Michele Brown of BeautyMama writes:
I can’t recall exactly when it happened, but at some point after I had my girls, my approach to makeup went from experimental and fun to pragmatic and fast. At 7am, when I’ve got mouths to feed, backpacks to pack, and a toddler at my feet, my makeup plan doesn’t have a lot of room for error. There’s no time to play with color or carefully wing out some liquid eyeliner. At 7am, it’s about covering up and contouring, lightening and brightening. And fast.
I hear so many mothers say they just don’t have time in the morning to put on makeup. And I don’t disagree—once you have school-age children, especially, time is tight to get out the door. Often women tell me they just skip makeup altogether, even though it really boosts their confidence, because they just “can’t deal.” That makes me sad.
It’s my mission to help mothers everywhere feel their best and make beauty straightforward and accessible, as opposed to trendy or aspirational. That’s why I’ve come up with a foolproof morning makeup plan. A makeup uniform, if you will. Six products in six minutes. It’s super easy and natural looking. With some creative parenting (and perhaps some baby-gating) it’s really quite doable.
1. Mascara: My everyday go-to is Cover Girl Clump Crusher in Very Black. I like how it darkens and lengthens without being too thick. And it’s buildable…easy to add a second coat right away and even a third later on in the day.
4. Eye Brightening Pencil: This Anastasia dual highlighting pencil has been a mainstay of my makeup kit for a long time. With one matte end and one shimmery, it can be used in a variety of ways. (Think bow of lip, bridge of nose, as well as under the brow bone and inside the corner of eyes.)
6. Eyebrow Gel: Benefit’s Gimme Brow is a game changer. Don’t underestimate how much filled-in, well-groomed brows can enhance the face.
1:00 Apply BB cream all over face.
2:00 Curl lashes and apply mascara.
3:00 Apply matte end of highlighting pencil under eyebrows and to waterline of eyes. Apply shimmery end to inside corner of eyes.
4:00 Apply concealer under eyes and on blemishes or redness as needed.
5:00 Fill-in and darken eyebrows. (If you are blessed with great eyebrows, simply brush and apply clear eyebrow gel)
6:00 Apply bronzer to hollows of cheeks, tip of nose, jawbone and in “C” shape around temples. A little on eyelids. The idea is to leave the center of the face light.[I also stash a lip/cheek cream in my purse and apply in transit as I don’t need a mirror. I love RMS Lip2Cheek. Aquafor also works well on lips.]
Voila! You’re ready to face the world looking a little brighter. It’s quite possible this routine can be done in under six minutes, but I allow time for inevitable distractions, like clearing up smeared mascara or having to jump up to investigate a sudden crash in the next room.