And for once I was SuperMom

Friday, December 13, 2013

Beauty Tips for the Haggard

"You look tired," I am getting so sick of people saying that to me, "is your daughter sleeping through the night?" my doctor asked me.
"Oh, I think I'm just going to be exhausted until they go to college," I shrug.
"My husband keeps planning these mountain biking vacations, and I tell him that I just want to go somewhere and sleep," being a mother of young children she shared my experience.

Becoming a mother has changed my perspective on beauty routines; 'I'm lucky if I can get it,' and 'I'm just trying to look 'not dead.''  I always  eagerly flip to magazine articles that promise instant ways to make you look less tired, I have learned such helpful tips as 'wear blush,' 'wear mascara,' and 'wear concealer.'  Really?  I think I figured that one out already.
I guess I'm not the person that should be doling out advice on this topic considering that so many people keep telling me how tired I look, but here a few tips from someone actually on the 'front lines.'

1.  For those days that you are not showering: get a style wear you can stick your head under the sink and and re-style it or become friends with finishing cream.  I've been growing out my hair just so I can stop showering every day, I've learned that if I run some finishing cream through my hair,and  put it back all cute like, no one knows the difference.  I've also learned that if I wash my face and put makeup on, it all still looks the same....until you absolutely have to bathe.  If you have absolutely no time to bathe, you should rethink some things.

2.  BB cream is awesome.  I've become a fan of combination products, like concealer and eye cream in one (Cover Girl and Oil of Olay have come out with one that works), and BB cream.  BB cream stands for Beauty Balm (forgive the redundant name 'Beauty Balm Cream') and is a fancier tinted moisturizer.  So instead of buying facial moisturizer and foundation you have one product that encompasses both.  They don't provide complete and total matte coverage, more of a dewy look, but I'm just going for 'not dead' rather than 'red carpet ready.'I have tried Cover Girl, and Garnier brands and have found both to be completely workable.   Then again my makeup purchasing style is 'oh, I have a coupon for that.'  So again, maybe I'm not the best to give advice on this.  I know that high end companies make the same products, so if you're a more MAC than Maybelline, sally on up that counter and ask some questions.  If you are reading this and are thinking 'I don't have time for moisturizer or makeup,' you should rethink some things.

3.  Horn rimmed glasses are your friend.  If you wear contacts and have a day wear you just can't stomach putting those things in your eyes make sure your glasses have a horn rimmed frame and pop them right on.  The dark rim to the glasses will literally block that purple bag under your eye, puts a line right through it.  I discovered this after looking at my post birth photos.  I didn't look completely dead.  Then I realized that was because I was wearing my glasses and you could not see the shadows under my eyes, giving testimony to the two sleepless nights prior.  If you don't actually wear corrective lenses, please don't wear fake glasses.  That's just silly.  If you never feel like you can wear your contacts, you should rethink some things.

4.  Give yourself a break.  Pat yourself on the back.  You showered and wore makeup today.  Yay!  Tomorrow give yourself a break from this whole appearance thing, wear some sweats, and who cares?

I know it's hard to not feel down about yourself when you see a reflection in the mirror and think, 'wait, did the zombie apocalypse start?' And then realize that is your reflection.  I mean at least you still have a reflection.  That's good, because I'm sure that some nights you're up so much you feel like a vampire.  But having little kids is tiring.  Deeply tiring in a way that you don't understand until you walk a mile in those slippers.  They will grow up and you will turn into that old lady in the store telling young mothers, 'to enjoy every minute.'

Or you can accept your bare face for what it is and tell people you are participating in Barefaced Beauty week!  And people will think you are brave and not just tired.

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