Beauty & Confidence: Beauty & Makeup Tips
A Momâ€™s Guide to Looking Effortlessly Chic
By Kara Solarz for Beauty & Confidence
Whether youâ€™re a brand-new mama who equates showering with insta-chic or a veteran parent who canâ€™t so much as pee alone, itâ€™s hard not to look at put-together moms like Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Obama and wonder how they find the time to look so amazing. Answer: an entourage of stylists and makeup artists. But even if your entourage only consists of little ones, these quick tips will help you look paparazzi-ready in a flash.
Set up a beauty station by the front door.
Ever dash out of the house only to catch your reflection later and wince? To the rescue: Set up a mommy beauty station by the door. Simply hang a mirror and fill a basket (ideally out of reach to your kiddos) with your get-ready-quick essentials. A few suggestions: a hairbrush and dry shampoo to instantly upgrade your locks, concealer to mask any under-eye circles, blush or bronzer for a sweep of color, mascara to open up your eyes, and a box of facial tissues for quick beauty touchups.
Add stylish accents to your go-to outfits.
Guess what? You can maintain a uniform of cotton shirts and jeans as long as you accessorize smartly. A colorful, patterned scarf can add interest to a V-neck and boyfriend jeans (not to mention mask any spit-up or food stains). Skinny jeans and a plain top are instantly date-night-ready with a touch of costume jewelry and glam heels or fun flats. Invest in easy statement pieces, like a bright blazer, you can throw on before a parent-teacher conference that will instantly elevate your ensemble.
Streamline your makeup routine. Â
Ah, if only you had the time to labor over creating the perfect cat eye. But youâ€™d be surprised how far a minimal look — with minimal products — can go toward boosting your confidence. Opt for multitasking makeup, like a BB cream, an above-and-beyond tinted moisturizer that also contains SPF, antioxidants and other antiaging components. Instead of stressing out about perfectly applying lipstick, opt for a simple tinted lip gloss or stain. If youâ€™re constantly on the go, an eyelash curler can do wonders to instantly give eyes a lift without the mess of mascara.
Borrow from Baby.
If your beauty budget has given way to a college fund, take note: Thereâ€™s a treasure trove of goodies already in your nursery. Use your little oneâ€™s lotion for the eau de bÃ©bÃ© that everyone absolutely loves. Your babyâ€™s chemical-free shampoo will leave your hair super-soft without stripping it of essential oils. Canâ€™t find time to shower? Even if you donâ€™t use baby powder at the changing table, dabbing it on your scalp and the shiniest areas of your hair can hold you over in between washings.
Have a signature style.
One of Gwynnieâ€™s biggest chic secrets? This mama has confidence. But if the baby drool on your shoulder has you feeling not-so self-assured, hereâ€™s a quick trick: Add something to your look thatâ€™s only yours. Tie a fun kerchief to your purse that you rotate every so often, and never leave the house without swiftly applying a bright lip color. Crumbs all over your clothes? Check. Signature statement necklace? Hey, youâ€™ve got something going
Kara Solarz is a web editor, copywriter, and avid but inflexible yogi whoâ€™s written for WhatToExpect.com, DailyGlow.com,Â CompletelyYou.com and ChaosÂ magazine. She frequently contributes to Beauty & Confidence