If you're a busy stepmom, mornings can be a hectic time for the whole family, and you may not have much time to focus on creating your beauty look of the day. From scrambling to perfect those scrambled eggs as you make a healthy breakfast for the family, to packing nutritious lunches that will keep your little ones fuelled, we often put ourselves at the end of our to-do lists. However, a bright lip or a subtly smudged eye can certainly get your day started on a right note, and give you the boost of confidence and positive energy that you need in the earlybird hours. Luckily for you, we put together a few quick beauty tips for busy stepmoms to feel beautiful, even while on a time crunch.
1. Multi-Purpose Beauty Products
Since you are already multi-tasking non-stop, you may as well pick up a perfect product that does the same, and fits into your crazy schedule and lifestyle. Personally, we love using stains, such as the Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, which can bring extra colour to the face and instantly brighten up your complexion to create a refreshed visage. If you didn't get any sleep the night before, you can easily dab a bit of colour on your cheeks and lips for an au naturel glow that will last you all day, and hopefully take you until the kids are in bed. You won’t have to worry about the colour transferring onto your kids after each snuggle and kiss!
Another great multipurpose product to use is a matte, dark brown eyeshadow, such as MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso, which can be used to fill in your eyebrows and add dimension to your eyes. Use an eyebrow brush to gently fill in and give your eyebrows structure. Afterward, you can take a fluffy eyeshadow brush to define the crease of your eyes for a smokey look which is both subtle and sexy.
2. BB Creams
Another one of our quick beauty tips is to use a BB cream, because they work as a moisturizer and also as a tinted foundation. The "BB" in "BB creams" stands for “beauty balm”, which is a moisturizer that provides coverage with added skincare benefits like SPF and antioxidants to treat, hydrate, prime and camouflage the skin. We recommend the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer, which works a primer, moisturizer, lightweight foundation and treatment to give your skin a youthful-looking glow. It has buildable coverage to help even skin tone and hide skin imperfections, and also minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores that will last all day.
3. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos are a must for busy stepmoms, as it's not always possible to have that gorgeous, fresh salon blowout that will leave you looking flawless. If you haven't had a chance to wash your locks in a few days, try using a lifesaver product such as The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. This particular dry shampoo is a lifesaver, as it contains fast-absorbing powders that soak up oil, sweat and odour. It leaves your hair feeling fresh with a light, clean scent all day, and also doesn’t leave any visible residue or powdery build-up, so no one will have to know that you're currently rocking Day 3 strands.
Highlighters are another favourite because they give an instant glow and shimmer to your face, allowing you to look brighter and more awake. We love the Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick because it is quick and easy to use, plus we can keep it in our purse for on-the-go touch-ups. It has a smooth, weightless texture for the most seamless highlight. We just dab and blend a bit of the product along our cheekbones, the top of our lips, right under our eyebrows and the inner corner of our eyes. The whole point of the highlighter is to apply it any place where the light naturally hits our faces, and to offer a wide-awake, glowing face. If you want an extra glow, you can add a bit to your collarbones for extra shine. With highlighter currently enjoying its moment in the spotlight, there's nothing quite like some understated metallic shimmer to complete your daily beauty look.
5. Quick, Easy Hairstyles
Now that you have mastered the art of dry shampoo, your next step is to create a quick and easy hairstyle that is not only stylish, but also efficient and will make your mornings easier. One option is to braid your hair the night before, to unveil a head of gorgeous, natural waves the next morning. If you have a rushed morning of appointments and meetings, you can also throw your hair into a topknot bun for a classic hairdo that will keep your locks away from your face. This way, you also won't have to worry about your kids tugging at your hair!
We hope these quick beauty tips will ease your morning routine and help you look flawless in a hurry! If you have any great quick beauty tips for stepmoms who are constantly on the go, let us know!
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