beat the clock

Tips to streamline your beauty routine

Birthing classes. Maternity leave. Where to get a pint of Chunky Monkey at 3:46 a.m. You have plenty of things to think about now, but a detailed beauty routine probably isn’t one of them. And once your baby arrives, all bets are off — even basic hygiene will seem like an elusive goal. Luckily, you don’t need a lot to look your best, says television and movie makeup artist Kathryn Miles Kelly. To prove the point, we’ve rounded up all kinds of easy, speedy beautifying tricks. You may even end up with time to spare, as in, time to tie your shoes or pick out a baby name.

makeup for

lost time

The ultimate streamliners? Three-in-one products. Here’s how to make them work for you: Instead of using moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation, go for a tinted moisturizer that has built-in SPF. True, you won’t get the same level of coverage as you would from a traditional base, but don’t you want that maternal glow to shine through? Try non-pore-clogging three-in-one products.

An eye-lip-and-cheek-color-in-one can save you additional time. “They prevent you from having to look through all your colors to decide what you’re going to use,” says Kelly. And the application’s a no-brainer: “Use your finger to swipe a little across your eyelids, the apples of your cheeks and your lips, and you’re out the door.

If you don’t think a three-in-one product will give your mouth enough oomph, simply add a maximum-shine gloss. To define your eyes a bit more, use a clear mascara. Not only is the look fresh, sweet and perfect for spring, but you’ll have no tell-tale streaks when your baby moves you to tears.

play tress-up

A simple, low-riding ponytail was a favorite on the spring runways. So when you don’t have time to deal, a pony can pass for high fashion. To get the look just right, create a side part and then sweep your hair back, suggests Mark Garrisson, owner of the eponymous salon in New York. Basic coated elastic bands are the easiest way to secure your hair. If you prefer to wear your hair down — or if it’s too short for a ponytail — now’s the time to invest in a good haircut.

“The right cut will save you time because it’ll be quick and easy to style,” says New York stylist John Sahag. “But make sure you don’t cut your hair too short once you enter the sixth or seventh month,” he cautions. “It’s a balance issue. When your face is fuller, you’ll look better with a little volume.” Once you deliver, however — and your baby seems to get endless amusement from pulling on fistfuls of your hair — a crop cut may be just the ticket.

learn to share

Using the same products that your baby does saves time, money and bathroom space. Just make sure that you’re using her products and not the other way around.

“Some cleansing bars, shampoos and body lotions that parents use can cause an allergic contact rash, or irritant dermatitis, in the infant,” says Harold Lancer, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in Beverly Hills, Calif. But if you start using baby-safe products now, you can avoid the problem altogether.

One last product-sharing tip: Some baby bath products are also great shaving companions for mommies. The best part about using baby products? Having the same fresh scent as your little one.

shop smart

When you’re expecting and your feet and ankles are swollen — or after you’ve delivered and you’re up all night for feedings — the last thing you want to do is trudge to the cosmetics counter. So take advantage of Web sites such as, and to reorder staples or select new spring hues. And don’t worry about hormonally induced errors in judgment: Any reputable Web merchant will be happy to take back that fluorescent fuchsia blush you somehow thought would look great.