Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:00 AM
 
Quick! You have five minutes to freshen up! There’s no time to shower, do your hair or put on any makeup. Instead, pull out these beauty products that will make you look and feel like a million bucks... even on the roughest of mom days.

Sunscreen + makeup in one

You need to put on sunscreen. You need to put on makeup. Why not combine the two into one quick and easy step! Look for a tinted moisturizer that also has SPF. They are easy to apply and soak into your skin quickly so that you can rush out the door as soon as you're done. Make sure to get the right color for your skintone — there's nothing worse than having a makeup line, even for busy moms!

Instant-wash washcloths

On those mornings when even getting the chance to wash your face is out of the question, these will save your busy life. Run one of these disposable washcloths under warm water and take it straight to your face — the face wash is built in so you don't even have to take the time to grab your soap. They also work great at the end of the night for taking off eye-makeup!

Dry shampoo for no-wash hair

When was the last time you washed your hair anyway? Don't worry. We won't tell. When your hair is moving quickly from the ponytail-zone to the hat-zone, but you have to wear it down, dry shampoo will be your new best friend. Nearly every beauty brand is making a version of dry shampoo these days, and, surprisingly, you don't have to spend a fortune to get one that works well. All you do is sprinkle or spray it into your dirty hair, rub it around (per the instructions) and you're good to go — it absorbs the oil in your hair instantly!

The perfect bronzer

If you've made it to step four in this list and have some spare time, pull out your biggest makeup brush and do a quick swipe of bronzer over your cheeks, forehead and down the bridge of your nose. It's amazing how quickly you can look fresh and rested with a little color on your face. But apply with a light hand — going overboard with bronzer is a quick downhill slope to Jersey Shore territory.

No-mirror necessary lip gloss

We know that lipstick is out of the question (who has the free time to look in the mirror?!). That's why a good clear gloss that you can put on while waiting at a red light or apply before zipping in to preschool drop-off will come in handy. Get one with a brush or tip that makes it easy to put on without too much over-glossing.

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