The "I've got my sh*t together" Look
You’re tired, you’ve got a kid to feed, entertain and errands to run. The last thing you want to do is wash or style your hair. Or even worse, put on a full face of makeup. Or even worse…. have someone ask you, “are you sick?” or “are you feeling okay?” But alas, you will prevail! And of course, you will be able to post that one selfie where you’re covering half of your face with your coffee cup and have used at least 2-3 filters to make the lighting around your dark circles look faded. Welcome to the club! I hope that I’ll have a few lasting tips to help you feel like you’re inner tiredness isn’t showing on the outside….and some quick ideas to get you out the door looking your best in under 10 minutes.
So here is the part that should take you no time at all. I want you to say it with me: “low ponytail, low ponytail, low pony tail.” Grab some dry shampoo (my favorite is Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-a-powder), put this on your roots, and brush back into a loose low pony. If you really need something more, whip out a 1.5 inch curling iron and put 5 minutes worth (please no more!) of light waves into your hair (leaving the tails out, so you have that beach wave look as opposed to Shirley Temple).
Here’s where your mom arsenal is really gonna step up it’s game! I’m obsessed with Colorescience Tint du Soleil and after moisturizing I apply this tinted zinc for my daily sunscreen (you’ll notice how well it already masks some of the imperfections). Note: it comes in 3 different shades and is available on amazon! (as are most of the colorescience products- I wear Medium, and my color palate is Light).
Next, I use their new eye serum to cover up dark circles. Finallly, I use the mineral powder palate from the same line (colorescience), and apply a bit of the lighter shade under my eyes, and then use the other colors to blend and cover any imperfections in my skin. I have fallen in love with the simplicity of their products (and the fact that they’re a company based in San Diego).
To finish the look:
All you need is a little pink blush on the apples of your cheeks and a highlighter to run down the ridge of your nose and on your cheek bones. A little gray/black mascara, lip gloss and you’re done! That’s it! No eyeshadows, no crazy lip sticks, just go more natural and enjoy your beautiful features! Don’t forget: the point of this look is to cover the “tired mom” look and enjoy the day.
My favorite casual look is always my favorite pair of jeans. A plain white V-neck T or one with stripes (if it’s cold add in a mid length open cardigan), and slip on vans (they have black leather ones right now that really jazz it up a bit). Add your favorite pair of sunnies and you’ve got your look. Note: the first time you put this look together it will most likely take you a little longer, but once you’ve done it once you’ll never go back! I promise!
When do I use this look?
School drop off days, Sunday football game day viewing parties (Go Pats!). Basically, when all the friends are coming over, but I have no time to do anything for me. Other times include Target runs, and literally almost every day I have off work unless there is some big event, or speaking engagement I need to do. The perks of using the colorescience brand is that it’s all mineral based and uses in SPF in almost every product to ward against aging and the effects of the sun. I found these products about 3 years ago and started stocking up! (they even have a little SPF powder brush that you can put on the kiddos if you want to try). Sebastian is really pale so I tend to glob on the babyganics spray sunscreen every chance I get with that little one, but I’ve found the brush to be super helpful for reapplication of sunscreen over the top of makeup. So every couple of hours if you’re doing something fun outdoors, and want to keep your fav foundation on this literally can go right over the top!