In the very first weeks after baby was born, I found myself at a new level of self-neglect. Dirty unkempt hair, no makeup, and tired eyes are all realities for a lot of new moms so I didn’t beat myself up too much. I was spending every waking second with my new little bundle, and though it was incredible, there was barely enough time for me to eat and breathe let alone shower and fix my hair. After a couple months, I started coming up with some tricks to keep myself looking and feeling human in the least amount of time possible. These tricks have saved me tons of time, and worked wonders for my postpartum self-esteem 🙂 Here are my 10 time saving beauty hacks for moms… or really anyone who’s strapped for time!
The essentials only. This could take some time to master, but it’s well worth it in the end. If you can get away with dry shampoo, even better… That should cut it down to 2 minutes. BUT if you’re having one of those “I-can’t-go-one-more-minute-without-washing-my-hair” days and you only have 5 minutes to spare, this is for you. Here it goes:
There you have it. No lathering, no loofahs, no shaving, no pumice stone… just the essentials.
Minimalism is key, so know your beauty kryptonites and improvise the rest. I like to think I can get away with concealer, bronzer and mascara, so I keep these beauties on me at all times. My everyday go-to’s are L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (smells unbelievable), and Clinique High Impact Mascara.
This is sort of piggy backing on the last one. Ideally, one of your ride-or-dies could be a multi-tasker like a cheek/lip stain, or a bronzer that doubles as an eye shadow, but I’m also talking bath products. I know the subject of shampooing conditioners or “2in1’s” are somewhat faux pas, but mom life is full of concessions and I feel that this is a pretty reasonable one to make. I’ll admit… I started out using baby’s 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner in a pinch and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. That said, I wouldn’t be using the stuff just before a bangin’ blowout… this is strictly for the most time-crunched occasions. Baby’s Aveeno Conditioning Shampoo definitely does the trick, but if you want to upgrade here is an awesome “adult alternative” that’s quick to use and smells AMAZING.
The Holy Grail of time-saving beauty products. Use it on second, or even third-day hair to stretch out a good blow out, or even use it to add some texture to clean hair for a messier style. This stuff is bomb. There are a million dry shampoos out there, but I’m partial to the tried and true Psssst! brand. You can get it here!
This is one of my favorites. The glowier your skin is already, the less makeup you’ll need. I mix some self tanner in with my moisturizer every couple of nights just to keep my skin luminous. I’m partial to gel tanners, and I love this one by Clarins. I’m all for splurging on a good self tanner because you don’t want to end up looking like pumpkin spice. If you’re using it for just your face a little bit goes a long way.
Lash perms, tints and extensions, microblading eyebrows, even tattooed eyeliner (maybe a little bold). I’ve had a lash perm/tint and it was MAGICAL not to have to use my eyelash curler or mascara every day. These don’t necessarily take the place of mascara and brow pencil for a big night out, but they are perfect for everyday low maintenance beauty and save SO MUCH TIME.
These are for when the dry shampoo has failed you. Actually, they’re pretty cute even when your hair is clean, so style is a bonus. Baseball caps, beach hats, fedoras… There’s a hat for every occasion. If you’d rather a headband or bandana, there are about a zillion options and a zillion more ways to wear them. Check out this awesome video by Milabu! This chick is seriously awesome. ALSO here’s a link to some awesome bandana inspiration. Here are some of my favorite dirty hair headbands.
This is going to look different for everyone. I have pretty versatile hair: medium thick, fine-ish texture with a bit of a wave. I can really wear it however I want, but I have found that the lowest-maintenance cut for me is medium length with some layers. I can throw some mousse on, run my fingers through it and let it air dry. It’s long enough to throw in a messy bun with some dry shampoo on day two or three and it still looks cute. For someone with thick lustrous curly hair, it might be easier to wear it long and let it air dry with product. If your hair is straight and course, you can throw it in braids, buns, cute pony tails…. The sky is the limit. If your hair is on the thinner side, a classic bob is always a great option. This might take some experimenting, but it’s ultimately about finding a way to feel like a babe with the least amount of effort and time possible.
If you’re running out the door with not a minute to spare and you’re feeling too vulnerable to go bare-faced, tinted moisturizer is a Godsend. It gives you just a bit of coverage with a subtle glow. Toss on some sunglasses and you’re good to go! I love this one by Dior. This is another place I wouldn’t be afraid to splurge because this is such a killer stand-alone product if you do it right.
It’s actually surprisingly easy to look super polished with a low bun and some pretty earrings. You can also fool people into thinking you spent tons of time getting ready with a pretty side braid or a classic French braid. The sky is the limit, mama. The beauty is, if you need inspiration, it’s just one Pinterest search away.
I know how hard this one is to come by, especially if you have little ones! If you’re the mama of a new baby, check out this post on how to quickly and easily get bae sleeping through the night so you can get your beauty rest.
Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for reading <3 Lexi
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