Have you ever had a moment while looking through a photo album or scrapbook where you found yourself
looking at a picture and asking, “Where have you been?” and the person that you’re talking to is you? It
seems like light years ago since you had time to play the adult version of “dress up” while getting ready for
a date or party, complete with a full face of make-up. And while you’re certainly glad to be secure enough
in yourself to not feel like you need cosmetics before being suitable for public viewing, it’s still nice to use
them to do just what they were created for: enhance some of your best features.
But now that you’re a mom, you just don’t have the same kind of time that you used to and so you’re not
sure how you can cut a 30-minute make-up face down to five or 10 minutes without it looking like your
child painted your face while you were catching a quick cat nap.
Here’s your lucky day.
Get a foundation stick. If you don’t have time to do anything else, at least make sure that your skin looks
smooth and even. A great way to do that is by purchasing some foundation that comes in a convenient
stick. Simply draw a line across your forehead, cheeks and chin and disperse it throughout the rest of your
face until it’s blended. Being that you’re a mom, it’s pretty much wishful thinking that it won’t smear or
rub off on either your child or you, so make sure to get one that lasts. If you’re on a budget, Revlon has
a Colorstay brand that won’t smudge for at least 12 hours. If you’ve been up all night with a sick child,
concealer sticks are a quick tool to make you look instantly bright-eyed. Apply it under the eyes only
after you’ve placed a couple of cucumber slices under them for about 10 minutes in the morning. That’s an
inexpensive way to soothe any puffiness that may have occurred.
Blush it up. You’re probably thinking that you already look fluster from all of the errands that you find
yourself running throughout the day and so blush isn’t necessary. On almost any face, blush can brighten
up a face in a matter of moments, transitioning a woman from looking flustered to looking radiant. Based
on your personal preference, blushes come in both cream and powder form and both can be applied to
the apple of your cheekbones (smile while applying to locate them) in just a matter of moments. Nars is a
high-end line that is a make-up face’s favorite, while Wet ‘N Wild actually has some of the best selections
around. If you’re in a pinch and need a bit of a blush boost in the car, a dab of pink lipstick blended into
the skin is a really reputable substitute. Oh, and another way to achieve a fabulous sun-kissed resilience,
especially in the summer months is to brush on a bit of bronzer. Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer and Sugar
Cosmetics’ Tropic Tan are both available for under $25.
A little mascara and lipstick goes a long way. We’ve all had moments when we’ve looked at ourselves
and thought, “Why don’t I just get a facelift? It would make things a lot easier.” Then you remember those
plastic surgery prices and know there’s no way to make that happen. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Being a
mother is a beautiful thing and it resonates a glow on even the most overworked women. If your day is too
packed to look at a mirror for more than a couple of minutes, always remember that a little mascara on the
lashes and lipstick on the lips can do wonders for any face. By applying mascara to your lashes, it opens
up your eyes while making your lashes appear darker and fuller. The best kind for a mom on the go would
definitely be a waterproof brand. Maybelline Great Lash is a good one at a great cost. If you would prefer
not to use any eye make-up, an eyelash curler is the next best thing. When it comes to your lips, there are
a variety of options to choose from. In the daylight hours, you might want to try a color that is close to the
natural shade of your lips. According to ConsumerResearch.com, some of the best brands include MAC
and Revlon. If you don’t want to have to worry about touching it up throughout the day, CoverGirl’s Outlast
All-Day Lip Color gets high praise, with the extra perk being that you can find it in a local department
store. Or, you can try a lip gloss with a dab of color and taste. Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret
have both in a variety of tints and flavors.