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5 Time-Saving Makeup Tips for Busy Mamas

OK, listen here, mama: It’s time to step your game up a little bit. You can’t keep using the “But I just had a baby” excuse when your kid is about to turn 3 years old. I get it. Who really has the time to look all glamorous when you’re averaging little to no sleep a night? I get you because I am you! But I am also here to let you know that a little makeup ain’t never hurt nobody.

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And don’t get all “But women don’t NEED makeup” on me. Yes, I know. I still find so much beauty in my makeup-less and freshly washed mug, but there is no denying how fierce you can feel after applying a red lipstick. Or how concealing those dark circles under the eyes can make you look more awake. And honey, trust me when I say a little blush can work magic. Makeup is art and your beautiful face is the canvas. But spend 30 minutes to “play” artist? Yeah, I know you don’t have time for that. So let’s simplify things, m'kay?

1. Have a daily routine and stick to it.

Save the new products that you want to play with for when you have the time to be creative. Keep your staples nearby so that you know where everything is and you can grab them easily without having to search. Feel free to switch things up every few weeks, but for the most part I find sticking to the same mascara, eyeliner and blush easy and foolproof.

2. Wake up 10 minutes earlier than you need to.

I know, I know. It’s hard enough waking up ON TIME, much less 10 minutes earlier. I get this, girlfriend. But trust me when I tell you that it is so much easier to deal with makeup application when you aren’t rushed. I always make an effort to do any skincare and makeup jobs before my babe wakes up. Once she gets up, all bets are probably off.

3. Adopt the LMGC Method (liner, mascara, gloss, concealer).

I made this up shortly after I had my daughter. I put the letters on my mirror to remind me. If nothing else, I have to at least apply eyeliner, mascara, gloss and concealer. The liner and mascara really opens up the eyes, the gloss makes me feel like I’ve at least tried and the concealer helps put those dark spots at bay. And the good news? They can all take less than five minutes to apply!

4. Let the skin shine.

OK, so you’re a nursing mama who got four hours of sleep but yet you have to make an appearance at a meeting. There’s no way you have the energy or the desire to run a mascara wand through your lashes. No worries! Skip the makeup routine entirely and focus on your skin. Spend five minutes washing it, moisturizing it and topping it off with a tinted moisturizer, BB Cream or powder foundation. Add a bit of blush to your cheeks, conceal under the eyes and boom—you’ve achieved a fresh I got 8 hours of sleep look in a matter of minutes.

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5. Keep everything in a small cosmetic bag.

If you find it easier to apply your makeup in transit or once you get to your location, buy yourself a nice little cosmetic bag. Keep all of your staples in that bag. This will make for easy toting whether you’ve got to apply at the breakfast table, at red lights, while on the train, in the carpool line or at your office.

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