You may have noticed that it’s been a minute since I’ve written something or shared my new beauty obsessions—almost a year in fact. And just what has been keeping me so busy?
A new job that began last February and OH YEAH I HAD A BABY! My little monkey is 9 weeks old now and my go-to response to the inevitable but innocuous “So how is motherhood?” line of questioning can be summed up in one word: INTENSE. All the euphoria and anxiety and joy and pains (physical, emotional and psychological) are turned up to 11 and coupled with the least sleep I’ve ever had in my life, it all makes for an adventure that, I’m sure like so many women before me, is impossible to truly be prepared for, anticipate or adequately describe. It’s a trip.
With all of the massive changes afoot, I’ve been determined to at least try and maintain a connection to my pre-baby self as it relates to my beauty routine and general aesthetic. Call it selfish and silly but spending some time on myself in order to feel like a woman, not just a mom, has been rewarding and that tenuous tether to when I had all the time in the world—to experiment with multiple mascaras, 5-step nail care routines, dabbling with eye contouring, not to mention watching the entire run of a beloved show to get ready for the reboot— has proven to be hugely important as I settle into this new phase/crazy role/sacred job called motherhood.
That doesn’t mean that makeup and hair happens every day—Aritzia leggings + sweater with a deep V (so, I can breastfeed, TMI?) have become closet go-tos—but the point is, I try to make time when I can.
When it comes to makeup, the number of products I reach for has been significantly reduced OF COURSE. It’s naturally made me streamline and rethink what I consider daily must-haves that help me feel like myself, while I straddle the old and the new versions, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. Makeup, to me, has never felt like an imposed societal expectation or a gendered albatross that I have to carry and I genuinely delight in being able to play and express how I’m feeling on any particular day with the help of beauty products. BUT with my little dude now my absolute priority, here’s how I’m managing to squeeze in a very modified beauty routine that feels right for me.
Fab Four (Not counting MAC Studio Fix because of course)
Mascara: My ride-or-die beauty product. Basically, if you ever see me leave the house without it, please call my mother. My picks: essence Volume Stylist 18H Lash Extension, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes
Undereye concealer: My current state is basically lowkey hangover, as in a gentle nudge away from falling asleep on the couch at all times, so covering the purple bags under my eyes is an absolute non-negotiable. My pick: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer
Blush: A little touch of a rosy hue (cream or powder) to add life to my face goes a LONG way to faking that I’ve had more than two hours of consecutive sleep. My pick: Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff
Lipstick/gloss/chappie: If I want to look more put-together, a solid matte red is the way to go but if I’m running errands or taking the baby for a walk, it’s all about moisture. My picks: Sarah Moon for NARS Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Improbable (limited edition and likely sold out SORRY), Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched
Tell me, fellow new and experienced mommas, what does your avec bebe beauty routine look like?