If you’re like me, only a few days a week (if I’m lucky) are worthy of my make up bag and my favorite outfits. They include church, date night, my part time job, and events. Why waste all that nice (expensive) stuff on days when I’m covered in dog hair, drool, boogers, and half my daughter’s lunch?
While I give myself a pass to be a slob and do nothing with my appearance at least 2-3 days a week (partly because I CAN), there are a few products I always use to look put-together, even when I don’t have time to go all out.
1. Tinted moisturizer. I use it so religiously, I frequently run out. But there’s a solution. Mix one part liquid foundation with one part moisturizer. I use Makeup Forever HD with Aveeno Healthy Glow +SPF. Otherwise my current (affordable!) go-to is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers. It shimmers ever so slightly (and it has SPF), so I love it for summer! It also has a pretty decent amount of coverage for my post-pregnancy (and current pregnancy!) uneven skin tone.
2. LIPSTICK/STAIN. Easiest way to make yourself look glam in a pinch. I take it with me EVERYWHERE and keep my fave shades in both my purse and my diaper bag. For night: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. Current fave affordable option: Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain (doesn’t dry and crumble!) in Crush.
3. Brows. I mean, obviously I always have eyebrows (minus that one time I had a shaping mishap and lost a chunk of one. Oops), but I don’t feel like I look put together unless they are FILLED. For this one, I don’t recommend any particular product; for me, I prefer a brown eyeshadow a shade lighter than my natural brow color and a fantastic brow brush (I got mine at Sephora). Some people like gels. Some like pencils. Some like kits. Choose your poison. It’s such an easy way to look naturally fab. In fact- if I had to choose to do ONE thing to my face before leaving the house, it wouldn’t be a few swipes of mascara. Nope. It’d be filled brows. Hands down.
Obviously mascara will make your eyes pop, but let’s be honest; as a mom, most days I don’t have the time or energy to FULLY remove it, so there’s frequently enough on my lashes that I wouldn’t call it a must. On the once or twice a week occasion I do scrub it ALL off, I would definitely reapply if I’m on my way way out the door.
The rest is just fluff! Nothing beats a five minute routine when you have a toddler- am I right?!