Woke Up Like This (Flawless)


Unlock the secret to looking polished and put-together for your 8 a.m. classes

by JULES RUDKIN    ★    APR. 03, 2017

Ah, the dreaded 8 a.m. class we all try to avoid during registration, but somehow always end up in. Waking up for these torturous classes is hard enough. Looking even remotely presentable is even harder.

But, with just a little effort and a little time, you can stroll into your 8 a.m. class looking fresh-faced and on point. Follow these tips to be that one polished girl who the sweatpant-and-messy-bun clad girls roll their eyes at every morning.

Plan, plan, plan!


Always pick out your outfits the night before class to avoid waking up frazzled. This may seem high maintenance, but there is no such thing as being too high maintenance for stylish girls. Simply spend five minutes the night before picking out a cute outfit that you can just throw on in the a.m.! 

Practice the art of “no-makeup makeup”


Not all of us have the luxury of time to perfectly blend our eyeshadows or fill in our brows before class. We don’t stand a chance of making it on time if we complete our normal beauty routine, especially for an 8 a.m.

To combat the plague of lateness, adopt a quick five-minute routine that involves accentuating your natural features and subtly masking imperfections. Simply comb a brow brush through your eyebrows, apply a few coats of mascara, dab on some tinted moisturizer and go!

If you feel too bare, swipe on a bold lipstick or a flirty, colorful eyeliner. Perfecting this quick beauty routine will not only make your mornings smoother, but will also give you an effortlessly glam look.



Transform your morning outfits from drab to fab by adding that extra punch to your look with accessories. If it’s sunny, grab a pair of statement sunnies to make the walk to your 8 a.m. your own personal runway show (and to hide those dark circles).

If you want to spice up your look, add a fun choker or a trendy bandana around your neck. We all love our chokers, bandanas, rings, etc., and they only take five seconds to put on! The most polished girls always seem to be adorned in the latest accessories, so use this tip to trick your fellow classmates into thinking you have your life together even if you don’t. 

Embrace athleisure


Okay, okay, none of us are superhuman. We can’t alwayslook perfect for our 8 a.m. classes. But, if you wake up in a hurry, you can still make everyone think you’ve got it together with the right athleisure gear. 

Travel to your nearest Lululemon (or Forever 21 if you are on a budget), and pick up some statement leggings and a cozy top. That way, if you do accidentally wake up in a hurry and have no outfit planned, you can still take the high road away from dirty gym sweatpants by throwing on a pair of stylish leggings. Pull your hair up into a pony and grab on a hat on your way out to complete the sporty spice look.


These tips will help mere mortals like us seem superhuman to others as we stroll into our 8 a.m. classes looking posh and like we “woke up like this.” So, channel your inner Beyoncé and fake the “I just rolled out of bed but I’m still #flawless” look until you make it. 

Tayler Bradford