Five-step beauty plan, in a flash

just-for-moms-winter2014Get gorgeous in less than 10 minutes with these simple steps

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the endless demands of motherhood. It can be hard to find the time just to shower, let alone take the time to primp. But just a few minutes spent on taking care of you can make a world of difference, and it will show in how you look (amazing) and feel (refreshed, energized).

Here are a few quick steps to looking and feeling your best, in under 10 minutes.

1. Two-minute ‘power shower’

Stock up on jasmine or peppermint scented shower gel; these scents have been scientifically proven to wake you up when you’re feeling sleepy. The scent of peppermint makes you feel fresh and zingy; jasmine increases the number of beta waves released by your brain to make you feel instantly alert.

2. Sexy one-minute hairstyle

After you step out of your speedy shower, spray the roots of your hair with dry shampoo to soak up oil and add volume. Dry shampoos come in a variety of scents to leave your hair smelling gorgeous and feeling fresh.

Then, take your hair and gather it up into a high bun on top of your head. With a high bun, you get instant volume, and your locks will look super chic in a flash. If your hair is short, simply clip it back with some pretty clips or some hair grips. You’ll have instantly gorgeous hair.

3. Quick dress-up session

Make sure to assemble an emergency go-to outfit for times where you need to look fabulous in an instant. And there are important tricks to wearing clothes that make your body look beautiful. Know your proportions, and use fashion to accentuate your best features.

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For example, it’s generally flattering to elongate your legs, and shape your bust. Choose your colours and patterns wisely. Above all, make sure you feel awesome in what you’re wearing – comfortable clothing will make you feel better and make you more confident.

4. Three-minute makeup tricks

When you’re in a rush, there’s no time for an elaborate makeup routine – but a few strategic touches will work wonders. Simply sweep some concealer underneath your eyes and over any imperfections.

Elongate your lashes with mascara and then brighten your complexion with some blush. Creamy blush looks more natural and adds a glowing sheen to your skin for an instant dash of glamour.

Top off your amazing look with some tinted lip balm or gloss.

5. Thirty seconds to get on your game

Take a few seconds to just breathe. You may look fantastic, but focus on feeling peaceful and confident, and you will radiate. Play some of your favourite upbeat music, gather your wits about you, add a megawatt smile, good posture and you will have achieved instant beauty.

Photo: © Viorel Sima