How to Look Like You Showered When You Didn’t

For mornings when you want just a little extra sleep — or if you’re crunched for time after killing it at your morning class — here are the only tips you need to know to be fresh and ready for anything… sans shower:

Combat second-day hair
Greasy hair, meet dry shampoo. Especially this Marc Anthony True Professional 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo for All Hair Types. Mist it into the roots of the hair on your crown, along your part, and on your hairline, then give it a quick massage with your fingertips. Oily hair and smelly locks will be gone.
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Give yourself a quick style
Ponytails are easy, but there are some equally simple styles that require minimal maintenance and take so little time to do that you’ll be able to sleep in on a weekday. We love this easy braid idea from Style Bee, which only requires two braids starting with strands along your hairline, then a couple of bobby pins to hold them in place at the back of your head. Genius.

Take a sink shower
And we’re not talking a full-on head to toe scrub down here. All you need to freshen up is running water and a pack of something you might not suspect — baby wipes. These suckers are your best friend for quickly freshening up smelly areas in a pinch.
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Avoid heavy scents
The key is using light scents that won’t clash with residual perfumes or oils you might still smell like from the day before. To avoid clouding up your co-workers eyes, swipe on a simple scented deodorant, like this advanced care shea butter scent from Dove.
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Go light on the makeup
For the simple reason that it’ll make you look fresher than you actually are. Just use your go-to concealer or tinted moisturizer with a swipe of mascara. If you’re feeling funky, add a bit of lip color but make sure it’s applied neatly to bring together that fresh face of yours.

Allison Berry is a New York City-based writer and editor. She’s fallen in love with barre class, but she primarily uses it to support her pizza addiction.