Very few moments in the day are as bare as the moment you wake up. We each have our own kinks and quirks that help us get out of bed, but few of us are brave enough to share them with the world. Introducing A Cool Morning, a deep dive into the intimate daytime rituals of our coolest friends and beauty innovators.
We all can get a little excessive with our beauty routines — how can we not when skincare is just oh-so relaxing? But, not only does it hurt our bank accounts, but overdoing your skincare and haircare regimens can actually hurt you in the long run (as a Beauty Editor, I’ve learned this lesson the very hard way).
So, instead, rip a page out of Leah Faye Cooper’s beauty book and lean on the side of simplicity — for the sake of time, and your face. The Editorial Director of Coveteur teaches us a lesson on doing beauty right: stick to what you absolutely know works for you, don’t let those 12-step beauty routines fool you, and of course, always abide by the power of a good SPF.
Below, we take a deep dive into Cooper’s essential morning routine:
What’s the first thing you do every morning?
Stay in bed for a few minutes and read the NY Times Morning Briefing.
Do you have a morning workout routine?
I either take a yoga class, run on the treadmill at the gym, or do some sort of hiit or cardio class. Right now I’m really into the classes at Mile High Run Club, Forward_Space, and Y7.
Shower at-night, morning, or both?
Always in the morning, and sometimes at night, too.
Daily alarm time? How many times do you hit snooze?
6:30 a.m. I snooze anywhere between zero and three times depending on how tired I am.
If you’re running late, what’s the one thing you have to do?
Grab a pair of earrings; I feel naked without them.
The avocado toast at Gotan (which I don’t have very often because it’s $11).
Weirdest morning beauty habit?
I don’t think this is weird but I’m very serious about moisturizing. I put on lotion head to toe every morning.
What does your morning hair-care routine look like?
It depends. If I’m washing my hair I shampoo, condition, and then use a leave-in and something to define my curls. If I’m just refreshing my curls I’ll spritz them with water then use a moisturizing curl definer. On days that I’m wearing my hair straight I’ll just rub an oil or serum through it.
I’m constantly trying new products and I’m not loyal to any particular brand, but I love the Oribe Moisture & Control line, the Pantene Gold Series, and Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisturizing Detangler. I recently tried My Black is Beautiful’s Tangle Slayer Conditioning Cream, which I love. If I had to pick one holy grail hair product, it would be the Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick. I color my hair, so those sticks are hands down the best root concealer.
How much time do you spend on your skincare routine?
How long do you usually take to get ready for the day?
About 40 minutes.
What’s the one product you could never leave the house without putting on?
Again, body lotion. I’m partial to Jergens.
The first word/thing that popped into your head this morning?
I can’t wait to spend time with my family this weekend.
Your favorite morning read?
WWD and Business of Fashion.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
Normal People by Sally Rooney.
What’s the current ringtone on your alarm?
Harp, which is one of the classic iPhone ringtones.
Coffee, tea, or go-to morning drink?
What’s the last thing you did before you headed out the door today?
Chatted with John and Lorenzo, who handle maintenance in my building. One of them always zips my dress up for me.