A to Z: How to Look Polished and Groomed (Even When You’re Not!)

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

December 21, 2018

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It’s hard to feel polished and presentable when you are run ragged, stressed and tired as only a parent can be – but a few simple changes to your daily routine will help you on your way to a chic life. Read our top tips on how to look polished and groomed – even when you’re not!

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Quick Tips: How to Look Polished

A is for Attitude

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A great attitude is something money can’t buy, and makes you stand out from the crowd.

B is for Brows

Keeping your eyebrows groomed can make a huge difference, even if you have minimal (or no) makeup on.

C is for Confidence

Stand up straight, smile and exude confidence…even if you don’t feel it.

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D is for Dry Shampoo

A lifesaver for days when your hair needs a quick pick-me-up. Bear in mind, it’s no substitute for the real thing, so use sparingly.

E is for Exfoliate

Keep your skin smooth and gently exfoliated to give it a real glow. Aim for 2-3 times per week, and avoid anything too harsh or it can cause irritation.

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F is for Fragrance

Always wear a fragrance – a quick spritz can do wonders for how you feel about yourself!

G is for Grey

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Don’t panic, embrace the grey hairs – people pay good money for ‘fake’ grey!

H is for Hands

Take care of your hands, they suffer through washing, drying, cold weather and cleaning products. Keep a few travel sized hand creams in easily accessible places (bedside table, car, handbag, kitchen sink) so that you can pop on some moisturiser regularly.

I is for Ironing

I hate to iron, but creases are worse! At a minimum, hang your clothes up and let the creases fall out.

J is for Jewellery

Statement pieces are great, but limit it to one at a time – less is often more when it comes to accessories.

K is for Killer Nails

Even if you don’t have the time (or inclination) to polish your nails regularly, keeping them neat and tidy is a quick job. Use your daily commute or five minutes over a cup of tea to file your nails, and apply a strengthening clear polish when you have time.

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L is for Lipstick

If you wear no other makeup, wear lipstick.

M is for Makeup

Keep your makeup simple, especially if you aren’t confident.

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N is for Neutrals

Black will always be in fashion, and neutrals like white, cream, shades of brown and navy are a great staple to mix and match.

O is for Oh my Primer!

The crucial first step in your makeup routine is primer – it really helps your makeup make a lasting impression.

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P is for Posture

Watch your posture – sit straight, stand tall and keep those shoulders back. Not only does this look more polished than slouching, it will help you feel more confident.

Q is for Quiet

Take some time for quiet in your day to regroup, recharge and relax. Just five minutes can make a huge difference.

R is for Respect

The old adage rings true – manners never go out of fashion!

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S is for Sunscreen

The best anti-ageing choice you can make is to add sunscreen to your morning routine – and don’t rely on a light SPF that may be included in your foundation. A good sunscreen can really protect your skin from sun and wind damage, even on days when it’s not ‘sunny’.

T is for Tresses

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Tame your mane – your crowning glory needs a little attention to ensure your messy bun doesn’t look more like dragged-through-a-bush bun. Use spray or mousse to tame flyaway hairs or smooth frizz, and choose a sleek pony tail or bun if you want to tie it up.

U is for Understated Chic

Take inspiration from vintage fashion finds, and steer clear of overly trendy choices that have a limited shelf life.

V is for Vacuum

Okay, maybe not vacuum, but a lint roller would be good! Keep stray hairs, fluff and pet hair at bay, as they are an instant draw for the eye on your outfit.

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W is for Wardrobe

Classic clothes choices – whether you’re wearing jeans or a formal dress, the only way to exude confidence is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Know your size, then choose the right shapes, colours and style for your body. Avoid anything too fashion-forward if you’re not confident, and stick to timeless options that you can mix and match. Most polished looks are simple with one stand-out piece, and simple jewellery.


Okay, we cheated on this one – but maintaining a healthy complexion is essential. Take time to find the right skincare products for your skin.

Y is for Yes

Say ‘yes’ to yourself – whether it is a slice of cake, a new top, binge-watching your favourite show or just switching off your phone for some peace and quiet.

Z is for Zzzz

Catch as much as you can – lack of sleep can cause your skin to prematurely age, leaving you with dehydrated skin and black circles under your eyes.

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Have your say! What are your top tips for how to look polished and groomed? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: December 21st, 2018 / Categories: Lifestyle / Last Updated: March 30th, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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