How to stay gorgeous while the kids are on summer vacation

Jun 14, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Summer is around the corner, and if you're like most moms, you are busy trying to coordinate summer vacation schedules.

Mom with daughters in a park

From vacations to camps to play dates, you know how important it is to keep the kids occupied so you don’t hear the proverbial “Mommy, I’m bored!” So with this added level of activity and time with the kids, not much remains for “mommy time.” Read on for tips to feel pretty and chic while still keeping the kids happy on summer vacation.

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50Focus on arming your skin

You thought your routine was already pared down? Well, now is the time to become even more efficient and focus on sun care protection and repair. At night, alternate every other day with a hydrating cleanser or a gentle exfoliating cleanser; you can even make your own by adding baking soda to your existing cleanser. Since you will be spending more time in the sun, be careful about using retinol products. Use these only a few times a week, and if you know you will be in the sun a lot the following day, skip the retinol the night before. In the morning after you wake up, apply an antioxidant serum to your face, such as a vitamin C or green tea serum, followed by a high level sunscreen, such as Cetaphil UVA/UVB Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50, ($11, Now your face is protected no matter what you do or how much time you have.

L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm SPF 15Keep makeup to a bare minimum

Too much makeup in the summer is already a no-no, which is great for busy moms. Just use enough to create a fresh face that hopefully won’t melt off during the day. Keep the warm weather essentials, including a tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF, cream or stick concealer (which are less likely to rub off in the heat versus a liquid), waterproof mascara, eyebrow pencil and a lip balm, such as L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 ($8,, on hand in a separate makeup bag, all ready to go at any time.

Layer your makeup to last all day

Laura Geller Phenomenal Foundation

If time permits or you need a more polished face, consider layering your makeup. While this extra step can take up precious time, it can make you feel "done" all day without having to reapply your makeup. The key is to apply the liquid or cream formula first, followed by a powder based product to "set" the makeup. For long-lasting coverage, start with silicone-based foundation, such as Laura Geller Phenomenal Foundation, ($37, These formulas are generally oil-free and last through heat and sweat.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Set it with a light dusting of a translucent powder; one to try is Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($34, For eyeshadow that lasts, use a cream formula first, followed by a powder formula. You can make your eyeliner last longer by using the pencil first, followed by eyeshadow in the same color applied with an angled brush. Finally, you can add on a cream blush followed by a powder bronzer, applied with a kubuki brush in a swirling motion to set the makeup with an air-brushed finish.

boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens Stay fresh during the day

Most likely you will be out and about with your kids all day, which leaves little time to refresh makeup and shiny areas on your face. Your purse and beach bag alike should have oil blotting papers or anti-shine products. Try boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10, or NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer ($13,, and touch up as needed.

coconutHats and hair treatments

Think of summer as the perfect time to treat your hair. This is the one season where you can get away with slicking your hair back (ideally with an oil or hair mask) and pulling it into a bun, ponytail or under a hat. Save money by using natural oils, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, available at your local grocery or health food store.


This is the perfect time to skip the hair dryer as well, which can save you even more time. Instead, opt for natural, beach hair by spritzing on beach wave spray all through your hair. Next, apply either a leave-in conditioner or an anti-frizz cream to the ends to add a touch of smoothness. Now either braid your hair or wrap it into a low-bun. This is a great look to run around with your kids and then when your hair is dry, un-do the wrap and shake out your gorgeous, natural beach waves!

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