How to Look the Picture of Posh (Even When You’re Frazzled)

looking-beautiful-when-stressedIt's not exactly easy to present yourself perfectly when you're running on an hour of sleep. But recently a good friend of mine shared a photograph of herself at her daughter's first birthday party, and all I could think was…"Wow. Now there's a mum who has it together!" With her flattering red lipstick, crisp white shirt, and stylish sunglasses, she epitomized simple chic.

Inspired by this, I've rounded up a few tips on how to look posh no matter what this day in mommyhood may bring you—general malaise, overwhelming exhaustion, a hint of frustration, time-management woes, you name it. Here are some ideas you can easily employ even on the days you feel the least pulled together.

Try a BB cream. Forget that whole moisturiser and foundation routine. The quickest, simplest way to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin is with a BB cream. Think of it as a tinted moisturiser—and then some. In addition to broad-spectrum SPF, BB creams are enriched with powerful anti-aging and illuminating ingredients, plus antioxidants that combat harmful free radicals. The beauty of the BB cream extends far beyond its convenience; it has a knack for making your skin look veritably perfect, with a clean, luminous finish that mimics your own skin tone—but better.

Brighten your eyes. Nothing reveals your lack of shut-eye better than—you guessed it—your eyes. The delicate, thin skin in this area is especially prone to telltale signs, like dark circles and puffiness, and the whites of your eyes may take a turn for the red when you've been up all night feeding baby. Brighten up by applying a light-reflecting tint or concealer that illuminates the area, creating an illusion of near perfection and giving you that "of course I slept eight hours, didn't you?" look.

Blush pretty. A cream blush is your BFF on those crazy mornings when you find yourself doing your makeup at a red light. A little bit goes a long way—just tap it onto your cheekbones and blend in an upward motion to achieve a fresh, lit-from-within glow. Opt for natural shades (soft roses, warm peaches) that deliver the same colour payoff you might see after a satisfying workout.

Rock bold lipstick. In the event that you don't have time to do anything else, a touch of lip colour can make a huge difference. And even if you aren't feeling your very best, a jolt of colour could surprise you with its efficacy. You don't have to pull a Gwen Stefani red; even a slick of berry or plum gloss can be just what you need to pull your entire look together. Want a longer lasting hue? Try a lip stain and finish with a layer of clear lip gloss.

Dress your best. Grab that dress you love and slip into those cute shoes. Tie on a scarf, grab your favourite handbag, wear the best earrings in your jewellery box. You get the picture. It's all about how you present yourself—with confidence, even when you feel less than stellar.

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