Some days, we wake up and walk out the door feeling cool, confident, and ready to take on the world. Our step has that extra swagger, our hair is swooshing in the right direction, and we just know we're going to crush it at work. And other days we wake up and nothing feels right: That big meeting is looming, our hair is doing something really weird, and is that a fever coming on? There goes the dynamite: Suddenly we're stuck in a spiral of self-doubt.
The one thing we know to be true about these especially irritating mornings? It's the way you course-correct that affects your day's outcome. From striking a power pose in the bathroom mirror to playing up your favorite feature with products from a brand that embraces beauty in all forms, like Almay, these tried-and-true tips collected from some of our favorite badass ladies, aka our team of Clique editors, are sure to help you hit reset.
"It may sound superficial, but I really do feel more confident the more time I have to get ready each morning. It's meditative to me. I like to have my coffee while sitting in front of my vanity. I'll load a show I'm catching up on on my iPad, and I'll try out whatever new product has landed on my desk that week. One I've been loving is the new Almay Shadow Squads™ [$5]. It's a monoquad palette, meaning it has one shade in four different finishes—satin, matte, glitter, and metallic. I'm hoarding them all, starting with the prettiest mix of rich, cocoa-y browns called Cause a Stir."
"I think fashion can be a major confidence-boosting tool. My 'power look' will change from day to day. Sometimes I feel my best in a frilly blouse and menswear-inspired shoes. Other days it's a graphic tee and a high pony. The one thing that stays the same, though, are my defined brows."
[Ed. note: Fill in and define your brows with the Almay Brow Pencil™ ($7). It's our go-to for all day wear.]
"One of life's cruel ironies is that when I'm most in need of that yoga buzz, I don't have the time to go. So when things get super busy and I can't spare a whole hour, I've started doing what my boyfriend calls the 'executive workout.' It's when you go to the gym, walk straight past all the exercise equipment, use the steam room, and take a long shower with all the delicious-smelling products. It's ridiculous, but it's the best 20 minute pick-me-up—it makes me feel great for the rest of the day."
"Anyone who knows me knows I have big eyes—like, really big. (Thanks, Mom!) So playing them up with makeup always makes me feel good. The thing I rely on most is my mascara (lash curlers totally freak me out), and right now I'm loving new Almay Liquid Lash Extenders™ Mascara [$8]. Wiggling the wand across my upper and lower lashes opens my eyes up even more. Best of all, it's hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist-tested, so it doesn't irritate my eyes. I'll feel good enough to leave the house without any other makeup on."
"I feel my most confident after a good workout. It has nothing to do with looking physically fit; I just feel better when I feel healthier. Also, if the workout class is particularly tough, I feel a sense of accomplishment that I was able to fight through it and finish. There's no better feeling than when you overcome something you didn't know you had the strength to."
[Ed. note: Don't ruin those feel-good vibes sweating in the locker room trying to even out your skin tone. Instead, pack your bag with an easy-to-apply foundation, like new Almay Best Blend Forever™ Makeup ($13. It buffs on easily with a removable sponge tip and hydrates for up to eight hours.]
"For me, confidence comes when I feel prepared and in control of my life. That's not always easy because we all know that life is a roller coaster of change, and you can never truly plan from one day to the next. But my preparation isn't just about creating notes or slides for a big meeting—it's also about internal preparation.
"Each day, when I start to feel overwhelmed or my self-esteem is low, I think about all the things I'm grateful for. I also have a few mantras I repeat to myself—'I'm just doing the best I can,' 'Everything is in its place,' or 'I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.' These help me take stock of where I am and realize there are greater problems in the world than the ones I'm going through. Just take it one step at a time, and trust the process."
What are your tips for an instant confidence boost? Tell us in the comments below, and shop more editor favorites from Almay here.