There are certain rituals and traditions held as sacred within the secret realm of womanhood. Think of that bond you form with a stranger when you’re both applying your makeup in your cars next to each other. You work silently and distantly, yet you’re doing this together, you know?
Womanhood is chock-full of these unspoken truths, and I cherish them all with every fiber of my girly being.
One such tradition holds precedent over all others, and this is the act of Getting Ready Together. It’s an act perfected by women over years of practice. From adjusting our ballet buns in the mirrors before childhood recitals to glossing our lips one final time before we head downstairs to meet our prom dates, some of my fondest life memories are the moments that happened before the big events.
Getting Ready Together is a revered and significant pastime among women. Few things in life bring me as much calm as applying my mascara in the mirror next to my best friend as she applies her mascara in the mirror. Sometimes, I wish we could just spend the whole night getting ready and never actually go out anywhere.
And one of the most important aspects of any night of Getting Ready Together is the music you listen to. For me and my girlfriends, it’s usually a standard blend of Beyoncé, Robyn, Rihanna, etc. We let the divas guide us in our quest towards hotness.
The best songs to get ready to, though, are the songs about getting ready. Any song about looking good, applying makeup, fixing your hair, etc., is a perfect addition to your pre-party playlist and I’m here to tell you all my favorite beauty-themed jams.
“Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama
“MAC, MAC, L’Oréal
Yep, ‘cause I’m worth it
Love the way I put it on so perfect
Wipe the corners of my mouth so I work it
When I walk down the hallway they can't say nothing
Oh oh oh my lips so luscious
The way I spice it up with the MAC, MAC brushes"
“Single Ladies” by Beyoncé
"I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips"
“Glamorous” by Fergie ft. Ludacris
The title says it all.
“Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
"Kitty on fleek, pretty on fleek"
“Lucky” by Britney Spears
"It's time for makeup, perfect smile
It's you they're all waiting for"
“Supermodel” by RuPaul
"It don't matter what you wear
They're checking out your savoir faire
And it don't matter what you do
'Cause everything looks good on you"
“U Got the Look” by Prince ft. Sheena Easton
"A whole hour just to make up your face, baby
Closin' time, ugly lights, everybody's inspected
But you are a natural beauty unaffected"
“Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson
“Pretty as a picture
Sweeter than a swisher
Mad 'cause I'm cuter than the girl that's with you”
- What are y’all’s favorite songs for Getting Ready Together?
- Are we all in agreement that the act of Getting Ready Together is usually/always more fun than actually going?