Good Evening, Moms!
I, like many of you, struggle with finding the time to complete my morning routine before rushing out the door for the day. More often than not, I find myself foregoing my own hair and makeup for the sake of helping my four year old prepare for her day. If you’re sitting here saying to yourself, “girlfriend, I can relate!” this post is for you. iFamilyKC Mom Squad contributor Jayne is a rockstar and she’s perfected a quick routine that helps her get ready in the mornings that we’re calling: The Five Minute Mom Face. Take a look…
A while back, I shared that getting dressed in the morning is a huge part of caring for myself and taking time for me as a mother. Since that time, I’ve also implemented a “five minute” mom makeup routine that has been going really well for me additionally. I don’t know what it is – but there’s just something about having at least a little makeup on to make me feel more put together. Here’s my routine in a nutshell:
So, I cheat a little on this one. I have immensely dry skin, and haven’t ever really found a BB/CC/tinted moisturizer cream that is cool toned enough for my skin. To circumvent this, I buy moisturizer and mix foundation into it. That way, when I go to apply moisturizer, it cuts out the extra step of foundation. I do this quickly by just using my fingertips to blend.
As a mother, I find that under eye concealer is my number one go-to for makeup. If I leave the house with no other makeup on, I almost always have a bit of concealer. I’ve found several products recently that come in pen/pencil or roll-on form that go on easily and quickly and require minimal blending at the edges of where I apply.
After years of not wearing blush, I’ve found it almost necessary in my routine as a mother. Without blush (and with my deep, tired under eye circles and in general tired looking face), I tend to look washed out and sickly pale. A simple swipe of blush on each cheek livens me up and gives me just a bit of color – and I’ve found a good quality brush is key to a fast application. I also look for highly pigmented color that I don’t have to layer to get the desired look, as that also takes more time.
– Mascara/Eyeliner/Eye Shadow
I put all three of these together, because typically on any given day I don’t hit all three. Most times, I will hit one or two but not the rest – depending on my timing. I find that a bit of mascara is almost always in my routine, but eye liner and shadow, again, depend on the day. Tips to make this part of your makeup routine easier? I’ve found that eyeliner made in gel form or in a pot are a lot easier and smoother to apply than stick eyeliners, so I spend less time fixing mistakes or in the application in general. Also, I keep very neutral shades of eye liner and eye shadows around that blend closely to the colors of my skin. For me, having neutral grays and soft navy colors tend to highlight my eyes in very small doses without having to layer on the makeup. A good eye shadow brush is also key here, and I find crease brushes to be my top pick when only applying one shade of color in haste as they make blending a bit faster.
I am able to get through the routine mentioned above in 5 minutes or less most days, but it does take some prep work. Instead of having a full bag of makeup, I keep my five minute routine makeup (including ONLY the brushes I use to apply) in a separate bag. This cuts down on the amount of time you spend sorting through your makeup bag or case trying to find specific items or brushes. Only what you need is there, and if you use a see through bag or baggie even, you can see exactly where everything you need actually is.
Also, as mentioned, all of the makeup I have is neutral in color and goes together. It’s easy to say, just quickly apply some eye shadow – until you sit looking at your palette for five minutes just trying to figure out what color you want to wear. Everything I have for my five minute face is pre-selected and I know exactly what colors I’ll use before even getting started.
Having an easy, seamless makeup routine has been key to feeling like a real person again some days and a big part of my self-care routine.
Do you put on makeup daily? What are some tips you’d offer to streamlining the process of a quick makeup look?