Hey guys! Welcome back! The topic this week will be beauty tips for busy moms. My disclaimer: I am not an expert. I don’t even have a beauty channel on youtube. That being said, here are my top ten tips:
- Pick what you want to have shine. There are mouths to feed and a house to clean! You don’t have the time (or reason) to get dolled up to the nines. Pick a piece of you that you want to look awesome (skin, lips, eyes, hair, nails). Make it awesome. Three products or less, people! We’re on a time crunch here.
- Lips: if you have gross peely lips (you can tell I’m all over this beauty terms thing), use a toothbrush (preferably not one you brush with or regularly use for cleaning) or washcloth and a bit of Vaseline to have smooth lips again.
- Eyes: Use liquid eyeliner or I guarantee you will have to reapply/do corrections more than you want to. Avoid neutral colors or anything brassy if you are a new/sleep deprived mom. They make your eyes look heavier, so you will just look more exhausted. White eyeliner on your lower lid makes you look fresher and draws attention away from any unsightly bags.
- Skin: exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate. Use a skin brush or washcloth to exfoliate skin. Use a face mask (they sell them at the store in single use packets) if desired. Then hydrate your face with lotion or whatever other face hydrators they have on the market.
- Hair: wash. I suggest investing in some really good shampoo and conditioner. It truly makes a difference. Air dry to prevent damage if there’s time. If not, either ignore the fact your hair is still wet, or blow dry. Good luck having time to style. If you’ve showered the night before, chances are you have a nest of evil in the morning. Wet it down as if you are going to wash it and go from there. New moms, I highly suggest purchasing dry shampoo for days your in-laws announce they will be there in five minutes when you a.) just got the baby to go to sleep b.) have spit up on several items of clothing you are currently wearing and c.) haven’t touched the house in several days, so also no clean laundry . At least your hair won’t be terrible for all those pictures you know you’ll end up in. I also suggest a shorter cut. It’s tough to make time for yourself, and brushing your hair when it’s long is such a chore while being exhausted.
- Prevention. No matter how tired you are, before bed you should always brush your teeth and wash your face. Cavities, bad breath, and breakouts are bad news bears. Removing that makeup (assuming you had any on by whatever time you got to bed) at the very least saves you a step in the morning.
- Don’t be lazy about hair removal. Tweeze, wax, or otherwise get your brows done regularly. Shave your legs, even in the winter. Do it regularly, even if you have to jump out of the shower after only one leg to get the baby. Do the other leg the next day. (Totally not kidding. It happens).
- Eat well. What you eat can affect your body size and shape, as well as your complexion. It will also affect your energy level, and no one looks their best while exhausted.
- Exercise. It might be tough to fit it in, but even if you have to squeeze in squats, lunges, sit ups, etc. in five minutes segments throughout the day, you’ll feel better for it. It will make a difference in your posture if you are strong and in your confidence if you’ve worked out (which is about the sexiest thing a woman can have on, btw).
- Get enough sleep. Stop laughing. New moms, don’t shoot me. I understand your issues. Moms of older children, if you have the choice, choose to get to bed instead of watching another episode of your favorite show. There is such a thing as beauty rest.
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