The cosmetics guru, mom, and garden lover shares her secrets for walking out the door looking fresh and natural.

By Ellen Miller

7 A.M. My daughter, Delphina, is the best alarm clock. We sing and snuggle in bed before we get up. When it's time to start the day, I squeeze some lemon in a glass of water -- I'm convinced it makes a difference in my skin.

8 A.M. If I wake up with puffy eyes, I use warm tea bags to take the swelling down, then I check in on e-mail and social media.

8:15 A.M. Shower. Right now I'm using Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner ($23 and $24; They add shine and body.

8:30 A.M. Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion is 100 percent natural and soothes any dry or red spots.

8:40 A.M. Next I spritz my hair with Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence ($48; to detangle it and then let it air-dry while I finish getting ready.

8:45 A.M. Time to get dressed -- I tend to have a spring uniform, which is usually a floral dress and ballet flats, or else jeans, a pastel top, and a beaded necklace.

8:55 A.M. My skin care routine each morning is minimal, but effective. First I prep my face with our Pure Rosewater ($64) and then I apply Rose de Mai Cream ($210; both at to plump and brighten my complexion.

8:57 A.M. I'm using our new Le Magnolia palette on my cheeks and eyes. (Proceeds from each sale go to Traffic, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable wild plant harvests.) I finish with mascara and one of our new spring lipsticks in a punchy color.

9:15 A.M. I fill my BKR water bottle ($35; with fresh aloe water, kiss my husband and daughter good-bye, and head out for my walk to work.


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