If beauty rest seems but a quaint idea from some distant, pre-kid past -- as does rest of pretty much any variety -- it may feel easier to duck the mirror altogether than to take a peek and see a pooped and puffy face looking back. Not to worry -- we're here to help. Culled from pros who know how to make you feel pretty, these hair, skin, and makeup tips seriously do the job. Multiple jobs, in fact: You'll look like you've slept when you haven't, showered when you haven't, and splurged when you haven't. In short (because, really, short's all you've got), you'll seem totally pulled together, even when your only fashion accessory is that oh-so-attractive Go-Gurt tube sticking out of your back pocket. (Yeah, you should probably toss that.)
No Sleep? How to Fake It
Whether your slumber deficit is thanks to a 2 a.m. feeding or an all-night rager, as it is for the celebrities Roncal works with, the result is the same: pale, poofed-out skin with dark blotches. Below, Roncal's tried-and-true tricks:
Look Bright-Eyed Using a soft, white liner, gently trace the inner corner of your eye. Then, using a pale shimmer shadow, soften that "V" and extend it a bit toward the inner part of the bridge of your nose. You'll lighten up the eye area and draw attention away from dark circles. Try: Cargo EyeLighter in white (a pointed tip on one end provides the matte liner, a rounded tip on the other delivers the shimmery shadow) ($20).
Hide The Evidence There are four spots (aside from under your eyes) where concealer can do a sleepy face a world of good, according to Roncal: the sides of your nose (next to your eyes, where concealer can lend extra brightening) and the outer corners of your eyes, nostrils, and mouth (three prime locations for sleep deprivation-induced darkness). "At the outer corners of your eyes in particular, even a little extra pigmentation can make your lids appear to sag," she says. Dab away in good light with your ring finger, and blend well.
Brush Up "Nothing darkens and closes your eyes like droopy brows with hairs pointing downward," says Roncal. Brush in a brow gel-upward, of course -- and lighten and lift the brow bone with a subtle, pale shimmer shadow. Avoid a high-shine frost. It not only screams "I love the eighties" but highlights every flaw and follicle. Try: e.l.f. Eyebrow Treat & Tame ($3) and e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter & Filler ($3).
Skip-a-Step Products That Really Come Through
Double-duty items can be time- and hassle-savers for moms -- except when they stink, in which case, they are double the frustration. Voila! Five that won't waste your money.
Garnier Fructis Moisture Works 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner "This doesn't skimp at all on conditioning," a common problem with shampoo-conditioners, says Eugene Toye, a stylist at New York City's Rita Hazan Salon. ($3.99)
L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Toye says this is more of a three-in-one: a degreaser (the alcohol acts as an oil-absorbing astringent if you lift your hair and spray lightly at the roots), body builder (again, lift and spray lightly at the roots), and, of course, fixative. ($14.99)
Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads With Salicylic Acid These foaming discs cleanse and are especially good at deterring breakouts, says Dr. Day. ($6.99)
Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes, SPF 20 New York makeup artist and mom Kimara Ahnert likes this concealer for its soothing and puffiness-reducing capabilities (aloe and green tea see to both), natural-looking coverage, and high SPF. ($9.99)
Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisture The rare blend that moisturizes as well as it tans, this lotion bronzes you so gradually and subtly, says Dr. Day, that you almost can't get it wrong. ($8.99)
3 Things You Can Literally Do in Your Sleep
Make every precious minute of snooze time count even more.
Give Your Hair Waves This trick works best for medium-to-thick hair that's somewhere between straight and wavy, but can also help boost body in fine hair or curly hair that's been blown out. Before bed, brush (dry) hair and secure it on top of your head with the scrunchie that's been banished to bathroom-drawer purgatory since back when Jon-Bon was shot through the heart and you were to blame. (Don't use a rubber band, which would leave a mark.) If you have fine hair, says Toye, use a bit of volumizer at the roots before putting it up. Wrap the ponytail around the base, and tuck the ends into the fabric. Then simply release the ponytail when you wake up, tousle, and enjoy your lovely, loose waves or fuller-than-usual body.
Wash Your Hair Or create the illusion that you did: Spray or shake some dry shampoo into your roots. When you wake up, any residual telltale powderiness will have been absorbed naturally. Try: Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo ($8).
Soften Your Feet Every night for a week, right before bed, slather on a salicylic acid- and/or urea-rich lotion, then pull on a pair of cotton socks. You'll gradually slough off the rough spots (the salicylic acid and urea dissolve the dead skin) and leave the fresh skin moisturized, says Dr. Day. Sweet feet sans scraping! Try: Kerasal One Step Exfoliating Moisturizer Therapy ($9.99).
Six mass-market finds that work just as well as (or better than) their poshest counterparts.
One With Nature Soaps Dead ringers for their spa-dwelling brethren, these bars are full of skin- and nose-pleasing natural extracts. ($3.79 at Whole Foods)
CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara This mascara has fast become a favorite in the beauty world-imparting serious, clump-free drama in a couple of strokes, notes Ahnert. ($9)
Exfoliating Gloves Yes, we're talking about those gloves that make you look like Minnie Mouse. Available at pretty much any drugstore, they're a less expensive, longer-lasting alternative to body scrubs, says Ahnert. (Around $6)
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme This cream packs professional-strength straightening power and frizz deterrence, says Toye. ($6.49)
Generic Paddle Brushes Those big, flat brushes with widely spaced plastic teeth are some of the best detangling tools in existence, says Toye. "Much better, in fact, than the priciest boar's-bristle brushes, which are no match for matted mom hair -- especially if your kids have been playing around with it." (Around $5)
Kiss Magic Shine File If you have the rare adult interaction to look forward to and your nails are a mess, skip the polish altogether and try a buffer, like this one, which has all you need in one tool. After quickly shaping the edges of your nails with a file, use the light-gray side (and a continuous, steady motion) to remove any discoloration and ridges from the nail surface in about ten strokes, says Michele Pierno, a nail pro and Kiss spokesperson. Then repeat with the white side, but with increased speed and friction, to bring out the glossiest possible finish. ($1.19 )
Abbie Kozolchyk lives in New York City and writes about beauty and travel.