From Mom to Manager: Back to work, beautifully!
By CYNTHIA MORRISON EIKE
Visage Designs by Cynthia, LLC
As kids grow up and head off to school, many moms are returning to the workforce. Transitioning your beauty routine from “stay-at-home mom” to “working mom” can be a snap with these tips.
■ Improve your skin and save time by washing your face every night with multipurpose face cloths. Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths ($7) regenerates skin’s surface at the cellular level as you cleanse. It gently removes dirt, oil and makeup -even waterproof eye makeup. Just wipe away the day’s grime and follow with your nightly skin treatment. Simplify your morning routine by using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($7.50) in the shower. Its convenient pump dispenses just the right amount of lightly foaming cleanser to wash away nightly skin renewal residue without over drying.
■ Prep your skin for makeup with a multipurpose moisturizer that serves as a light coverage foundation while protecting from harmful UV rays. Pur Minerals Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($34) can be used alone for a one-step, ultra-natural complexion, or as a hydrating, broad-spectrum base for makeup application.
■ Keep makeup light and fresh for daytime work. After foundation, smooth on a cream based, multipurpose face stick like NYX Stick Blush in Hibiscus ($6) over apples of cheeks, onto lips and lightly into the crease of the eyelid. Follow with a light dusting of translucent powder like Almay Nearly Naked Loose Powder in your shade ($11), brush on a shimmery champagne eyeshadow like Maybelline Champagne Fizz ($4), dark brown eyeliner like Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Eyeliner in Bold Brown ($8) on upper lids and two coats of black mascara like Lancôme Definicils in Black ($26). Finish your look with a lip balm that doubles as a lip color like Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie ($7.50) if you like more lipcolor.
■ Keep hair neat and professional with a light spray of dry shampoo at the root between shampoos, like Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) and a silicone hair band tied into a low ponytail for long hair or a thin head band for shorter hair. Keeping hair neatly off the face gives a fresh, professional look and frees you from upkeep to remain focused on your work.
■ Keep your work wardrobe simple by choosing different colored tops and interesting accessories to pair with sharp, well-fitting suits. Wear pieces together or separately to maximize combinations through the week. Try wearing slacks from your pant suit with a shell and a contrasting cardigan instead of the matching jacket. Change up your jacket by draping a color-coordinating scarf around the collar and keeping it unbuttoned.
Cynthia has been a makeup artist for more than 25 years. She provides consulting and makeup application services through Visage Designs by Cynthia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-331-9957.