Moms and moms-to-be, how do you fix your face when you're in a rush? I'll admit that no matter what time I have to be somewhere, I'm spending the most time in the mirror. I used to be that mom who was nearly late to every event because I spent too much time doing my makeup. Morning appointments? Forget about it. PTO meetings? I was the last one to drag in. Oh and when I was working? I waltzed in the door at exactly 8:00 AM by the skin of my teeth. And all of that was because I thought in order to look presentable, I had to wear a time-consuming and completely beat face everywhere I went.
But after I found out I was pregnant with Jj around this time last year, all of that time spent in the mirror was reduced to a minimum. For one, I didn't have the energy to do anything while battling morning sickness or a constant headache. Secondly, the last thing on my mind was fixing up, let alone wearing makeup. And lastly, the thought of committing to 30 minutes or more in the mirror seemed horrifying. "Ain't nobody got time for that" was indeed my attitude.
However, after tweaking my routine and paring down my products to a minimum, I've created an easy everyday look. Read on to see how I achieved my everyday natural makeup look for moms and others on the go!
I always start my mornings with a clean, moisturized face. When doing a makeup look, however, I follow up the moisturizer application with primer. Recently I've been using mark. Primed for Perfection (not pictured). After priming, I fill in my brows with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Spiked. I use soft, light strokes in areas of my brows that are sparse, so that the fill-in looks very natural. If I make any mistakes or go too heavy on the pencil, I correct using my concealer brush and MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42, lining the top and bottom of my brows and blending the concealer in carefully (so I don't have that "halo effect" going on under my eyebrows).
I then apply MAC Face and Body Foundation in C7 on my face and neck. Though this foundation is light and water-based, it does an excellent job of evening out my complexion. For the fading dark spots I have on my chin and cheek, I go in and apply Graftobian HD Glamour Creme Foundation in Midnight Marigold with my concealer brush. This is perfect for covering any scars one may have, though it's widely used for a full coverage foundation. I then set my foundation with MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Dark.
After setting my face, I apply Wet N Wild Mega Impact Mascara in Black to my lashes. It gives my lashes such great length and volume for only $3.49! Then, I add an application of MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl to my lips. It's the perfect nude lipstick! On the days I'm looking for a more glossed natural lip, I'll layer NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect over Shy Girl.
Now if you have a few extra seconds and want to add a bit of color to your look, you can add a flush of blush. For this look, I used La Femme Blush in Russet (not pictured) on both my eyes (lightly applying with my finger) and my cheeks. When in a rush, it's important to use products that are multi-functional!
All in all, it still only took me about ten minutes to achieve this look! I know with all of this text, it looks like a lot of work. But I wanted to be very detailed with this routine. And also take into consideration that you may not need all of these products. For instance, if you have perfectly arched or full brows, you don't need the pencil or concealer. If you don't need a base, you could use the Mineralized Skinfinish Natural without the Face and Body Foundation. And you could totally omit the blush + eye color if you would like! Remember, work your makeup routine in a way that works for your individual needs.
What does your everyday makeup routine look like?