6 Ways to Wake Up Looking Drop Dead Gorgeous

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If you're one of those people who wakes up in the morning looking camera-ready -- respect. Me? Not so much. I'm more of a hair all over the place, puffy-eyed, give me coffee now kind of gal. Try not to be jealous. But there are ways to meet yourself in the bathroom mirror in the wee hours looking ... pretty damn good. If you want to cut your morning routine in half or, shoot, just wake up looking hot, here are 6 easy ways to look gorgeous in the morning without doing anything.

Self-tanner. Years ago, I read a magazine article with -- I can't remember who; it was either Diane von Furstenberg or Bobbi Brown -- and she said that right before she gets on a plane, she applies a little self-tanner to her face. This way, when she gets to her destination, she has a little glow. Why not do the same before hitting the sack? What's better than waking up with a tan? (Note: You might want to apply the tanner at least an hour before bedtime, as not to also wake up with an orange-brown-stained pillow.)

Sleep with your hair down. Nothing causes creases and kinks in hair like a hair tie. I know it's tempting to throw your hair in a ponytail or a bun before going to bed -- trust me, I know -- but, it's pretty much a surefire way to wake up with weird hair.

Satin pillowcases. I know, seems extravagant, but since we're on the subject of trying to not have crazy hair in the morning, nothing keeps hair smooth and silky like satin. And bonus, it also is supposedly better for keeping facial wrinkles at bay (if you don't sleep on your back).

Vaseline + socks = softest feet ever. I haven't done this one in a while, but if you load your hooves up with Vaseline or a super thick cream and put on socks before bed, your feet will be softer and smoother than any pedicure could ever do. My mom actually used to do this with gloves for her hands on occasion -- I could never do that, but I will say, the woman had soft hands.

Sleep in a moisture mask or just, you know, load on the moisturizer. Clinique and Origins are just two of the companies that have "overnight moisture masks," which are, well, pretty self-explanatory. Your skin absorbs moisture best when you're asleep and it's regenerating, so you'll wake up with a plump, dewy (non-greasy) complexion. If sleeping in a mask seems like a little much, try the one-two punch of a serum plus a lotion. I like Kinerase HydraBoost Intensive Treatment + Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Cream.

Whiten your teeth. Long gone are the days of killing time with a weird tray in your mouth. Now you can whiten while you sleep. Try Crest Night Effects to wake up with pearly whites.

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PonyC... PonyChaser

Drink lots of water. Keep your skin hydrated and it doesn't look so dry and washed out in the morning,

bella... bellacazzate

A balanced diet filled with dark greens and berries and a small amount of sugar and dairy. I still eat my fair share of chocolate, but ever since I've started eating really well (about four years now) I've noticed a massive difference in my skin. 

And SPF moisturizer every day. Every. Day. So far, so good.

Now that I've said it out loud a breakout is surely on the horizon.

Gages... Gages_Mommy32

PonyChaser, if I do that, I don't get any sleep because I'm up all night peeing. Lmao

Jennifer Marie Miller

Actually, do the sock bun thing in your hair before you go to sleep... really does work well (at least it does for me)... If you don't know what it is, just search "sock bun" on Pinterest :-p

Lowry... LowryCuisine

By not pulling your hair up in the evening you are destroying it at the root level from tossing and turning.

The sock bun is great if you don't put a hair tie in to hold the bun in place.

PonyChaser, in order for you to drink enough water to have dewy glowing skin you'd have to drink a glass every 20 minutes for the entire 24 hours. The skin is the last organ that water hydrates. As women get older our skin loses it's ability to hold on to moisture. Therefore our beuaty routines change with age.

Bonnie Ann

I do all of these, except the self tanner.... ew.

Shana Kelly

sock buns are sweet!  I also have eyelash extensions so i roll outta bed looking like i  have mascara on (also saves time as i dont need to apply makeup before work!)

the4m... the4mutts

Self tanner? Gross. That stuff is just not good for 99% of people.

Just moisturize your forhead, crows feet, and cheeks. Then use some hemroid (sp?) Cream under your eyes. Viola!

Oh, and sock buns with no ponytail holder for sure!

melis... meliscool72

the hair thing and the vasiline thing might work, but for the rest probably not I am not going to go out and buy some fake tan, if God wanted me to tan like that I would have tanned already. However all this other stuff is too expensive

Pam Hyland

What does hemorrhoid cream do under your eyes?

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