Does your beauty routine change when you become a mom?

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mom and her beauty routineMom's beauty routineThat cliché of the harassed mother in a tatty tracksuit rushing to the shops for bread and milk with dirty hair and no make-up is a cliché for a reason… it’s happened to so many of us. There simply isn’t time to spend 20 minutes perfecting our winged eyeliner anymore.

Most women, when they fall pregnant for the first time, have visions of being the glamorous mother who curls her lashes, blow-dry’s her hair and steps out in heels, all with compliant babe in arms. They think it’ll be easy. But it’s not. Trying to get dressed and out of the house in the morning, while juggling a baby and all its demands, makes it near impossible to put on a full face of make-up, let alone blow-dry your hair and choose an acceptable outfit. But that’s no excuse in becoming that cliché – you simply need to change your routine. Babies are unpredictable but if you try these tips, you can get out of the house looking and feeling good.

Save time by washing your hair, shaving your legs and plucking stray eyebrow hairs the night before. Instead of blow-drying, let your hair air dry and experiment with upstyles the next morning such as a sleek ponytail or a French plait.

In the mornings, after baby has been fed and is happily ensconced in sleep, or staring at a hanging mobile, take your chance to jump into the shower.
Don’t skip your body moisturiser. Your skin tends to get very dry post-pregnancy, so it’s important to keep it moisturised. A time-saving alternative is to use body oil such as Bio-Oil or Neutrogena’s Body Oil, which contains a nourishing sesame formula. These oils can be applied to your skin or a few drops added to your bath.

When it comes to your make-up, it’s a good idea to invest in products with multiple uses.

Opt for a moisturiser that does it all – Garnier BB Cream contains SPF 15 and it hydrates and brightens skin, evens out skin tone and smoothes fine lines.
Avoid liquid foundation and opt for a pressed powder foundation. M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation provides full coverage and takes seconds to apply.
It’s a good idea to invest in false eyelashes. They instantly open up your eyes and take the hassle out of applying mascara every day, plus there’s no risk of smudging.

If there’s one make-up essential you can’t skip it’s blusher. A stroke of colour on your cheeks will instantly liven and brighten your skin. A bright lipstick adds instant glamour, but how do you keep the colour on all day? Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are easy to apply, won’t bleed into lip lines and last for hours. For subtle colour, try Clinique Chubby Stick – it moisturises lips while providing a sheer tint.

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Emily Pettit-Coetzee is a freelance writer and a blogger of lovely things. She spends her days writing about everything from corporate finance to teen fashion and has a weakness for vintage fashion and red lipstick.

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  1. Aqeela Galvaan

    I think all mothers can relate!

    4 years ago •

  1. Fuhri

    Great tips. My daily beauty routine basically dissapeared when my little one arrived. But I make sure to at least once a week treat myself with a proper beauty routine.

    4 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    When you become a new mom there isn’t enough time for a full beauty routine. 15 minutes is all my two-year-old needs to catch on a world of mischief. I take just 60 seconds to fill in brows, swipe some eye pencil, use mascara and that’s it. If I have another minute then I slick on some lippie but not always.

    4 years ago •

  1. ChantelleMarais

    It is true, when you are a mom you don’t have all the time you used too have for doing make-up, hair and dressing up etc. I normally wake up extra early to get ready :)! And looking after ourselves is also a top priority as well as seeing to our babys :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Wonderful article….it rings so true for many moms.

    4 years ago •

  1. Gross

    I loved this article.

    Motherhood makes me look back and think I had way too much time on my hands, I didnt use constructively enough :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Grove

    I am at the end of my pregnancy and found myself not really worrying too much about my skin but now am in desperate need of a pampering! If you are great at organizing your time, then you should not have a problem doing so when baby is around. It’s always good to take care of your skin even if you do not wear make-up. Thanks for the great tips!

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    Time saving products and routines will definitely be essential when you’re a mommy :)

    5 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    Thank you for the article… very useful information… taking care of one’s skin is an absolute priority.If you have dry skin instead of applying pressed powder you can opt for a touch of concealer where its needed most.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    You have to make the time. Taking 15 min out of a 241380 minute day is not unreasonable at all. In fact or would be unreasonable not to. In order to be the best mothers we can be we need to be healthy and happy and it will follow that baby will be happy if mommy is happy. Not only will that 15 to 20 min it takes to do you daily beauty regime make you look good, which in turn makes you feel good about yourself. It will also give a much needed and well earned break from mommy duty to just be a woman! Let dad look after after the little one for a while it will lead to a happier overall environment!

    5 years ago •

  1. JADE

    HI, Nadia i use the Garnier BB cream every day and it gives my skin a natural glow yet gives me a medium coverage which hides little marks or lightens bigger ones i recommend it i just love using it but i still use abit of moisturizer underneath or a tiny bit of Vaseline as i have very dry skin.

    5 years ago •

  1. jackys

    Its possible to look good as long as you put in effort.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Any mom will be familiar with this….

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Nadia

    It depends on how much coverage you need / want – you can wear the Garnier BB without foundation, and it will offer sheer coverage. If you prefer fuller coverage or have blemishes that you want to cover, you’ll probably prefer to apply some foundation over it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I think your routine changes a bit when you become a mom, the amount depends on you. I certainly do not feel that you should completely forget about yourself, I make time to do my nails, care for my hair etc, even if it means I do it when the kids are sleeping. It is so important to make time for yourself

    5 years ago •

  1. Nadia Lucas

    Woinder if you can where the Garnier BB Cream underneath your foundation or should it be worl alone?

    5 years ago •

  1. Lize

    As a mom I have very little time for myself, mornings are totally hectic with my 1 year old baby girl and 3 year old son. There’s very little time to apply makeup between feeding kids, changing nappies, looking for lost shoes, and putting on babies shoes and socks up to 7 times! Most mornings I just apply mascara as there are no time.

    5 years ago •

  1. SG

    After becoming a mom, I didn’t have time for a beauty routine. Now that my kids are older I’m getting back into the swing of things. It’s so important to try and find the time and not let yourself “go”. It’s tough finding the balance.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Great tips – As mom of 3 girls under the age of 6, I tend to neglect myself sometimes

    5 years ago •

  1. mofokeng

    As a new mom taking care of my baby is priority but I also make time for myself and make sure I look and smell good at all times so my husband say “sexy super mom”.
    Awsome atticle and great advise.

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Definately. We should take care of ourselves – always.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    BB cream, mascara and a touch of lipgloss (or lipbalm with a touch of colour) – lifesavers for new moms!

    5 years ago •

  1. Larissa B

    i have 2 daughters aged 6 and 6 months, i never leave the house without a splash of colour , i’ve managed to work a nice routine for myself.
    my day starts at 5, i change and feed the baby, take her with me to the shower with the help of her car seat and toys, i’m out by 6.30 then i do my makeup- tone, moisturize,base, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipgloss. thereafter i’m gettin the big 1 ready for school and we outta the house by 7.15, phew!
    hope this gives mommies out there some hope

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I respect all mothers. They definitely have the hardest job on earth.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    It really is the small things that count, like brushing your hair, dabbing on a bit of concealer and blush. Not that we expect new moms to prance around in heels and skinny jeans, but if you make that decision to buy a terribly oversized tracksuit set, then you made the decision to look bad in the first place.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    If there had been a BB cream 4 years ago when I had my little boy I think I would have been the happiest new mommy around. The basics and such a requirement just to make you feel half human again.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tzar

    Yes, skincare requirements change with age

    5 years ago •

  1. Slamet

    These tips came in handy since I’m a 21 year old mother of two and attending full time classes :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    These are very good tips! I can very much relate my baby is only 14months old and it took time to get back into a beauty schedule, she is at a great age now where I have bit more time to faff.

    5 years ago •

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