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Five-Minute Makeover

Fast, no-fuss ways to bring out the babe in you

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Parenting Club

Published 6th October 2008

Fast, no-fuss ways to bring out the babe in you

Wake up your make-up

'Your make-up may need to change after having a baby,' says No7 make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, herself a mum. 'Dry, tired skin needs good skincare and sheer, radiance-boosting cosmetics. They're the key to looking fresh and rested.'

Here are Lisa's top three miracle-workers for mums:

Instant Radiance Concealer: a light-reflecting wand that gives the illusion of bright, well-slept eyes. Stroke and pat over dark shadows, plus the outer corners.

Instant Radiance Foundation: a silky, moisturising formula infused with light-diffusing particles to help you reclaim your pre-baby dewy glow. For a fresh, rested complexion blend Blush Tint Cream Blush, on your cheeks. 

No7 Intense Volume Mascara: forget the eyelash curlers; a quick coat of this is all you need for a wide-awake look. And keep a pallet of neutral eye shadows as well as a pretty pastel shade in your make-up bag for those rare days you have time to apply it!

No time to titivate your tresses?

Try these swift and simple strategies:

· Steal an hour at the hairdresser's (coffee, magazines: bliss!) and request a style you can pretty much wash and leave. 'A soft choppy bob — think Sarah Jessica Parker — suits all face shapes and looks modern,' says Tim Surssedon, stylist at Toni & Guy. 'It's versatile, too: you can wear it tied back or loose.'

· Cheat! For 'freshly washed' hair use Toni & Guy Refresh-It Dry Shampoo. Go for a leave-in conditioner, such as Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner.

De-frumping fashion

Many women have a fashion crisis of confidence around now. How do you do stylish as well as practical and fast?

Overhaul your underwear. Badly fitting bras and pants make a mess of your whole look. Get your size checked and then invest in supportive but feminine pieces, including 'tummy-control' knickers.

Swap baggy tops for classic white or black cotton fitted shirts, or a vest-and-cardie combo. 'And for an easy boost that won't break the bank, team simple roomy stretch tops with one of this season's super-long necklaces,' says Jill Wanless, fashion and celebrity stylist. Go up a jeans size if you have to — no woman looks good squeezed into too-tight clothes.

For low maintenance workwear: 'Go for staple tops in non-iron fabrics,' says Jill. 'Charcoal grey, black and chocolate are most flattering.' Tunic and shift dresses layered over long-sleeved T-shirts and wide-leg trousers mask bulges beautifully.