I have drawers and baskets full of shadows, glosses, and lipsticks—some only used just once and thrown to the bottom like a one-night stand. I am totally incapable of commitment—one minute I am indulging in an expensive department store foundation, and the next I’m off to blow a few bucks on a glitterly lipgloss at Walgreens. I really get around, and I have the make-up bag to prove it.
Settling into motherhood has certainly evolved my make-up style. However, I still firmly believe that a little make-up each and every day can do wonders for our self-esteem—even if we are spending our days wiping snot from our toddler, scrubbing toilets, and slaving over a hot stove while wearing track suits.
B’s recent post inspired me to share my solution to applying a little face candy to help you feel more like a woman in the three minutes (if!) that motherhood allows us to.
- Mary Kay’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($18) – This is a must have product for me and I use it each and every day. Within seconds, it moisturizes my face, evens out my skin tone, and gives me a little SPF.
- Benefit’s Erase Paste ($26) – I dab the smallest amount on those dark, shadowy areas under my eyes and I look instantly refreshed. Don’t let the price tag scare you—you use such a small amount each day that your dollars will stretch for a long time.
- Clinique’s Bronzer ($24) – Using a cheap bronzer brush from Walgreens, I swirl this bronzer over my cheeks to act as a blush and above my eyes to act as an eyeshadow. Another multi-tasking product for us multi-tasking moms!
- Lipgloss – I have SO many that I choose from each day but my flavor-of-the-week is C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Tint in Plum Mint from Bath & Body Works ($7.50). It's not too sticky so it won't look like you just sucked on a vasoline lollipop, it's the perfect color to add just a bit to your lips and it's minty so it freshens your breathe!
And that's it! You have no excuse not to give yourself three minutes for a little pick-me-up! I always feel like, even if I am just wearing sweats and sneakers, that I am not complete until my hair is polished (even if it's just back in a ponytail!) and I've got a little make-up on.
Don't be afraid to do a little flirtin' with your make-up bag!