make up tips for busy mums
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Makeup tips for busy mums

We all know that putting even a bit of makeup on in the morning time makes us feel a little bit more ‘human’ and less ‘mammy’.

You don’t need to have a full face of makeup on to look fresh and awake, even when you may be surviving on very little sleep. You also don’t need a huge amount of time to perfect your ‘go to’ daytime look. Here are a few steps that can help you with your morning routine.

Makeup tips for busy mums

1. Have a ‘daytime’ makeup bag. Pick out your daily essentials and keep them in a makeup bag separate to all your other makeup, e.g foundation, concealer, mascara, powder, blush/bronzer, lip colour. These are the six items you need for a fresh and easy makeup look.

2. Always start with a clean, moisturised face. All it takes is a quick cleanse and moisturise once you get up, and you are starting with a clean fresh base for your makeup.

3. Only apply what you need. If you have great skin, don’t apply heavy foundation. Just use some concealer in areas that are needed, or use a BB cream for light coverage.

4. When we are tired, it tends to show in our eyes. Use a nude (not white) eyeliner in your waterline to instantly make your eyes look more awake.

make up tips for busy mums

5. Blush always brightens up the face. A nice coral shade always suits the Irish skin tone.

6. Practice. As you get into a routine of doing your makeup every morning, you will become faster and faster at each application. Don’t over-complicate things by trying to do a winged eyeliner before the school run. Keep it simple. To avoid feeling bored with your look, switch it up by changing your lip colour every once in a while. A nice bright lip can totally transform even the most simple makeup look.

7. Use brushes. When applying makeup, I always advise people to buy some makeup brushes. They really do change how your makeup looks and create a more flawless blended look with very little effort. For a basic everyday makeup look you only need the essentials – a foundation brush, a powder brush and blush brush. You can invest in some eye shadow brushes for more adventurous looks, but they are not essential when creating a basic fresh makeup look. Remember, we are on a tight time frame!

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ASK LUCY

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….

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ASK LUCY

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….