Blog take over from the wonderful Caro Watson; professional make up artist.
As mums we all know that its difficult to look our best while the little ones have kept us up half the night, and are tugging on our legs while trying to get ready to do anything, and if you’re anything like me then your little ones probably end up looking ten times better than you do when you do eventually leave the house, in a beautiful new outfit, while you’re still wearing your maternity tops because they are comfy and you can breast feed in them, am I right?!?!
Well I am here to help you try to achieve a natural make up look that will help you look fresh and hopefully not like the walking dead. Obviously time is of the essence, and the quicker you can do your make up, the less likely it is that your toddler has drawn all over the walls in your absence. The key to this is to look after your skin! The better your skin is the less make up you have to wear to cover up and therefore the less time it takes to complete your desired look. Staying hydrated is key to to good skin, as is sleep (I know thats not always possible). Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks and load up with water.
A good skin care routine is essential also, now a lot of this can be done at night after the kids have gone to sleep, so hopefully you can spend a bit more time on yourself, give yourself a little evening pamper. Always take your make up off at the end of the day, NOT with a baby wipe!! Use a cleansing product that is suitable for your skin type, then use a toner and moisturise, all skin types need moisturising, even oily skin, you just need to find a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, shop around, take advice from friends and family, ask for advice at the skincare counter, but don’t always believe everything they say, remember they are trying to sell you something. Do this routine morning and night and your skin will thank you.
Now on to make up, always use a moisturiser and if you have oily skin probably a primer too before putting your foundation on, you don’t want to apply your foundation onto bare skin as it will not look as even and probably won’t last as long. Ensure you are using the correct shade of foundation for you, your face should end up matching the colour of your neck, so you don’t look like you are wearing a mask, all make up counters should offer a colour matching service. For a daytime look you could also opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead of a foundation. For my demonstration I used MAC face and body foundation, I applied this with a kabuki brush to create a light coverage on the skin, I then used a light reflecting concealer under the eyes, this should be patted in and not swept so as to avoid it going into and accentuating any fine lines you may have gained since becoming a mum. Set this all with a light dusting of translucent powder.
For the eyes, a simple mascara will help to open your eyes up, always curl your eyelashes first to achieve the full open eye look. When buying mascaras, its all in the wands, find a wand that you like and suits your eyelashes, most people will go for a black or dark brown, but feel free to experiment with colour, I find that a blue mascara really helps the blue in my eyes to pop!
Next is lips, for my demonstration we just opted for a nice shiny lip balm to soften and give the lips a bit of a sheen, a gloss or nude lipstick could work too. If opting for a lipstick, apply a layer, then blot onto a tissue and apply another layer for longevity.
Finally finish with your cheeks, a blush or bronzer will help to finish the look and give you a healthy looking glow. For the demonstration I used Charlotte Tilbury blusher in Ecstasy, I applied a small amount (you don’t want to look like a clown) to the apple of the cheeks and blended outwards.
Ta dah! you now have your finished daytime look, which with a little practice should only take you 10 mins or so to complete.
Good luck ladies!! 🙂