I Never Have The Time Anyway...
I'm a bit of a girly girl. I love having a bit of mascara on and dressing up in high heels, but recently I haven't had much of a chance to go out or even find the time to put on a little powder and eyeliner. I'm not saying that I really feel the need to wear makeup, nobody needs to wear makeup, but somehow I feel as though it polishes my look a bit more. Now that I am a mum I barely have time to use the bathroom without having a toddler tugging at my leg wanting a cuddle, I am sure all mums understand this.
So, the idea of using make up to complete my look has flown out the window and I have had to think of other methods to keep me feelin' and lookin' groomed.
A before an after shot of Oprah's eyebrows
1. Wax those eyebrows.
Eyebrows can change the entire way a face looks. A professional Beautician can shape your brows by waxing them. This can cost anywhere between $15 to $30. A good wax can last up to three weeks however I never get mine done that often! There are two other methods of eyebrow grooming. Tweezing is a longer process where each individual hair is pulled out by the root but if you do it at home its free! I'm a big fan of threading where a cotton thread is twisted around the hair and pulled out by the root. I have only had it done a couple of times though because I felt it was more painful than waxing.
Neat and healthy looking hair is much easier and quicker to look after than hair with flyaway's and split ends. Wash your hair as often as it needs and then in the morning all you would have to go is put a hairbrush through it and set it with some hairspray. Perfect.
Healthy looking skin can make all the difference. I know from my own experience it's very tempting to dab a whole lot of concealer on blemishes in an attempt to cover them up then have to finish it with powder and then why not add bronzer? By the time I'm done I'v spent 15 minutes in front of the mirror in attempt to just cover a couple of spots! Find a gentle cleanser and toner and moisturiser to start off with, once you are comfortable with them work some exfoliating and mask action in there too.
My advice if you have lots of spots blemishes and acne would be to see your doctor because they helped me through my teenage stage of pimples. When I got older I went to a naturopath who worked with me to figure out my food intolerances and my skin cleared up heaps!
They say eyes are the windows to the soul. But I know for a fact that I get quiet self concious showing them when I have dark circles under my eyes and bags hanging under them. When I see them I whip out the
concealer. But health and lifestyle always have a big hand in how eyes look. Eat healthy foods and get a goodnight sleep. Cut back on the cigarettes and alcohol too. They don't do any good for your health and your eyes will show it. I have found that a good eyelash tint works wonders in framing those pretty eyes and it saves time in the morning when I fail to apply mascara. An eyelash tint can last up to 6 weeks or longer depending on each person.
A really easy way to smooth chapped and flaking lips is to grab a soft toothbrush, wet the tips, dip into some sugar and gently scrub off the flaking skin. Moisturise with your favourite lip balm. Personally I don't count lip balm as a makeup item. I see them as part of my skin care routine but if you don't have a lip balm handy try rubbing some cucumber on dry lips ( this is very soothing and refreshing) or dab some honey on your lips and leave overnight. Honey will make your lips lovely and soft.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water! Water makes your skin glow as well as many other benefits!