Makeup, Masks & Motherhood: Simple Products for Busy Lives

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When I adopted my son last August, my makeup routine completely changed. Previous to his adoption, I had already simplified the products I used on a regular basis since masks were required everywhere. However, with the addition of my son, I suddenly needed my makeup to not only wear well under a mask but also be super easy to apply. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there dealing with this so I thought it might be helpful to share my quick and easy makeup favorites. There are certain categories of makeup I do use every time, primarily mascara, that I didn’t mention because there really is no way to simplify mascara application. If you’re interested in what I reach for when I’m the busiest, keep reading!

⭐I pulled pictures from most of these products individual reviews so if you notice they don’t really flow together, that’s why.

I used to ALWAYS wear a full coverage base but it’s so time consuming to apply and blend. I do have acne scars so it’s taken me awhile to become comfortable with lower coverage but now I honestly prefer it. There are ways to get more coverage with minimal products and I’ll talk about that below. I do occasionally use primer and concealer but not usually, especially when I’m in a hurry.

  • For the most sheer coverage, I use the Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer. I reach for this all the time because it just gives me a “my skin but better” look. It does exactly what it claims to do; it moisturizes, adds glow and blurs imperfections. It’s $10.99 and I wear the shade Nude Glow. I’m not linking to my review because when I reviewed this, I actually didn’t like it. My opinion has definitely changed.
  • If I want more coverage, I use the Australian Gold Tinted Moisturizer. It blends into the skin effortlessly and has a natural, sheer coverage. I wear the shade Fair to Light and it’s $16.00. You can see my full review here.
  • The Milani Undereye Brightening Tint is newer to my collection but I use it just about every time I do my makeup. I wear the shade Pink Rose and it is fantastic for brightening the undereye area. I’m able to quickly blend it in with my fingers. It is $9.00 and you can see my full review here.
  • I do typically use some kind of loose powder but I almost always use the J. Cat Beauty Aquasurance Powder Foundation. This powder foundation is the key to getting more coverage. If I use this with the Australian Gold Tinted Moisturizer and a concealer, I can get basically full coverage. I also use this to spot conceal on days I don’t want to apply it all over my face. I wear the shade Ivory. This powder is $14.00 and you can see my full review here.
  • I don’t always use a setting spray but I do always use the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray. Does this spray really do anything miraculous? No but I still love it. It’s not a setting spray but it’s perfect for making powders look less powder-y and making highlights really pop. I also love just spraying in on my bare skin. It’s $12.00 and you can see my full review here.

To really simplify my routine, I use highlighter on my face and eyes. I really love face palettes because they give me more versatility and I can have my blush, highlight and eyeshadow all in one place. I also thinks it’s fun to add a pop of bright eyeliner on the lower lash line. It doesn’t add much time to the look but it can really make the eyes pop, especially over a mask.

  • The Pacifica Cherry Bomb Cherry Cheek Powders are a beautiful quad of two blushes and two highlighters/blush toppers. The formula is just so easy to work with on the face and eyes. They’re more on the natural side but they’re easy to build up and impossible to overdo. This quad is $18.00 and you can see my full review here.
  • There is no other product in my collection that I reach for more than the Lorac Lux Diamond Golden Hour Palette. It’s just so beautiful! I’ve used this palette on my eyes more than any of my actual eyeshadow palettes. The formula is very easy to apply using a brush or even just a finger. It’s $35.00 and well worth it. You can see my full review here.
  • The Pacifica Alighten Natural Radiance Powders are the only ones that I haven’t reviewed yet BUT a review is coming soon. Just like the Cherry Cheek Powders, these are fantastic. It’s a quad with two highlighters, one blush and one bronzer; so you’re really getting a lot of versatility. This quad is also $18.00.
  • If I’m in the mood for a cream blush, I always grab one of the e.l.f. Putty Blushes. I love these blushes because they are so easy to work with. They’re pigmented but not too pigmented. They’re easy to build up and blend out which makes them great for those days that you’re in a hurry. They’re $6.00 apiece and you can read my full review here.
  • The L.A. Girl Shockwave Eyeliners are easy to apply, completely budge proof and add such a fun pop of color. They’re $4.49 apiece and you can see my full review here.
  • I use the e.l.f. Wow Brow Gel every time I do my brows. It holds them in place, is super easy to use and adds fibers to make them look fuller. It’s $4.00 and you can see my full review here.

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When it comes to lips, I tend to reach for something clear or very lightly tinted. I HATE getting lipstick all over my mask but for a hint of color that doesn’t smear on everything, I like the Burt’s Bees Lip Glosses and Tinted Lip Balms. Both formulas are hydrating and super comfortable. The glosses are $6.00 and the balms are $5.49. You can see my full review for both here.

Here are just a few examples of these products in action. If you’d like to know which products I used specifically in each look, feel free to ask or check my Instagram. You can also look over there for more looks like these.

Final Thoughts: 

If you’re in a busy stage of life right now or just wanting to simplify the whole makeup application process, I hope this post helped you. I think most people would be very happy with the products I mentioned and I’d love to know if you plan to try any of them! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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