Take a good look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Is it time to update your look? Maybe you need a more polished look for the office or to return to work. You may need to tone down your look to something more casual. Find an overall look that matches your current lifestyle, not your lifestyle before kids. Simple changes can be made from hair to shoes. A makeover can start with your health, involve modifying your physical appearance, and conclude with intellectual or spiritual makeover, for a whole new you, inside and out.
Assess your state of health. If you have any lingering health issues, make an appointment with your physician or nurse practitioner and get professional advice. Make routine dental, eye care and well-woman exam appointments. Drink more water to improve the condition of your skin, and eat healthy foods including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Add daily exercise to your routine to get fit or stay fit. Exercise will also boost your confidence and happiness level.
Try on a new hairstyle, using DailyMakeover.com or BeautyRiot.com (see Resources). Experiment with styles that are outside of your comfort zone. If you’ve always had long hair, try a short cut. Explore different color options, which will make your makeover noticeable. Opt for subtle color changes for low maintenance. Moms who are getting older can opt for a lighter color, rather than darker, to keep a youthful appearance. Buy a hair color from the store and dye your hair. For a drastic cut, see a salon professional for the initial cut, and then maintain it yourself.
Take inventory of your makeup bag. Toss out makeup that has not been used in six months. This is especially true for eye makeup, according to the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. Consider your routine for getting ready, how much time you have and whether you need day makeup and night makeup. Invest in a good lotion for your skin, a foundation or mineral powder and a new makeup brush. Find an eyebrow pencil that is lighter than your eyebrow color. Groom eyebrows with tweezers and eyebrow wax. Use a light hand to apply neutral eye shadow and eyeliner colors. Outline lips with a neutral lip liner. Spice up the makeover look by choosing a bold lipstick color and adding a metallic eye shadow for a night time.
Invest in a couple of key wardrobe pieces for your new look. Buy separates and mix and match them. Select colors that are flattering on you, and add a couple of neutrals, including black and gray. Lean more toward classic pieces that flatter your shape, rather than trendy pieces. Match your new wardrobe to your lifestyle or intended lifestyle changes, rather than how your life was before you had children.
Complete the makeover by turning back inward and filling the space in what could be lacking in your busy life. Do you need to expand intellectually by taking a class? taking up a yoga or meditative practice to find spiritual peace. Getting more involved in community activities or church activities may help you satisfy the need to be more social. Take up arts or crafts, or a new outdoor sport or activity with your family.
- Do not be afraid to ask a friend for advice or to help you with your transformation.