When I was pregnant, I remember worriedly chatting to my wonderful friend, Eve, about losing myself. I was worried about my post-pregnancy figure, and whether I would have the time to wash my hair and do my beloved smokey eye every morning.
But she shared with me, some brilliant advice, that her mum had told her for future knowledge (hi Janine if you are reading this!), and it was some of the best advice that I’ve actually been given when it comes to being a happy mama.
Janine told Eve that she always made time for herself too. “If a baby is going to cry, they will cry. But it takes seconds to slick on a bit of lippy and run a brush through your hair. If it makes you feel better, it can’t be bad.” That old adage of “happy mama = happy baby.”
And so I always try. Every day. Because you can have your cake and eat it to, when it comes to being a yummy mum. Hell, we aren’t going to achieve Miranda Kerr or Heidi Klum status, obviously, but you can at least feel better about yourself.
I’ve found myself being asked a few things about beauty now and again, and I thought I’d share a few of my “looks” from time-to-time. They aren’t tutorials by any means, and beauty whizz-kids should turn away now, but if you feel a bit drab and you need some inspiration, I promise they are mama-friendly.
So let’s start with the basics…
The Weekend Look
(Also known as – I Have Five Minutes, What Can I Do With My Face?)
This is basic. And I can quite easily do this in five minutes, but sometimes, if Stephen and Wilbo are content with not causing havoc downstairs, I take a luxurious ten minutes if I like.
My face will already be moisturised and primed, which you can read more about here, and then I just apply a quick layer of the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in shade 53. I love this foundation. There were rumours that it did cause a few break-outs on some people, but I’ve not had any problems. It’s also said to be quite a good dupe with for NARS Sheer Glow. You can apply with your hands, like I did this time, but if you have some extra time, working it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush gives a flawless look.
After that it’s a quick dab-job with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (Medium) on any blemishes or hyper-pigmentation that I’m suffering with after having a baby (sob) and then the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer (shade two – excellent dupe for Touche Eclat) under the eyes.
I quickly contour with the Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder – I do this to add some depth to my chubby spoon face and I do it by lightly blending it up the cheeks and jawline and lightly on the temples with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. You could use any medium-sized brush though, or just skip it and add a quick dusting to warm up the face.
Then I swirl a dusting of the hyped-up Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba on the apples of my cheeks to wake up my zombie pallor and follow that with a touch of MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle on my cheekbones as a highlight.
A quick swipe of my eyeliner of choice – L’Oreal Super Liner in Black – across my upper lash line to define my lashes and a thick coat of Maybelline’s Rocket Volum Express Mascara (which is great for a plastic wand) and I’m almost done. I just add a bit of the Maybelline Colour Sensation Lipstain in Tender Rose. This isn’t moisturising at all, but it was given to me by a friend as she thought she had bought something else and didn’t want it. It is such a lovely colour – I just need to find a lipstick dupe!
Quick fluff of the hair and scrutinise of the mum-tum in the mirror and then off to do endless mummy chores – like washing and baby cuddles.