Moms need to take good care of themselves, and part of that is paying attention to beauty and fashion. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. According to recent statistics, seven out of ten moms who have kids aged eighteen or younger work. Four out of ten moms are the major breadwinners in their families.
When a Mom is trying to balance work, childcare and housework, beauty and fashion may fall by the wayside. Smart Moms who want to look good while raising their kids do these twenty things to boost their self-confidence. Most of these fashion and beauty tips are easy to implement and don't cost a lot of money. The tips cut down on the time that it takes to look good. They provide amazing shortcuts for moms who want to look pretty and stylish in no time flat. Many of these tips are ideal for pregnant women and brand-new moms, too.
Getting into a post-baby beauty and fashion routine is smart. It's all too easy to skip the makeup, put on sweats and scrape hair back into an elastic band or scrunchie. While there's nothing wrong with being casual, the "sweats and scrunchie" look may not make a woman feel very alluring. Getting great results with little effort is what these twenty beauty and fashion tips are all about.
20 A Wash And Wear Haircut Works For Katie Holmes
Do you spend a ton of time on your hair? If so, you need to know that choosing a wash and wear haircut is one of the secrets to looking fabulous with less effort.
A great hairstylist will be able to point you towards the right wash and wear haircut for your face shape and hair type. Katie Holmes had a cute short cut when Suri was younger, which suited her square face perfectly. An excellent haircut like Katie's will fall into shape when hair air-dries. Blow dry this kind of cut when you're pressed for time. Let it dry when your schedule is more relaxed.
19 Heidi Klum Hides Stressed Skin With Makeup
You may not have a ton of time to spend on makeup when you're busy, but you should be able to even out your skin tone in just a couple of minutes. When you use a little foundation and concealer, like Heidi Klum does, you'll find that these cosmetics create a smooth canvas that makes you look younger and fresher.
Add more makeup afterwards or don't bother. It's up to you.
Try to use foundation and concealer daily, because they will hide any complexion imperfections. Modern foundations and concealers often do double-duty, by providing sun protection and moisturizing the skin, or treating specific skin issues, like acne. Find great products and use them daily.
18 Angelina Jolie Chooses Monochrome Outfits
Angelina generally likes to keep it simple with her wardrobe. She wears clothes from the world's most respected designers, but prefers simple shapes and monochrome effects. Monochrome is "one color", so take your cue from Angelina and wear all-white or all-black outfits sometimes. When you go for monochrome dressing, you'll find that it's a time-saver. It's very easy to select separates that are the same color, rather than trying to figure out what goes together.
Monochrome outfits are extremely sophisticated. You may dress them up by adding a little jewelry, such as hoop earrings or an interesting bracelet or ring.
17 Rachel Weicz Goes For Stylish Diaper Bags
Rachel Weicz is a great actress who just had a baby with hunky 007 hubby, Daniel Craig. She's one of those ladies who decided to have a baby in her late forties. Rachel remains stylish as a new Mom by choosing fashionable diaper bags. She'll use a gorgeous and roomy handbag as a diaper bag, rather than toting around something made from polyester, with a cartoon print on the fabric!
Even if you don't have thousands of dollars to drop on spacious, tote-style handbags from Louis Vuitton, you can get the look. Shop around for knock-offs or cheaper bags that have cool, modern lines. Diapers and baby wipes will fit in almost any larger handbag.
16 Cardi B Relies On Quick and Easy Makeup Removing Wipes
Cardi B is a controversial hip-hop sensation. This female rapper is now a mother and saves time by using makeup removing wipes to take off her cosmetics. Most female hip hop artists, including Cardi B and her nemesis, Nicki Minaj, prefer a glam makeup look. They like to be a bit extra to please their fans. This means layers of foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter and so much more.
Makeup wipes make it easy to take off makeup at the end of the day, or when it's time for a new makeup look. Lots of brands make these handy makeup wipes, including affordable Neutrogena, which is what Cardi B uses.
15 Drew Barrymore Looks Polished With Bright Lip Colors
In Paris, French girl style is all about a clean face and a red lip. Drew Barrymore goes for French girl style by choosing bold lip colors that give her a polished look in seconds. Drew has always looked great in red lipstick. It really brightens up her pale face.
With a bright lip, you don't need a lot of other makeup. Maybe a little foundation, concealer and mascara. If you use a bright strain, such as crimson or hot pink, you should be able to enjoy long-lasting, low-maintenance color. If you're a Drew fan, get her yummy mommy look by choosing bright lipsticks, stains or glosses from her own makeup company, Flower Beauty.
14 Blake Lively Goes For Bright Separates To Look Fresh
Moms need to understand that color is their friend. They don't need to wear black all of the time, unless they love the minimalist Angelina Jolie look. Sometimes, donning a brighter dress or separates is a smart fashion decision.
Blake Lively is a mother of two and she enjoys wearing bright colors, including lemon yellow and turquoise. These colors make her look fresh and awake. They don't dull her radiance. If you're feeling tired because you're juggling so many things, including parenthood, throwing on a bright sweater, blouse or dress may be the key to looking more alive in an instant.
13 Jenna Dewan Gets Laser Treatments For Her Skin
Jenna Dewan suffered from "mask of pregnancy", which is also called Melasma. Developing Melasma in pregnancy is not unusual. Jenna was tired of using a lot of makeup to cover up the dark patches on her face, which were caused by the skin condition. She invested in herself by paying for laser treatments that evened out her skin tone. Now, she rarely needs to wear foundation.
If you have skin issues which may respond positively to laser treatments, give lasers a try if you can afford them. Then, you can streamline your routine. You won't need as much makeup to feel attractive.
12 Beyoncé Makes Time For Glam Manicures
As a Mom, you deserve some treats. You deserve to feel great. You spend your life giving love and care to your baby, in addition to everything else that you do. If you want beautiful nails, be sure to treat yourself to glam manicures, like Beyoncé does. You shouldn't have to sacrifice your self-esteem just because you're a parent.
If you're finding it harder to pay for manicures after becoming a mother, look for deals on local manicure services online, or buy your own curing machine for gel polishes, and then do DIY manicures. Some women absolutely love having gorgeous nails. If you're one of them, set aside an hour a week for nail care.
11 Gwyneth Paltrow Takes Hair Growth Tablets
Sometimes, hair quality goes down after childbirth. Women often have beautiful hair while pregnant, but it tends to get thinner after labor, due to hormone shifts. Also, hair ages, just like skin does. We tend to have our best hair as teens.
If you want better hair quality, year after year, do what Gwyneth Paltrow does. Take hair growth tablets. These tablets deliver nutrients that improve hair quality from the inside out. She chooses Viviscal, but there are a host of options out there. Most women who take Viviscal find that it makes a huge difference. It's loaded with the types of nutrients that really do speed up the pace of hair growth.
10 Kylie Jenner Uses Bright Eye Shadow to Look Glam Fast
Kylie tends to spend a lot of time on her makeup, even though she's a busy Mom, because she genuinely loves makeup, and because makeup is her business. Her company, Kylie Cosmetics, has put her in the billion dollar club. She's hugely successful, and one of her latest busy mom beauty tricks is using bright eye shadow to get a glam look in seconds. She enjoyed using bright orange shadow over the summer, and even had her sports car wrapped in the same citrus-y hue. If you aren't afraid of colorful makeup, go for a bright eye shadow and keep the rest of your face neutral.
9 Naomi Watts Loves Comfortable Flats
Dressing down makes sense sometimes. Dressed down can still be stylish and it's appropriate for everyday stuff, from taking a child to the park to running errands. Naomi Watts lives in NYC and she's often spotted in casual clothes. She loves flat shoes for the city. While she definitely dresses up sometimes, she gives off a very cool vibe when she goes for casual looks, such as loose denim shirts, leggings and flip flops. Since cooler weather is here for many of us, choosing some stylish flat shoes for fall will make it easier for Moms to look amazing in casual clothing. Lace-up boots are a hot trend that are very easy to wear.
8 Adele Makes Time for Eyeliner And Mascara
Finding quick makeup tricks that offer superior payoff in minutes is what busy mom makeup is all about. Adele gets a high-fashion look by concentrating on eyeliner and mascara. She does "the flick", with the help of a good liquid eyeliner. Then, she finishes this classic eye makeup look with a couple of coats of black mascara.
This look offers plenty of glamour and it's surprisingly wearable with almost any kind of outfit. To do a flick with ease, put an old credit card level with the outer corner of the eye, and then use the credit card as a guide for the liquid eyeliner. You'll find it easy to get a straight line.
7 Candice Swanepoel Goes For An Easy, Classic Style
The classics always look good and VS angel, Candice Swanepoel, knows this. She often dons basics, such as t-shirts and jeans, and then dresses them up with ankle boots which make her already long legs look even longer.
It's easy to shop for fashionable basics online, at a host of stylish retailers, from J. Crew to The Gap to Everlane and beyond. When you have cool t-shirts and jeans, you'll find that getting dressed in comfortable clothes is really easy. You'll feel confident while running errands or pushing a stroller, or whatever else the day brings.
Candice also thinks that adding jewelry is a great way to get a polished look instantly.
6 Miranda Kerr Uses Organic Skin Care During & After Pregnancy
Some of the chemicals in commercial skin care products and cosmetics are hard on the skin. Miranda keeps her complexion petal-soft by avoiding skin care products and makeup that contains lab-created ingredients. She's all about organic skin care and her glowing skin is a great argument for giving it a try.
It doesn't take any longer to use organic products and they can be remarkably gentle and beneficial. Hot organic skin care brands include Miranda's own skin care line, Kora Organics, as well as 100 Percent Pure and Rosemira. For organic makeup, give Ilea Beauty or Bite Beauty a try.
5 Gisele Uses a Cream Blush Stick to Add Glow
Gisele is a big believer in adding dewy radiance by swiping cream blush across her cheekbones and blending. Her fave product is a cream blush stick from Chanel, in a warm color that gives her a sun-kissed look. If Chanel is too rich for your blood, you're not alone, but you don't need to buy high-end cosmetics to get the look. Lots of drugstore brands offer cream blushes, in pots or sticks. They are very easy to use and give an attractive, healthy flush, without the dryness of most powders. Gisele also adds the blush to the bridge of her nose.
4 Camila Alves Makes Homemade Avocado Hair Masks
Matthew McConaughey's wife (and the mother of his children) is Camila Alves, who is a Brazilian model. She goes for homemade avocado hair masks to keep her dark tresses looking shiny and soft. This home-based hair hack is something that anyone can try. It won't cost too much, even when considering the relatively high cost of trendy and delicious avocados.
So, what else does this gorgeous Mom do to look good? Well, she subs black eyeliner for mascara, loves body oils and uses a blend of two concealers to get a close-up ready look. With the concealers, she's able to go very light on foundation or skip it completely.
3 Amal Clooney Believes In Facial Massages
Before the 2018 Met Gala, Amal Clooney opted for a facial massage that put natural color into her cheeks and got rid of any traces of puffiness. While Amal's massage was pricey, lots of women go for cheaper versions of the same facial, or do facial self-massage. Massage boosts circulation, which is great for radiance, and also moves fluid out, which is awesome for de-puffing. If you want instant improvement, and don't feel like paying for a facial massage, or doing it yourself, consider dipping your face in a sink full of ice water. This will tighten your skin and de-puff it, but it may not feel too nice.
2 Kourtney Kardashian Wears Colors That Flatter Her Skin Tone
Stylists to the stars know that putting the right colors on the right celebrities is the key to making them look amazing, on the street, on the red carpet and everywhere else. Kourtney Kardashian definitely understands her own coloring. She's often photographed in warm earth tones that are a perfect match for her caramel complexion. Moms with warm complexions may want to wear camel, cream and golden yellow, while Moms with cool undertones should wear icier shades, such as sapphire blue, pure white and pale pink. Buying clothes in the right colors will help you to avoid costly fashion mistakes.
1 Weight Training Gives Kim Kardashian Confidence
Beauty and fashion are fun, and they are even more fun when a mom is fit and healthy. It's easier to get good results from skincare and makeup when a woman works out regularly and flushes impurities out of her skin through sweating. It's also easier to dress a body that is in good shape. Kim has embraced weight training and seems to have enviable body confidence lately, judging by the way she's been flaunting her figure on social media. While you may not want to post racy selfies that your kids might see, you can mimic Kim by exercising a lot.
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