A select group of people in the universe- early birds, we’re looking at you- actually become excited for the morning when all is quiet and a full day ahead awaits (cue birds chirping and Pharrell’s “Happy” soundtrack). But even the most put-together gal can secretly become disheveled as soon as her alarm clock blares.
If you fall into the latter category and your daybreak routine is a bit less magical and more manic, let us be the bearers of good news: it can only get better. With a morning routine inspired by Emily Shriner in her recent shoot with editorial extraordinaire Kim Genevieve, you’ll soon find out there’s an easier way to start your morning sunny side up. Read on for our tips and tricks to start your day off on the right foot, and 8 a.m. will be looking almost as good as happy hour.
Sometimes the actual act of waking up is the hardest part. Simple fix? Let some natural light sneak through your shades when the sun rises rather than having to get up and open your current go-to double-backed blackout curtains. While you may already be relying on it as the best light to snap a selfie in, subtle natural light actually helps you rise refreshed and ready to go. If your bedroom feng shui doesn’t include a window for morning light, try investing in a dawn simulator alarm clock that relies on gradual light to wake you up – rather than the jolting buzzer of your current iPhone alarm. We’re fans.
After gracefully easing out of your beauty sleep, you’re en route to the ladies room to work on that actual beauty. Aside from being a platform for your next T. Swift rendition, the shower can also help boost productivity for the rest of the day. Some of your best thinking can be done in the shower, this we know, but visually planning out things like your #OOTD can be just as rewarding as belting out the chorus of Blank Space.
Added bonus: you won’t risk having to frantically change outfits after your breakfast magically spills all over your favorite go-to dress.
Speaking of breakfast, they don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Even just a bite or sip of the right thing can rev up your metabolism and keep you on track for the day. We’re not saying break up with your beloved Starbucks latte (but maybe we are). Cutting back on your caffeine intake to make room for real nutrients might just be a step in the right direction: too many cups of coffee actually trigger a dependence on caffeine, making you more and more dependant on it in order to wake up refreshed. Try swapping out a cup of joe for a smoothie or steaming mug of green tea in the a.m.; you (and your wallet) will likely thank us later.
The next step in your morning beauty rituals requires taming that mane. Every girl knows that when you have a good hair day, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a good day will follow. If only there was a formula (or an app) for that. Until then, we’ll make it more of a recurring pattern by investing in simple, old-school curlers, perfect for fighting frizz and breakage that too often accompanies curling irons and blow driers.
Another weapon in our arsenal is dry shampoo: the go-to tool for creating that perfectly-blow dried illusion. If you’ve used up all of your allotted non-hair wash days, there are a bunch of wet-to-dry hairstyles that you can actually pull off without looking like you’re auditioning for an Orange Is The New Black episode. We love a messy bun or a chic chignon, both of which air dry nicely into tousled waves for an “I’m born with it” effortless look.
Next up: put on your game face! What better way to wake up out of your morning slump than with a fierce lipcolor? Applying a bold red lip immediately awakens your face and elevates any outfit in a matter of seconds. Can any other product in your makeup bag accomplish that?
Adding some color to your wardrobe can also brighten up your mood for the day. While you may naturally gravitate to the black section of your closet, try and liven things up with some bold colors and fun patterns. And if you want to keep things looking polished, we love a structured jacket that serves as a 2-for-1 statement piece. Especially now that the forecast is gray, a pop of color will keep you singing long after the shower.
Before stepping out the door it might be be tempting to log onto Facebook and Instagram first thing, but save those social media feeds for your lunch hour. Says Jocelyn Glei, editor of Manage Your Day-to-Day, it’s best focus your energy on your most creative tasks at hand first thing in the morning, while our reactionary tasks (responding to your incredibly intimidating list of unread emails) should wait until later.