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Makeup · February 25, 2015

7 Hacks for Getting Ready in a Huge Group

Leave Your Brushes at Home

Instead, bring a beautyblender to apply all of your makeup. Use the multitasking wonder sponge to put on foundation (squeeze some into a Ziplock bag so you dont have to lug the whole bottle), blush, eye shadow, even lipstick. Watch how one of our staffers uses it to apply a full face.

Pack All-in-One Products

Save major space in your cosmetics case with multipurpose products like W3LL People Universalist Multi-Use Color Stick, which gives your lips, eyes, and cheeks super pigmented color, and Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain, which leaves both lips and cheeks with a rosy flush.

Bring a Travel Mirror

Space in the bathroom is at a premium, so tote your own. The Stephanie Johnson Snap Mirror is big enough to show the full picture and doesnt take up much roomplus, youll get a much closer look than you ever would leaning over a vanity.

Get a Head Start on Your Hair

Multiple heat tools in a small space can get dicey, so leave your curling iron at home. Before you leave, twist your blow-dried hair it into a high bun, securing it with bobby pins instead of a rubber band to avoid kinks. Spritz with hairspray to set it. When you arrive at your pre-game destination, undo the bun, finger comb your hair, and mist it with a texturizing finishing spray for soft, voluminous waves.

Skip the Polish Drama

Waiting for your nails to dry is not an option. Touch up a days-old mani with a polish pen like LAQA Dual-Tip Nail Polish Pen. If your color is chipped, fill in the spots with dabs of glitter. Even easier? Use no-fuss appliques like these from Incoco that dont require any drying time.

Take a Virtual Shower

Unless you happen to be getting ready at a mansion with 10 bathrooms, showering is out of the question. To freshen up fast (hey, you can work up a sweat dancing to Beyoncs 7/11 while applying your makeup), deodorizing wipes are your savior. Swipe Whish Hair Inhibiting Wipes under your arms and youll feel good as new.

Finish with a Purse-Friendly Fragrance

Leave your jumbo bottle of perfume at home and stash a smaller version of your favorite scent (like Harvey Princes petite Sincerely spray) in your bag for a last-minute refresher. If you prefer roll-on perfume oil like Cleans, dab a little extra in your palms and use it to tame flyaways

Our first-ever #BirchboxBFF weekend is happening soon! Make sure you stay tuned to our Instagram the weekend of February 27 to find out out how to win a slew of getting-ready prizes for you and your friends!