Morning Routine: How Hourglass Founder Carisa Janes Starts Her Day

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Successful people around the world have their morning routines down to a fine art. So just how does Carisa Janes, founder and CEO of Hourglass Cosmetics, start her day? Savoir Flair gets a peek into her morning rituals, from her trusted beauty routine to her rather unusual go-to breakfast.


I’m up most mornings by 6 a.m. as I have a trainer who comes to my house and keeps me motivated early in the morning. I don’t know if I’m a morning person, but I try to exercise five days a week to keep my energy up. The only time I can fit in a workout is before work, so I don’t really have a choice about being out of bed early!

I like to hike, practice yoga, and do strength training – a little bit of everything, so I don’t get bored. I listen to music when I work out. Right now, I’m loving Frank Ocean. There’s something about the morning that feels full of possibility, like anything could happen, so I wake up pretty optimistic and ready to take on the day. Maybe I’m a morning person after all!

Hourglass Carisa Janes
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I reach for my phone as soon as my eyes open, and I go straight to the news, e-mails, and Twitter. I also check Instagram quite a bit. I like to read comments on Hourglass’ posts to see what our followers are thinking. It’s a good way to connect with our customers and hear what they have to say. I also have a glass of water first thing in the morning because I’ve heard it’s good for hydration and digestion, and then I follow that up with a cup of coffee. I can’t function without coffee, so that’s always first on my to-do list.

When I’m home, I eat salad for breakfast. I started doing this last year during a trip to Korea. Salad was on the breakfast menu, and it was a lighter, fresher alternative to things like eggs and cereal. When I got home, I started craving it, and I’ve been making it ever since! I love a mix of kale, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, macadamia nuts, and homemade dressing.

Carisa Janes Hourglass Morning Routine
Photo: Courtesy of Hourglass

I do wash my hair every day. I’m not loyal to a single line of shampoo and conditioner, but I like those that are smoothing and anti-frizz – they work best with my curly hair. It takes me about an hour to get ready in the morning. After the shower, I start my skincare routine with a vitamin C serum from SkinCeuticals or Dermalogica, and then I apply the Hourglass ‘Equilibrium Day Fluid with SPF 30’.

I love beauty products, so it’s only natural that I wear a full face of makeup! I start with the ‘Veil Mineral Primer’ to tone down redness and prep for foundation. It makes any makeup that follows perform that much better. Then, depending on whether I’m traveling or at home, I use the ‘Vanish Foundation’ in either a stick or liquid formula. It has such a unique, weightless finish that provides instant, seamless coverage with multidimensionality that really looks and feels like skin. For any additional coverage, I spot correct with the ‘Hidden Corrective Concealer’ and, on my lids and beneath my eyes, apply the ‘Veil Retouching Fluid’ for an extra bit of hydration and coverage. It also prevents my eyeshadow from creasing.

To define my eyes, I use the ‘1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in Canyon’ on top, and the ‘Bronze’ shade to tightline. I also apply the ‘Caution Extreme Lash Mascara’ to my top and bottom lashes – it gives them incredible volume and length. Then, I fill in my eyebrows with products from the Hourglass ‘Arch Brow’ collection. I love a little extra definition in the eyebrows – it’s like an instant eye lift!

For my skin, I give myself a subtle, all over glow with the ‘Ambient Lighting Palette’. The formulas use ‘Photoluminescent Technology’, which captures and diffuses surrounding light. One swipe is like putting on an Instagram filter! For some warmth on my cheeks, I wear the ‘Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure’, which is a multidimensional soft plum. I love a nude lip to finish my look, and wear the ‘No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Cameo’ nearly every day. It gives my lips a flush of healthy color while hydrating with essential oils and vitamins, and it just feels great to apply.

I don’t really plan my outfits in advance. Instead, I go into my closet and reach for whatever speaks to me that day. It depends on the weather, the meetings I have scheduled, and my mood. My footwear can also dictate my look — I save heels for days on which I drive, rather than walk, to work. I leave the house at 9 a.m.

In the afternoon, I review my calendar for the following day with my executive assistant. My schedule seems less overwhelming when I talk through it, and there are no surprises when I walk into the office the next day. I don’t feel creative first thing in the morning, but I definitely hit my stride early in the day. The best ideas come when I’m relaxed and without any distractions, which is usually when I’m taking a walk alone.

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