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Does anyone have a good morning beauty routine with young children?

(16 Posts)
Poppybella2015 Fri 27-Nov-15 20:39:59

In a bid to look better I need a morning beauty routine before the school run. However sleep is very precious to me as my toddler wakes in the night so I can't face setting my alarm early sad does anyone have a quick morning routine that leaves them looking presentable? At the moment I just clean my teeth, brush hair into a ponytail and put on some creased clothes from the ironing pile!

Buttwing Fri 27-Nov-15 21:03:02

Hi I do everything the night before. Makeup off, shower, nightcream, bit of gradual tan on my face if I need it. I get out everyone's clothes and make sure I've got something to wear that's clean and ironed.
I'm not going to lie it's a pain in the arse but I feel a million times better. I have to put a bit of make up on or I look dead so I get what I need out ready, it takes me two minutes to apply.

I blow my hair ever few days in the evening and then just run my fingers through it the morning. I totally know how you feel though I have 4dc (10,5,2 and1) to get out of the door for 8.15 and some mornings it nearly finishes me off!!smile

Poppybella2015 Fri 27-Nov-15 21:11:00

Do you shower in the mornings as well or just do makeup in the mornings? X

JasperDamerel Fri 27-Nov-15 21:18:03

Skincare (2 minutes): oil cleanse/acid toner/rose water and glycerine spray/ serum/ moisturiser.

Get dressed.

Make-up (3 minutes): tinted moisturiser or light foundation/ maybe concealer/ lip and cheek tint/ mascara. In my coat pocket I have a tube of Burts Bees lip colour which is a sort of lipstick/lip balm hybrid, and I apply that on the way to school.

My hair is shit, but I can't afford a decent haircut. It requires straighteners at the moment, so I straighten my fringe if I have time. I can do that while making toast.

Buttwing Fri 27-Nov-15 22:03:05

No I don't shower in the morningblush

Poppybella2015 Fri 27-Nov-15 22:18:35

I don't think I could ever get up early enough for a morning shower! I need to try and have one every night and wash hair at night I think. If I could do a quick makeup and a quick hair up in the morning I would be happy with that!

madmomma Sat 28-Nov-15 00:04:20

Buttwing you're so hardcore. Hats off to that level of organisation!

Buttwing Sat 28-Nov-15 07:52:23

Poppy could you jump in the kids bath when they've gone to bed? I quite often do that I just top it up a bit and the stand and wash my hair in the shower. --and try not to think of how many of them probably
Did a wee in it!--

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Sat 28-Nov-15 07:56:01

I don't have much if a routine but I keep my daily make up in the bathroom cabinet so I do it quickly after I've brushed my teeth and washed my face.
It's just tinted moisturiser and lip gloss so takes no extra time but makes me look a lot better.

twirlypoo Sat 28-Nov-15 08:07:10

I get up at 7 and give Ds his breakfast (made the night before - boiled eggs usually!) while I hop in the shower super fast. Ds eats his breakfast in my bed while I do this.

7:10 I dry my hair upside down
7:15 make up is by mirror and I shove on foundation, bronzer and lippy. I wear fake eyelashes so they are permentantly on and it speeds up my routine loads not bothering with eye make up.
7:20 pull on clothes from the pile on a chair.
7:25 drag Ds into bathroom with me for teeth brushing for us both / face washing etc for him.

7:30 go downstairs and he gets dressed while I shove our things in the car / put plates in dishwasher etc,

7:40 leave the house!

The night before I get all our stuff ready to chuck in the csr, get out Ds uniform and make up his breakfast and drink on a plate so I can just grab them out the fridge.

Kennington Sat 28-Nov-15 08:25:38

Bathe with 3 yo. Let her stay in bath while I brush teeth and moisturise and dry.
Get her out and send her to her room to dress - I leave out the outfit.
Give her breakfast while hair is drying in towel.
Sit her in from of CBeebies while I apply make up - 5 mins.
Lightly baby liss big hair to finish.
Take her to the loo then go.
Advice would be use concealer and highlighter cream on face instead of foundation as foundation is easy to get wrong.
If I don't have time to do make up I do it when I arrive at work waiting for computer to switch on!

LucilleLeSueur Sat 28-Nov-15 08:27:15

Alarm goes off at 6.20. I ease myself into getting up at 6.30. Into shower by 6.40 - hair, face, and body washed every day. Out, dry, lotions and potions on, and dressed by 7. Make up on - CC cream, powder, bit of creme blush, mascara, tinted lip balm. Hair dried with dryer (short cut so looks mental if left to dry naturally) by 7.15.
DD1 and DD2 woken up, dressed, and cleaned. Bit of a play and maybe a story or two.
Downstairs by 7.40. Girls eat breakfast while I make the packed lunches. Upstairs at 8 for final whizz around and a chat with DH.
Out the door about two hours after I get up!

I need time in the morning, I can't bear rushing about. Equally I feel grotty if I go out without a proper wash - I just can't do it!

WavingNotDrowning Sat 28-Nov-15 08:34:09

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LoadsaBlusher Sat 28-Nov-15 08:40:40

100% agree with doing as much as you can the night before.

I have 2DC to drop to nursery before work .
The night before I have all clothes ironed and laid out on the top landing , right down to knickers and socks.
I get up at 6am most days as that is when my youngest wakes up.
Settle DC2 with cartoons in bed then jump in a shower , then do my make up , then blow dry hair .
By this point Both kids will be up so I get them breakfast , get them dressed and we are all out of the door at 8.20.

I do my nails every night once kids are in bed , whilst sitting watching MasterChef usually!
My make up routine is the same daily- foundation / concealer/ blusher/ eyeshadow/ liner / mascara. Basically a full face.

Sometimes I wash my hair the night before and just pin it up for work the next day but I ALWAYS have a shower in the morning , it makes me feel fresh.

I had a massive declutter of any unused make up and hair products so I now only have what I use daily and it is organised in one drawer . This helps massively as it means Im not rooting around for things.

BeenAndGone Sat 28-Nov-15 09:06:32

I keep it really simple. Shower the night before including hair wash. Apply foundation, blusher, mascara. I have rosacea, so make up is essential if I want to actually talk to people without feeling awful.

I had my hair cut to bob a year ago and stopped colouring it so it's seriously low maintenance and take 5 mins if that to straighten.

Clothes ready the night before. I bought clothes that doesn't need ironing like woollen dresses and tights with boots.

Poppybella2015 Sat 28-Nov-15 10:57:35

Wow thank you for all the tips! I think I really do need to set my alarm in the mornings instead of waiting for the toddler to wake me up!

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