Jessica Biel shares the week`s most relatable celebrity moment on Instagram : holding her sonv Silas over her shoulder, with her hair wrapped up in a towel and make-up-free skin, the picture resonated with with moms all over the world who, like Biel, are often forced to get up “hours before I`d really like to” without the luxury of the snooze button and have miraculously learned to master the precarious single-handed makeup application.
Vogue resident mothers have made full postpartum-preening routines research that require a few studied tricks to get from what Biel describes in her caption as “Woke up like this: Disheveled, running late, doing too many things at once…” to office ready.
Vogue.com Archives Editor Laird Borrelli-Persson opens up on the first and most important and threatening battleground: the shower. She remembers how during her first five weeks of motherhood “the only way I could take a shower was if my best friend came over and watched Axel”. However, given a few brief moments to refresh with a bar of soap and a hydrating bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Borrelli-Persson says, “Those five minutes alone were golden!”
But things get trickier from here. If your baby can already crawl, a picture-perfect lenghty blowout which requires turning both eyes and ears away from your curious and growing progeny, is seriously out of question. It`s a problem Vogue.com Culture Writer Patricia Garcia solved by getting a Keratin treatment, which smoothed her unruly waves and also cuts her blow-drying time in half. Contributing Editor Michelle Ruiz opted to embrace her natural texture instead, thanks to a few blasts of Wella Ocean Spritz or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
As for makeup, Vogue Senior Features Editor Lauren Mechling has found that imitation is the best distraction and best form of flattery at the same time: “I have an extra toothbrush and “lipstick” (Vanilla ChapStick) for my 18-month-old, Louisa, to copycat me when I`m getting ready”. Meanwhile, Garcia swears by Spotify playlists when she needs to apply foundation, bronzer, and mascara. “[My 10-month-old] opens all of the bathroom drawers, so I have to make sure there’s nothing she can put in her mouth. But if I put on music, she’ll stop what she’s doing and start swaying to the tune. That buys me a good three minutes.”
That may not sound like a lot of time, but for a new multitasking mom, it’s more than enough. Though, there are some miracle flash facials that can make your skin look as if you had 8 hours of sleep in only 10 minutes; it`s an instant skin pick-me-up in a bottle.
Take Bobbi Brown’s Instant Detox mask, which combines Hawaiian sea water with Amazonian white clay to provide a two-minute deep-cleansing pore treatment. La Prairie’s Cellular 3-Minute Peel comes with a miniature swab to sweep exfoliating fruit acids into the contours of your nose to smooth and tone, while Dr. Brandt’s Flash Recovery Mask relies on oxygen spheres to penetrate and boost radiance from within.
For a quick one-two punch, First Aid Beauty’s Instant Oatmeal Mask rehydrates parched skin in 10 minutes or less, before a soothing Ultra Repair Cream seals it all in. But when push comes to shove, there’s Ren’s Flash Rinse vitamin C firming mask, which reduces fine lines and gives a fresh-faced glow in precisely 60 seconds—making real beauty sleep a thing of the past.