Gimme Five More Minutes

December 7th, 2009

I’m reasonable when it comes to playing (or not playing) dress up. True, sometimes it’s questioned why I’m wearing a dress and slouch boots to a play date and not the usual yoga pants and sweatshirts that most moms don. But I usually color within the lines of “good fashion sense” when it comes to hanging with my two-year-old. No cocktail dresses to Target. Got it.

That goes for makeup. These days, I have no place in my life for the faux lashes. Bye-bye smoky eye, unless it’s date night or a business event. But even when hurrying through the mall, child in tow, trying to find the Stride Rite store, I still want to look refreshed and pretty.

Putting on tiny shoes, packing snacks, tying hair things…do you have to go the bathroom before we leave?…grabbing juice boxes, picking hair things off the floor, retying hair things…are you sure you don’t have to pee?…zipping stuck zippers. That leaves five minutes in the getting-ready routine for little old me. And in those five minutes, I can create beauty. Here’s how to quickly maneuver the mom makeup madness.

  1. Dot foundation around your face and blend with your fingers (leave the sponges to the dishes). Look for sheer coverage because let’s face it—cake should stay on the plate. Try a two-in-one tinted moisturizer, so you can lose the moisturizing step in your routine for even quicker skincare.
  2. Sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Powder blushes are the easiest to control and apply. A blush that doubles as a lip tint is a keeper—another two-in-one timesaver. Be careful with solids, though, as the color can be tough to control.
  3. Apply your favorite neutral shadow to the lid with a shadow brush, sweeping up from the lash line. Dot a shimmery white shadow into the corners of your eyes to brighten.
  4. Using a soft brown eyeliner pencil, line the top of your lid as close to the lash line as possible.
  5. Cover lips with a sheer lipgloss with just a tint of color.
  6. One coat of mascara on the top lashes.
  7. A quick puff of loose powder on the t-zone completes the look.

Now don’t you look pretty. And you have so much time left, you can add a trip to Target onto the list.

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