Ten Minute Mom Makeup

Updated on August 8, 2018
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Rachel is a health blogger who coaches other women in diet and exercise. She has lived with chronic migraines for 16 years.

Who Has the Time?

We've all seen the tutorials on social media that teach us to apply glamour makeup like a celebrity—or a circus clown, depending on your point of view. When you're a mom with a full schedule and a house full of chaos, though, there is very little spare time for A-list primping.

Before you rush off to the next morning drop off, parent-teacher conference, or soccer game, try this super easy mom makeup routine!

Begin With Your Base

If you've got a minimal understanding of the makeup basics, this routine will be an absolute breeze. It's simple and subtle, yet makes all the difference between fresh-faced mom and scary zombie mom!

  • Start with a matte primer. You've got a long day ahead, and you're going to need some staying power. Not to mention, you want to fill in those pores and smooth out the appearance of your skin—which has probably been neglected since you're so busy being a supermom!
  • Apply a lightweight foundation. You don't want your foundation to look heavy and caked, and you definitely don't want it melting into your eye as you chase your escaped dog down the street for the third time this week. Cover everything except for your eyelids, as foundation tends to gather in the crease there. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is a personal favorite.
  • Hide those little imperfections. Only after you've applied foundation should you apply concealer. If you apply the concealer first, you'll end up using much more than you need and wasting product! I apply a little under the eyes to disguise those puffy bags, and use a little more to cover any blemishes.


Let's take a timeout for a moment to make sure the kids aren't feeding crayons to the dog.

Contour & Highlight Shortcuts

  • Just a touch of bronzer. Swipe a little bronzer across your jawline, sides of the nose, and top of the forehead. Do not—I repeat—do not cover your whole face. The goal is to look gently sun-kissed, not to look like an extra in a Willy Wonka movie. I call this the "cheater's contour," because who has time for the real contouring process?
  • Add a neutral blush. I like a light pink or peach colored blush. This look is natural and subtle, so avoid any dark pink, purply, or brown tones. Sweep the blush at a slightly upward angle starting from the apple of the cheek.
  • Time to glow. Next, you need a little highlighter to help you glow like the superstar that you are. I apply a bit above the cheekbones (above where you just put your blush), down the bridge of the nose, and just a touch on the chin. The highlighter I'm using is a light pink tone, which blends seamlessly with the blush and bronzer.

Subscription Boxes

I'd like to take a moment to be grateful for makeup sample subscription boxes. If it weren't for them, I would have never discovered Make Up For Ever foundation. After my first use, I immediately hopped online and ordered the full-sized product—definitely not something I frequently do! In this case though, I couldn't be happier with my choice.

As you can see in the video, a little bit goes a long way. The coverage is super smooth and leaves no streaks or blotches. This is a go-to foundation for everyday wear because it is so lightweight. As the name "Invisible" implies, you see nothing but smooth skin. I think forgetting that you're wearing makeup indicates that you're wearing the right makeup!

In another subscription box, I received a Billion Dollar Brows pencil. Did I mention how great these subscription boxes are? I use Billion Dollar Brows pencils exclusively now because they provide the smoothest application, and brush through the natural brow hair nicely.

If you make a mistake with your outline, it's super easy to erase with a Q-tip. At the same time, the pencil has great staying power. No touch-ups necessary! The color is pretty universal—because I have blonde hair, I use thinner lines and a lighter touch. For bolder brows, you can use the pencil more heavily.

Billion Dollar Brows pencil (full size), Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation (sample size)
Billion Dollar Brows pencil (full size), Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation (sample size)

Finishing Touches

In the video, you may notice that I take a moment to brush out my eyelashes. As we sleep, our eyelashes get pushed apart, twisted, and tangled together. Taking a moment to brush them out will make your mascara go on smoother and help your eyelashes look longer and fuller. To save precious time, we will not be applying any false eyelashes!

  • Eyebrows on fleek (sort of). Eyebrows have become a focal point of the face in recent times, with more effort being put into their appearance than I've ever seen! I cheat my way through this step, too! I use the Billion Dollar Brows Pencil to make a rough outline, then fill in the outline with brow powder. Typically, you'd use concealer to cut the eyebrow and create clean, sharp lines. I use a Q-tip to quickly clean up and shape the brow, instead. Finally, I brush the eyebrow out to distribute the powder and create a more natural hair look, as opposed to an eyebrow that looks like it was drawn on by my daughter.

Tip: Swipe a little highlighter underneath the brow along the brow bone to really make the brow shape stand out.

  • Pucker up. If the goddesses of facial anatomy blessed you with full lips, you can save a few seconds by skipping the lip liner and simply applying a nice tinted gloss. I was no so fortunate, so I use a medium pink lip liner first to give my lips a bit more shape and volume. For lips to appear bigger, use a liner that is a shade or two darker than your lipstick or gloss.
  • We're almost done. A little brown eyeliner along the lower lash line just helps to define the shape of the eye. If you're feeling frisky, opt for a brighter color!
  • Time to revisit those eyelashes. Use a jet black, lengthening mascara to bring out your beautiful eyes. I prefer length over volume for this look, as more voluminous lashes tend to pair better with more dramatic makeup.

Optional: Finish with a matte setting spray to keep everything looking fresh!

One of my prouder mom makeup moments.
One of my prouder mom makeup moments.

Reminder: Self-Care is Important

I know we're all so busy these days—between our jobs, families, and social commitments, we rarely take the time to care for ourselves the way that we should. Self-care, whether it be meditation, a bubble bath, or taking a few moments to put on some makeup so we can walk out of the house with confidence, is so important. Self-care is vital for our physical, mental, and emotional health. This is more than a makeup tutorial, it's a reminder to pause, refocus, and take care of yourself the same way you take care of everyone else!


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        6 months ago

        Really, make up is art. My wife read with pleasure your tips. Yours.


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