Makeup Hacks for Busy School Days

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When you’ve spent too much time studying for a test and you’re trying to get ready for school in 10 minutes, it can feel daunting looking at your usual makeup routine. How can you get a school-ready look without spending half an hour on your face? Do you just have to forgo makeup entirely?

Don’t worry; a completely bare face doesn’t have to be the answer. Instead, you can use a few quick makeup hacks to make it easier to do your makeup, even if you only have a few minutes. That way, you’ll look great with less time.

Focus on Your Skin

When you only have a limited amount of time, use that time to make sure your skin looks lovely. Spend more time on primer and foundation than on eye shadow. After all, it doesn’t much matter if your eyeshadow is on point if it’s hard to notice it because of the dark circles under your eyes. In fact, you can usually get away with very minimal eye makeup if you’ve focused enough on your skin. Don’t use makeup that’s lighter than your skin in an attempt to lighten dark circles, either. The colors you normally go with will work just fine.

Make Your Cheeks Pop

One of the most important things to do is make sure you bring some color into your face. Especially if you’re rushed or you didn’t sleep well last night, you’re going to be facing some lifelessness in your skin, and people will definitely notice. Don’t be afraid to use a bright blush, especially if you know you’re not going to be able to do much else. If you end up looking a bit like a clown, don’t worry; instead of washing it all off and starting from scratch, use a bit of foundation on top to tone back the color.

Let Products Do Double Duty

If you only have to get one product out instead of two, you’re more likely to be able to breeze through your makeup routine. You can use lipstick for blush, eyeshadow for eyeliner, and brow gel to extend your lashes. These double-duty hacks make it easier to do your makeup on the go, too. Make your on-the-go makeup bag just a couple of products, and you’ll be able to do your makeup on the bus or in the car.

Don’t Go Overboard

You probably don’t need as much makeup as you think you do. It’s fine to have a dazzling look, but especially on test days and days after your whole class had a ton of homework due, you really need extremely basic makeup. No one’s going to be judging you for your makeup at an 8am test. Everyone’s thinking about their own work. Don’t try to overcompensate with flashy eye shadow or well-defined eyeliner. Do what you can, and don’t worry about the rest.

Rock the Messy Look

A lived-in “second day” look can be great. Not only is it an achievable look when you don’t have a lot of time, but it’s also a look that people try even when they have more than enough time for a traditional makeup look. The messy bun, for example, is a sought-after look. That’s great news for you. It means that even if you only did it because you didn’t have enough time for a neater hairstyle, no one can really tell. Take pride in your messy look, and people won’t think twice about it.


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Doing your makeup after a long, sleepless night can seem like a Herculean task, but in actuality, it’s achievable. You just have to make sure you’re willing to take a few shortcuts. These shortcuts won’t even seem like shortcuts from the outside; they’ll just make it easier for you to handle your own makeup.

To be able to excel in makeup, you have to be able to do it in all sorts of circumstances. Truly great makeup artists can do a good look in just a few minutes when they’re short on time, and create an entirely different, beautiful look over the span of an hour when doing bridal makeup. If it’s second nature for you to switch gears like that, consider signing up for the cosmetology program at Ogle School. It’s a good way for you to turn that talent into a career.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.