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How Do You Look When You First Wake Up?

Do You Have First-Thing-in-the-Morning Ugly Paranoia?

We're excited to present this article from Allure:

Picture yourself first thing in the morning. Your alarm clock has just yelped for you to get your lazy booty out of bed, but you're still burying your head into the pillow. Your hair might resemble a fuzzy poodle and there might be a little drool dried on your chin, but hey, anything to distract from those puffy undereye circles, right? I'm convinced everyone wakes up looking like a wildebeest in the morning—even Gisele Bündchen. See the morning confessions when you keep reading.

You may have experienced some first-thing-in-the-morning ugly paranoia in the first few months of dating someone. One Allure editor, who wished to remain anonymous, set a sneaky alarm so she could get up an hour earlier than her new boyfriend and put on a full face of makeup before sliding back into bed to pretend to wake up with him. I have several friends who have admitted to sleeping with their makeup on when they have significant-other sleepovers. But the prospect of someone else seeing you in those first few waking moments isn't the only thing that prompts action: Yet another Allure editor said that "if I feel like I look like dog doo-doo when I wake up, I quickly slip in the bathroom to dab on some concealer." She's not kick starting her beauty routine for the day—she's just making herself presentable enough to eat breakfast and feed the cat. Solo.

Here's my true confession: I always go to bed barefaced, and after a shower, I twist my hair into a messy braid, slip on my Steve Urkel glasses, and call it a night. Near my bed, I've stashed a tin of Altoids for particularly vile morning breath and some Smith's Rosebud Salve for dry, cracked lips. It's not a recipe for looking ravishing first thing in the morning, but at least I don't have foundation caked on my pillow and my eyes aren't glued together by mascara. I've made with peace with my morning face... which doesn't mean I'd let anyone else see it.

How far from presentable are you first thing in the morning? Let us know your tips on how to rise and shine!

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Due to the warm weather, I wake up with a greasy face. Ick!
donttrustlucy donttrustlucy 4 years
It all depends really. Sometimes my hair looks great, all the head turning gives my hair nice volume. hehe! Sometimes it just looks weird. I get the puffed up face look as well, and sometimes my face is slightly flushed. So if I wake up and have voluminous hair and a slightly flushed face, I look pretty alright. But when it's funny hair and puffed up cheeks, I look blah. but still me! :)
hyperchild0405x3 hyperchild0405x3 4 years
I think I look fine in the morning. Sometimes my face is bloated, but there's nothing I can do about it.
nadienne nadienne 4 years
I don't look great, but I don't look horrific, either.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 4 years
I do have ugly-morning paranoia. My hair is always absolutely atrocious. I have short hair, so it sticks in a million different directions. Today I woke up with my bangs sticking straight up. I looked like Alfalfa.
BallonDoggy BallonDoggy 4 years
On the mornings when I wake up and can tell right away my face is puffy. But one weird thing is I looks amazing after a night of heavy drinking. The hungover mornings, but I of course never feel well enough to take advantage of it. So its kind of like a taunting way of saying, try to look better without all the booze doll.
awesomepants awesomepants 4 years
This is going to sound strange but I look my best first thing in the morning. Throughout the day I get so tired and stressed out that you can see it on my face but in the morning after a good 6-8 hour sleep I look awesome.
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