Saturday, July 14, 2012

Makeup For Busy Mamas

I've never been a big makeup girl. While I'm pretty sure my sister has a lipstick for each day of the week, I get by on chapstick and a little powder. Since Eli was born, my time in the mornings has gotten so short! I've realized, though, that I really want to look presentable. I don't want to be one of those moms who looks like a hot mess every day when her husband comes home. So, here is my basic makeup routine, plus my date night extras.

Lavera Foundation: I read about this on a blog somewhere, and decided to take the plunge ordering it online. I've never really liked liquid foundation but I love this! It's an all-natural, German-made foundation that smoothes on easily and has light to medium coverage. I just squirt a little on my wrist and apply with clean fingers. There's only a few color choices but I found that it seems to blend to my skin color really well.

L'Oreal True Match ConcealerGotta love the under eye circles, blemishes and redness that comes with being a mama. I ordered this concealer when I bought my foundation and I love it! It provides a little extra coverage where I need it, and was under $10! I apply it after my foundation and under my powder.

Homemade Face Powder: Before switching to Lavera, I used the Bare Minerals line of powder foundation. I found a couple blogs that talked about creating homemade Mineral Veil, a Bare Minerals product that helps cover shine and set your makeup. I made my own by combining equal parts baby powder and corn starch, and put into an old (washed) powder jar. I apply it after my foundation to help set my makeup and remove any shine. You could also add a little colored face powder to give it a slight tint if you wish. Best perk of all? Unlike the Bare Minerals version, it's basically free!

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer: This is my lipstick alternative most days! I love that it moisturizes and adds a little color.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: I'm told this is a cult classic, and I love it! I have it in black and it's great for day or night. I apply a little to my top eye lashes most days, or do both top and bottom for date nights.

Bare Minerals Face Color in Warmth: This is a little date night extra. I've had this bronzer for forever and I love it! A little goes a long way and looks great on cheeks or eyes.

MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V: The lady who did my makeup for our wedding used this on me. I bought mine at Nordstrom, but couldn't find it on the website so I linked to Macy's. Another date night extra, it is that perfect natural color that adds just enough color to make you look lovely.

Note: I've linked to these items where I bought them, but I did not get any payments from the companies I linked through.

Hope I've inspired you to look beautiful for your man without taking a lot of time! What's your favorite makeup product?


  1. Well, you've out-done me! I don't have any babies and I still don't where make-up unless it's date night. At that point I throw on some Arbonne Make Primer, Maybelline Eyeliner and Mascara and MAYBE some Eye shadow and then I'm off!

  2. love the post, I used to do a similar routine but after running around a crazy three yr old I stopped. By the end of the day I feel and look horrific. I need to start putting on my eye shadow, shine concealer and lip balm again.

    1. I feel like that so many days right now! I think this post was to motivate me as much as to share my ideas. :-)

  3. Most of the items on your list are the basics... I'm not into high-end brands unless they are carried by Ulta Beauty Store. There is no Sephora and most department stores don't carry MAC products :( I found you through SITS Girls Forum. I followed you! :)

    1. Thanks so much for following me! I'm not in to high end brands either. The only reason I know about the MAC lipstick is from the lady who did my makeup for my wedding. I'm not real good with lipstick either, or I'd offer other suggestions!