Being a busy mom myself (we have 3 boys), believe me… I know just how hectic and overwhelming things can get as a mother! But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing makeup and feeling pretty.
So many moms feel like they don’t have the time and/or energy to do things for themselves. We’re always putting everyone else first, rushing to get things done and get out the door. Well, there’s no reason you can’t have both! Today I’m going to give you wonderful mothers a few quick and easy ideas to help you be the best and most beautiful mom on the go!
OK, it’s all about being quick and easy, right? If it takes more than five minutes, then you can’t be bothered with it, right? Well, here are three things that help me feel like I look presentable when I’m in a huge rush.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love tinted moisturizer! It’s so easy to use, you literally just slap it on your face and blend! Using a tinted moisturizer eliminates the need to apply your regular day cream and your foundation, giving you a few more precious minutes.
I’ve also mentioned before about using a bronzer as your cheek color and your eyeshadow. Using a bronzer is a quick way to give your face a little color and help to define your eyes without having to mess around with multiple products. (You could also use your blush as eyeshadow as well.) You can even use a Q-tip for a quick application on your eyes if you don’t want to use brushes. Smudge it just on the lid, or in the crease of your eye, or use it as a soft, powder eyeshadow.
If there’s one thing that can make the biggest impact, it’s lip color. Whether you use a lipstick, lip gloss, lip tint, or lip stain, it doesn’t matter. Using a lip color will brighten you up and will help give you a finished look! I’m not sure why, but I never feel fully dressed until I have something on my lips. You can also use your lip color on your cheeks if you don’t have time for blush or bronzer. Just dot a little on the apples of your cheek and blend with your fingers.
Tip If you only have time to do one thing on your eyes, then let it be mascara. It will make the most difference bringing out your eyes and helping them stand out.
Alright, mama, there’s your face in five minutes or less! It’s so important to remember to take time for yourself! Not that I think you don’t look beautiful eau natural, but sometimes doing the smallest thing can make the biggest difference in how you feel about yourself… and when you feel good about you, so does everybody else!
First of all, let me say I’m a huge fan of tinted moisturizer because of the ease and convenience. It’s a 3-in-1 product! (Moisturizer, foundation, and most come with a sunscreen, too) This is a major plus for me because I’m not only a beauty blogger, but I also hold down a full time job and have 3 young boys, so I need as little hassle as possible. Another benefit of the tinted moisturizer is the natural feel they have (tinted moisturizers tend to not be too heavy or “cakey”), and they also give you a “no makeup” look.
Just about anyone can benefit from having a tinted moisturizer in their bag of beauty tricks, whether you use it every day or just for a weekend look. The only person I wouldn’t recommend a tinted moisturizer for is someone who needs to have a lot of coverage. (And I mean really needs it) If you need that kind of coverage, a tinted moisturizer most likely won’t be a good fit for you. But if you still really want to use it, you can add a concealer along with the tinted moisturizer in the areas that may need more coverage, like dark circles under the eye or blemishes. This way, you can have the best of both worlds.
Here’s what you need to look for in a good tinted moisturizer:
It should feel moisturizing, but not greasy on your skin.
It should blend seamlessly into your skin and not be streaky or blotchy.
The color should match your skin tone evenly, with a natural look to it.
For application, using your fingers is the best because it really helps the tinted moisturizer blend into your skin. You can use a foundation brush if you like, but just be sure you don’t leave brush marks on your face since the tinted moisturizers will be a creamier texture than your regular foundation. I don’t recommend using a sponge to apply your tinted moisturizer because most of the product will be sucked up into the sponge and not on your face, although using one to blend after application is fine.
Just about every makeup brand has a tinted moisturizer, and I encourage you to try as many as you can to find the one you like the best. Some of my personal faves include Laura Mercier, Elizabeth Arden, and Shiseido. All of these are really creamy and and feel great on your face. They also have a lovely, naturally dewy finish. Love it!
So off you go… and be sure to leave me a comment below to let me know what you’ve come up with.