I don't know about you, but I don't have much time in the morning to do much beautifying (which is just fine with me, BTW). And now that I'm a student (and soon to be mom), I'm more on the go, less dressed up and a little more relaxed about my outfit, hair and makeup.
Some mornings, I don't wear any makeup, but most days I do as it makes me feel like I look a little more awake and just makes me feel good about myself in general. Do what makes YOU happy, right?
I don't wash my hair every morning as it doesn't get too greasy if I'm not running miles upon miles, so running a brush through my hair a few times is about as sophisticated as it gets some mornings.
My morning staples
Naked Bee SPF moisturizer (right after shower or rinsing my face)
This is a requirement for me, even if I'm not wearing makeup as I want to have SPF on my face. I love the feeling and the ingredients. This is a brand I found at our local kitchen, home, and garden store, Down to Earth.
Origins eye shadow in soft touch
swept all over my lid for a little brightening
Origins eye shadow in copper penny
swept along the eyelid crease for some oomph
Bare Minerals Original powder
a light sweep all over my face
Bare Minerals bronzer
a light dusting on my cheeks to act as blush/color
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
this supposedly "sets your face", so I sweep it on after I've done my eye shadow, powder and bronzer
Bare Minerals flawless definition mascara in black
one easy coat on the top lashes only
Burts Bees tinted chapstick
I rotate through my grapefruit clear chapstick, hibiscus tinted lip balm, and the apricot shimmer (my favorite).
For the body, I use the Belli Elasticity Oil on the bump and hips and Naked Bee Ultra Rich Body Butter for the legs and arms.
This routine probably takes me about three to five minutes. My other morning staple is adding a pair of earrings, usually some kind of simple stud.
And of course, eating a balanced breakfast, taking my multivitamin, and brushing my teeth are morning requirements.
What are your morning beauty requirements? Do you have any makeup/beauty favorites or tips to share?
Tip: If you're looking for ingredient details or safety ratings on beauty products you're using or looking to purchase, the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is a great resource.