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Learn tricks to help you clean up quickly!

January 13, 2016

If we're friends IRL, then you know I'm obsessed with working out. I can probably be found at the gym doing a HIIT training, Spin, yoga, or cardio dance class at least five times a week before 8 a.m. And if I've learned anything from Taylor Swift, it's that you can leave the gym looking fresh. But if only having between 20 to 30 minutes to get ready before work stresses you out, then keep reading to learn all of the tricks I've discovered to help you clean up quickly!

Postshower Prep

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1. Moisturize wet skin
As soon as you step out of the steam and into your towel, smooth on some body lotion. This helps the product absorb any moisture left on your skin, ensuring your limbs feel even silkier than normal. Plus, how annoying is it to wiggle into jeans with lotion on your legs? Do it ahead of time to avoid sticky denim!

2. Take off mascara residue
Quickly get rid of eyeliner and mascara smudges without makeup remover. Dab on a bit of face lotion with a cotton swab and gently rub it on the area. It should work like a cold cream and take the smears right off.

3. Apply your face mask
If you're still red from the workout, try a quick peel. I like the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55) because it's natural and gentle enough for sensitive skin—plus, it goes on clear so no one will know you're wearing it. Leave this on for about 10 minutes to purify pores and shed the top layer of dead skin. Insta glow!

4. Immediately follow with serum and face cream
It takes almost half an hour for your moisturizer to dry. Applying foundation while the base cream is still drying can cause it to slip right off. The solution: allow your serum, moisturizer, SPF, and eye cream to sink in while you do your hair. Then, move on to your makeup.

Hair Hacks

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5. DIY a shower cap
No shower cap? No problem. Grab those plastic bags most gyms supply for dirty clothes and wrap it around your head to keep the water off. A dry-towel-turned-turban works as well.

6. Just wash your bangs
Even when my hair is a bit sweaty, I usually don't wash it. Instead, I work with the texture and grit the dirty hair gives me. Leaving it wavy in these situations is also essential. To make sure it looks clean, I leave out the front "bangs" part of my mane and rinse the section with shampoo, conditioner, and water. I blow it dry with a round brush. Pull the rest back into a low ponytail or bun if you're really self-conscious about it.

7. Blow-dry away from the showers
It is more difficult to dry your hair in moist environments. So pick the blow dryer that is as far away from the steam room and showers as possible. Your strands will dry quicker and look less frizzy!

8. Create a hair product cocktail
There's a very specific three-step routine I do with my dirty hair when I want to refresh it, add volume, and mask smells. It's all explained here with easy-to-follow GIFs. But know that you need to pack dry shampoo, texture spray, and hair oil in your gym bag.

Makeup Musts

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9. Skip the bronzer
Powders can stick to dewy skin and look awkward. Instead, go for a creamy contouring stick like Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow ($45), which will give you a bronzed look while melting into your skin.

10. Play up your eyes
If your cheeks are still red (totally happens to me!), avoid a bright lip. It can draw more attention to your rouge cheeks. Instead, play up your eyelashes by curling them and then prepping them with a wand like Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer ($26). Follow with your favorite black mascara, wiggling it in between your lashes so it looks like eyeliner (and you can skip that, too). Luscious lashes make you appear "done" without having to wear much on your face. Bonus points if you also fill in your brows!

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