Steal a few of these shortcuts from women who've been there -- and look as happy as you feel!
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"Since having my son, I'm a big fan of BB Cream from Tarte. It gives me that glow I used to get from a full night's rest." Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer ($32; Tarte.com)
-Heather Newton; Brooklyn, New York
"All the coffee during the day and red wine at night -- both new-mom beverages of choice! -- gave my teeth a gray cast. Not a good look. But who has time to hop over to the dentist for a cleaning when you're in the trenches? So I used Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour Express, which made my smile gleam." Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal 2 Hour Express ($55; 3DWhite.com)
-Polly Blitzer Wolkstein; New York City
Try a Bun
"On particularly crazed days, I wash my hair in the shower and then wrap it in a tight bun to dry. When I get in the car, I take it down and my hair is wavy. It looks like I had it styled."
-Jennifer Balcom; Sarasota, Florida
"Coconut oil removes my mascara naturally, and it's a great all-over moisturizer."
-Callie Lamb; West Jordan, Utah
"Baby wipes are fantastic for removing makeup when you're too worn out from a day of fun with the kids to properly cleanse." Yes to Baby Carrots Face + Nose Wipes ($6 for 30 towelettes; YesToCarrots.com)
-Shantel Gutierrez-Palmquist; Oroville, California
Sonic Cleansing Brush
"As a first-time mom, I completely underestimated how much I would love my son -- and how little time I would have left for me. My old 'getting ready' routine was just not going to work. I had to find a happy medium between hot mess and supermodel. The answer for me is the Clarisonic. It's pricey but worth every penny. Even when I've spent more hours awake than asleep at night, it helps my skin look alive the next day." Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Brush ($149; Clarisonic.com)
-Angela Schroden; Alexandria, Virginia
Pregnant Beauty Tips
Having a new baby takes up a lot of time and energy. Misha Shahzada provides new moms with a few tricks on how to brighten your skin.
"I have always had oily hair, but after having my baby, I realized I couldn't shower whenever I wanted to get my hair clean. As a result, I started using TRESemmé dry shampoo. I spray it in, let it sit for a few minutes, then brush it out, and I am fit to be in public!" TRESemmé FreshStart Dry Shampoo ($5; Soap.com)
-Whitney Hubbard; London, Kentucky
Carry a Cutie
"I just dress my baby really cutely and hope people are so distracted by her that they don't notice me. Ha!"
-Kathryn McKenna; Overland Park, Kansas
Rock a Pixie Cut
"Becoming a mommy has given me the ultimate confidence to rock a pixie cut. Most days, I just let
it air-dry, and if I don't have time to shower, the cut looks great when I roll out of bed too. It makes my day when someone tells me, 'You look way too put-together to have just had a baby!' "
-Erin Kurzatkowski; Arlington Heights, Illinois
Tinted Lip Balm
"Tinted lip balms are great -- better than lipstick that dries out your lips and better than super-shiny gloss that
your hair gets stuck in." Maybelline New York Color Sensational Color Whisper ($7; Drugstore.com)
-Jennifer Phillips; Estero, Florida
"Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream keeps my eyes and skin from being red and puffy, even after long nights spent caring for my teething baby." Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream ($13; MaryKay.com)
-Amber Haggard; Mount Eden, Kentucky
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of American Baby magazine.