Editorial feature for Support Local Magazine

5 Minute Makeup for the Busy Mum

As a mum, taking time in the morning to do anything than run a comb through your hair and throw on a pair of leggings and a baggy top from yesterday is a luxury of the past. As a mum myself I know oh too well how little time there is in the morning with a baby around. I never thought I would consider the simple task of washing and drying my hair an indulgent treat!

So when I was asked to do a Mother’s Day makeup editorial for the March edition of Support Local magazine, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with all the new mums out there a quick, easy morning routine that will make you look and feel fresh faced (despite the lack of sleep) and most importantly one that is actually achievable in 5 minutes flat with a baby on one hip and a toddler around your ankles.

So here it is, my 5 step guide:

  1. Firstly, I cannot stress enough the importance of a good skincare routine. Half the battle to looking fresh faced in the morning is looking after your skin. Use a gentle cleanser, I like Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish (which comes with a handy muslin cloth to gently exfoliate and polish your skin at the same time…Winner!). A quick swipe of toner (opt for alcohol-free) over your face with a cotton wool pad will remove any lasting impurities before applying a simple moisturiser. Apply to your face and neck and let it soak in for a minute or two. This will help your makeup sit nice and evenly on your skin.
  2. A tinted moisturiser is great if you want to kill two birds with one stone but if you like a little more coverage apply a layer of foundation over your whole face and pop a little concealer on any inevitable dark circles from those sleepless nights. Applying concealer at the inside corner of your eyes and pressing into the skin with your ring finger does wonders for brightening up the eye area.
  3. For a quick brow tidy, brush up through your brows in the direction of growth and fill any gaps with a brow (or even eyeshadow) powder which to me always looks softer and more natural than a sharp pencil.
  4. A quick way to make your eyes stand out without spending ages perfecting a pristine liner is to use a soft, waxy pencil or gel liner with a brush and line the upper waterline of your eyes in black or dark brown. This little trick takes two seconds and not only gives your eyes definition but also makes your lashes look instantly thicker. Slather on a few coats of mascara and voila!
  5. Forget the contour and bronzing tones and gently sweep a powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks and sweeping outwards to bring a pop of colour to your face. When choosing a colour pick something close to the colour of your cheeks when they naturally flush. Laura Mercier do a great range of powder blush in natural skin tones which I love. And for a quick boost of colour and moisture for your lips, Dior Addict Lip Glow is my go to on a busy morning. This feels and acts like a balm but gives a natural flush of colour with a subtle shine.

So there you have it, beautifully modelled by mum of one (soon to be two) Ruby. Photography by Chris Hogben Photography, www.chrishogben.co.uk. To view the full issue, click here.

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