The Everyday Mom’s Guide to Beauty


beauty routineThis beauty guide is for the everyday basic mom, living the everyday kind of life. It’s practical. 

We want to feel and look our best every day. This doesn’t mean you look better than you’ve ever looked. It means that at whatever point you are in life, you are confident, self-respecting, and aware of your role in your corner of the world. It means you believe that you are neither the most or least beautiful woman in the room, because our worth isn’t in the beauty of the face or body we were given. 

That said, let’s get down to it. I’m deep into the toddler/baby years. My body has changed, my hair has changed, my former clothes are impractical. I manage a broad spectrum of responsibilities in a day and the windows of “free” time I have are small. Anyone feel me? 

Below are four beauty ideas to help you pull together a daily look that works for you. 

Consider what you have to work with.

  • How “done-up” is the social expectation where you live? In Colorado Springs, the expectations for are low compared to Los Angeles, where I used to live. 
  • What different hats do you wear on a given day?
  • What kind of hair/skin/body do you have? Those things change slowly, so create a beauty routine around those things, not against them.  

Go for a capsule wardrobe. 

  • Could you wear most of the clothes in your closet with almost any of the other clothes in your closet? 
  • One clothing company I love is Carly Jean Los Angeles. They make clothes for all women, and focus on their clothes all working together. I just wore a shirt to a wedding that I could also easily wear to workout. I also didn’t have to buy maternity clothes because it all worked for that, too. Everything is soft, stylish, comfortable, forgiving and versatile… a mother’s dream. The price point is comparable to The Gap, and she runs great sales regularly.

Focus on skincare, not makeup. If you do, makeup becomes optional!

  • I’ve transitioned to clean, toxin-free skincare (worth it!!) and love that my makeup routine lately has looked like under-eye concealer, brow powder and lip color. That’s it. I used this list and this list to get started. 
  • Set your skin up now for healthy vibrancy as it ages. As I age, I want people to see my face, not my makeup. 
  • There are a paralyzing number of beauty products out there, and I almost gave up until I learned the French skincare routine. Here it is: Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, and then a mask once a week. 

Get a professional haircut.

  • A good stylist can help you decide on a haircut that works with what your hair naturally wants to do. Save on time, hair product and daily frustration.

None of these ideas are new or revolutionary, but put together, they may help you simplify your daily routine. Let us know what your favorite beauty hacks are! 

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Anna likes to think she’s rooted in the Wild, Wild West, as she was born in California and grew up in Colorado. She married a big-bearded Texan, and together they have a two-year-old daughter and a son due to arrive Summer 2018. She’s an easy crier, particularly when it comes to beautiful stories about people with a lot of heart, a lot of courage or a lot of character. Motherhood has affected her deeply and reinforced the importance of creating a life of intentionality and joy. She and her husband Chris love a good story, a good laugh, and a good song. You can find her on Instagram @annaclonts.