How This Fresh-Faced Actress Starts Her Day

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.


Actress Meg Donnelly is the fresh-faced multi-hyphenate that Hollywood needs. Whether she’s in front of the camera filming for the ABC television show American Housewife or churning out pop hits with the likes of Fetty Wap, Donnelly shows no signs of slowing her hustle—pretty impressive for someone who’s only 18-years-old.


Even when Donnelly isn’t running from film set to recording studio, the first thought that pops in her head in the a.m. is getting right back to work. But, she still finds the time to treat herself just a bit through her surprisingly minimal go-to morning beauty routine. Below, we take a look at Donnelly’s rise-and-grind morning mantra.


A Cool Morning: Meg Donnelly

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What’s the first thing you do every morning?  

“I pet my dog, Allie, since she jumps on my bed when the alarm rings!”


Do you have a morning workout routine? 

“No, I typically workout or dance in the afternoon. I’m not really morning person.”


Shower at night, morning, or both?

“I take showers in the morning to help wake me up and get me going.”


Daily alarm time? How many times do you hit snooze?

“I don’t have a set schedule, as it is dependent on my call times for American Housewife or other work activities I may have going on. However, on the days I’m not working I will sleep late.”


If you’re running late, what’s the one thing you have to do?

“Brush my teeth.”


Favorite breakfast?

“Greek yogurt and cereal.”


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Weirdest morning beauty habit?

“Putting cold water on my face after a shower—it gives me an extra jolt to wake me up.”


What does your morning hair-care routine look like?

“I brush it and pull it back in a bun or ponytail. My go-to products are Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine Restorative Butter for my dry hair and GHD Advanced Split End Therapy for my ends.”


How much time do you spend on your skincare routine?

“About 10 minutes. I use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Bliss Rose Gold Rescue’s Moisture Cream for sensitive skin, Mario Badescu Facial Spray, and Naturally Serious Supercharge Anti-Oxidant Moisture Serum.”


How long do you usually take to get ready for the day?

“Usually it’s less than 20 minutes because I’m likely heading to work, where they do my hair and makeup. If I’m going out with friends, I will take up to 40 minutes though.”


What’s the one product you could never leave the house without putting on?



The first word/thing that popped into your head this morning?

“I cannot wait to get to rehearsal.”


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Your favorite morning read?

“I typically don’t have time to read in the morning, so I will check my phone for alerts of any overnight news.”


What’s on your nightstand right now?

“A diffuser, bottled water, and a jewelry dish.”


What’s the current ringtone on your alarm?

“A loud piano riff.”


Coffee, tea, or go-to morning drink?

“Green tea!”


What’s the last thing you did before you headed out the door today? 

“Checked that I had my keys.”


Jane Carter Solution

Nourish and Shine



Advanced Split End Therapy



Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes



Rose Gold Rescue Gentle Moisture Cream


Mario Badescu

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater


Naturally Serious

Supercharge Anti-Oxidant Moisture Serum



Classic Lip Balm – Original – 3ct



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