My daughter is 6 months old. I am parked in the mother and baby bay. And I hear the bright and breezy words – “Oh I thought I recognised you”. I look up and my heart sank, it was my midwife.
Clearly all of my efforts on my pilgrimage to find my former self had been in vain. My midwife had recognised me because I had just no time to do anything anymore. I looked just as tired and unglamorous the day I did giving birth!!! Being a mum just sucked up all my attention and I forgot/lost interest/had no time for me. I had entered survival mode. Even if I had the luxury of a 5 second shower, my baby had to sit on the bath mat and I had to hold her hand so she didn’t scream the house down. Nope, no time for hair. No time for makeup, and I was quite possibly not even wearing women’s clothes as I had no time to put the washing machine on.
And it seems this is quite a common scenario for us mums. I am often asked: “what is the one makeup product I need to look better when I’m in a rush and need to pick the kids up from school?”
Truthfully, there is no universal product out there to fix everything. But for the image conscious out there, Can I suggest instead doing two simple things…
1.) Fix your most problematic area that bugs you the most,
2.) Play up your best feature that you love the most
For me, this formula equates to – concealing the discolouration around my eyes, and then whack a bit of mascara on to play up my eyes (which when done up are my favourite feature). Sometimes just having a bit more colour gives some ladies more confidence, so you might want to spend a bit of time a day topping up your tinted body moisturiser, or keeping your nails painted. It’s the little things that make a difference to how we feel about ourselves.
Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself. Babies and kids don’t care if you have makeup on and will love you anyway.