Quick Make-up for Tired Mums
Victoria Beckham is used to having her appearance savagely scrutinised by the press, and in fairness to her she responds with a diginified silence. But I took my hat off to her this week when she counter-attacked nasty media comments regarding her pale appearance at New York Fashion Week: “I’m not getting much sleep at all. Harper’s not sleeping that well, so I’m up with her, as all mums are, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s not a team of people doing it for me. I’m a working mum.” I think the woman is amazing; she is devoted to her family and still manages to run a global clothing label – all of this under the intense critical eye of the press. It’s no wonder she’s tired!
Join the club
I too am a signed-up-and-fully-paid member of the tired mums’ club. My gorgeous 6-month old is very active by day and wakes 2-3 times a night, so I can identify very much with Victoria’s drawn expression. Whilst I can’t eliminate the tiredness, I have devised a make-up routine to compensate for my pinched appearance; it requires very few products, can be done in 2 minutes (child in arms), without any equipment (suffice for 1 brush). It doesn’t make me look 10 years younger, but it does create the illusion of wakefulness!
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (Nude)
- Clinique Airbrush Concealer (01 Fair)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (001 Translucent)
- Sleek Blush (Flamingo)
- Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer (Medium)
- Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss (Hot Pink)
- Clinique Lash Power Mascara (Black)
- MAC Brow Gel (Clear)
- Step 1: Apply tinted moisturiser to your freshly cleansed face using your finger tips. Only apply to areas where the coverage requires evening out.
- Step 2: Reduce the appearance of darkness under the eyes with an illuminating concealer. Choose a pink or peach shade which will cancel out dark circles and blend in gently with your fingertips. Click here for my guide to removing under-eye circles.
- Step 3: Using a soft face brush, apply some pressed powder to the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and under the eyes.
- Step 4: Apply a light dusting of a pink-hued blush to the cheekbones, using the powder blush, taking care to blend well. Click here for my guide to choosing and applying blush correctly. If you would like to add more colour, add a sweep of bronzer (using the same powder brush) to forehead, nose, chin – and under the cheekbones if you want to slim the face.
- Step 5: Apply a quick sweep of gloss to the lips. Again, a pink tone really lifts the face.
- Step 6: Curl your eyelashes and apply 1-2 coats of mascara. Comb the brows and set with a brow gel (optional).