Looking Great: Fast Makeup Tips for Working Mothers

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Being a working mother means you get precious little downtime. If you aren’t rushing to work then you’re rushing home, you’re running after the kids, or you’re trying to keep everything in your work life and your home life in order. You’re a multitasker and a manager. And you’re probably exhausted!

That’s why it can be tempting to scrape your hair back in a ponytail and forget your appearance when you’re getting ready in the mornings. While that may save a few precious minutes it doesn’t do anything for your self-esteem when you glance into a bathroom mirror around noon and see your pale, unadorned face looking back at you. Come on, you deserve an ego boost. Here’s how to look great without spending too much time doing it.

Skip Brushes

Choose products that blend easily with your fingers so you don’t have to fiddle with brushes. Liquid foundations like the YSL Touche Eclat and the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua will sink nicely into your skin without needing to be buffed out. A liquid or gel blush will blend beautifully into your skin with a few pats of your fingertips. A crayon or Kohl eye pencil can be applied and softened through the socket with a finger.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New

When you’re a busy mom and career woman, it can be easy to fall into a rut. Shake yourself out of it now and again. Go for a brighter lip gloss. Have fun with a new perfume. If you’re not good at choosing new things for yourself try a gift box that arrives each month with new treats to sample.

Focus on Your Skin

According to professional makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, you should spend the majority of the time you have on your skin. Perfecting your skin with the right type and shade of foundation and concealing any blemishes will go much further towards making you look fabulous than any amount of eyeshadow. Find the foundation and concealer that works best for you. For instance, if you have oily skin choose a mattifying primer and foundation. If you have rosacea or acne, step up to a moderate or full-coverage foundation and concealer.

Keep the Eyes Simple

Going crazy with a winged eyeliner or statement color isn’t appropriate for work and takes far too much of your time. Instead, choose a nice charcoal grey or chocolate brown shade to blend over the eye and into the socket.

If you have hooded eyes, look straight into a mirror and bring the shadow slightly outside the shape of your eye so that it’s visible when you’re looking at people. Choose formulations that are buttery and blend out easily when you first apply them but then set them so your shadow doesn’t budge during the day. Remember to soften the outer edge of your shadow so that it blends out to nothing towards your brow bone.

You’ve got a lot on your plate. While you’re taking care of everyone and everything else, don’t forget that you’re important too. You deserve to invest time in looking and feeling your best.

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