The Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to looking after babies, but now her royal brood totals a child, a toddler, and a newborn - phew! Being a mum-of-three as well as a full-time royal must be pretty exhausting (although Kate has definitely nailed the blow-dry-and-baby look), but there are ways for busy mums to stay looking fab. We spoke to Gemma and Sam from This Is Mothership on their best tips for new mothers - so whether you're a first-time mum, or you're well used to nappies and baby wipes, here's how to feel great alongside welcoming a brand-new member of your family...
Gemma and Sam with their newborns
How can you use make-up to look less tired?
You don’t necessarily have to do anything more, but instead just switch up your old routines. Gemma and Sam suggest swapping black eyeliner for an inky blue, as it “brightens the whites of your eyes”, and “use a nude eyeliner in the waterline to erase redness”. Also, if your under-eyes are suffering from lack of sleep, correct any sallow bluish tones with a pink-toned colour correcter under your concealer - they suggest the Becca Under Eye Corrector.
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What products are great for busy mums?
Use multi-purpose palettes such as the Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up palette, which contains concealer, foundation, and powder: "everything can be applied using fingers and there's a large enough mirror for touching up on the go". Make-up crayons are also great - "swipe on and smudge in for a smokey eye in seconds". They also suggest fake tan to give a healthy glow, and suggest adding a drop of Isle of Paradise tanning drops into your night cream, or using Nkd Skins pre-shower tan. "It takes ten minutes to develop then jump in the shower and wipe it off, no fake tan stains will transfer to your babe while its in your arms/on your boob!"
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What clothes are best for breastfeeding?
Good news - you don't need to update your wardrobe. Gemma and Sam say: "We don't believe in specific breastfeeding friendly clothes. Just pop a feeding bra on, then a thin cami then any of your regular tops on. When its feeding time, lift up regular top, pull down cami over your boob and off you go. That way your stomach is always covered by the cami and your boob is hidden by your regular top". And for bras, they suggest not wasting your money on special nursing bras, but instead opting for bulk buying basic but comfortable ones.
Bloggers This Is Mothership with their brood!
How can new mums relax?
If you're a fan of a long soak, then you may need to look elsewhere for your zen time, as Gemma and Sam say: "The likelihood is you won't have time for a bath - and if you do, you'll be surrounded by plastic toys." They suggest using Netflix for trash TV instead: "Gossip Girl is a great series to binge watch with a new baby. Sam did 120 eps in 6 weeks!"
Any tips on how to get a good family photo?
"Do it as soon as everyone has been fed, as that's usually when they are happiest!"
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Anything else Duchess Kate needs to know?
"Bloom and Blossom Nip and Lip is a game changer. You can feed as soon as its been put on without causing harm to the baby, and it doubles up as a lip balm."
Find Gemma and Sam on Instagram @thisismothership.
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