Makeover Tips for Moms

Makeover Tips for Moms – I love watching makeover shows on TV. Julie Maeder of New Leaf Image Consulting provides us with some great fashion, makeup, hair and other makeover tips for moms.


Makeover Tips for Moms – Making Time

If you can carve out 15 minutes a day and perhaps an additional hour or two a month to work on your appearance and style, you will feel more confident and positive each and every day. Other benefits of putting a little time and energy into your style is that your kids will have a great role model as they get older, and they won’t pretend not to know you when you come to school.

So what are some great image tips for a busy mom? I feel pretty qualified to dispense some inspiration to you, since I am a mom of 2, step-mom of 3 and a busy image consultant. I know the challenges you face every day because I’ve faced them too. But trust me, once you get into the habit of taking care of yourself and working on your own personal style, you will never want to go back to dashing out of the house in sweats! If you’re worried about finding the time, take baby steps. 5 minutes a day on week one, 10 minutes a day on week two, and so forth. Soon you’ll be able to fit YOU time into your busy schedule, just like you do everything else. And you’ll look forward to it!

Makeover Tips for Moms – Uniquely You
Let’s start with the basics. You are a unique, wonderful individual. You can’t (and shouldn’t) try to look like anyone else. Get to know your fashion personality. Yes, you have one, and when you dress in harmony with it, you will feel like your best, most authentic self! There are 7 basic fashion types: Sporty, Traditional, Elegant, Romantic, Alluring, Creative and Dramatic. Which type do you feel most aligned with? When you wear clothing that fits your fashion personality, it just feels right. It also helps you communicate something about yourself through your wardrobe, which is always a plus.

Makeover Tips for Moms – Ship Shape
One of the biggest wardrobe challenges women have is that they don’t know how to dress to flatter their body type. They think that if a garment looks good on the mannequin, it will look good on them. Not necessarily! First, you must know which of the five basic body types you have: Pear (heavier on the bottom than on top), Hourglass (curvy on top and bottom with a small waist), Inverted Triangle (broad shoulders or bust and narrow hips), Oval (heaviest in the middle), or Rectangular (boyish figure with slight curves). Once you figure this out, then choose garments that accentuate the positive and minimize the negative. It’s all about balance. For example, if you are pear shaped, choose a wide leg or boot cut jean instead of a tapered or “skinny” jean. This will balance out the hip area and make it look visually smaller. Or if you are hourglass shaped (lucky girl!), accentuate your small middle with a belt or wrap top instead of boxy tops and dresses. There are many tips and tricks to play up your best features! A certified image consultant can help you with this if you’re not sure.

Makeover Tips for Moms – Color Your World
Another way to look your best is to choose clothes and accessories that are in keeping with your personal coloring. This is based primarily on your skin tone, hair color and eye color. Assess your overall coloring. Are you warm or cool, soft or clear, high contrast or low? Your wardrobe is most flattering when it reflects these characteristics. For example, if you have overall cool tones, then you’ll probably look great in cool blues, greens, reds, pinks, purples and grays. If you are predominantly warm, go with warmer reds, yellows, oranges and eggplant. Simply put, cool colors have blue undertones, while warm colors have yellow undertones. One quick way to determine your coloring is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they look blue or purple, then your coloring is most likely cool. If they have a green cast, then you are probably warm-toned.

Makeover Tips for Moms – Face It
You know it’s true. You look ten times better and more vibrant when you wear a little makeup! So why do many moms skip it? I’d be willing to bet it’s because they think it will take too long to apply. It really doesn’t have to. Even if you spend 5-10 minutes doing the basics, you will feel like a new woman! Start by patting a little concealer under your eyes (because you probably are sleep-deprived!), then dust a pressed powder foundation all over your face and neck. This will even out your skin tones and give you a smooth canvas on which to work. Next, apply a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks (with a big makeup brush), followed by soft, neutral eye shadow and black mascara. Viola, that’s it! For date nights, add some smudged eyeliner and a darker eyeshadow for drama. Make sure to blend everything with makeup brushes for a professional look. If makeup is not your strong suit, it is a great idea to get a makeup lesson from a reputable salon.

Makeover Tips for Moms – Making the Cut
Don’t forget about your hair. It’s the “accessory” you wear every single day. It should be fabulous! Of course, you won’t have time to style it every day (thank goodness for ponytails), but having a great cut will help tremendously. One that suits your facial shape done by a talented stylist can make all the difference. There are great products on the market to help with just about any hair issues — from frizzies to fine hair. Using them will give you a chic, sleek look. More effort can go into your crowning glory on special days or evenings, but otherwise, just keep it simple. You might also want to update your hairstyle every year or two to look fresh and current.

I have all the confidence in the world that you can! Just work at it gradually, and before you know it, you will love the new mom looking back at you in the mirror!


Julie Maeder, AICI FLC
New Leaf Image Consulting

Julie Maeder, AICI FLC, helps women of all ages look and feel their best through wardrobe, hair and makeup consultations. Julie is a certified image consultant and the founder of New Leaf Image Consulting, based in Troy, Michigan. She is also the co-author of Inspired Style, in which top image experts provide women with strategies and tips for always looking and being their best, most authentic selves. Julie’s chapter entitled Reinvent Yourself focuses on the journey of making pivotal transitions, and how to align your image with your new phase of life. You can learn more about Inspired Style here.

Originally Posted – 2011

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