High school comes with more homework, more friends and more pressure to look your best — especially when it comes to your skincare, hair and makeup. Learning how to get out the door, to your locker, and in your seat before the tardy bell can take some time and practice, so you need to combine style and speed in the morning. Get your beauty routine down pat to make your mornings easy, so you can focus on your algebra test — not your looks.


Keep It Clean

Staying clean is the first priority to look and smell your best. Plan to shower daily, but you may or may not need to wash your hair, depending on your hair type. You can shower in the morning or at night, as you prefer. Don’t forget your deodorant, but keep perfume and scented body sprays to a minimum. Even though you like the smell, your teachers and classmates may not. A light, fragrant shower gel is a happy medium.

Taking Care

Taking good care of your skin will keep you looking your best. If you’re lucky and aren’t blemish-prone, keep your complexion clear with regular gentle washing and a light moisturizer. If you have problem skin and frequent breakouts, you’ll need to put a bit more time and energy into skincare. Look for products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat your acne, but do moisturize to prevent dryness and redness from these products. While acne is a pretty normal part of the teen years, if you’re battling cystic acne or over-the-counter products aren’t helping, talk to mom or dad about a visit to the dermatologist.

Hair Help

Mornings are often rushed, so mastering a few easy and pretty hairstyles can get you out the door and into class. Consider skipping the curling iron in favor of no-heat curls set before bed the night before. If you’re in a rush, a high bun on top of your head looks stylish and takes seconds, as does a side braid for long locks. For shorter styles, rely on bobby pins to create a simple twist in your bangs or braid them back and away from your face.

Making Do with Make Up

While makeup can be fun to play with, most mornings there just isn’t time to do a full face. Start with a BB cream or tinted moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin healthy, moisturized and smooth looking. Follow up with concealer to hide any unwanted blemishes. Sweep on two coats of black or brown mascara — opt for brown if you’re fair and black if you’re not. Brush on blush, choosing a warm peach or rose tone, depending on which looks best on you. Finish up with a clear or tinted lip balm and head out the door.