When you become a mother a lot of things change. Your body, your sleep patterns, your available time to preen yourself in the morning.
Don’t fret though, pet. You can still leave the house semi presentable. You might just need to lower your expectations.
Pre children you may have started the day by massaging a floral smelling, overpriced cleanser into your skin. Perhaps you even had one of those headbands you see in the TV commercials to keep your hair from getting wet as you splashed water elegantly over your face. These days your morning cleansing routine comprises of grabbing a baby wipe and removing the film of breakfast your baby left on your cheeks.
Moisturising is important. It can help disguise the signs of not giving a shit because you’ve been up all night with a teething child. Once upon a time you probably used something with antioxidants, SPF protection and the first tears of virgin unicorns. That fancy glass bottle is long gone and in it’s place is something you dumped in to the trolley at Coles while pushing a dodgy cart with only three working wheels filled with screaming kids. Hopefully it came from the beauty aisle. Ajax isn’t good for faces I hear.
Take a minute, if you will, to think about your beauty routine before the kiddies. On a night out you may have spent hours getting your face just right. Contouring, highlighting, perfecting a flawless smokey eye. Daytime makeup was obviously a lot more toned down, but polished for sure. You may have even worked in one of those office type things and interacted with real life people. You made an effort, and it showed.
Now your morning is like one of those weird Japanese obstacle course shows. You’ll attempt mascara while holding a crying baby. They’ll try and grab the wand out of your hand, covering themselves (and you) in black smears. You’ll poke your eye several times and give no shits about the fact that there is more mascara on your upper and lower lids than on the actual lashes. It will just blend in with the dark circles anyway.