Quick Morning Makeup for Moms
Last updated on : May 10 2019
Moms are masters at multitasking. They have to be, since every day they juggle some combination of cooking meals, packing lunches, driving carpool, running errands, cleaning up, and much, much more.
On top of this, many moms work full or part-time jobs. When does a busy mom have time for self-care, let alone makeup? You certainly don’t need makeup to look and feel your best, but for many women wearing makeup boosts confidence and makes them feel more polished and ready to tackle the day.
An excellent streamlined makeup routine should take no longer than five to ten minutes of your precious time and will help you feel ready to take on the world and avoid annoying beauty problems - or at least, prepared to take your kindergartener and his friends to the zoo.
Start with a clean slate
Ideally, you will have already washed your face the night before, making this step more straightforward. But even if you washed your face at night, it is an excellent idea to rewash it gently in the morning to get rid of any oils that may have accumulated in your sleep or from your hair and pillowcase.
You can use these makeup remover towels from Ulta for super easy one-step face washing and makeup removal - without even using cleanser! Seriously, these things are magical. Wet with a little water, wipe your face, and be amazed when all your makeup comes off without using any soap.
You can throw these in the wash with your regular laundry to use over and over again, making them more cost effective than makeup remover wipes.
Moisturize with SPF
After cleansing the dirt and oil away, you will want to return some of the moisture to your face. Adding moisturizer helps keep skin looking vibrant and minimizes wrinkles. To multitask and combine steps, choose a daytime moisturizer formulated with SPF.
When you’re a mom, you may not know where your day is going to take you, no matter how well you plan and schedule in advance. Even if you aren’t planning on being outside or you have overcast weather, you may be getting more sunlight than you think.
For example, the sun streams in through your car windows even when they are up, reaching your face, chest, and hands.
This exposure can cause sun damage, discoloration, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. So slather on the moisturizer with SPF - your skin will thank you. Be sure to cover your neck and decolletage, as well, as these areas often go neglected and show signs of age just like your face.
Tinted moisturizer or mineral powder foundation
Skip thick, cakey foundations and instead opt for tinted moisturizer or powder foundation. Any skin type can use either, and there are different kinds for different skin needs, but in general dry skin should use a liquid tinted moisturizer and oily skin should use a mineral powder foundation.
The great thing about these products is that they work to heal and fix your skin problems while offering sheer to medium coverage, hiding any redness or discoloration and evening out skin tone.
They are also typically more forgiving than foundation if you are in a hurry and miss a spot.
Use your fingers or a beauty blender to apply liquid tinted moisturizer in upward and outward strokes, or use a broad powder brush to apply mineral powder foundation.
Under-eye concealer is a must for most moms. When is last time you got a full, uninterrupted eight hours of sleep? That’s why you need to dab some concealer over those dark circles and bags under your eyes.
You can and should use a product that is formulated not only to disguise your under-eye problems but fixes them also. Many concealers are formulated with wrinkle cream or tone correction to make your eyes look brighter even when you take the concealer off at the end of the day.
Choose a product that does double duty, and dab it on gently using your ring finger. You don’t want to rub too hard and tug at the delicate skin around your eyes, as this can cause irritation and lead to wrinkles.
You may want to skip this step altogether, as some people don’t consider everyday eyeliner makeup. Stay away from tricky liquid liners and opt for a soft crayon or gel.
Look for an eyeliner that comes with a smudger on one end, not only so you can use the smudger but also because this usually means the formula will let you fix any mistakes quickly.
Save the dramatic smokey eye for date night or girls’ night out, and draw a simple line across the top lash line, starting from the inner corner and stroking your way out to the outer edge. You can use one swipe or several small strokes.
Start with a thin line so that if you make any mistakes, you can smudge or draw it thicker to even it out. Flick upwards at the outer corner for a cute and straightforward cat-eye.
Eyeshadow is another step you may want to skip or use instead of eyeliner, or can in combination with eyeliner for a fresh put-together look.
Instead of messy powder shadows, that can crumble in your bag or fall into your eyes, use an eyeshadow crayon. These are super easy to use and are often formulated with primer for long-lasting color.
Choose a neutral shade that is flattering to your skin and eye color, and glide the crayon over your eyelids to add color and dimension.
You may want to apply eyeshadow before eyeliner so as not to smudge it, otherwise, be careful not to put the shadow over your liner.
Read more: Best eyeshadows to match your eye color
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows are the curtains. A little eyebrow makeup can go a long way to pulling your look together and making you appear more vibrant and polished.
There are many brow products out there, including gels, brow mascara, pencils, and powders. The quickest and easiest to use for most people is a brow pencil with a spoolie at one end for blending.
Choose a pencil that is a shade lighter than your hair color (many beauty resources advise a shade darker, but this can make your brows too bold and dramatic for an everyday look) and fill in any sparse areas of your eyebrows with small upward strokes like individual hairs.
Then use the spoolie to comb your eyebrows, starting from the side closest to your nose and brushing towards your ears. This brushing blends the color and sets your eyebrows in place.
Read more: How to do eyebrows
If you don’t use any other makeup on your eyes, mascara is the one not to skip. Eyeliner and shadow look a little strange and incomplete without mascara, but mascara can be worn alone for a natural look.
Waterproof formulas are excellent for moms, as you never know what liquids (rain, baby formula, bath water, etc.) you may come in contact with on any given day.
Apply two coats, using a zig-zagging upward motion to catch as many lashes as possible.
Save the bright red lipstick for a special occasion, and stick to a nude or sheer color with moisturizer in it. Tinted lip gloss or balm is your best option to add a little color that won’t stain your teeth or smear around your mouth.
Lipsticks can also be very drying, but using gloss or balm helps keep lips hydrated and looking luscious all day. You can keep one in your purse to re-apply throughout the day as needed.
It never hurts to use a formula with SPF, too, as most people forget to put sunscreen on their kips and end up with burnt, chapped lips.
Remover isn’t technically makeup, but an important reminder to always, always, ALWAYS take your makeup off at the end of the day!
Use the magic towel from step one, or your favorite cleanser or makeup remover wipes. Your skin needs to breathe and repair itself while you rest, and you don’t want eye makeup getting in your eyes at night and causing infection.
No matter how tired you are, take the extra 30 seconds to remove your makeup every single day.
Again, this isn’t makeup, but night cream can do wonders for your skin and help you wake up with a smooth, even canvas for your morning makeup.
After removing your makeup and washing your face at night, use a night cream for your skin needs, whether that be deep hydration, color correction, or wrinkle prevention.
You do not need SPF in your night cream, but be sure to put your daytime moisturizer with SPF on in the morning.
And there you have it! Eleven steps that take no longer than 10 minutes every morning for flawless, natural-looking makeup.
You may need a few days to master these steps quickly, but you will get the hang of it. You can also check out this article for the product recommendations we make above.
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