Wake Up Call! 10 Beauty Products for Sleep-Deprived Moms
Just because you're averaging four hours of sleep a night doesn't mean you have to look that way! Three beauty experts share their go-to products for looking lively and fresh, even when they're oh-so-tired.
Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream
Enhance what little beauty sleep you’re getting with a night cream. “It’s like eight hours of sleep in a jar,” says Allyson King, Vice President of Education for Clarins. “This is the one time one product doesn’t do it all. Your day cream should protect your skin from the elements. Your night cream gives deep hydration and repairs your sleepless skin.”
You may have noticed a lot of fuss about BB Creams lately – so what’s the deal? “Embryolisse’s BB Cream is great for new moms who want to look awake because it contains mattifying mineral powder pearls which absorb excess sebum while reflecting light for a glowing, brightening effect,” says the line’s CEO Nazoura Cassam-Chenai.
Secret Weapon Concealer
Concealer is your new best friend, but applied incorrectly it becomes your worst enemy. “Use your ring finger and just pat it under your eye,” says makeup artist Katrell Mendenhall who appears on Style Network’s Chicagolicious. “Don’t drag it back and forth like a windshield wiperthat’s not good. Take your time with it.”
Beauty Flash Balm
“Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is like a cup of coffee for the skin when applied with gentle pressing motions either over your moisturizer before foundation or on top of foundation as a quick pick me up,” says King.
“You need to wake up those eyes with mascara,” says Mendenhall. “Don’t use neutral, light mascara, but nothing as dramatic as false lash. If you do something that’s too neutral then you still look tired. Find one in the middle and apply two coats.”
“For lips, go with a neutral color,” says Mendanhall. “Don’t go with red, but don’t do something too flesh-toned. Find that middle ground.” She also recommends using a matte lipstick for staying power. Add a dab of lip gloss in the center of your pout for a bit of hydration.
“A simple, sleek high ponytail always makes you look fresh, fabulous and young,” says hair stylist Sharie Manon, star of Style Network’s Glam Fairy. “Hair bungees, straight elastics with metal hooks on each end, are a brilliant way to do that. It gives you a really tight ponytail.”
“The more shine you put in your hair, that’s what’s going to reflect the light and give you a more manageable look,” says Manon. “It changes everything when your hair is shiny. You don’t have to color to do that.”
“If your hair is curly, make a foam egg out of your mousse, poke a little hole and add a few drops of the Moroccanoil,” suggests Manon. “Mix it together and you get a very shiny, luxurious curl. Take the curls, twist them around the fingers and let it dry.”
And possibly the best (and least expensive) beauty product of all? Keep a water bottle handy to glug the good stuff whenever possible. “Drink eight glasses of water a day to flush toxins and impurities out and de-puff the skin,” says King.
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