Before I became a mom, I applied a full face of makeup every time I left the house. It gave me confidence in myself, and I had the time to do it. That all changed when my time and attention shifted to the new member of our family, and au natural became my new norm. Through becoming a mom, I have learned to embrace my natural beauty and no longer feel unattractive bare-faced. I don’t wear makeup nearly as often as I did before, and I’m really happy about that change. However, I do still enjoy the way I look with makeup on, and I make time for it for certain occasions. These are the five tips that are crucial to my beauty routine as a busy mom.
1. Start From the Inside Out
Before jumping to beauty products and miracle creams, focus first on what’s underneath. Your natural beauty is directly correlated with what you put in your body. If you maintain a clean diet, eating lots of leafy greens and foods with healthy fats, it will make a huge difference in your skin and overall health. Even more important is staying hydrated. Water is essential for flushing out toxins, sustaining new cell growth, boosting energy, promoting weight loss, and minimizing wrinkles as you age. Invest in a cute and high-quality water bottle, so that water is always accessible and convenient, whether at home or on the go.
2. Keep It Simple
Another benefit of starting out with bright and glowing skin is that you can look great with minimal makeup or none at all. A full-coverage foundation is not necessary for a natural everyday look, especially if you already have amazing skin. But if you do want to look more put-together, choose your favorite feature and enhance it. If you have long, thick lashes, add a coat of mascara to make your eyes really pop. If you love your lips, find a lip color that matches your personality (a dramatic red or a lovely nude).
My go to everyday look consists of a lightweight BB cream, a matte powder (for my oil-prone skin), bronzer and blush to give my face some color, and filled in brows to frame my face.
3. Products That Go The Distance
For busy moms, time is a scarce resource and must be used wisely. When deciding on which beauty products to use, opt for ones that are multipurpose or low-maintenance. Rather than applying sunscreen as a separate step, choose a moisturizer or foundation that also has SPF, such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer or It Cosmetics CC Cream. If you’re looking for a touch of color, choose a product that can cover many bases, like Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick or NARS The Multiple, which can be used on the cheeks, lips, eyes, or body.
Busy moms hardly have time to apply makeup once a day, much less multiple times a day, so it’s imperative that the products last. Pick long-wearing, sweatproof products that will look great all day. Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick are two options that are well-loved.
4. Care About Hair Care
For me, hair is often the part of my beauty routine that gets pushed to the back-burner when there is no time to be found. However, having great-looking hair does not have to be time-consuming or difficult. To promote the growth of stronger hair and nails, start taking a daily supplement. A healthy head of hair is the first step in feeling great about your locks.
Save time and take care of your hair by NOT washing it everyday. The natural oils get stripped when exposed to harsh chemicals too frequently. To keep the oil at bay between washes, use a dry shampoo to add volume and keep your hair looking fresh for longer. If your hair type tends to be more dry and dull, a high quality hair oil is key in keeping your hair soft and shiny. When you do wash your hair, invest in a product that focuses on hair rejuvenation, reversing damage and providing a protective shield.
5. Makeup Free Bedtime
When the kids are finally in bed, it is tempting to leave washing your face until the next morning. However, leaving makeup and dirt on your face overnight will lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and blackheads. When you are sleeping, this is when your body rejuvenates itself, so give your face a clean slate so that it can naturally exfoliate and grow new cells.
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