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Click through for our deputy editor's step-by-step morning beauty routine—including her simple four-step makeup process.
"My morning routine has definitely changed in the past few months as I'm not only getting myself ready for the day, but I'm also getting my 7-month-old daughter, Riley, ready for the day. The first thing I do every morning without fail is to brush my teeth. (Does that count as part of a beauty routine?) Like: nothing can happen before that gets done. Colgate Total has been my paste of choice for the past 10 years or so."
"After I'm freshened up, I can start my day for real. My shampoo of the moment is Kérastase."
"Our Executive Beauty Director, Jean Godfrey-June, recommended I try Matrix conditioner—which is, as she said, excellent."
"After visiting my dermatologist, I recently switched to this Dove body wash."
"For some reason shave cream is hard to find these days — it's all gel. But I really like the instantly-foamy consistency of a cream. If I can't find this brand in stores, I'll just buy Barbasol. (The same company makes both!)"
"Especially in the winter, I will splurge on Kiehl's Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish scrub."
"Out of the shower, I try and keep thing simple. I blow dry my hair upside down with the Remington D3710."
"I apply Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme to smooth and tamp down flyways."
"If I want to give my hair some texture, I work a little bit of this brand's texture cream in at the roots and the ends."
"I moisturize my face and neck with Oil of Olay Complete. An old roommate used to use this and I loved the smell. It's a classic: the lightweight formula is perfect under a foundation or BB cream."
"It's a perfect multi-purpose product—it evens out my skin, adds a bit more moisture and also has SPF 25."
"I think my eyes are my tell in regards to how the morning went. If I've got no makeup on, I probably ran out of the house. If I've just got mascara on, I was in a little bit of a rush (slash: normal morning). And if I've got eyeliner AND mascara on, I'm having an extra-together day. My morning makeup routine is four steps. I start with lining my eyes with Mark's Get In Line black liquid liner and then I curl my lashes."
"I then do a quick coat of CoverGirl LashBlast mascara."
"My last step is a red lip. One of my go-tos is YSL's glossy stain in #9—the color lasts through my morning coffee, breakfast, baby drop-off and commute. Plus, it is still there in time for my first set of morning meetings, which is all can ask of a lip color, truly."