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Top Ten Beauty Tips for Tired Mums

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Beauty might seem, to some, a bit of a shallow thing to get caught up in when you’re busy grappling with being a parent, but I believe that a few minutes (when you can grab them) spent on yourself each day will help you feel miles better when you’re tired and under appreciated, with dried puke on your shoulder.

Disclaimer: I do not, in any way, claim to be a beauty expert. I am merely an enthusiast. I devour the beauty pages of glossy magazines and look forward to reading, for example, India Knight & Sali Hughes’ columns in the weekend

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supplements. I am, however, a tired mum which qualifies me a little at least, as I’ve spent the last eight months (the first month was spent doing very little to any part of myself, with good reason) putting various products to the test. If they stand up well for a brand new mother, they’re bound to be good. So here goes….

Keep at least a couple of these in your arsenal and I swear you’ll feel and look loads better:

Liz Earle cleanser – feels like a luxurious treat every morning when you slather it on. Smells great, perks you up and

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then removes every last trace of dirt and make up at the end of the day. A multi-tasker, resulting in super clean, healthy skin.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque – this used to be my hangover cure Before Baby and stopped me looking like a haggard old crone the morning after a heavy night (even when I still felt like one). Fast forward to motherhood and it makes me look like I’ve slept, even when I haven’t at all.
Serum – you’ll have to find the right one for your skin, but serum can be a saviour. Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night
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Repair has been my staple for several years and my skin has improved tenfold since I started using it (I used to suffer from terrible spots). There’s a reason why beauty editors rant about this stuff. Popular opinion states an overnight serum is best as it can beaver away without battling with the many elements that your skin comes into contact with during the day. And anything that heals and soothes your skin while you (attempt to) sleep can only be a good thing, right?
Face oil – breastfeeding has sapped all the moisture from my body. I’m
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husk-like nowadays despite drinking gallons of water, but adding a couple of drops of oil to my usual moisturiser makes my skin feel so much better. My current favourite is by Trilogy.
Tinted moisturiser – there are a few good ones out there but I’ve just discovered Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser by NARS and it’s so so brilliant I could almost get evangelical about it. It goes on easily, gives even coverage and feels lovely on the skin. It tones down the many little scratches on my cheeks from my child’s razor-like talons and has a good SPF,
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which is a bonus.
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eye pencils – when my daughter was around three months old I took myself on a trip into town in order to treat myself to a load of lovely new products. The kind, honest woman at the Charlotte Tilbury counter stopped me splurging on a very expensive eye palette when she saw my tiny shopping companion – she knew I’d have no time to apply it. Instead she insisted I try one of these bad boys (I bought two) and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. Pick the correct one for your eye colour (or
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don’t – rules are meant to be broken and I think all of these will suit pretty much anyone), slick a thick line above your eyelashes or smudge & blend over your whole eyelid. Once it sets it won’t budge. Watch those tired eyes pop! Utterly foolproof and utterly brilliant for sleepy mums.
Waterproof mascara – mascara makes everyone look better. It opens up your eyes and makes you look a bit perkier. There’s always a chance of random spontaneous tears in early motherhood, so a good waterproof one is a winner. Hypnose Star by Lancome was a
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very welcome recent gift, it has a lovely brush and comes off easily with the aforementioned cleanser.
Bold lippie – NARS lip velvet is another new discovery, although I think I’m late to the party on this one. Gorgeous selection of flattering colours, pretty good staying power and the pencil makes it an absolute doddle to apply properly. No need to bother with lip liner.
Cream blusher – find the right colour to suit you and you’ll have a wonderful glow that lights up your whole face. A peachy one is (according to Sali Hughes) a universally
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flattering choice. Bourjois do a great purse-friendly one. Splodge it on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards. Easy.
Lucas Pawpaw Ointment – I haven’t been without this Australian import since I discovered it about 6 years ago. It’s super affordable, readily available online and makes a brilliant lip balm/nipple balm/nappy balm, you name it. It’s got no nasties so it’s fine for all the family AND it doubles up as an endlessly entertaining toy (for my daughter, at least – just make sure the lid is screwed on tight).
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- 1 Jul 15

Beauty might seem, to some, a bit of a shallow thing to get caught up in when you’re busy grappling with being a parent, but I believe that a few minutes (when you can grab them) spent on yourself each day will help you feel miles better when you’re tired and under appreciated, with dried puke on your shoulder.

Disclaimer: I do not, in any way, claim to be a beauty expert. I am merely an enthusiast. I devour the beauty pages of glossy magazines and look forward to reading, for example, India Knight & Sali Hughes’ columns in the weekend supplements. I am, however, a tired mum which qualifies me a little at least, as I’ve spent the last eight months (the first month was spent doing very little to any part of myself, with good reason) putting various products to the test. If they stand up well for a brand new mother, they’re bound to be good. So here goes….

Keep at least a couple of these in your arsenal and I swear you’ll feel and look loads better:

  1. Liz Earle cleanser – feels like a luxurious treat every morning when you slather it on. Smells great, perks you up and then removes every last trace of dirt and make up at the end of the day. A multi-tasker, resulting in super clean, healthy skin.
  2. Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque – this used to be my hangover cure Before Baby and stopped me looking like a haggard old crone the morning after a heavy night (even when I still felt like one). Fast forward to motherhood and it makes me look like I’ve slept, even when I haven’t at all.
  3. Serum – you’ll have to find the right one for your skin, but serum can be a saviour. Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair has been my staple for several years and my skin has improved tenfold since I started using it (I used to suffer from terrible spots). There’s a reason why beauty editors rant about this stuff. Popular opinion states an overnight serum is best as it can beaver away without battling with the many elements that your skin comes into contact with during the day. And anything that heals and soothes your skin while you (attempt to) sleep can only be a good thing, right?
  4. Face oil – breastfeeding has sapped all the moisture from my body. I’m husk-like nowadays despite drinking gallons of water, but adding a couple of drops of oil to my usual moisturiser makes my skin feel so much better. My current favourite is by Trilogy.
  5. Tinted moisturiser – there are a few good ones out there but I’ve just discovered Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser by NARS and it’s so so brilliant I could almost get evangelical about it. It goes on easily, gives even coverage and feels lovely on the skin. It tones down the many little scratches on my cheeks from my child’s razor-like talons and has a good SPF, which is a bonus.
  6. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eye pencils – when my daughter was around three months old I took myself on a trip into town in order to treat myself to a load of lovely new products. The kind, honest woman at the Charlotte Tilbury counter stopped me splurging on a very expensive eye palette when she saw my tiny shopping companion – she knew I’d have no time to apply it. Instead she insisted I try one of these bad boys (I bought two) and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. Pick the correct one for your eye colour (or don’t – rules are meant to be broken and I think all of these will suit pretty much anyone), slick a thick line above your eyelashes or smudge & blend over your whole eyelid. Once it sets it won’t budge. Watch those tired eyes pop! Utterly foolproof and utterly brilliant for sleepy mums.
  7. Waterproof mascara – mascara makes everyone look better. It opens up your eyes and makes you look a bit perkier. There’s always a chance of random spontaneous tears in early motherhood, so a good waterproof one is a winner. Hypnose Star by Lancome was a very welcome recent gift, it has a lovely brush and comes off easily with the aforementioned cleanser.
  8. Bold lippie – NARS lip velvet is another new discovery, although I think I’m late to the party on this one. Gorgeous selection of flattering colours, pretty good staying power and the pencil makes it an absolute doddle to apply properly. No need to bother with lip liner.
  9. Cream blusher – find the right colour to suit you and you’ll have a wonderful glow that lights up your whole face. A peachy one is (according to Sali Hughes) a universally flattering choice. Bourjois do a great purse-friendly one. Splodge it on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards. Easy.
  10. Lucas Pawpaw Ointment – I haven’t been without this Australian import since I discovered it about 6 years ago. It’s super affordable, readily available online and makes a brilliant lip balm/nipple balm/nappy balm, you name it. It’s got no nasties so it’s fine for all the family AND it doubles up as an endlessly entertaining toy (for my daughter, at least – just make sure the lid is screwed on tight).

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Amy Hall

Amy Hall is a knitwear designer and has her own brand. She loves in Hackney with her husband and her daughter Beatrix, who is 2 years old.

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