Many, many of us do not wake up looking glowing and glorious. Looking good in the morning might not even be in your vocabulary. But there are times when we have to roll out of bed and be cute. While I imagine people like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wakes up looking amazing, she might roll out of bed looking frizzy, blotchy and all around icky (although it is hard to believe). Whether you are at your in-laws, at a big-girl sleepover, or visiting family or friends, you may find yourself in a similar situation. Casual, comfy breakfasts in your pyjamas can be a nightmare if you let them. Or, you can look good always, and follow these easy steps to a truly good morning.
Cute, conservative pajamas: Some of us, myself included, have invested in a high quality pyjama drawer. But I know many more people whose pyjamas drawers are filled with t-shirts, mens boxer shorts, and sweatpants. When you are trying to look good always, that simply won’t do. Bring a comfortable, cute, and conservative pyjama set. I recommend long pants and a top of your choice that match or coordinate. If you’re buying a set for the occasion test them out before hand. I once wore an adorable set to a family reunion that ended up being quite sheer.
White, white socks: If you’ll be padding around someone else’s home it is too risky to walk around barefoot. And yet, slippers seems so high maintenance. To keep that casual, cozy look, stick to white socks. They will look cute with your pyjamas and will allow you to walk around the home without worrying about stepping on crumbs.
Face: Perform your normal beauty routine before you go to bed, and make sure you take off ALL your eye make-up. When you wake up, wash your face with a very gentle cleanser and pat dry. Let your skin relax for a few minutes. Unless you are looking dry and flaky, skip any creams and moisturizers. The goal is to look like you just woke up. Brush your teeth, but keep the toothpaste low. Overly minty breath will be a dead giveaway that you’re trying to look this good. It is all about being effortless.
Make-up: No. Don’t do it. I know you want to. Don’t. Instead, here’s some great tips – Aquaphor is your best friend. Apply a thin layer to your under eyes and lids. They will make your eyes stand out and glow. Take some Aquaphor on your pinky finger and carefully apply it to your upper lashes. You may have to separate and fix them, but trust me! This will give a “mascara” effect to your lashes – a bit thicker, a bit longer, but totally natural looking. It will also make your lashes healthier. Swipe some more Aquaphor on your lips for a natural, shiny look.
Hair: You have three choices here.
- If you have curly hair: Sleep with it down. Brush it when you wake up, and then use your fingers to dampen it. Allow it to air dry naturally.
- If you want to preserve a blow out: Brush it before bed and sleep with it down, preferably on a silk pillowcase or wrapped in a silk scarf. In the morning, brush it again for a finished look.
- If you want soft waves: Brush your hair, and twist it into a loose bun atop your head. In the morning, take the bun down and either brush your hair or loosen the curls with your fingertips.
Drink anything: If the host only has half and half, but you drink your coffee with skim milk, don’t ask the host to milk a cow for you. Similarly, don’t nitpick over English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast, or dark roast and medium roast. Drink whatever is available that you might enjoy, and be gracious about it.
Eat the Breakfast: As women, we should always be conscious of our eating choices. We need to nourish our bodies with good food. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the Belgian waffles with real maple syrup, thick cut bacon, and mimosas. Take this morning as an opportunity to enjoy a delicious, hearty meal. It’s good for the soul.
Know when to go: Be conscious of when to get dressed and depart, or get ready for the day. If the host is doing dishes, handing you towels, or reminding you that the mall closes early, then you need to get ready for the day and quickly.
Make the bed: Whether you’re staying for one night or one week, always make your bed in the morning. It will leave the host with less to do (a good host should make their guests bed, or at least offer to do so) and will make your guestroom look even cozier. A part of looking good always is your acts as much as your attire.
Using these easy tips, you should look good always, whenever you have an appearance in your pyjamas.