When you’re a Mom, looking good is so much harder than it was before you had children. You don’t have the same amount of time to spend getting ready, and instead are dedicating it to dressing little people; you probably don’t have the same amount of money to spend on the products that you used to love, knowing that there are better and more deserving things that your cash now needs to fund. Some mothers ditch the makeup altogether, as they don’t have the room for it in their change bags - again, instead of cash that can be used for other things, it’s space that can be used for something a bit more important.
But stop right there! You are important too. You deserve to look good, you deserve to feel great. You don’t have to give your life up just because you are looking after another one. Keep your makeup bag compact and stick to the essentials, and you’ll already be so many steps ahead of those who don’t.
There are small compact eyeshadow palettes available, and even ones where you can pick the shades to go in. What a time to be alive, eh? How it has taken this long for this genius idea to be invented is anybody’s guess, but what it means for you is that you can take the shades that you know work for you and have them always on hand. Mascara can be bought in smaller sizes with absolutely no limitations on what it can do for your lashes, and liners are also getting tinier. So what’s stopping you from experimenting?!
Even if you’re not feeling perky or particularly healthy and have the remains of yesterday’s dinner down you (probably wasn’t even your food, let’s be honest), blusher can save the day and make you feel and look a bit more … human. Colour in your cheeks is always a great indicator of how tired you are, how well you’ve eaten, how much you’re drinking - they give a lot away. Keep a small blush brush and some powder on hand and you’ll be good to go - there’s a great example of different palettes you can get from Ben Nye makeup (always check out brands that are designed for alternative purposes; theatrical makeup tends to last longer and has everything close together and in one place for ease of the makeup artists … and ease of Mom’s! Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret).
You don’t even have to be bold with your lips. Grab a nude coloured lipstick or some clear gloss and go for the natural look. You don’t have to prove your style to anyone if you don’t have the time or can’t fathom how you ever made the effort, and a quick slick of gloss across the lips can really bring a look together and make it seem like you have been dedicating a lot longer to your look than you actually have. Smile and let it work its magic!