Beauty Hacks

Beauty Must-Haves for Busy Mums

Prince George is well and truly up and at ’em (and what a gorgeous mini mischief he’s growing into) – hardly surprising given his beautiful ancestry. But as any busy mother knows, chasing after a tiny tearaway is far from conducive to looking one’s best – and we can’t all be duchesses, with a maintenance team of beauticians on tap. Which is why we’ve compiled this comprehensive edit of beauty hacks for busy mothers – short-cuts to looking clear-skinned, glossy-locked and well rested (in spite of your horror’s angel’s best efforts).{Morning} The shower (once a sanctuary) is now the thing you dive into for seconds, before rushing half-naked to stop the tot cleaning the loo with your toothbrush. So with time of the essence, you need to be washed, dried and (at least semi) presentable in mere moments. COMO Shambhala’s Invigorate Shower Gel stars peppermint and eucalyptus, to clear cobwebs and ease you into wakefulness (even if you’ve hardly been asleep). And because double cleansing and conditioning your hair seems like a luxury, spritz Sachajuan’s Leave In mist through still-damp tresses, before blasting (but not frazzling) with T3 Haircare’s Featherweight 2 Dryer – it uses tourmaline (the ‘electric stone’) to generate hair-friendly ions which attract the water molecules for super-speed (frizz-free) drying.

If your face feels puffy, smother it in Ilsci’s Sour Cherry & Blackthorn Gel Mask as you dash around retrieving socks and teddies (it instantly reduces inflammation), then create an impression of ‘health’ with a mixture of Youth Lift Glow-Plexion and Resultime by Collin’s CC Cream – both contain a cocktail of skin beneficial ingredients, to perfect and protect your complexion. 3 Custom Color’s Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed Duo is ideal for helping you fake wide awake (the flesh-toned liner makes eyes appear ‘whiter’), while Lipstick Queen’s Medieval is a sheer, your-lips-but-better shade for immediate effortless effort.{Daytime} Equip your handbag with a handful of essentials; Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash for continual (but heavenly-scented) disinfection (all children incubate plagues *shudder*), Therapie’s Restore Aura Spray to refresh skin and strengthen resolve whenever you’re feeling fragmented, and one of Jouer Cosmetic’s Crème Eye Shadow Crayons – for quick and convenient, day to evening eye enhancement (a mother’s day rarely works out as planned – you never can tell when you’ll need to look ‘done’ on the run).

{Evening} Once the baby’s in bed, it’s time for some much needed R&R. Light a candle (NEOM’s Tranquility Candle is a soothing blend of English lavender, basil and jasmine), pour a massive glass of wine and sink into a steaming tub laced with Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil. As you wash the days stresses away with the water, apply Cult 51’s best-selling, age-defying Night Cream to cleansed face and neck (it rapidly ‘undoes’ tell-tale signs of fatigue), massage Deep Relax Balm onto temples, and rest your (very tired) head on the Bed of Nails Acupressure Pillow, which coaxes you into a deep and restorative slumber (for as long as it lasts).


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…