It seems like kids take up all of your time, leaving you with very little in the way of time or energy for fixing yourself up and making sure you look your best. Don’t feel guilty, it happens to all moms.
We are so busy with taking care of and running after our children that somehow, the fancy stuff goes out the window and we opt for a ponytail or short hair cut and some lip balm (and that’s on a good day).
You can still look your best every day simply by using a few quick tried and true beauty tips. No more schlepping around with uncombed hair and nails that look like a cavewoman’s!
Tip #1 – Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can ignore your hair. If your hair is long, ponytails are a very quick and easy answer, and that’s fine! But if you are going the ponytail route most days, make sure that you don’t just grab your hair and wrap any old rubber band around it.
Take a minute to brush it into a slick ponytail, but leave a tendril or two in the back or near your face. Take another minute to give them a slight curl (your hubby will like this). If your hair is long and curly, you can still wear a ponytail, and you don’t even have to curl the tendrils.
Headbands also look great in long hair and help keep it out of your face. There are a ton of cute hair clips, ponytail wraps and headbands in the stores. If you’ve cut your hair short, or it was already short, don’t neglect it.
Short styles sometimes require more attention than long hair. Have your stylist give you a cut that is easy to take care of, but that still is cute and stylish, and have him/her show you what products you will need and how to use them. If you are in a big hurry, headbands and cute barrettes can be a lifesaver for short hair, too.
Tip #2 – Makeup takes time, so cut back, but don’t cut it out. For quick and easy makeup routine, wash your face and smooth on tinted moisturizer. Follow with a fluff of blush, a dab of tinted lip balm or gloss and a twist of mascara. If you have more time, you can add more to your routine. But on busy days, this quick makeup routine will leave you looking fresh and pretty.
Tip #3 – Remember before you had kids, when your clothes were coordinated? They still can be, but you might not have tons of time to try on ten different outfits every morning. Depending upon whether you are working at home or working out of the home, your clothing needs will vary, but you feel better either way when you look put together.
Plan your daily wardrobe for simplicity, and so you can mix and match a lot of pieces. Even if you wear jeans every day, don’t automatically throw on that old Counting Crows T shirt and your flip-flops.
Try wearing simple long or short-sleeved t-shirts or sweaters, maybe in solid colors that you can highlight with a cute pair of earrings or a bracelet of colored beads. If you plan to wear flip-flops, just make sure they are clean and cute.
If you work outside of the home, the same basic idea works. Wear pieces that all coordinate so that you can put on a skirt or pants and a shirt, add a cute scarf or necklace and go.
The three elements to looking your very best, even when you’re in a hurry and juggling your mommy duties is to pay attention to your hair, makeup and clothes. This doesn’t have to require lots of time, just a bit of forethought and planning. Then you’ll be on your way to being a “hot” mommy.