So when my eldest sister recently had her first baby, the one thing she was keen to know was what make up would work best for, now that all of her time was consumed with her new arrival.
It can be very difficult for new mothers to find the time to even think, let alone concern themselves with applying make up. So I came to her with some great products that are both effective and easy to use.
As a friend of many new mums, I have noticed that nearly all of these ladies have trouble with dark circles around their eyes. Not surprising, what with the lack of sleep and low iron levels! (Don't forget girls, they are also hereditary, so sometimes no amount of sleep will get rid of them, unfortunately!!)
The combination of the next two products is exactly what you need to fool people into thinking you have had your 8 hours...
Bare Minerals Well Rested is a lightweight eye brightener which buffs on beautifully to instantly lift the dark circles. I use this in conjunction with MAC Studio Finish concealer to give a flawless finish. Apply your concealer first, and set it with a light dusting of Well Rested, /using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. I could not be without this in my make up kit, for those days when nothing you do gets rid of the panda look.
Once you have your eyes looking fresher, the rest of the skin just needs a little freshening up to achieve a low maintenance healthy glow. I would use a tinted moisturiser, as it is lightweight and easy to apply when you are stuck for time. MAC do a great tinted moisturiser, or you can also try one of the many BB creams on the market (I will be reviewing some of the leading BB creams very soon so keep your eyes peeled!)
Once you have your base sorted, I would apply a light dusting of blusher to the apples of your cheeks. This will create a fresh faced look, adding a flush of colour to your complexion.
Finally, a coat of mascara and a little tinted lip conditioner and you're good to go. If you are blessed with an extra 2 minutes to curl your eyelashes, then go for it, as this will instantly open up the eyes, and help your eyelashes hold their curl for longer.
When it comes to lip conditioners, there are so many to choose from, but one of my favourites has to be the MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 in "Petting Pink" It has a beautiful, rich texture with great colour pay-off. The sun protection in it, also keeps your lips from drying out in the sun.
So there you have it Mum's, a quick and easy way to look rested, even when your new arrival has you run ragged!