Lesson 3: The Ultimate Morning Beauty Routine

If you are tired of running around frantically in the morning trying to get ready for work or school, help is finally here. The following morning beauty routine offers a step by step guide that is designed to get you out the door on time and looking positively gorgeous. Best of all, it doesn’t require that you get up at the crack of dawn!

Step 1: You are going to have to get up a tad bit earlier.

Get up and do a little bit of stretching to get your blood flowing. Be sure to get your back, neck, shoulders, arms, and legs.

Step 2: It’s time to shower!

For the best results, opt for water that is as cold as you can stand it. Cold water decreases the appearance of acne, tightens your pores to keep them from getting clogged, and even makes you hair shinier. Plus, cold water has been shown to enhance your mood and boost your energy for the day.

If you wash your hair in the morning, use a good shampoo that is intended for your hair type, whether curly, thin, thick, etc. Follow it up with conditioner. Wait at least 2 minutes before washing out the conditioner. (It’s worth mentioning here that washing your hair at night is going to considerably cut down on how long your morning routine takes, but this is entirely up to you.)

When you hop in the shower, use a scented body gel. Wait to exfoliate and shave until the end of your shower because it gives the hair an opportunity to soften, which prevents razor burn.

Step 3: Make sure you smell good.

When you hop out of the shower, apply deodorant and body lotion. Be certain it dries before you put your clothes on.

Step 4: Take care of your face.

Grab a soft washcloth and pour hot (but not too hot) water on it. Simply press the washcloth onto your face. Wash your face with a cleanser that is oil free and rinse your face with warm water. To quickly exfoliate, mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of water and rub it on your face. Rinse it off using cold water.

Step 5: Give your eyebrows a quick look.

If there are any stray hairs, take the time to pluck them. (Again, you can shorten your routine slightly by taking care of this the night before.)

Step 6: Brush your teeth.

Hopefully, you have had time to sneak something in for breakfast. If not, you can eat afterwards. However, you do want to brush before getting dressed and putting on any makeup.

Step 7: Get dressed.

Hopefully, you picked out your outfit the night before…every single piece of it. This includes your accessories. Have everything sitting out and ready to be put on. (If you do not pick out your clothes the night before, it is definitely time to get into this habit.)

Step 8: It’s time for makeup.

Moisturize and start with a concealer, if you have any dark circles or blemishes that need to be covered. Apply a lightweight foundation, preferably one with an SPF in it. Apply powder to get rid of any shine. If you use it, apply bronzer or blush and blend it until it appears natural. Move on to eye shadow. Be sure to use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to give your lashes added length and volume. Finish up with lip gloss or lipstick.

Step 8: It’s time for hair.

If you washed your hair this morning, you will need to take the time to dry it. However, if you washed it last night, you are ahead of the game. Style your hair based on your own preference. If you are running a tad behind or having a bad hair day, there is nothing wrong with a loose bun or pony tail.

Step 9: The end is near!

Right before walking out the door, spray on a bit of body spray or perfume. (Be sure it compliments your lotion.) By the way, don’t overdo it!

Now, it is time to hit the door. By now you should feel and look great, so it’s time to head to work or school.