Makeup has been a part of my life since I was 13 – when my mom let me wear lipstick to school. It was 1992, and the Revlon’s Rum Raisin defined my early teenage years. It was also the first of many makeup mistakes I would make… And yes, I definitely smelled like Teen Spirit, too.
Now, older and dare I say a little wiser when it comes to cosmetics and beauty care, I’ve learned from my makeup mistakes. My skin has changed, my look has changed, and I’ve tried enough makeup routines to know what works for me. Becoming a mom has also shed some light on my beauty routine because let’s face it – us mothers don’t always have time to primp ourselves the way we want to. In the interest of time, and also money, I’ve cut down on the amount of cosmetics I use (like eye shadow and liner) and also discovered new products that have longevity in terms of wear and bang for my buck.
If you’re struggling to put your best face forward as a mom, here are some ways I cut corners in order to make getting ready in the morning easy.
1. Moisturizer is your friend
There is a reason beauty magazines boast about the benefits of wearing moisturizer (even if you have oily skin like me) – because it does help your skin. I noticed my skin was extremely dry in the morning after the boys were born, with patches of flaky skin in the summer and winter. But my face was always oily, so I figured I didn’t need moisturizer.
I changed my routine from no moisturizer to using Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer every morning – all over my face. I noticed the patches of dry skin went away, and my face felt smoother and the color more even. I applied it before my makeup primer, and I do think it’s helping to keep my primer in place, which also helps to keep my makeup on longer.
Time saver tip: Find a moisturizer with a tint if you want to skip putting on foundation, but want your skin to have a fresh glow.
2. Foundation: Starting from the bottom up
Primer and foundation (pun intended) is really the foundation for any makeup application. For me, on the days when I go to work, I use my more expensive liquid foundation since I know it will stay on and in place. Experiment with what works for you, but having a bottle of pricey foundation, and knowing how to apply it properly, will change your life.
On the flip side, I keep a bottle of drugstore foundation and primer on hand for the days when I’m running errands, and know that I’m going to be home the majority of the day. I skip the primer, and apply some blush – that’s it. Takes me about 5 minutes to do this on busy days.
Money saver tip: Go to your local Sephora store and ask them to match you up with foundation BEFORE buying. Their in-store makeup artists can also give you a sample to take home – all you have to do is ask. No lie, I’ve been able to stretch a sample out for a month or more as once I’ve tried it out, I know how heavy or light I need to apply it.
Time saver tip: Full coverage foundation will help you skip putting on concealer as it will hopefully eliminate having to use concealer to mask problem areas, dark spots or blemishes. Some even have moisturizer in them – which means you can skip the moisturizer, too!
3. Set it and forget it: Powder compacts and makeup setting spray will change your life
You’re running after the kids, and in an hour, you’ll need to be somewhere. But you’re worried that your makeup is starting to separate or your face is shiny. Keep a powder compact on you at all times. I use powder to set my makeup in the morning (especially under my eyes), and I also keep a compact in my bag to dab my face throughout the day as my oily skin tends to peak through.
- Also, makeup setting spray is another alternative to use if you don’t like the idea of reapplying powder throughout the day.My recommendations:
* NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
* NO7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder
4. Rosy cheeks and a fake tan minus the tanning booth
The last thing I put on in the morning is blush. I have very fair skin, and I need that hint of pink or peach to make my skin not look so flat. And it’s a classic!
5. When you’re on the clock, but don’t want to let everyone know you are exhausted af:
Mascara will brighten your eyes, making them appear more awake.
Use that tinted moisturizer to give your skin a refreshing glow.
Swipe on bronzer to give the illusion that you’ve put on foundation. A bronzer with subtle shimmer, like bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, will look natural and give your faced that sun-kissed appearance.
With a few swipes of color, lipstick will bring a hint of dimension to your face, and make you feel a little more pulled together. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s cheating on your makeup routine.
When all else fails, don’t leave the house. Those errands can wait, right?