you can check your outfits from every angle. When you go shopping, it is very helpful to have in mind your body shape and a sense of your personal style, not as a set of strick rules, but as a general guideline, so that you can buy clothes that suit you and not feel dissapointed because nothing looks good on you.
And that was my guide for getting ready quickly and efficiently! Did you find it helpful? Do you have any tips and tricks you wish to share? Do you have any other problems concerning getting ready, you wish to find a solution for?