Let’s face it: When you have a baby, people tend to drop by without notice ALL OF THE TIME. From helpful family members to distant neighbors you haven’t seen in five years, visitors tend to flock to your home the minute you pop out a kid. And while there’s nothing better than seeing a few friendly faces when you’re in the midst of diaper blowouts, sleepless nights and breastfeeding, you may not look like you’re up for company. But, I promise you, taking a few minutes to do your skincare routine, brush my hair and put on a little makeup, will make you feel human again. Here, my foolproof routine to look pulled together in five minutes or less:
Step 1: Prep skin – 1 minute
Apply moisturizer, eye cream and—this part is a serious game-changer—an illuminating primer. Even if you stop at this step, your skin will look soft, plump, hydrated and glowy.
Step 2: Brows – 1 minute
Whether they’re super sparse or bold and bushy, brows are crucial to looking pulled together. (And I’m not talking about the infamous “Instagram brow.”) Use an eyebrow pencil with a super fine tip to fill in any sparse areas. Optional: If you have time to spare, use a brown/taupe eyeshadow or brow gel to blend the pencil and add volume.
Step 3: Conceal- 1 minute
I personally don’t think foundation is necessary on a daily basis, especially when you have limited time to apply your makeup. If you feel that you need some sort of all-over coverage, opt for a lightweight BB or CC creme instead. Otherwise, I recommend applying a tiny bit of brightening concealer to those lovely dark circles under your eyes. This will make you look wide awake, even if you haven’t slept for more than two hours at a time. You can also apply a dab of concealer to any unsightly blemishes or redness (thanks, postpartum hormones).
Step 4: Bronze/highlight -30 seconds
Even if you haven’t seen daylight for weeks, it’s always a good idea to sport a healthy glow. A bronzer with a subtle shimmer adds a hint of color without making you look like you have a ton of makeup on. If you have extra time, add a liquid highlighter to your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 5: Lashes- 1 minute
Curl lashes, then apply a couple of coats of mascara. For a no-makeup, make-up look, opt for a brown mascara instead of black.
Step 6: Lips – 30 seconds
Although I love liquid lipstick and lipgloss, touch-ups are no fun when you have a baby around. Instead, opt for a tinted lip balm. So hydrating, and the slight hint of color looks natural.
Trust me: This routine works! Even if your little one has kept you up all night, there’s no reason why your face should show it!
What are your top tips for looking pulled together fast?