Scrummy mummy

1st March 2011


On-the-go makeup tips, designed for the time-constrained goddess!

Finding the time for self maintenance can be really challenging, especially when you are running around juggling your work, preparing meals, and carting the kids around!

Even famous mums don’t forgo makeup altogether, they just know how to use the basic essentials, cutting down on time by skipping extra steps and streamlining their routine.

Looking polished doesn’t need to take hours of our time. Play up your finest features and keep your beauty regime in check, look miraculously awake with these easy tips, leaving you looking fresh faced and ready to brace the day – mummy to scrummy in a matter of minutes!

1 Water This beauty tip requires no time at all, just a little discipline and remembering to keep that water bottle with you at all times! The many benefits of H20 include an overall glowing, nourished complexion, brighter eyes, better energy and a healthier you. Water naturally helps to flush away toxins, hydrates our bodies and decreases bloating and puffiness. For an extra benefit, add a squeeze of lemon to your water, a great way to start the day, it not only smells up-lifting, but it wakes up the liver, is high in vitamin C and a natural diuretic.

2 Self Tanner If you’re looking a bit pale and sallow, then why not treat yourself to a fake tan. It has to be said that most of us look better with a healthy glow. Nowadays most cosmetic companies feature moisturisers with a self-tanning component. It takes a few minutes to apply, and the result is a healthy, sun kissed look. Be on the lookout for the facial self tanners which add just a nice golden touch to your face. Go for a cream, apply every three to four days – and make sure you do it evenly and be sparing around the hairline and eye brow area, especially if you are fair in complexion.

3 Tinted Moisturiser This is indispensable! It adds moisture and evens skin tone in a few seconds.Use a combination moisturiser and sunscreen that comes in one easy product. It may be just springtime, but we all need to use sunscreen all year round. There are so many great moisturisers on the market today that have sunscreen built in and are not greasy. Make sure you allow your moisturiser a minute to soak in before applying the rest of your makeup.

4 Mineral make up Practically every makeup line now carries some form of mineral face powder. These are buffed on using a special fat brush, in quick swirling motions, starting at the nose and moving outwards toward the jaw. This leaves an even coverage to your face adding colour and balance without looking caky and it can take simply seconds to apply. Using mineral makeup will save you precious time as it works as concealer, foundation and powder that builds easily to provide an adjustable light to medium coverage to even out skin tone and hide blemishes that come with stress.

5 Cheeks Pack your makeup bag with products that promise some extra punch, Try a multitasking cream or stick that can be used for more than one purpose, like cheeks, lips and even eyes. Double-duty wonders are essential time savers for the working mum, who already has to much to carry in her bag.

6 Mascara All you need is a little mascara swept across your lashes and you are ready to roll. Apply two or three coats of mascara to give your eyes an instant pick-me-up if you don’t have time to apply shadow or liner. Just a few coats of mascara is all you really need to enhance your eyes.

7 Lips A little sheen goes a long way in keeping our lips moisturised, plump and looking fresh, so always find time to add some lustre and moisture to your lips!

Tip! Eyebrow Shaping – Make an appointment at your local beauty salon for an eyebrow shaping. Cleaning up the eyebrows can do wonders for the shape of your face, your eyes and makes a huge overall difference in your appearance. This beauty treatment is quick and also much less pricey than a facial or massage.

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