Children are amazing creatures and as moms we can’t imagine our lives without them. Well, maybe some days we can — those days when it seems like every second belongs to the child and it’s a miracle we get a shower let alone the time needed to put on makeup and do our hair.
Because we know that all moms have those days when they need just a bit of help, we’ve put together 7 time saving tips for busy parents that include our top makeup hacks for busy moms and tips for looking put-together even when you’re at your most frazzled.
Tinted Lip Balm
Tinted lip balm is a quick and easy way to brighten your face when you don’t have the time to do your full makeup routine. Keep several tubes handy in your purses, coat pockets and glove box of the car so you’ve always got one ready when you need a hint of color without a lot of fuss.
Messy Bun for Busy Days
Some days you need a quick look and for those days, rely on the classic messy bun. While it’s super easy to throw your hair into a ponytail and go, a messy bun takes only one more step and elevates your look to “I actually care what I look like today.” And if it’s a little undone or not quite perfect, it’s okay because it’s supposed to be that way.
All you need is a pony tail holder and a few bobby pins. Comb/brush your hair back into a high pony and then twist it into a loose bun, securing it with a few bobby pins. Pull a few wisps out, which they may do on their own if you’re in a hurry, and you’ve got this easy yet classic look. If the messy bun isn’t your style, check out our other quick pony tail ideas for busy days.
Natural Eye Makeup
You can create a natural or nude eye in just a couple of minutes when you have the right shades on hand. Choose neutral shades that complement your eye and skin tone, selecting a duo-color pack. Forget about contouring or fancy shading and eye-lining, the nude eye is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Need tips for blending? We’ve got you covered with our 5 Eye Shadow Blending Tricks.
Keep a bottle of dry shampoo on hand for those mornings (or days) when you don’t get a chance to wash your hair and a quick refresh is all you need before you have to dash out the door for a full day of work, errands and shuttling children to and from commitments.
Foundation with SPF
You never forget to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays, so make sure you don’t forget about yourself. Keep things simple and easy by choosing a foundation that contains an SPF. Even on your busiest days, it takes about a minute to apply a light foundation. You’ll feel fresh and more like you can face the world. It’s ideal for blending uneven skin tones and even diminishing dark circles.
Try the Rough-Dry technique
On the days when you do get a moment for a shower and a chance to wash your hair, but time is still tight, try the rough-dry technique when styling your hair with a blow dryer. With your hair-dryer set on your favorite heat level, use your fingers to wick out excess moisture before you begin heat styling with a brush. This actually speeds the process of the blow dry, whether you’re going for a sleek look or a style with a bit more fullness and bounce.
Keep Make-up Wipes Handy
One of the keys to keeping skin looking beautiful and healthy is to remove thoroughly your makeup each night. However, we often fall into bed after the million of night time chores are complete without bothering to perform this simple beauty ritual. Keep a pack of make-up wipes near your bed so it’s easy to grab one nightly and remove your makeup. Your pores will thank you.