I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that I’m a working mom. I’ve mentioned this aspect of who I am in several posts because it is a CONSTANT struggle that I’m forced to confront on a daily basis. I would do anything to be home full time, but that’s not our reality, and as a result I find myself regularly coming up with ways to look awake! alert! peppy! — you name it. It’s something I think about.
I also think it’s no secret that your world gets turned upside down when children bless your life. Fellow mommies know that things change in both anticipated and unanticipated ways. I knew, for instance, that the morning struggle to get ready would be far different after my maternity leave, but what I couldn’t have guessed was that I’d find teeth marks on my YSL lipstick tubes (my son thinks they’re great for teething!), or that I’d look up from cleaning to find my daughter attempting to sneak into my makeup collection to play because she was “looking for something [she] lost in [our] bedroom.”
Before I had children, I promised myself that makeup would still be “my thing” as a mom. Everyone needs an escape, and a “me time,” and this would be mine.
Unfortunately, “my thing” is also a hobby that happens to overlap with the hectic morning rush, so I’ve started to gravitate toward products that I refer to as my “light bright” favorites.
Why, do you ask? Because they’re light and bright and make me look awake! alert! peppy! (I think I’m trying to convince myself that I’m all of those things by typing it more than once… *drinks more coffee*)
I choose to focus on two different areas to ensure that my face looks as ready to take on the day as my spirit…
When it comes to my eyes — although I apply a whole array of different looks when given the time — I focus on illuminating tricks to hide my dark circles and invite light to reflect upon the areas of my face that would otherwise look sleepy. Be it Urban Decay’s new must-have waterline eye pencil, a creamy corrector or a fabulous foiled shadow, I’ll grab anything that will help me get ready in a flash.
Throw a few of these around the eye area with a little mascara, and I’m ready to go!
I also believe that when paired with an illuminating eye, a bright pop of glossy color on the lips helps draw attention away from dull skin. Lipstick is great…but it’s a bit more high maintenance than gloss when I’m in a rush. Given that I have dry lips, many of the glosses I favor also have the added benefit of moisturizing, which is a win-win. I often blend super bright shades like MAC Rebel gloss with a milky nude pink like Buxom White Russian for a wearable pop of color that’s glossy and fresh.
Of course, this means that I end up carrying about 10 tubes of gloss by the week’s end…but even a busy girl has to have choices, right?
And these aren’t the only products I apply, but thanks to practice and the ever looming reminder that one of the kiddos is about to wake up. I have my morning makeup routine down to a 5-10 minute sprint. I feel awake, I’m happy that I’ve gotten to dabble in my favorite hobby — if only briefly — and I’m ready to take on the day.
So, fellow busy ladies, what are your “speedy” makeup tricks? Do you favor “light bright” makeup like I do? How does makeup fit into your busy day equation?