If you’re expecting and your due date’s only a few days away, you may already have all the essentials for your little one in your baby bag. You have the onesies, the blanket, the diapers, and the hypoallergenic wipes you’ll need after your baby is born, but how about you? Does your hospital bag contain only a change of clothes and perhaps a comb for yourself?
Being a new mom doesn’t mean forgetting yourself altogether. Along with your clothes, you should also have makeup in your hospital bag so you can look refreshed after nine hours in labor, and in your baby bag for when you’re going out with your baby. These are the five must-have makeup items to carry for an easy and streamlined beauty routine.
SPF Tinted Moisturizer
A tinted moisturizer not only hydrates your skin for a natural, healthy glow; it also protects you from the harmful rays of the sun. Being tinted, it’s also the best way to smooth out your complexion, so there’s no need to deal with a full-on foundation. Use an oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores so you can prevent blemishes and breakouts from happening.
Hide the evidence of pregnancy-caused stress with a good concealer that can effectively correct any imperfections, especially those dark circles under your eyes. To get the perfect shade for your skin, test a small amount on an area near your neck. The hue of the concealer should be a bit lighter than your natural skin tone, but don’t make it too light or it will stand out.
For an easy-to-apply pink on your cheeks, go for cheek tint in liquid or cream form instead of powder blush. Apply the tint onto the apples of your cheeks and use your fingertips to blend it right in. A lip-and-cheek tint can also be applied to the lips, eliminating the need for a lipstick!
Eyeshadow crayons or sticks can double as an eyeshadow and eyeliner, making them versatile and functional especially for moms who have little time to spend on their visages. A crayon glides on easily and has good staying power. With this makeup tool, all you’ll have to do is draw and smudge to look glam in 30 seconds or less—there’s absolutely no need to go bonkers over which base, contour, and highlight to use.
Lip gloss can moisturize your lips and instantly brighten up your face. A lip gloss is also lighter than lipstick, and you won’t have to worry about smudging it on anything. For best results, choose one that’s loaded with shea butter or vitamins like A, E, and C.
To add a little more oomph, a must-have bonus item should be mascara, which can open up the eyes. Go for tube mascara that won’t smudge, flake, run, or clump. All of these items are small and can easily fit into a small pouch that you can put in your baby bag. These makeup essentials—especially those from cruelty free makeup brands—can help tired and stressed-out moms like you look rested and fresher any time, any day!