With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s an ideal time to refresh your look. Not only is it a time of year when moms should take some time for themselves (you know you deserve it!), but it will make you feel pretty for Mother’s Day (especially when taking pictures opening precious gifts from your children). Here are some easy tips for a fresh and fabulous look this Mother's Day.
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An easy way to make over your look is to add some highlights to frame your face (either at the salon or at home with a kit such as L'Oreal Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Highlighting Kit ($10). The color will instantly brighten your face. If you want to forgo coloring your hair, head to a local budget salon for a blow-dry. Ask them to dry your hair in a style you usually would not do -- so if you usually wear it straight, add big bouncy curls. If your hair is curly, go for a sleek look.
Book a brightening facial treatment that combines microdermabrasion followed by a light glycolic acid, salicylic acid or vitamin C treatment (depending on your skin type). If you can’t make it to the spa, try one of the amazing at-home treatments such as Philosophy Microdelivery Peel ($40-68). This treatment is a two-step system, combining vitamin C and peptide crystals followed by a lactic acid/salicylic acid activating gel. The result is resurfaced and glowing skin.
Does your salon have a makeup artist on hand? If so, book an appointment to get your makeup done or add some false eyelashes. Another option is to visit the mall and have your favorite makeup line do your makeup and show you some new techniques. If getting your makeup done is not an option, try investing in a new lipstick color that you usually would not wear. To get multiple looks in one product, a great option is Cover Girl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor ($7). One end is matte and one is shimmering and you can wear them alone or layered for a completely different effect.
False eyelashes can add drama to our everyday look, but if you don’t want to spend the money to get them done professionally or attempt to apply them yourself, simply add a mascara primer before applying mascara. These primers give your lashes more volume and length for that extra oomph we all crave! One primer to try is e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer ($3).
Finally, do not forget your eyebrows! Fuller, perfectly arched brows can instantly transform your face by creating a perfect frame. To get professional results, try a kit that includes eyebrow stencils to easily create full, natural brows. One to try is the NYX Eyebrow Kit with Stencil for Everyone ($13). With three stencils, you can choose which arch is closest to your natural one.
With the bright colors of spring, this is a great time to try some new styles. Try a floral maxi dress, like this one from H&M ($50). Maxi dresses are perfect for moms because they are chic and comfortable at the same time.
An instant way to make over your body is by adjusting your posture. Hold in your stomach and stand up straight -- you will look instantly thinner and more confident! Plus, studies show that standing up straight gives you instant energy, and all moms need that!