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Developing a simple morning makeup routine for every day mom life is essential to getting put together regularly each day.
Makeup doesn’t have to be daunting or complicated or heavy – use it to enhance your natural look!
Today I’m unveiling my best everyday makeup routine that I can do in just 3 minutes.
The morning makeup video tutorial below will show you:
How to Use Just Water to Remove Your Makeup
A 3-Minute Morning Makeup Routine
Some Easy Additions to Spice Up Your Makeup for Special Occasions
Need help creating a consistent beauty routine?
Check out the free “Getting Put Together” Planner!
Being a mommy has made it so much harder to squeeze in “me-time.”
Before my precious boys were born, practically the whole day was “me-time” because I was just taking care of myself and hubby! Sure I was working full time and plowing through school, but at least I had a full hour of undisturbed time to get showered, dressed and prettied up every morning.
It now takes a scheduler to get half that time planned into the day.
Needless to say, showering and applying makeup each day takes a whole lot more will than it used to. I’ve also gotten a lot faster at the process.
Enter the 3 important minutes in my day. Which 3 am I talking about? Well, check this face out:
This is an unedited, honest-to-goodness picture of my face before any product has touched it. If you’re a really nice person, you’re might be thinking, “eh, looks okay. Those moons under her eyes tell me she probably didn’t sleep at all last night, but I’m not judging!”
But since this is my slept-8-hours-and-feel-great morning face, I’ve come to terms with the fact that foundation and mascara will forever be my daily companions!
Not everyone needs makeup to look bright and awake… Some people really are blessed with the perfect complexion! If that’s you, then know that I am extremely jealous. 😉
For the rest of us, makeup is such a lovely friend to enhance our natural features.
How to come up with your own minimal makeup routine
A face is like a unique canvas. That sounds so thoughtful. No, but seriously, no two faces are exactly alike (unless you have an identical twin—har, har).
Some women need both foundation and concealer, others can get away with just a touch of mascara to the lashes.
Some just like to add a bit of blush to their cheeks! I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes no matter how much sleep I get, so foundation + concealer are my go-to products. Mascara helps too, but it’s not essential for me.
Watch a few videos on Youtube of ladies demonstrating their makeup transformations from start to finish. (Just search “my quick makeup routine.”) This will give you ideas about what to try with your face.
You’ll soon learn what makes the biggest difference and your best everyday makeup routine will quickly fall into place.
Use my “Getting Put Together” free printable planner for help developing a self-care routine.
My before and after:
Straightening my hair on the days it needs it takes 8 minutes. Hair + makeup = 11 minutes. Since I don’t wash my hair every day, full hair styling only needs to happen a max of 2 times per week, the other days are touch up only (2 minutes) or updo’s like ponytails, messy buns and braids. Touch up hair + makeup = 5 minutes.
Doing My Makeup + Hair in Fast Forward
If I didn’t have time to do my quick makeup and hair before the kids are up, I’ll often grab my makeup bag and do it out in the dining room were there’s a mirror. (My kids are young so I can’t leave them alone for too long or chaos erupts.)
Why I try to make those 3 magic minutes happen every day (even as a busy mom):
It makes me feel put together and ready to conquer the day with more confidence.
It gives your kids a brighter, happier impression of your expectations for the day. I still remember noticing when my mom came out of her room with fresh makeup and lipstick. It’s not that I noticed she was missing anything before. But I did notice the difference. And it told me my mom cared about how she looked! That was a sweet example that helped me care when I grew up.
It blesses my husband. Honestly, after six years of marriage, he is just recently learning to tell whether I’m wearing makeup. (And I love him for it!) But when I do put some makeup on, he can tell the before/after difference. I look refreshed which also makes me look happier and healthier. Just last night over dinner he looked up at me and said, “hun you look very nice, like you just freshened up your makeup or something.” That comment made hearts start popping out of my ears. He’s adorable!
It tells the world I care about myself. God made me a woman, and though becoming a busy momma may pose challenges to my self-care, I want to always display my commitment to beauty and femininity in every stage of life!
After you get your daily makeup routine nailed down, don’t forget about your hair! If you need some quick, easy hairstyles (including video tutorials), don’t miss one of these two posts!
30 Easy Hairstyles for Moms with Long Hair (besides a ponytail!)
Easy Hairstyles for Short Hair: Quick Styles You Can Do at Home
How To Remove Makeup with JUST WATER
The smoothness and suppleness of my skin is directly related to whether I took my makeup off the night before and slept with a moisturized face.
How do I remove my makeup with just water?
The secret is a Microfiber cloth. I use the Norwex Body Cloths and just water to remove ALL my makeup. It’s amazing!!
It also serves to exfoliate your skin gently. If you have a sensitive skin type, their softer Norwex Makeup Remover Cloths may be a good option for you.
After removing my makeup with water and my microfiber cloth, I use a Shea Butter bar all over my face as a moisturizer. Much cheaper than night cream, and probably better for you in the long run! My skin is baby soft in the morning. (Apply it to your lips too and they’ll also be supple and soft in the morning!)
I know it’s hard when you just want to drop into bed, but always strive to take all your makeup off and moisturize your “naked” face before bed. It goes a long way in your skin prep for the next morning’s everyday makeup look.
A Simple 3-Minute Makeup Routine Using Just 5 Products
In the morning I splash water on my face, moisturize with Udderly Smoother body cream (any day lotion will create a smooth base) and apply my makeup.
Here’s the makeup I use for my quick routine:
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Liquid Foundation on entire face except nose (I guess I like my freckles). Most makeup stores will be able to match your skin tone if you don’t know which is the right foundation for you!
- Tarte Shape Tape Concealer for circles and dark spots around my eyes.
- Loreal Mascara on top lashes only.
- Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette on corners of eyes (very lightly), also fill in and shape eyebrows lightly (with the dark brown or black) on the same eye shadow palette
- CoverGirl Powder Blush very lightly on balls of cheeks. It gives a warm natural finish and some healthy glow!
I wasn’t kidding – just 5 simple steps to enhance my natural beauty and give me an everyday look I feel comfortable in.
Optional for lips: Either some shea butter lip balm, lip gloss or color. I like to use Lipsense in Aussie Rose + Lipsense Glossy Lip Gloss (Apply once and stays on all day!)
On days when I look especially tired, I use some ivory/sparkly eye shadow to highlight my face. I apply it my eye’s inner corners, brow bone and down to the cheekbone. It really wakes the face up!
For church or special events I use taupes, browns and golds from the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Pallete as a great way to add color to my lids. See video for my easy technique.
Some easy ways you can adjust my personal daily routine to work for you!
- Swap out foundation for bb cream or tinted moisturizer
- Add mascara to the bottom lashes (not just the top) or use eyeliner on your top lash line
- Use a brow pencil or brow gel
- Add a setting spray for a flawless finish
Just remember that our goal is to find the best everyday makeup routine for YOU. A little bit goes a long way and adding too much product may take away from your natural makeup look. You want to enhance your best features without too much effort.
Even if you love doing your makeup, avoid complicated steps like layering your eye makeup just so or adding vibrant shades or pops of color.
This needs to be fast and easy for EVERY DAY. A routine you can get done even with this crazy mom life.
Quick Morning Makeup Video Tutorial:
How to Use Just Water to Remove Your Makeup (0:00)
3-Minute Morning Makeup Routine (jump to 3:30)
Special Occasion Additions to My Makeup Routine (jump to 11:20)
Trouble viewing video? Find it here too.
What are you go-to makeup products? Please share in the comments below! You will help another mama!