Being a mom is tough. And unfortunately for many moms, this gets reflected on our faces. From pale cheeks to dark circles under our eyes, you can spot a tired mom virtually anywhere. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century, and the beauty industry can lend a much needed helping hand. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help keep the tired look at bay. They might not restore your energy tank. But they sure will keep you looking calm and collected while you are counting down to naptime.
Something as simple as one coat of mascara can go a long way. You can skip the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick and still pull off a refreshed face. The right mascara can help brighten your eyes. This is a bonus especially since your eyes are the number one giveaway of a tired mother. If you’re feeling ambitious or energized, you can throw in eyeliner for an added boost. The great thing about mascara is that you can wear it alone without much aid from any other facial add-on. It’s quick and simple. And it can help balance out the chaotic look of disheveled hair and pajamas you are probably rocking on a daily basis already.
Get your hands on a good concealer. Do this, and you’ll fool everyone into thinking that you have energy for days. Concealers work great for masking the dark, under eye circles that are gifted to every tired mother out there. Not only that, but you can make your concealer work double duty for you. Use it to cover up any blemishes or pimples as well. Be sure when you are shopping for concealer to pick the best one for your skin type. If you have oily skin, you might want to stick with powdered formulas. If you have dry skin, then a liquid formula might be your best bet. With the range of concealers available, keep your eyes open for color correction formulas as well. Remember the rule of threes; use green for redness, yellow for dark circles under your eyes, and lavender for the sallow skin.
3. Rosy Cheeks For Days
Every lady should have a bit of rouge in her diaper bag. Your cheeks should be a little rosy red, and it should not be because your little one just had an explosive diaper in the middle of Walmart. Throwing on some blush before you leave the house will help bring some color into your face to offset the tired look. Not only that, but it will help brighten your face and give you a youthful glow.
4. Lip Balms
Forget your fancy lipsticks; at least until you have managed to sleep through the night for a minimum of three days. To pull the “tired? Who’s tired? Are you tired?” look, then get your hands on a good lip balm. You want to protect your lips from getting dry and cracked because this will only make you look more tired and worn down. Take care of your lips by using a moisturizing lip balm. For an added kick, color tinted lip balms or glosses can work wonders. Almay color care lip balm serves as a great lip balm that helps protect your lips while giving them a warm, feminine glow. The great thing about lip balms is that you can apply them on the go and look flawless every time.
Give your skin the moisture it needs to keep breathing. Your skin can go through a lot in a day. Especially the skin on your face. And let’s be honest, we are lucky if we can squeeze in a shower after a day of running around doing mommy duties. Make it a habit of trying and applying facial moisturizer after you get out of the bath. After a warm bath or shower, your pores are open and get a moment to breathe. You can help your face stay soft by applying an oil-free moisturizer. Not only that, but your skin will thank you afterward. A good moisturizer will help fight off dry skin and keep your skin nice and smooth.
6. Exfoliating Scrub
Try to exfoliate your skin several times a week. The best time to do this is when you are in the shower because the warm water helps to open your pores. Scrubbing away and getting rid of any dead skin cells and toxins will help you naturally get glowing skin. If you can’t completely fight off the tired look, you can at least rock it with healthy glowing skin. When you are shopping for a skin exfoliator, be sure to get your hands on the right exfoliator for your skin type. If you have pimples or blemishes that keep popping up, look for an exfoliator that contains salicylic acid to keep those at bay.
7. Witch Hazel
Pop up pimples and blemishes can be pesky little things. Witch hazel, on the other hand, is not. Apply a small dab of witch hazel the night before on any pop-up pimples, and watch as they essentially shrink overnight. Not only is witch hazel a must-have beauty product to make you look less tired, but it can help in other ways too. Apply a mist of witch hazel on your face the night before you go to bed. When you wake up your face will feel tighter and more refreshed. This versatile, low-key liquid gold can help make your tired skin feel a little less exhausted.
If you’re like me, then you’re probably too exhausted and drained to even think about trying to hide the fact. Well, there’s good news. You don’t have to. The power of accessorizing can work wonders. Simply invest in a cute baseball cap and oversized sunglasses. Not only will the baseball cap hide a bad hair day (and if we are honest, that’s every day). But your lovely shades can double up as fashion accessory all while masking your eyes that are too tired to see the light of day. Throwing on these two accessories will seem inconspicuous, especially since when worn correctly, they are more of a fashion statement. If you’re not a baseball cap type of gal, then a cute sun hat can work just as well.
Just because you put on primer, doesn’t mean you have to put on foundation or anything else for that matter on top of it. The right primer can work wonders for a tired face. Use primer under your eyes, your forehead, and cheeks to mask any wrinkles. A good primer like the NYX pore filler not only will mask any blemishes, but it will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. For an added touch of color, try a primer that doubles up as a highlighter. If coloring is an issue you are faced with, then color correcting primers are the way to go. As with all primers, remember to dab it on your face instead of smear. And unlike other products, with primer, keep in mind that less is more.
Being tired and having it reflect on our faces is something every mother, new or old will go through. Fortunately, there are beauty products that can help mask that not so glamorous point in our lives. Just remember, when you do want to cover up any indication that you look tired, less is more. Applying too many beauty products at once will only require more maintenance and may even just weigh you down. Be conservative with your makeup and your face will thank you for it.
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