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What Are Moms' Top Tips For Hair & Make Up?

It’s hard enough to get up early and look presentable at the best of times, but once you throw children into the mix, it can seem nigh-on impossible sometimes, with little time to yourself, and a permanent lack of sleep.

Of course, we don’t need to wear make up, but it can be great for a little extra boost. So what secret weapons have you found to help you feel human? We got a Mom's Query from a mom of two returning to work, and couldn’t wait to use some of the tips ourselves (thank you!!)

"Hi Moms. I have two children under three, and I recently went back to work full time after ten months maternity leave. My job is quite full on, and I deal with the public so I need to look semi-presentable! I’m finding it a challenge to make myself look pulled-together for work in the mornings after a night of disturbed sleep. I’m breastfeeding my youngest and he wakes up a couple of times during the night for a quick feed and a snuggle. I don’t put on a full face of make-up every morning but I’m wondering if any moms have any super-quick beauty/hair tips that will help to speed up my morning routine? Thanks."

You’re not alone!

Heather: I'm kind of in the same situation myself: Been working since my little one has been two months old (she is now nine months.) I'm a waitress/bartender so I also deal with customers and just don't feel like I have the energy to do anything with myself before work, especially the morning shifts, so I basically look like a potato going to work every day.

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Brilliant BB Cream

Toni: BB facecream works wonders.

Valerie: This is my daily fix too...brilliant!

CarrieAnn: Was just about to say the same, very handy for everyday make up instead of foundation.

Katy: BB cream, an illuminating under eye concealer, mascara and a bright lip. I get myself together in the car [when parked up] or bathroom at work, it's easier and much quicker than at home!

Have about eight mix and match outfits, and always have your clothes laid out night before.

Salon saviours

Michelle: I get my eyebrows and lashes tinted and shaped - throw on a bit of tinted moisturiser and lippy and away ya go!

Liz: Have your eyelashes and eyebrows tinted. Wear a light tan ... Clarins do one you mix with your moisturiser. If you have to straighten your hair consider the 12 week blow dry. Have about 8 mix and match outfits, and always have your clothes laid out night before.

Laura: I think if your brows are done you look and feel better.

Linda: Definitely semi-permanent eye lashes. They last three to four weeks, and it will open up yours eyes so you won’t look half as tired !

Pharmacy favourites

Ripu: Foundation, mascara and lipstick. Carry a compact powder with you for touch ups. Can recommend Bourjois ‘City Radiance’ or ‘Healthy Mix’ foundation, Catrice ‘Rock Couture’ mascara and any creme sheen or satin lipstick that you like from Mac.

Gillian: I use the Benefit powder! It's foundation and powder in one! Literally takes one minute with brush and it's fab.

Tina: Olay ‘Daily Facial in a Box’ is amazing: I’ve just started using it and I love it, teamed with Olay moisturizer and eye cream I can see an improvement in my skin already.

Susan: Clinique ‘BIY pigment drops’ instead of foundation... put a couple of drops into your moisturiser on your hand, blend and apply to your face like normal moisturiser. It takes seconds and leaves a nice finish.

Nicola: The Dove moisturiser with light tan in it is great. I put a bit on my face and neck area to take away the pale look. I also use the Garnier light tinted moisturiser with some blush or bronzer. It takes all of two minutes.

Eva: Garnier BB cream, mascara & benefit ‘High Beam’ makes all the difference and it's done in less than two minutes.

Laura:  For concealer, I have spent oceans of money but find Bourgeois very good. I think if you feel good in your clothes, it also helps so treat yourself to a Penneys haul. Keep your skin in good condition and you’ll need very little. I like Maybelline foundation in porcelain which is light: Apply with a brush and you can control to coverage you want. A little bit of blush and mascara, and your away. Look online … there's often offers and saves you time looking for bits in the shop!! Best of luck, I'm sure you're doing a fabulous job, it's not easy!

Hair help 

Layla: Get a low maintenance cut like a Bob, get a BB cream and slap on some mascara. Good to go.

Rachael: Always use dry shampoo. I find if you wash and blow dry your hair put the dry shampoo in straight away that way I get four days out of one wash. Sometimes I would curl my hair in the morning. If you tie it up at night then it still looks ok the next day with a little tousling.

Catherine: Dry shampoo all the way. I keep a little make up bag in my handbag and put it on when I get into work.

Ruth: If you have long hair, roll in a bun on top of your head after washing and drying the night before: When you take it down has a lovely natural wave. Or invest in a 12-week blowdry less effort to blow dry your hair in the mornings then. 

"Take off work clothes when you get home. That way you might get more than one day wear out if them without vomit, spit or snot on them."

Top Tips

Grace: Nude colour eye liner on your waterline-instantly makes you look more bright and awake!

Jayne: Tinted moisturiser (I like Clarins), mascara and blusher gives a nice healthy glow to a tired face; bit of colour to the eyebrows too if they're fair, and you're sorted.

Miriam: I wear face fake tan and I find it super. And I got days of the week things in Penneys that you slip on to your clothes hanger so I can pick out what I am going to wear for the week (but I don’t always do it ) … I’m not sure how i end up rushing out the door every morning, because it barely takes me five minutes to get ready!

Rachael: The last time I returned to work, I ditched make-up and usually only use moisturiser, eyeliner and mascara .... five minute face... it gets me by. Another tip is to take off work clothes when you get home. That way you might get more than one day wear out if them without vomit, spit or snot on them.

Ruth: An easy-to-blend mineral make up and a pop colour for the lips and a flick of mascara. I work in a salon and need to be glammed every day i spend no more than five mins max on my make up. I use good coverage mineral long-stay lipstick and a good mascara for the days I’m rushing, a bit of shadow on the eye-line can pop the eyes too. Watch some Youtube vids if you have the time with quick mommy tips .. hope this helps!

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But we should remind ourselves

Faye: …Just dress smart and act professionally. It doesn’t matter what you look like.

So what are your go-to make up items, and how do you get through that morning routine in your house? We'd love to hear.

About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on


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