This post is entirely inspired by supermom Cheryl Kramer Kaye, Beauty Director of Star and Shape magazines, who revealed some genius pre-bedtime beauty tips to wake up looking vibrant and refreshed. (FYI, she is NOT a morning person). Cheryl claims to only deploy these sneaky tricks when she has a big presentation or a TV appearance and wants an extra boost in the morning, but I actually think it’s quite clever to do them whenever you want. Let’s face it, when you take that first glance in the mirror and like what you see, your day is off to a rocking confidence-filled start. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, when you may also want to look a little extra alluring in bed, but in the most natural way, I took Cheryl’s list and built on it a bit with some of my favorites. Here’s how to wake up looking beautiful:
1. Use and exfoliating toner before you go to bed to remove dull skin and wake up glowing. It’ll also help your nighttime moisturize sink in more effectively and plump up your skin. One of my all-time favorites is Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex, $40.
2. After you’ve applied your regular nighttime moisturizer, massage a thin layer of a self-tanning lotion all over your face, neck and décolleté. Jergens Natural Glow For Face, $9, is great because it imparts only a hint of glow, but is enough to help minimize imperfections and make you look naturally radiant.
3. Dab on a lip stain. “If I put a stain on my lips before I go to bed, I wake up with just a little bit of color and look so much sexier in the morning. It kind of eliminates the need for a brown paper bag,” says Cheryl. Ha! Her pick: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30. You can layer as much lip balm on top as you need. I love the Nivea Lip Butter Raspberry Rose Kiss, $3.
4. Use an antiperspirant that’ll last throughout the night. I’ve recently been using the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant, $6, because it miraculously works for 48 hours. A bonus: the formula contains a NutriumMoisture complex made of humectants and sunflower seed oil to protect and repair sensitive skin, so it has great skin benefits in addition to making sure you don’t stink if you sweat a little at night. It comes in a lot of different scents, but I prefer Sensitive Skin which is unscented and feels extremely soothing.
5. Spray a little dry shampoo on your roots before you go to bed as a preemptive strike against sweaty roots. The new Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo, $7, has an amazing fresh clean smell of white grapefruit and mint. It uses a very light tapioca to absorb oils, and it’s also free of parabens and dyes. I’m obsessed. It really feels weightless on your hair.