I have never been one of those girls to wake up an hour earlier to do my hair and makeup. I would much rather sleep a bit more, and walk out my door with minimal makeup and a simple hair style than be a tired glamazon. With a baby and my long commute, this preference has morphed into a necessary reality. Sleep is now a luxury. Hair and makeup is on the back burner, namely because on weekdays I also squeeze in mid-day workouts. Spending an hour on my hair/makeup only to have it ruined a few hours later seems ridiculous, so I sleep, shower, have baby time, and whatever time is left over I dedicate to my hair and makeup.
Admittedly, I am fortunate that I have hair that dries completely smooth and straight without manipulation. I can easily allow my hair to air dry, braid it, pin it half up, or pin it into a quick bun and be out the door. On the other hand, the makeup department is where I really needed help simplifying.
Makeup is necessary for me, especially mascara since my lashes are as blonde as they come and without it, it looks as though I have no lashes at all! I am a bit of a product whore, and my makeup collection is ridiculously large, so it may be a surprise that I have trained myself to beautify with only 5 products! This is my fail safe look human again routine that gets me out the door on time. These are also great products to throw into a small cosmetics bag to carry with you while traveling (early AM airport calls anyone?) and to the gym for those quick post work-out make overs.
- Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer $43 @ Nordstrom
- Laura Mercier Mineral Powder $36 @ Nordstrom
- Stila Convertible Color $25 @ Nordstrom
- Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette $27 @ Sephora
- Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara (Double Wanded) $9 at drugstores
This is lightweight, making it great for summer, allows for buildable coverage, and has a radiant finish. I love that it has SPF 20 in as well, so I always have a bit of sun protection.
I always feel like a need a bit of powder, this gives me a very natural finish when paired with the tinted moisturizer, but can easily be used on its own, so is great to have on hand for touch ups.
I use a bit of this on my cheeks and lips, so I like to stick to pink or coral hues. I also really like the Peony color, for more muted/natural looks.
This is such a tiny compact, but truly has everything you need in an eyeshadow. I dip the tip of my brush in the darkest color, wet the brush a bit and use as eyeliner. If I am in a huge rush, I sweep the highlight color Venus all over my lid, and put Naked 2 in the crease for a bit of definition.
I am always in search of the latest great drugstore mascara, and this is my current favorite with great staying power. I love that it is double wanded…so you get the best of both worlds with the thick and thin brushes, so application is a breeze and you have no excuse when you miss a lash (other than your hectic schedule!)