How to Make Up Your Face in 5 Minutes Flat

October 16, 2011 2 By EngineerMommy

Being a new mom meant I had a little bundle of joy to love and cuddle with. It also meant that “mommy time” would become severely limited. And I am fine with that (most of the time), but I learned how to make my face look polished within minutes. Good-bye to eyelash curlers and eyeshadow primers, and hello to multi-functional products!

  • Face: In order to save time, I abolished separate products for moisturizer, sunscreen, face primer, and foundation primer. There was no time to massage each of these products into my skin every morning any more. I started using a tinted moisturizer and that alone saved me probably 5-10 minutes. The one I use everyday is the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it has light-reflecting minerals that make my skin glow AND it has an SPF of 30 to keep my face protected from the sun!
  • Eyes: The eyes alone can eat up probably 20 minutes of time to do a full made-up eye correctly. But as a new mom, I realized that the eye only needs under-eye concealer and mascara. My favorite under-eye concealer is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
    because it can be used highlight other parts of the face, such as under the eyebrows. I usually carry the Touche Elcat in my handbag and use it for touch-ups when out and about. For mascara, I will typically use any Maybelline mascara, because I remember reading in a magazine it is one of the most highly-rated ones.
  • Blush: I find that blush is possibly THE MOST IMPORTANT step of all because rosy cheeks look like healthy, well-rested cheeks. Whenever I am putting make-up on, I find that the most drastic difference occurs when I get to the blushing step. My all-time favorite blush is the NARS Orgasm Blush because it has such a natural, happy color. And I find that it best mimics the rosiness I get from exercising. This blush also appears on MondoMom’s New Mommy Must-Haves List, because it is THAT amazing.
  • Lips: There is no time for lip moisturizer, lip primer (yes, it exists!), lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss. OK, most women don’t use all of these products on their lips at once, but I’m sure some do! The only product I use on most days is a neutral-colored lip gloss, like this one: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre. I find that it completes my look, but keeps everything natural and easy. Another benefit of neutral-colored lip gloss? If you apply it too quickly (while holding baby is one hand, for example) and it smudges, the natural color will hide most imperfection applications!

Using the above guidelines, I am able to quickly and effectively make up my face while baby is enjoying a few minutes of play time in her jumperoo. All it takes is less than five minutes in front of the mirror to avoid that dreaded “I have a new baby and just rolled out of bed” look!

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