5 Minute Mommy Make Up


First, I want to apologize that it has been a while since I've posted a new blog...we've had a lot of craziness going on with birthdays and stuff around the house and well the girls just take up so much time sometimes that I just forget.

But I've wanted to get this post up for some time and some of the other moms of twitter that I talk with were also doing a post similar to this.  As a mom it is not always easy to get all dolled up, most days I'm lucky to walk out of the door wearing matching shoes and both kids dressed...but I have recently found it slightly easier to get some sort of a "flawless" face done in about 5 minutes.  It is just enough time for my husband to watch the girls and me to feel like I don't look like death walking out the door.  This has definitely become my go-to make up pretty much every day unless it is a special occasion, also with it being summer it is nice that this make up is minimal so if it sweats off it's not the end of the world.

In the caption below the picture I will list the products being shown and a slight description of how I use them, at the bottom I'll have a before and after...hopefully I don't scare you all :)  I'll kick this off with the face...this is the most time consuming...

Step One: I first use a primer (any will do), this helps to keep the face products I'm using from sinking into my pores, kind of a barrier to help protect my face, most primers also come with SPF which is always a positive benefit.  After my primer is set (usually 30-60 seconds) I apply the Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Medium (A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY WITH THIS STUFF)...I literally use 3 small lines (one on each cheek and one on the chin), this stuff is AMAZING at eliminating my redness and that little bit covers most of my whole face when I buff it in with the F80.  Lastly, under my eyes and anywhere I'd like to brighten up (top of nose and a little on chin) I apply the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, again blending with the F80 makes this a super smooth, fast and flawless application.

Matte Primer (this one came out of Birchbox I believe), Hard Candy's Glamoflauge in Medium $5 (exclusive at Wal-Mart), Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer Dark Circle/Spot Corrector in Light $8.99 and Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Foundation Brush $18
Step Two:  I always set my face and especially under the eyes with a translucent powder.  A fluffy Kabuki Brush does this and the powder helps keep me from looking/getting oily throughout the day, even in the summer heat.
E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face) High Definition Translucent Powder $6 and E.L.F. Kabuki Face Brush $6

Step Three: Bronzer is always essential in the summer and helps bring some "glow" back to the face.  I use a combination of an angled brush to give me some definition by contouring my face and sculpting out my cheeks and I also use the same brush as when I did the translucent powder, again this helps give that all over glow and helps to buff out any harsh lines I've created in my contouring.

N.Y.C Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny $2.89, Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush $18 and E.L.F Powder Brush $3

Step 4: Blush always brings a little flush back to the face, I'm a warmer tone so I prefer peachy blushes but I have found one pink I love, I wear it with a more dramatic eye.

Milani Mineral Blush in Luminoso (peachy, pink, gold color) $7.99, E.L.F. Blush Brush $3, Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Blush in Sweet Cheeks (hot pink with a peach undertone - I got this in an Ipsy bag but I believe they run $15) and NYX Mosaic Blush $7.99
Step Five: Highlight is not for everyone but I like it, I love the little bit of glow and radiance I get from it.  Just a bit on the tops of my cheek bones from mid eye upwards and a little on the top of my nose and cupids bow and that's the perfect amount for me.  I prefer to use this liquid highlight out of my Sigma Resort Palette with a powder on top of it to really get that "you made an effort look".
Liquid Highlighter from Sigma Resort Palette (Limited Edition - Sold Out), Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer $9.99 (exclusively at Wal-Mart) and E.L.F. Stippling Brush $3
Step Six: I always prime my lids with a flesh tones base, just cancels out any redness and of course brows, brows, brows...they define your eyes and can really pull together your look, if I do anything it's definitely my brows.  Mine are all wonky from years of going to random nail salons and letting the technicians do whatever.  One is more straight and the other more round and longer...I've tried growing them out but I just have no patience.  I do my best to fill them in but I know they are never perfect...the saying I've heard is "brows are sisters not twins"...I think that's pretty accurate :)
E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit in Medium Brown $3, Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeliner Brush $5.99 (I think) and NYX Eyeshadow Base in 002 (skin toned) $6.99
Step Seven: Brightening up a little, just to make my eyes look less tired I use a highlighting stick, this one I got in a Ipsy bag I believe so I don't know it's cost but a little under my brow bone, a little in the tear duct and a small line under the bottom lashes and just blend with my finger, this really does brighten up the eye and help with that "I only slept 4 hours last night" look.
Chella Highlighting Stick (again got it in an Ipsy bag so I don't know the price)
Step Eight: MASCARA!!! I love mascara! My lashes SUCK! They are straight and thin and annoying and won't stay curled. I literally gave up eye lash curlers years ago...but I've found a good combination in these 2 products.  The Lash Accelerator came to me in my BoxyCharm box for the month of June, I really like it for the length I get and I got the Korres mascara from a Birchbox months ago...this gives me the volume I need and the combo seems to keep from getting too clumpy or "spider web" on my lashes.
Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Black (again it was in my BoxyCharm box from June but I think a similar product is in the stores right now for like $5.99), the Korres I have no idea on the price but I'd definitely pay for the full tube (right now I just have the travel size)
Step Nine: Last but never least are lips. Lips can make or break a look for me, I prefer on a everyday basis a nice nude with a pink undertone.  I like a all-in-one product too, I think most people I know own and love this product and this color.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in Honey ($6.99-$8.99 depending on where you shop)

And there you are ladies (and gents if you are reading). I know these 9 steps seem like a lot but it really goes very quick and I get a lot of compliments on it.  For me anytime someone says "you don't look like death" or "you look rested" I'm fairly happy with my make up for the day :)  I also like this make up look for teens and someone who is just getting started into make up, it's easy and all of these products (aside from the Sigma brushes) can be found at the drug store or similar products are available in the stores now.

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