Daylight Savings Beauty Shortcuts: Save Time and Sleep Longer

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Shannon Ray was the winner of the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter.

This weekend is Daylight Savings Time, which means that yo' butt's going to be getting one less hour of sleep. For me, that means looking exactly an hour less presentable to the world. Or you can use these time-saving beauty tips and hit the snooze button until your little heart is content. I'm a lazy b, so I know ALL the tricks to continually perpetuate the laziness while still living my life (somewhat) normally. Taking forever to get ready when you could be saving a ton of time? Not on my watch.

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Bang, bang, bang. There are those times in life when just washing and styling your hair seems like so friggin' much. But walking around looking like a Johnny Depp hair twin only works for, well, Johnny Depp. Luckily, there is a fast (and easy) remedy for this conundrum. First, wash just your bang area (or the front top area of your hairline, if you're bang-less) while you are showering. Then blow-dry just that section with a round brush, or whatevs your normal styling routine may be. Put the rest of your hair in a bun/ponytail/braid/pigtails (I don't know your life) and call it a day. You'll still look totally clean and put-together, but your total time spent on your hair will be five minutes or so. Since I am the official conductor of the lazy train, I use this method at least twice a week. Toot, toot!

Keep it bold. Let's be real in this mother: Putting on a full face of makeup can be a beast. But you can save über amounts of time and still look ridiculously on-trend by doing bold lips and leaving the rest of your face bare(ish). If you are one of those lovelies who can go foundationless because of your beautiful, flawless skin (I'll try not to hate you), skip all of that silly nonsense and directly hit up the lippies. If not, choose your level of coverage quickly, and do your thang. Now go for the bold, and apply whatever statement lip shade you're feeling. Fuchsia? Great. Red? Perfect. Orange? You're a badass. Complete your face with a couple of swipes of mascara and your cool-girl-that-doesn't-even-try look is finished.

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Stick it. Is there anything that screams, "Look, I'm unkempt!" like a raggedy-ass mani? Probs not. (Unless you are one of those cool people that always has chipped nails and just looks like a general bad b. If you're one of those peeps, carry the hell on, because you intimidate me.) You can always just keep your nails bare naked, ladies, or you can go the route of nail stickers. I'm a HUGE fan of these babies. Because there is zero dry time, you can just stick 'em on and fuhgettaboudit. And if you're into the whole nail-art deal but aren't a fancy artiste, these are a great alternative. Just pick it and stick it and move on with your life.

Bronze lightning. Spring is totally on its way, so for a lot of people that means going for a bronzed, glowy look. But getting a spray tan means actually going places, and doing a full-on home self-tanning expedition takes a crap-ton of time. Not to mention that walking around nakey for an hour while your new glow dries is the exact opposite of fun. But don't worry, you can skip all of that time-consuming mess by using a touch of tan lotion that gradually adds a tan, or just a touch of glow, depending on your skin tone. Just apply the lotion after lightly exfoliating in the shower and get dressed. Done and done.

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