New mums: five ways to get fabulous, fast
I see it far too often for my liking. New mums who constantly feel tired and run down and just don’t have the time or the energy to go through the steps to make themselves look and feel beautiful each day.
It doesn’t have to be a chore you know. We’re lucky that some of our favourite celebrity yummy mummies can provide us with the tips and tricks we need to ensure we don’t jeopardise our sanity and our self-confidence when the new bub arrives.
Take this photo of Miranda Kerr, snapped recently in New York toting her absolutely scrumptious bundle of joy looking luminous and effortlessly elegant. She’s not donning a show-stopping red lip and a stylist-created ‘do, she’s casually chic – a look that’s easier to recreate than you may well think. You just need to follow these simple steps…
NEW MUM TIP TO GET FABULOUS FAST #1: PLAN AHEAD
Know you’ve got somewhere to be in the morning? Bit nervous because you know that your bub is going to have you up at all hours of the night? Sounds familiar. The trick is to do your beautifying before you go to bed so that you can get some extra shut-eye in the morning. Take care of your hair by fashioning your damp locks into a low bun at the nape of your neck before you hit the sack, and enjoy minxy kinks that can be brushed out the next day.
NEW MUM TIP TO GET FABULOUS FAST #2: QUENCH YOUR SKIN AND HAIR’S THIRST
Nothing screams ‘rough and ragged’ like brittle hair and dry skin to match. Do yourself a favour and take a few extra minutes after your shower and before you go to sleep at night to hydrate your hair and skin with ultra nourishing products that are quick and easy to use. A leave-in hair oil like L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil (which features lotus, chamomile and rose oil to soften hair and keep it healthy) will have your locks looking luscious, while a hard-working hydrating face oil like Aromatherapy Associates Revitalising Face Oil will ensure you wake up with glowing skin, no matter how many times your sleep was disrupted!
NEW MUM TIP TO GET FABULOUS FAST #3: EAT UP
A lot of the reason new mum’s don’t feel like making the effort to tend to their appearance is a lack of energy. Try to make your meals during times when your bub is asleep so that you can take the time to prepare and consume a proper meal, three times a day. It’s important to look after your own health with the right vitamin and nutrient intake to keep up your energy and also to ensure you’re providing the very best for your bub – especially if you’re still breastfeeding.
NEW MUM TIP TO GET FABULOUS FAST #4: KEEP SHADES HANDY
If you’re dealing with a cranky bub and running late in your quest to head out of the house, grooming yourself to feel good might be the last thing you feel like doing. Take a leaf out of Miranda Kerr’s book and slap on a pair of eye-catching, extra large shades. Not only do they provide an instant chic-injection, they also work a treat at covering puffy eyes and dark circles that you just didn’t have time to conceal. A slick of a nourishing lip stain like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain will finish your super swift look off nicely and provide a tantalising tint that lasts without the need for touch-ups.
NEW MUM TIP TO GET FABULOUS FAST #5: MAKE YOUR MAKE-UP ONE STEP
Once bub comes along you might notice that your regular 10-step make-up routine flies out the window. Who has time for blush and bronzer when there are nappies to be changed, right? It’s important not to let your self-confidence slide during this time, so if you know you always feel a little better about yourself when your hair is tended to and you have a little make-up on, make the effort to do what you can when you have a few spare moments (isn’t that what bouncy chairs were made for?).
Small things make all the difference, so if all you can manage is a few minutes to apply a skin perfecting BB cream like Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB SPF 25 Cream to your complexion, or blow-drying just the fringe sections of your hair and tying the rest back into a bun or ponytail, I promise you’ll feel all the better for it.
What's your tip for getting gorgeous when you have no time? Are you a new mum? Do you have any tips to share?