...and for everyone else that has better things to do than spending hours in front of the mirror in the morning.
professional makeup artist with beauty blog and my personal blog, through which I was lucky enough to meet Trish.
As Trish is preparing for a new and exciting life as a mother she invited me to be a guest over here and give some professional makeup & skin care advice for new Mum's.
Makeup doesn't need to be complicated, you can achieve great results with a super simple routine.
While it can be fun indulging into a pamper session every then and when most days you need a routine that is simple, quick and effective.
Lack of sleep, change in your schedule and in hormones, will all affect your skin.
It might be more oily or more dry than usual. Observe how your skin feels and change your skin care accordingly. Use gentle products and be kind to your skin.
Many women prefer pure natural products while breast feeding and products without plenty of synthetic fragrance. Make sure you enjoy using the products you are putting on your skin daily and try your best to keep up with moisturizing and cleansing.
The better your skin the less makeup you will need. Even if your skin has gotten out of control temporarily: Don't worry! A little concealer and few makeup products will work the magic you need.
Everyone is different, some Mum's adapt to the new life more easily than others, don't put any unnecessary pressure on yourself, and don't compare yourself to others.
If you don't enjoy makeup & skincare right now, accept it and know there are more important things for now.
#1 Take advantage of all-in-one products!
As you will learn to multitask like never before, your makeup products should do the same. Go for items that fulfill different purposes at once! For example a lip & cheek tint, highlighting concealer and tinted moisturizer with built in SPF or a tinted lip-balm.
#2 Creme de la Creme
Changing nappies, and preventing the house to look like a war zone really is enough, you don't want to clean makeup brushes as well. Skip them all together for a little while, switch to cream products that you can use with your fingers. Cream eyeshadow, Cream blush and bronzer are your best friends.
#3 Highlight & Hide
A highlighting concealer brush Acts like a magic wand, you can erase dark circles instantly and hide redness and imperfections. Use your ring finger and press gently into the skin. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes will make you look well rested instantly! Ta-da!
If you have areas with severe break outs invest in a high coverage concealer in your exact skin-tone and only use it where needed after your tinted moisturizer or on it's own.
#4 Tint & Protect
Tinted moisturizers are quicker and easier to blend than a foundation, they are more forgiving when it comes to finding the perfect shade as most of them adapt to a degree to your skin tone.
They never look too made up and will protect your skin from harmful UV rays on your walks and are more lightweight on the skin and quicker to wash of at the end of the day.
Apply with fingers on top of your moisturizer. Easy-Peasy, right?
Will help you look fresh even if your skin is sallow and tired, choose a pink or peach to give some colour back into the skin and blend from the apple of the cheek upwards/ Try cream blush for a brush-less application.
#6 Frame your eyes
Once you used highlighter in the inner corners and a dab of concealer to even out any redness on the eyelids a good volumizing mascara is all you need to frame your eyes. If you are very fair skinned try a dark brown rather than black.
Generally apply most of the mascara right into the roots of your lashes, that gives you that full gorgeous lash line. Then wiggle the brush upwards and brush the outer corners outwards and upwards. Use another coat or two in the same technique.
Too cheesy, simplistic or obvious? Try it: It works!
If this still seems like to much effort for the first days or weeks make sure to do the following:
Go for walks! While you might not feel like hitting the gym or running a marathon for a little while, gentle exercise is important. Take the little baby out, get some fresh air and go for a daily walk.
If you can't get enough sleep try and meditate during the day, even 10min can help coping with stress and feel like a little recharge. There are also yoga classes where you can bring the baby with you to make it a little easier for young Mum's to get relaxation and gentle exercise plus you will meet other women & their babies who in the same boat.
Both will really help your skin to get back to it's glowing best!
If you have any questions please comment below and I will do my best to answer all of them!
Thanks Trish for having me. I wish you all the best for your journey into motherhood.
Products tips: 1. Nars: Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, 2. Stila: Convertible Lip & Cheek colour 3. Tata Harper: Be Adored Tinted Lip Balm 4. L'oreal: Extra Volume Collagene Mascara 5: By Terry: Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush.