I’ve actually got better at this whole makeup thing since becoming a mum.
My time may be squeezed more inefficiently than the kids’ tube of toothpaste but once I became a mum (*sweet* 16 years ago), I realised that I needed all the external help I could get. A lick of Clinique Honey Ginger lipstick was no longer going to cut it.
Lucky for me this coincided not long after with my beginnings as a beauty writer . I got to play with a whole lot of makeup stuff – and playing is what I’ve continued to do ever since. Playing with the products and *playing* with any makeup artists who I’ve interviewed or who have done my makeup for a photoshoot or special event.
So, because you asked … I’m looking at you Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim … I’ve put together my list of makeup bag essentials for mums.
To make it even more simple, I’ve broken the list down into two parts.
The first part is all about the bare minimum. The things I can’t walk out the door without. The things that I can whack on my face in two minutes while
yelling at gently instructing the kids to get in the car for school. The second part are the extra steps and (accompanying products) I use if I’ve got five-10 minutes instead of two. The face I need if going into a work meeting or function.
The two-minute face
1. Moisturiser with sunscreen. Must, must, must. Try: Nivea Visage Moisturising Fluid SPF 15, Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30
2. Mineral makeup pressed powder. Buy quality and you won’t get a drying effect. I also finish mine with a spritz of Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spray. Try: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, Napoleon Perdis Mattifying Mineral Primer
The seven-minute face
1. Moisturiser with sunscreen. Ditto. Ditto. See above.
2. Makeup primer. This will mean the difference between your face sliding off and having to find time to put it back on later in the day. It creates a *velcro* wall between your skin and moisturiser and the makeup going on top. Try: EmerginC Red Carpet Primer
3. Liquid mineral Makeup. OMG. This is my new best friend. Loving the dewy glow it creates and the way it goes on like silk. Try: Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals
4. Concealer. Ditto again. See two-minute face above.
5. Under-eye illuminator. I use this over my concealer as an extra secret weapon in my war against under-eye dark circles. Try Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
6. Mineral makeup pressed powder and a spritz of hydration mist. See above.
7. Eye colour. A palette is great for this. I use a “vanilla” shade as a base and contour with a taupe and a chocolate. Find a palette that works for you and practise the different combos. Try: Jane Iredale Eye Steppes
8. Eye liner. I line the top of my lashes only for a day look and I opt for a brown liner as it’s a softer look now that I’m, shall we say, more mature. Try: MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
9. Mascara. I wiggle this on at the base of my lashes to thicken them up and open the eye and I also slick it on over the top of my lashes. Like eyeliner, brown is a good option here too. Try: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Brown/Beige
11. Blush. Smile at yourself in the mirror. See those cheek apples? That’s where the blush goes. I do a soft pink cream applied with my fingers. Try: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Sob
12. Bronzer. I use this to contrast out my blush, taking it higher through the cheeks and a swish around the forehead, nose and chin. The key is to tap off excess product on the brush so you look sun-kissed not dirty. See above for product suggestions.
14. Lip liner. Apply AFTER your lip colour and use a liner as close to your natural lip shade as possible. Try: MAC Lip Pencil in Spice
15. Gloss. If I’m using lipstick, I still add a little bit of plumping clear gloss to the centre bottom lip. It just freshens the entire look. Try: Bloom Lip Plump
It’s important to mix things up a bit in your makeup bag occasionally. It’s just as easy to get into a makeup rut as it is a wardrobe rut. There are fashionable elements to makeup looks that I suggest you embrace occasionally (statement lip, anyone?) and you need to be mindful that the foundation that was *purrrfect* in your 20s is probably not giving you the glow you’re searching for in your 30s, 40s and beyond.
Do I go without makeup occasionally? Yes, if I’m having a home day or a holiday at the beach. Call me vain but I do get a surge of confidence if I’ve got my face on. Even if it’s a two-minute one.
What are your must-have makeup products? Share your favourites below. And if you have a tip for busy mums, then share, share, share.