Motherhood and Makeup: What's Your Take

   By daringfemale  Sep 03, 2009

Motherhood has changed me in many ways, but one thing it’s certainly done is increase the dark circles under my eyes. I know, I know, it’s a small price to pay for the joy my daughter brings me, but I can’t say that I love the tired-exhausted look they give me in the morning. So after lots of trial-and-error I’ve found a great concealer that I love and I never leave the house without it.

In addition to the concealer, I usually put on some mascara and blush. If I’m really getting serious, I’ll put on the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which makes my face look like I’ve been tanning in my back yard instead of staying up late catching up on work the night before. I might throw on some lipstick later in the day, but most of the time, that’s my entire makeup routine, which I think is pretty quick and light.

For me, putting on a little makeup in the morning is a good way to pick myself up and get ready for the day. If I look better, I feel better, period. So I find it surprising when I hear from other moms that since they’ve had kids they’ve stopped wearing makeup. Some say they don’t have the time, which I find hard to believe, but others simply say that they’ve stopped caring as much.

I think that’s really sad. Not the makeup part but the part of moms not investing time in themselves. Believe me, I know how hard this is. You know this manicure I was going to get a few weekends ago? Didn’t make it because it was a sunny day and I ended up playing with my daughter in the backyard instead. But I think we have to be reminded to not give up on ourselves as women after we become moms, to remember that it’s important to feel good and take care of ourselves, whether it means putting on a little concealer, getting to the gym, or taking an afternoon off.

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coupons4tucson by coupons4tucson | Tucson, AZ
Dec 20, 2009

I don't leave the house without makeup. I don't wear a lot, but just enough to brighten the face

oneangelsmiles by oneangelsmiles | ROCK HILL, SC
Dec 14, 2009

It's amazing how even something so simple and quick and a dash of lipstick can instantly perk up your spirits. When you look your best- you seem to feel your best.

vickie1962 by vickie1962 | CHICAGO, IL
Dec 06, 2009

I don't wear make-up, but love to try it someday and see if I can continue to wear it and feel better about myself in it.

Gott2beme by Gott2beme | Rockford, OH
Nov 22, 2009

I'm a mother of 4 wonderful children and now a grandmother of 3 awesome grandbabies. I've never been one to wear a lot of make up. Never felt the need to. I am confident in myself and like myself to appreciate my own natural beauty. However, there were times when I looked in the mirror and could life aging me. I know I can't change it and so I embrace it with a little cover up for under the eyes and just a bit of eye liner! Everyone needs a little boost now and again and I get that boost from just a little bit of make up.

bosakt by bosakt | medina, OH
Nov 16, 2009

Make-up is great ! On my bad days it really helps me lift my spirits. exspecially when my face looks like a war zone and i can cover up some of my blemishes.Just one of the great side effects of being pregnant.

lughead13 by lughead13 | SCHWENKSVILLE, PA
Nov 13, 2009

I wear makeup everyday and the few minutes it takes out of my day give me a great feeling....even with a 3.5 month old, I make the time to do it. It gives me a rewarding feeling all day.

gatorsmom by gatorsmom | Ashtabula, OH
Nov 11, 2009

I am a mom of two busy boys and I try to wear mineral make up every day it is fast and easy and I feel better beause I look better. mineral makeup is my only option now I love it it covers great. and lst a while.

kcmcfm by kcmcfm | HUMMELSTOWN, PA
Nov 07, 2009

I have three sons, ages 10 to 20 and I wear makeup every day. It makes me feel better about myself. It only takes a small amount of time out of your day. If you have "fallen away" from a makeup routine, try wearing makeup for a couple of days. The compliments you receive will be a great motivator to take that extra time for yourself!

lassdev by lassdev | Bourbonnais, IL
Nov 06, 2009

Before I got pregnant I used to wear make-up everyday. Always just on the eyes. Then I became a SAHM for 5 years. I did not wear make-up unless I went out somewhere. That was just one less expense and I felt I did not need to be pretty for my 4 walls or my babies. Then I went back to work and started wearing make-up again. Honestly, I do not feel any different if I wear make-up or not. I am a confident women regardless. I feel good about myself always. My husband likes me without make-up and my kids really don't care either. I only wear eye-make up unless I am going someplace really nice.

jadedgrin by jadedgrin | LEBANON, IN
Nov 06, 2009

My grandmother always told me that it is important to try to look your best every day. She told me the way you feel about yourself determines your attitude and reflects to others. She was 100% right. While I don't always have time to get a pedicure or a manicure when I want it, I always take 5- 10 min. every day to apply a little makeup and lipgloss and I make it a point to never leave the house wearing clothes that look like pajamas. My grandmother was a smart woman and she always looked great! She was also a big believer in wearing her expensive perfume on days she had nothing in particular planmed. Always made my grandpa smile. They were married over 60 years before she passed.

SZYmom by SZYmom | Douglas, MA
Nov 03, 2009

I don't wear make-up on a daily basis.. I do love make-up, but with working full time and a house to take care of sometimes I do get to busy. Also, I am feeling very unattractive right now as I am very pregnant.. even if I out on make-up I will still be fat, puffy bloated, ugh. I do wear make-up and try to look nice if we go out though. Once I lose the pregnancy weight and the baby is a bit older I am sure I will have to confidence to wear make-up more frequently again.

hahahagirl by hahahagirl | Tacoma, WA
Oct 31, 2009

I stick to the basics when I put on make-up now. I wear a little concealer, mascara, and a little bronzer and I'm good to go. I always find time to put it on no matter what because it makes me feel better that I can still look and feel good. I just feel that if you're able to get ready just a little bit it helps get you going for the day. Love your kids and love yourself!

kartogis by kartogis | SAINT LOUIS, MO
Oct 30, 2009

i dont wear any except for an occasional Burt's Bees colored lip-gloss.

Mochakyss by Mochakyss | WILMINGTON, DE
Oct 29, 2009

I love make-up! I like to wear it any time I have "time" to apply it. LOL. Having a 21month old little boy running around leaves little time to self. My favorite is mascara, eye shadow and lipgloss. All I need are those three items and I'm good to go!

Ineri218 by Ineri218 | Far Rockaway, NY
Oct 28, 2009

I love makeup, now that i am older and my children are grown I tend to go with a natural look. A small amount of blush, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara do the trick for me.