In my former life as a proper grown up, I took an eternity to get ready to go anywhere. My post-kid beauty routine, however, has to contend with a crying baby, a toddler who REALLY wants to “help” (code for bogarting my makeup), and a well-meaning husband who just can’t seem to keep the aforementioned children out of our bathroom for longer than nine consecutive minutes. Surrendering to looking completely tragic is not an option (remember our New Year’s resolutions?) so I’ve adopted some shortcuts that keep me looking reasonably human for early morning preschool drop-off:
- Schedule an eyelash curl & tint. YES, I am recommending that you perm and color your eyelashes. Weird? Oh yeah, but waking up every day looking like a doe-eyed Disney princess will change.your.life. Just think of the precious minutes you could spend sleeping instead of curling your lashes and applying and removing mascara each day. To note, select a skilled aesthetician as an eyelash curl requires some finesse. In San Francisco, Priss & Vinegar recommends Anastasia at Love Your Face.
- Consider dry shampoo. This tip comes courtesy of my dear friend, Jessica, mother to a precious infant girl and owner of perpetually perfect hair. Even when her daughter was a newborn, Jess sported shiny, bouncy, impeccable curls. It was unreal, and as I later learned, the work of dry shampoo. We’re sluts for Bumble and bumble anything, so Priss & Vinegar likes their new Pret-a-Powder: just sprinkle a little onto your roots before bedtime, brush it out upon waking, and you, too, can be the envy of every dirty ponytail at playgroup.
- Invest in a truly excellent tinted moisturizer. Gone are the days of painstakingly applying concealer and foundation with a series of elegant brushes; now I pretty much slap on tinted moisturizer and go. Priss & Vinegar recommends Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer, which has a lovely texture, a touch of SPF and smells divine. It also provides more coverage than you might expect without looking cakey. Absolutely the very best tinted moisturizer we’ve ever used.
- Raid the nursery. Ever been trapped under a sleeping baby with a desperate skin situation on hand? It’s the mother of invention, literally. My parched, sensitive winter skin has been devouring the baby’s Weleda Calendula Face Cream as an ultra-soothing night cream. I already use Motherlove Nipple Cream for pretty much everything else, but my dear friend, Erika, recommends it as a brilliantly moisturizing eye cream. Stumbled into the nursery after a big night out and discovered that your makeup has gone full-Courtney Love? Earth’s Best Baby Wipes are superb makeup removers (and a fraction of the price of proper makeup removing wipes).