Moms have a lot to do; I know, I’m a mom. I have two daughters (Nadia and Maia), and two step-daughters (Alyssa and Chastity). I don’t have hours to get ready in the morning. Although I’d love the time to curl my hair, tweeze my brows, and carefully apply my makeup, I simply don’t have that luxury. Maia is on the bus at 7:45, and then I head to college or home to work. I consider myself very lucky when I have thirty minutes to get ready in the morning.
Because family is first, moms put themselves last. This means, my hair is rarely combed first thing in the morning when I put Maia on the bus, but her hair is always styled in a pony or carefully combed out. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve worn sweatpants in public on more than one occasion. I hide my tired eyes behind sunglasses and my uncombed hair in a loose bun.
For us hard-working, time-restricted moms, I put together the following tips. I employ these strategies in the spring and summer, so I can walk to the bus stop with a bit of confidence. (For clarification, it’s easier to hide pajamas tops and no bra under a fall or winter coat and a knit cap.) Full disclosure: I am shameless, but these tips are helping me look and feel a bit less like Medusa and more like myself.
Comfort is Key
What’s a mother’s most precious commodity (besides her family of course)? Time. Time is what we’re lacking, and there’s little time to slip into something professional, such as a button-up. The secret is to purchase effortless clothing that looks good too, such as jersey knit tunics, jeggings, yoga pants, oversized sweaters, and no-button skinny jeans.
The truth is, sometimes I go to the bus stop in my pajamas, but if my pajamas don’t look bad then there’s no fear. My favorite go-to leggings are the Dacron Geometric Printed Leggings from Fashion Mia. They’re long-lasting, comfy enough to sleep in (wake up ready to go!), and fashionable. At $8.95 they’re a bargain.
Skincare in a Snap
Don’t neglect your skin. No matter how busy you are, don’t neglect it. Your face and body require hydration and moisturizers are good for you. I wash my face when I can. Most beauty experts would recommend before bed and in the morning, but maybe these aren’t good times for you.
I usually can find the time to wash my face before bed, but the morning is too busy. Carry face wash towelettes in your purse and wash on the go, if need be. Here’s some more tips for getting your skincare in between mom-duties.
- Wake up twenty minutes before your kids to wash and moisturize.
- Use SPF skin creams, make up, and more.
- Never go to sleep with makeup on. Keep makeup removing wipes on your bedside table if you need to.
Hassle Free Haircare
I can’t do the low-maintenance haircut. Short hair doesn’t look good on me because I’m so tall; however, if you can pull off a bob, you do you girl because these cuts are made for minimal style time. If you’re like me and you can’t go short, then invest in some leave-in conditioners and a good detangling brush and get good at the quick and loose bun.
And, do yourself a service and schedule regular haircuts. You deserve it, and eliminating split ends ensures less frizzy hair. I found a place nearby that does wash, cut, and style for just $25. Not too shabby, and at the end of it I feel really good. That’s my time; schedule yourself some you time.
5 Minutes for Makeup
Slapping on cover-up is never a good idea. In an hour, you’ll look weathered and the cover-up will expose fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and more. It’s not a good look. Instead, slap on some primer and then dab on a bit of BB or CC cream. Brush on some mascara, and finish the look with a bit of lip gloss or Chap Stick.
If you don’t have primer, that’s okay. You can mix a bit of sunscreen with some liquid foundation. This should protect your skin somewhat. If you need to add some brow, just dot your brows with a pencil instead of filling them in completely. A little practice will have you looking good in less than five minutes.
Overall, it’s not about what you’re wearing or what makeup is on your face. It’s about confidence. I have the confidence to say, I maybe don’t look my best, but my kid looks awesome and that’s my inner beauty and it’s yours too.