1. Keep a record of your outfits
Snap a pic in the mirror every time you wear an outfit you like so you can fall back on it if struggling for inspiration. Keep a folder on your phone for wardrobe inspiration – you'll be surprised how useful this can be for work AND play.
2. Put dry shampoo on your roots before you go to bed
If you have greasy hair but don't want to have to allow extra time for washing it in the morning, put dry shampoo in before you go to bed and it will have all night to soak up excess oil.
3. Style your hair the night before
An easy way to get fuss-free waves in the morning is to braid your hair after drying and sleep in them overnight. When you wake up all you'll need to do is take out the braids and run a brush through with some light hairspray.
4. Plan your outfit the night before
Granted, no-one likes thinking about work the night before – but trust us, just five minutes spent deciding on an outfit for the next day will save way more than five come the morning.
5. Lay out your makeup the night before
If you know what you're wearing, you can start thinking about the make-up you want to wear, too. Only leave out the bits you need for that particular look and you won't waste time in the morning searching for your fave red lippy.
6. Fake tan in the shower
There's nothing that screams 'faff' louder than applying fake tan and waiting for it to dry before you can do anything...shudder. Thankfully, in-shower fake tans allow you to get your shimmer on in next-to-no-time. With Rimmel's new Sun Shimmer product, all you have to do is wash normally, then turn off the water while you evenly apply the tan and wash off as soon as you're finished applying. Amazing.
7. At-home gel nail polish
Forget having to apply new nail varnish every other day, with Rimmel's at home Gel Polish you can ensure your nails stay chip-free for up to two weeks. You will also save on time going to the salon. Win, win!
8. If in doubt, just apply red lippy
You could forgo loads of your usual makeup routines – bronzer, eye make-up, even a smart hair 'do by simply putting on some red lipstick before you leave the house. Trust us, you'll look like you've spent ages on your look, despite it only taking seconds.
9. Apply glitter over chipped nails
Instead of taking off your chipped varnish and reapplying, simply slick a coat of glitter over the top of your nails and you have a quick – and pretty – cover-up.
10. Do everything else before getting dressed
Makeup, hair, breakfast, brushing teeth – this will give you more time to think about your outfit and avoids any last-minute toothpaste dramas.
11. Plan your shoes first
There's no point designing a whole outfit, getting dressed and then discovering you have zero shoes to wear with them. Pick your footwear first and it'll save you getting dressed in two or three different outfits every morning.
12. Have a back-up outfit ready at all times
Everyone has a favourite dress or top and trouser combo - remember it in your time of need and make sure it's never in the dirty basket.
Originally appeared on cosmopolitan.co.uk