The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Ready When You’re Running Late

Hey, everyone! It’s Hannah again and I’m so excited to be back on the blog! If you missed my last few posts, click here and here to see what I’ve been up to. Today I wanted to share my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Ready When You’re Running Late. Now, I’m not really lazy- I just happen to have “lazy-like tendencies.” One of those tendencies is hitting the snooze button like it’s my job, which in turn can make me late for my actual job. It’s safe to say I’ve perfected getting ready really fast. Keep scrolling to see my 5-minute makeup and some of my go-to outfit formulas to ensure I make it to the office on time, while still looking, you know… alive.

I can spend ages doing my makeup, but for those mornings that I need to run out of my apartment ASAP- I’ve got my routine down to a science. One trick I use to keep track of time is to do my makeup while listening to music- I know that I only have 2 to 3 songs to get my face done!

Step 1- Skin

 No matter how late I am, I will always prep my skin with sunscreen and primer, then go in with some concealer. I add a few blots of my bb-cushion foundation then I mattify with some powder and a big fluffy brush. Chriselle can rock a dewy look like no other, but when I try, I feel like I look like an actual grease ball. Using my powder also helps keep everything in place and not sweat off as I walk through downtown.

Step 2- Eyebrows

I actually feel naked without my brows done. I’ve got pretty thick brows (thanks, mom & dad!) so I don’t really need to fill much in. I darken them a bit with some powder (I’ve been using this to do my brows since high school and it’s only 3 dollars- you’re welcome) and an angled brush, but the real magic is using a gel. My brows tend to get pretty flat, so using a clear gel (like this one) helps keep their shape!

Step 3- Eyes

On a normal day, I use this palette almost exclusively. It’s super small and has the perfect amount of matte and shimmer shades for a ton of different looks. Because I use it so much, my brush always has some leftover product- which means I can put on eyeshadow in just two or three swipes on my lid! (Don’t worry, I clean my brushes every two weeks or so!) Then, to add a bit more definition, I use this eyeshadow stick on my bottom lash line. It’s super creamy and blends like a dream. Afterwards, I add some eyeliner on my water line and some mascara and I’ve got a chic neutral eye in about a minute and a half.

Step 4- Bronzer & Blush

To finish off my face so I don’t feel like a total potato, I do a little “contouring” with some bronzer– just to give my face some definition. A little blush on my cheeks (I like to use a cream blush like this one so I can blend with my fingers) and I’m done! If I’m ~feeling myself I’ll throw on a lipstick, too!

My 3 Go-To ‘Late for Work’ Outfits

Last month, I showed you guys my three go-to date outfits, but this month is a little bit more practical. I’ve got three formulas that I follow in the mornings so I always know what to wear, I just have to fill in the pieces!

Button Down: Forever 21 (Similar Here) | Jeans: H&M (Similar Here) | Slides: Zara (Similar Here) | Bag: Micheal Kors (Similar Here) | Sunnies: Dior 

Formula 1: Button Down + Jeans + Slides 

A button down is the perfect balance between sophisticated and effortless. On one hand it’s professional, so I can wear it to work or any meetings I have, but on the other hand, it’s totally casual and works just as well on the weekends! This one, in particular, is thin and breezy and has a high slit up the side which gives it a blouse-y feel. A pair of jeans worn-in to perfection and then some slides (similar here) and I’m good to go!

T-Shirt Dress: Zara (Similar Here)| Bag: Mango (Similar Here) | Sunnies: Miu Miu | Shoes: Feiyue 

Formula 2: T-Shirt Dress + Sneakers 

T-shirt dresses are lifesavers. I’ve got four that I have on rotation and I’m not even ashamed. This one, however, is my favorite because *clears throat* it has pockets. All I do is roll out of bed, throw off my pj’s and throw on my dress! Add some sneakers to give it a more casual athleisure feel and a cool necklace and I’ve got the ultimate ‘Oh sh*t, I’m late’ look.

Sweater: Brandy Melville (Similar Here) | Pants: Zara (Similar Here) | Flats: H&M (Similar Here) | Bag: St. Laurent | Sunnies: Rayban

Formula 3: Sweatshirt + Flowy Pants + Flats

This look is probably my favorite because… how cool are these pants? They’re silky and honestly look and feel like pajama pants. For days you don’t feel like wearing jeans, flowy pants like this are the perfect solution. I wore this outfit when I came to work the day I shot this, and I had legitimately slept in that gray sweatshirt. I just pulled on the pants and some pointed flats and rushed out the door! I own more gray sweatshirts than I feel comfortable admitting, but they’re such a closet staple for me. They go with everything, keep you cozy, and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Maybe one day I’ll wake up with enough time to get ready like a normal working adult? But let’s be real. Hope you guys enjoyed this month’s post! What do you want to see next? Let me know down below, or @ me on Instagram and I’ll catch yah next time!

x Hannah


  • Fatima says:

    Great post! love all of the outfits, the makeup looks like all amazing products

  • Di says:

    The most relatable post I’ve seen in months. At least I am able to buy those pieces! Not to mention Hannah is gorgeous!

  • Tajinder says:

    Loving the style inspiration, three great work outfits which work well for the coming season. Keep slaying dear!

    Tx. // MusicGeekOnline

  • Ashley says:

    Wonderful tips! T-shirt dress and sneakers have been my go-to lately 🙂

    Ashley | R e a s y u m e

  • Menty says:

    Interesting, love the basic ideas!
    but one thing is, I tend to have always the very good quality and cutting for the basics, coz I know I would probably wear them on repeat! So best they are both durable in shape as well! haha 😀
    Love pajama idea too

  • Love this…and the random jumping shots 😀

  • Maria says:

    This is 100% me :)) Great ideas 😀

  • Lindsay says:

    Nice post – I feel like this is my life. 🙂

    Love the gray sweatshirt idea… too bad I live in the tropics!


  • Jayme says:

    The eye shadow that you’re wearing in the photos, is that really the Tarte cluster that you reference? The tarts looks much brighter and I really love what you’re wearing. Also, what shade of the nars lipstick are you wearing? Love the look!!

  • Jayme says:

    The eye shadow that you’re wearing in the photos, is that really the Tarte cluster that you reference? The tarts looks much brighter and I really love what you’re wearing. Also, what shade of the nars lipstick are you wearing? Love the look.

  • It doesn’t take long to get ready and look good I can do it in 15 minutes if needed

  • Coco says:

    I really enjoyed this, simple but useful post. There was something really casual about it and that is what I usually go for!

  • Katya says:

    Your outfits don’t look like you’re running late at all. Still look gorgeous and stylish!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Prisilla says:

    Great post & pics! I need long, thick-coarse hair tips…..what to use to keep it non-frizzy & easy hairstyles that do not involve blow-drying or using any heating tools. I’m low maintenance….but need to be high maintenance when it comes to just using the right shampoos/cond & leave-in cond…etc. I recently used a sample hair serum for the first time….it really keeps flyaways at bay….but really…I need to use A LOT …. my hair is super thick. THANKS!!

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  • Jennifer says:

    Those are definitely my go-to outfits!

  • Jandrew says:

    This is a great post ! 1 great tip I have passed on is when you have time on a lazy Sunday afternoon plan your wardrobe for the week . Easy you can hang up everything including accessories! I hate wasting time !
    Dress The Part

  • LOVED THIS POST! Super practical. I’m also glad I’m not the only one that uses songs to determine how much time I have 🙂

  • Daria says:

    I love your blog incredibly much!
    Such good quality of photos!
    Keep up the amazing job, girl x

  • Elizabeth says:

    Loving all of these great looks, especially the t-shirt dress! 😀 Hahaha I actually have a few on rotation that I wear on a weekly basis too LOL! And five minute makeup? Amazing! I need to learn to speed it up in the mornings so I can catch a few extra Z’s hahaha!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Love this a whole bunch! Definitely agree with you on it all. Your routine is very similar to mine when I’m not really going on a date. Haha 🙂

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    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Simi says:

    For me when I am running late is very important to do my brows because I don´t have a nice shaped and bold ones…and then it´s a mascara.. well as far as outfits I like all three..first with simple white shirt is great option, second easy to throw on without much thinking what to wear with it and the third..well I dont understand how people can look so good in a bigger sweater and bigger pants..when I am dressed like this, I always look weird or like homeless person and my husband doesn want to let me leave the house like that even though I tell him it´s modern now..but then I look into mirror and admit he is right 😀

  • Alina says:

    Such cool and relaxed looks!

  • Magda says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Love each outfit!!! Great style – easy breezy!

  • Mia says:

    I feel like your lazy day look is my trying-my-absolute-hardest look, haha! 🙂 You are absolutely stunning and I love these photos! Totally agree that a button-down shirt has that effortless, but still put-together vibe.

    Mia |

  • Love the make up tips! Thanks for sharing

  • Natali says:

    I think that shirt dress and sneakers combo is my “go to” look when I’m lazy and am running late. 😀

  • LENA says:

    There is Nothing lazy about these looks! Super cute style!

    L.E.N.A | Revealed

  • Nicolette says:

    I love all of these picks. Thank you for sharing.


  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Very beautiful and essential guide! 🙂
    Merci for sharing.

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  • Keri says:

    Love your posts, Hannah. No one would ever guess you were being “lazy” with these looks. So chic!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Kathy R says:

    These are some great go-to outfits Hannah, I love your haircut! And yes I use music as a countdown of when I have to run!
    xx, Kathy

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