It Takes How Long?

So I am still at home recuperating from an injury a few months ago, and I am now to the point where I could dress if I had the time to. According to my wife I have almost 8 hours after the kid leaves for school in which to dress, But how much time does that really give you. That got me onto the question of how much time does it really take me to get ready?

So my best guess, worst case estimated times for how long it takes me to get ready are

  • 1 hour – To pick out clothes / set up
  • 1/2 to 1 hour – Showering
  • 1/2 hour – To shave my face.
  • 1/2 to 3/4 hour – Nail application.
  • 1/2 or 1 hour for makeup prep and application.
  • 15 minutes to get dressed.

So lets break this down a bit further.

Picking Out Clothes / Set Up.

One hour to pick out all the clothes I will be wearing. I could do less but if I am taking some pictures it is way easier to have everything out and have it all hanging up to be swapped out between pictures. Our closet is very small and I only have a handful of items hanging up so most of my clothes are still packed into totes so everything has to be removed so I can find what I am looking for. Plus I also at this time try to get the camera and tripod all set up so all I have to do is either drag it outside or have it already to go inside.


Half hour to a full hour depending on if I have already shaved my legs. The first time is the hardest due to the fact that I have not shaved my legs for at least 6 months. I stand in the shower for quite awhile to give the hairs time to soften and then with at least 3 brand new razors and a ton of shaving gel I get to the point where I can use a final new razor to clean up all the stragglers.


Half hour dedicated to shaving my face very slowly and carefully as to clean up all the stubble I can find. I don’t really have a favourite type of razor for this as I usually have to pick out the cheapest razors at the time but for the most part I prefer multi blade razors with the aloe strip so my face is not shredded. I shave at least twice to make sure I have everything cleaned up because there is nothing worse than your foundation sponge getting caught on left over stubble. After my face has had a chance to calm down I apply my moisturiser so it has lots of time to set in.


Half to Three quarters of an hour for Nail application. I never paint my own nails because I am terrible with my non dominant hand and my natural nails are always in bad shape due to my work. I take the time and make my own fake nails which I can then wear with just some 2 sided tape and remove at the end of the night and then use again. With fake nails I don’t have to worry about trying to grow out my own and I can make multiple pairs all with different lengths and shapes. Worst part about application is cutting the proper shapes for each nail then trying to get the protective tape off the back and then applying each nail so it looks straight hence the larger amount of time allocated for this task.

Makeup prep and Application.

Three quarters to one hour to set-up and apply makeup. I really like to sit down and take the time to apply my makeup. I take a bit to get all of my products set out along with all the brushes and tools I will be using. Then it`s down to the business of starting application. Foundation has to be built up and concealer added to brighten the eye area. Eyeshadow takes me the longest to make sure both eyes look somewhat the same, and depending on what look I am trying to achieve. I also try my best with my eye liner but as of yet not attained a job that I am ready to say I am happy with. My lips have to be lined out with a brush or liner and try to make my lips look bigger and then filled with the brush and then right from the tube. Moving onto some blush and trying my best to contour then finishing it all off with some highlighter.

So really the only time if would take me the almost four full hours to get dressed would be if I had not dressed for awhile and was taking picture’s. I don’t have to spend an hour to pick out clothes and match them and I could get dressed easier if I hold my nails off till after getting dressed. If I knocked off a fewer of the higher times off I could probably get it down to two hours and fifteen minutes which seems decent and was probably my average last summer. I am sure now that I am able and do have some extra time there will be some dressing in the near future but there are no plans as of yet. Maybe with some luck I can get the wife to help me with some pictures.

So how long does it take you to get ready? Do you have any methods that can cut your time down? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading


2 thoughts on “It Takes How Long?

  1. I think your timeline about getting ready is just about spot on. Even the simple stuff seems to take forever doesn’t it? Yet it all feels so good too! It is always reassuring to know that it isn’t just me that hasn’t got this down to a science yet.

    1. It gets easier with each try but I don’t think I will ever have it down to a “Science.” Makeup would have to be my weakest spot and it always seems like I want to try something new so it will always take me longer..

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