Morning Routine: How Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 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 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley start her day? Savoir Flair’s Beauty Editor-at-Large sat down with the supermodel at the launch of the new Hourglass ‘Vanish Airbrush Concealer’ (she has just been announced as the first-ever ambassador for the brand), where we didn’t just get a sneak peek of her amazing new Rosie for Hourglass lip color, but also her morning rituals – favorite workouts and go-to beauty products included.


Naturally, I wake up around 7:30 a.m., but I tend to have my alarm set for 6:30/7 a.m. My son wakes up at 8, so if I wake up at 7, I have about an hour of “me time”. It takes me a long time to wake up and I don’t like to talk to anybody – I’m not a morning person at all! I dream of being that person who can leap out bed at 5 a.m. with a spring in their step, like my partner. It’s one of those things I truly wish, that I can be that person, but I’m just not. I’ve tried, but I find it exhausting and then I’m like, “Why am I doing this?!”

Once I am up and have that little bit of time to myself, I usually just potter around, make myself a matcha latte and chug a lot of water. I know it’s healthy and boring, but I try and drink a lot of water before anything else because it flushes everything out. Your body builds up toxins overnight, so I want to flush them all out, and I’m usually parched from the night.

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I’ll check my e-mails, skim through the news a bit, and check in with family. I’ll be honest with you, I do pick up my phone first thing. It’s something I think about a lot, and there are periods of time when I charge my phone in the bathroom so I don’t have it by my head, which works better for me because, then, I’m not picking it up right away.

That’s when I’m in the mindset of cleaning my act up a bit. We all have those periods when we set goals or restructure things and figure out ways to live a healthier lifestyle. I definitely find that sleeping with technology out of the bedroom is better because you wake up and then get up versus lying in bed for ages. But, you know, I’m human – those things creak through the cracks!

I’m actually really considering a social detox this year. I’m trying to figure out how it can fit in more of a structural way because it’s such an obsessive thing.

I check my e-mails first and then the news – always BBC or CNN – and skim through the headlines that have popped up overnight. I have a quick flick through social, too, but I’m actually really considering a social detox this year. I’m trying to figure out how it can fit in more of a structural way because it’s such an obsessive thing. You find yourself wondering why you’re in this situation all of a sudden on Instagram, it’s crazy! You open your phone and it’s like a reflex. We talk about that a lot in the office, how we can structure things in a more healthy and mindful way.

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When my son wakes up, I get him out of bed and then we head into the kitchen and have breakfast together. He loves fruit but I don’t, so he has some or a smoothie, and I’ll have a juice and some scrambled eggs and toast, porridge, or boiled eggs. I always drink a matcha latte in the morning after I stopped drinking coffee about a year ago. It started giving me really bad headaches and indigestion, and I’ve really seen good results since cutting it out. But I miss it!

My other half drinks coffee so I smell it in the morning. It’s just the best smell ever. Matcha still isn’t a hit everywhere, and my partner loves going out for coffee to proper barista places, so we potter out to get one, but a lot of places don’t have my order! Well, not so much in LA, but in London – it’s still catching on. But at least I get to smell the coffee!

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Then, at around 8.30/9 a.m., I head off to the gym and work out. I’ve been training with a trainer called Simone De La Rue for about five years now. She has a workout class called Body by Simone, which started in New York before she brought it to LA and London. I’ve seen incredible results with it. It’s like a dance cardio class with a little bit of strength training, a bit of everything really! If you want to spend an hour doing dance cardio, you can, but for me, that’s the worst thing ever because cardio is my least favorite thing to do, so I really concentrate on strength, weight, and circuit training – a lot of interval bursts and things like that.

Throughout different periods of my life, I’ve dipped in and out of yoga and Pilates, and reformer Pilates has recently found its way back into my routine, which I kind of love because you get to lie down for most of it! I always think, “How bad can this be?” And then five minutes into it, I’m like, “Aah, it’s pretty bad!” [laughs]

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I always shower in the evening, that’s a must. If I’ve had a really intense workout, then I’ll quickly rinse off, but my proper shower is in the evening. I do love a shower. I used to take lots of baths, but I don’t have the time anymore, so they’re much more of an indulgence. I’ve been using Bioderma’s big shower oil, which I love because it’s an oil that lathers a little, but not loads. I also use Nécessaire’s body wash and I’m a really big fan of Byredo products, so they’re always in there.

When it comes to shampoos, I switch things around all the time, but I use Christophe Robin shampoos very often. At the moment, I’m also using a purple shampoo from L’Oréal because my color goes weird all the time. My blonde fades so quickly, it’s the bane of my existence! I’m in the salon for like four hours and two weeks later, it’s gone. I’m like, “What the… is going on?!” I’m strongly considering going brunette, but I don’t look good as a brunette…

I have about three go-to hairstyles that I can do on myself because I’m really not great at doing my own hair. I dry it with my Dyson hairdryer, which I’m obsessed with. It was a totally indulgent spend as it is quite expensive, but I’ve probably only bought three hairdryers in my entire life, so that’s quite good! I then use a hot brush to straighten my hair and, from there, I’ll put it up into a bun or ponytail or wear it straight. That’s the easiest thing for me as I don’t have much time, but I want my hair to look polished. A curl takes more time and it just annoys me, so I save that for the experts!

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When it comes to my skincare, I’ve been really loyal to iS Clinical for about seven years. I stopped using their products during my pregnancy because they’re clinical, and I was trying to use more natural things. My skin was incredible during my pregnancy – it’s the first time in my life when I didn’t have a spot every single day. So I continued on the natural path after Jack was born, but then I started seeing all this congestion come back to my skin.

I’ve been doing a lot of research for the past year or so, and I met a facialist called Biba de Sousa in LA who put me on a strict regimen of using only non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products. So now I cross-check all my products to see if they have pore-clogging ingredients in them and, if they do, I won’t use them – it doesn’t matter how much I love them. It’s made such a huge difference, and I really recommend it for anyone who suffers from acne. It takes a bit of time to do, but it’s definitely worth it, and I think anyone struggling with acne knows how it can really affect their day-to-day life and confidence.

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So, I stepped away from using iS Clinical during my pregnancy, but I went back to it recently and have seen really good results. I use its ‘Cleansing Complex’ day and night, and also use the CosMedix lactic acid cleanser in the shower. Recently, I’ve been using Dermalogica’s ‘Daily Microfoliant’ again, which took me back to being a teenager! It’s great in the evenings as it really removes everything – I try and do a double-cleanse in the evening because, usually, I’ve had a bit of makeup on.

In the daytime, I use five little drops of the iS Clinical ‘Super Serum’ or the ‘Poly-Vitamin Serum’, and I follow that up with Biba’s ‘Daily Moisturizer’, and that’s it. In the evening, I’ll use Zo Skin Health’s ‘Oil Control Pads’ that have AHAs to exfoliate. I’ve started using them twice a day now and I’ve seen more results from that as they resurface the skin, clean pores, and really deep-clean. I try and keep it really simple with my skincare and then, when it comes to my makeup, I have lots of fun!

So, day to day, it’s all about really hydrated skin and then I’ll go in with the Hourglass ‘Vanish Airbrush Concealer’ and dab it where I need it. I usually do three dots under my eyes, a couple around my nose, a few strokes along my jawline and chin, and a couple of dots along my forehead. I use the concealer brush around my eyes and nose, and the big ‘Vanish Foundation Brush’ everywhere else to buff it in – and that’s my base done in literally two minutes!

That concealer is so highly pigmented that I don’t need to wear foundation, and I don’t want to wear foundation every day because it takes ages to put on and I look claggy halfway through the day. Of course, there are days when I wear foundation, but for my personal life, I want my skin to look like my skin and use something that’s quick and easy.

I then groom my eyebrows, and I love the Hourglass ‘Sculpting Pencil’, which I use in ‘Blonde’ or ‘Warm Blonde’, before using the clear brow gel to hold them down. I always wear bronzer because I love to warm up my skin, and I love the ‘Ambient Bronzer’. All of the shades are amazing, so I switch it up and play with all of them. I usually wear a little bit of cream blush or use a lipstick as a blush, and then add a lipstick or lip oil, and that’s usually it. Oh, and a bit of highlighter maybe. Okay, that’s actually quite a lot… [laughs]

But I love doing my makeup. And do you know what my favorite makeup to do is? Just my usual, everyday makeup. It’s my favorite, and it’s my “me time”. I love touching beautiful products, seeing the transformation, and feeling ready to face the world. It’s a small but impactful ritual in my day.

Once I’m back from the gym and ready for my day, I’ll head to the office or to meetings, or I’m on a shoot or on set or I head to any appointments I might have. That’s the point when my day starts to be really different. But in LA, that’s sort of how it is.

I might be in and out of the house several times during the day or I might be out the whole day, but I always try to be back by 5 p.m., which is when my son has his dinner. We sit and eat as a family quite often as I’m usually hungry by that point. I try and intermittent fast from that point onwards through the evening, too. But that’s going into the evening, so I’m far beyond my morning routine now!

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