Each and every mom out there knows this to be true – being a parent is a fulltime job. If on top of motherhood you also have a career, you are well-aware of the fact that taking time for yourself and tuning out the world is virtually impossible. You could make an attempt to take a relaxing bubble bath but you have approximately ten minutes before the word ‘Mom!’ are uttered and you have to go back to reality. However, even the busiest of moms deserve to look great, especially for such wonderful moments like Christmas. There is a joy to be spread, presents to be given, numerous photos to be taken, and you deserve to look your very best. As we know that you don’t have much time, we’ll jump right into it and help you achieve that impeccable Christmas day glows with (hopefully) time to spare.
Get a jump on things
If the night before hasn’t completely drained your batteries, taking a shower and washing your hair the night before would definitely be the best way to go. This way, you can give yourself a body scrub, quickly exfoliate the face, put a great mask on your hair, and even do your hair. There are amazing hairstyles you can do the night before and look incredible in the morning. One of the most popular and easy to achieve styles are soft waves, and you don’t need to spend an hour with a curling iron to get them. Simply divide damp hair into even sections and braid them. Sleep on it, and then in the morning all that will be left for you to do is unbraid, and rub some hair oil or serum between the fingers and rake through the hair so you get those natural and effortless-looking waves. Bonus – if you’re still breastfeeding, use the nipple cream as a lip balm at night – it works better than all the regular lip balms out there.
Take the minimalist route
Once Christmas morning arrives, you won’t be left with plenty of time. That means that we can forget about sheet masks and a 12-step Korean skincare regimen. However, there is a diametrically opposing, yet equally effective route to take. Take a cue from skincare minimalists and put only three products to use. In the morning, you need one minute to cleanse your face – you can use an oil-based or regular cleanser, just get the job done. After that comes the mandatory sunblock, and of course, the moisturizer. Now, in order to save some time, always turn to double-duty products. There are amazing skincare options out there, but a moisturizer with an SPF is one of the absolute best. You save time without compromising nourishment and protection – two birds, one stone.
Almost at the finish line
Yes, all those glorious makeup tutorials that teach us how to get the perfect holiday look are amazing, but they also last at least 15 minutes, and that’s the edited version. How long would it take for a first-timer, non-professional makeup artist to get the look? We can’t even count. Still, you don’t need that many products to look incredible. All you need is a great foundation that is easy to apply and won’t work against you. One great solution is the Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani because it gives you a wonderful radiance and you can apply it quickly using just your hands – no brushing or blending needed. If this is way over budget for you, the True Match Lumi by Loreal is a more affordable dupe that basically does the same thing. Now, since we don’t have a lot of time, it’s time to multi-purpose again. Take a rosy or peachy bluto, and apply it on your cheeks. Then, use the same product with an eyeshadow brush and apply it across the lids. This will create the super-trendy and festive monochromatic look, and the best part is, these hues serve to open your eyes and make you look rested and gorgeous. All you need now is to put some just a touch of highlighter on the high points of your face (cream highlighters are super easy to work with), put on a high-shine lip gloss, and you are done. This won’t take more than 15 minutes, skincare included.