I believe beauty is just as much a mindset as it is appearance. The days we feel our best inside, we seem to emit a certain luster. It’s irresistible. Others don’t know how we got it, but they want it, too. They’ll ask you, is it happiness? A new moisturizer, or shade of lipstick? Did you do something different with your hair?
You may not recognize it when they ask, but it’s a feeling. The deeply planted seed of feeling beautiful, even if and when the world around you is an absolute mess.
Here are my genuine, beauty tips for how to feel beautiful throughout the day, beginning with your morning routine.
What is a morning routine, and why should I have one?
A morning routine is simply the way you begin your day. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same every morning, rather you can tailor it depending on what you have going on or how you feel. My personal routine in the morning is constantly evolving as I learn what works to keep my ever-changing body and mind in a state of balance.
This specially-designed routine has the intention of feeling beautiful.
In my experience, intention creates our destiny. So by focusing on the feeling of beauty first thing in the morning, you will absolutely emit that internal beauty into the afternoon and evening, probably without even realizing it!
Step One: Move & Breathe
Begin with waking up, as you do. I recommend not reaching right for your phone and scrolling, but rather noticing the sounds, smells, and feeling around you. Cherish the post-sleep moment. You can do some light stretches as you get out of bed to get the blood flowing. Movement is my favorite beauty tip that never gets old.
Next, step outside or open a window to breathe fresh air. Let the oxygen flow to the bottom of your lungs. I cannot stress enough the importance of breathing deeply. When you breathe deeply, you’ll notice the external benefit from your eyes brightening to your skin appearing fresher to your overall appearance exuding an element of calm, which is always beautiful.
Step Two: Hydrate
After brushing your teeth to rid yourself of the morning taste, drink at least one full glass of water. You may like to start with warm lemon water, as it tastes great, and has a ton of health perks. However, the most important thing is hydration, so plain water without lemon works well too.
During sleep we naturally become dehydrated. Beginning the day with water will ensure that your cells re-hydrate so your skin appears fresher.
Step Three: Cleanse
The optimal option is to take a shower to wash off the aura of sleep. As you wash, use an exfoliator (either a scrub, a brush, washcloth, etc.) to remove dead skin cells. This will ensure your top layer of skin, the one the world sees, is bright and full of life.
I totally get it—sometimes we oversleep or are pressured to rush out the door, and can’t fully shower or wash our hair. If pressed for time, at the very least wash your face, under your arms, your feet, and anywhere else that needs it. It only takes a minute or two, and will make such a difference! And don’t worry about the hair piece; we’ve got you covered with our top tips for styling unwashed hair here.
Step Four: Moisturize
After washing, adding back moisture to your body is essential. Otherwise, your skin becomes dry and dull. And who wants that?
Step Five: Adorn
And now comes the most fun: dressing the part of feeling beautiful! I like to focus on clothes that make me feel awesome, because I know I will then go into my day with confidence.
Next, choose a scent that makes you feel beautiful and apply it.
And last (but certainly not least): the makeup! As you go about your morning makeup routine, look at your face as an expression—your personal work of art. Use each morning as an opportunity to go into the world your most beautiful self.
Ultimately, feeling beautiful is going to look different for each of us individually. That’s the beauty of it. We are all unique, so for one person it may be yoga and breathing and sunshine, for another it will be a new makeup must-have that makes her eyes sparkle a deeper shade of something ethereal.
Whatever it is for you, embrace the beauty within, and you will shine that beauty out, guaranteed, all day long! I’d love to hear your favorite aspect of your personal morning routine. Write a comment below to share!
Jessica Seifert is a makeup enthusiast with winged liner sharp enough to slay her enemies. She spends her free time turning people into beautiful monsters & zombies. Learning about new makeup techniques and skincare is her passion! View all the posts by LiveGlam