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After I had my daughter, I told myself that I wanted to get ready in some way or another still. Most days, not every day, I would put on makeup. It made me feel SO MUCH better. As my daughter has gotten old, and a bit more independent, I have begun to spend more time and put on more makeup.
The Go-To Look (First Few Months)
We spent Lillian’s first month in the NICU (read her birth story here), and honestly with all the stress from that I didn’t do much to get ready. Not to mention, those first few months of parenting can be a bit of a blur from lack of sleep. My go-to makeup look was/is filled in eyebrows, winged liner, and mascara. I feel I can pull this off pretty well given the fact that I don’t have very problematic skin. That is what I did for my daughter’s first few months up to around five months, on most days. During this time, Lillian was feeding a lot and she was a very cuddly little girl. I didn’t want to do a full face of makeup because I just felt it took too much time.
5 months to 9 months
Lillian was getting more independent and I could put her on the ground in my room and let her play while I got ready. There would be some fussing the last five minutes or so, but I was getting really good at doing a full face. This face of makeup was adding a tinted moisturizer, some contour, concealer, eyebrows, mascara, and my winged eyeliner. This, for me, was a lot! I did this most days, but I also went back to school on campus this semester, so toward the end of the semester I went back to my go-to look.
9 Months to Now
Let’s be real, I am just going through a really good phase where I want to get completely ready most days, haha. Lillian will play on the ground in my room, play with makeup brushes I don’t use, or play with toys she has. She crawls under my vanity and brushes the wall with the makeup brushes, which means we may have a few wall drawings later on in life. Now I am using a good foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, contour, a setting powder, eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara, and this AMAZING lid tint I recently discovered.
I personally believe that it is important to do something for YOURSELF each day to make you feel a little better. If that is changing into a different pair of lounge clothes, then do it. If it is brushing your teeth and hair, you’re doing amazing. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but do something that makes you feel that you have taken care of yourself that day; for me, that was makeup.