As a new Mum, you’ll most certainly notice changes in your skin and appearance. Unfortunately, the “Did you get any sleep last night?” comments are inevitable. Sleep deprivation tends to show its true colours, square and centre on our previously glowing faces. Luckily, there’s 5 minute natural makeup tips to help. Many of us mums are doing these on a daily basis to slightly bend the truth, and have you looking as fresh as a lady with 12 hours sleep under her belt.
The first thing you want to achieve is brightness. Dull skin is tired skin whether there’s a baby involved or not. Bright, dewy, fresh skin will have you looking and feeling a lot perkier! Let’s face it, when you feel good, life (and baby tasks) seem that little bit easier. There’s no feeling of “I can’t duck out to the shops like this!”
5 Minute Natural Makeup – Your Essential New Mum Routine
First step is to ensure you’re using a product containing Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonderful skin brightener, it provides exceptional moisture, and promotes Collagen production. Tick, tick, tick! Aspect Dr Active C Serum and Société Triple C Vitamin Therapy are our top recommendations for a potent, vibrant wake up call for your skin every morning. Apply after cleansing, include with or before any other serums included in your daily routine. You’re a mum, so where possible, add serums to your face at the same time.
Second necessity is sunblock. Summer or Winter, your skin needs protection from the UV rays 24/7, 365 days a year. UV exposure is responsible for 80% of facial ageing!! The absolute last thing you need to add to your poor tired complexion. An added bonus with sunblock is, when using a good cosmeceutical brand like Aspect Dr Envirostat SPF 50, it adds a wonderful glow to the higher plains of your face. You’ll notice your cheekbones have a lovely sheen, without looking greasy. Mix in with your moisturiser if you like, more time saving! Speaking of moisturisers, hydration is absolute key. Ensure you’re using a moisturiser rich enough to feed your poor dehydrated skin. Breastfeeding especially will contribute to dehydration so products like Aspect SMC or CosMedix Humidify are fantastic. Both are great picks for dry, dehydrated and stressed skin.
Less is More When You’re Tired
It’s now time to apply your foundation. Be it liquid, powder, CC Cream, tinted moisturiser… whichever you chose to use. Keep in mind, when skin is tried and dull, it tends to have a thicker appearance. To keep it looking bright and fresh, don’t apply too much product (even though all you want to do is slather it all over) this will only result in a heavy, tired, crapey finish, hiding all the wonderfully dewy serums you’ve just applied. Try to use a mask, or enzyme exfoliant like Osmosis Polish, or Aspect Fruit Enzymes weekly to help with the build-up of dead skin cells (which promote a thick, dry, dull surface).
Using a medium sized brush, brush bronzer under the cheekbones, around the jaw line and across the top of the forehead. You’re wanting to add a bit of depth and colour (to look alive) but keep the areas under the eyes nice and light and bright. Bronzer creates a shadow, and we don’t want to be adding to those lovely dark circles.
Natural Colour is Your New Best Friend
If you still feel like you need a pop of freshness, add a peachy/pink/coral blush to the apples of your cheeks. Lipstick or tinted lip gloss will most likely be your best friend! When you’re tired and feeling blah, the best way to brighten your complexion is with colour! This doesn’t mean applying bright blue to your eye lids and hot pink to your lips, just a stain of colour on your lips can even be enough to boost your look (and confidence).
Mascara is your other best friend. Those tired eyes will feel awakened, even if it’s a one second brush through before you run out the door. A hot tip, keep an eyebrow pencil and lipstick in your car at all times. Baby/child is strapped into their car seat and you now have two minutes and a revision mirror before someone screams. Brows and lips can sometimes take some concentration, and this tends to be a good hands-free time to add the final touches (before you start the car obviously). So stock up with as many products as you like in that inner console. Eyeliner may be another one!
A product to be careful of when tired is shimmer and highlighters. A light sweep across the cheeks and down the nose can be a wonderful way to add a glow to your skin, but if applied too heavily, will do the opposite! Shimmer likes to accentuate/sit in fine lines and wrinkles, so stay clear of the eye area and always use a super fine, jet milled, mineral product like Jane Iredale’s Shimmer Dust.
All in all, even the quickest application will add just that little bit of confidence to your day. Just remember to prep your skin well, don’t be too heavy handed and use every spare second you can! You’ll get a routine in place, and who knows, you may even find some free time, even just once a month, to visit your local clinic for a regular treatment. Remembering that the better your skin’s condition, the less time you’ll need for applying makeup and covering up the ‘evidence’ of a busy life.
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