Getting ready for the day is very important to me, especially now that I'm a mom. I feel like I'm a happier, more confident person when I have taken the time to look presentable. Part of that routine includes putting on makeup every morning. However, as most moms of young children know, time to yourself is quite limited.
I have found it works best for me to shower at night. I also wake up before my kids for a morning devotion and some blog work. My three-year-old usually wakes up between 6 and 6:30, so I set her up with breakfast, then a television show while I do my makeup and hair for the day. It is near impossible to do my makeup when my one-year-old is awake, as he will seek and destroy everything he shouldn't be touching in the bathroom. Throwing things in the toilet, grabbing for the curling iron, pulling things out of drawers, licking the bathtub - you name it! This makes the process of putting on makeup last twice as long, and not nearly as enjoyable.
My makeup routine is quick and simple for this very reason. I have included some of my favorite everyday makeup products in this post. I own other makeup, but some of it I only use for special occasions or a night out. Most of what I buy is drugstore makeup, but I love a good Mac product every now and then, too! I find MAC cosmetics tend to last me a lot longer, and wear better throughout the day, making them worth the investment.
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MAC Eyebrow Pen - ladies with light eyebrows, you feel me on this one! We need to fill in those bad boys to add some structure and definition to our face!
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless - I love the coverage of this very affordable liquid foundation. I dot it on my face with my fingers, and use a beauty blender to blend it in.
NYX baked blush - I'm not set on this blush. In fact, I tend to buy a different brand and shade each time I run out. I do really like this baked blush, though, especially in summer for a bit of a glow.
NYX dark circle concealer - I dab this on to cover up under eye circles. My kids actually sleep great, but I am #blessed with the genetics for dark circles. That's life, my friends. NYX is my go-to everyday concealer. I have a Tarte brand concealer that I love, but only use on special occasions.
MAC Eyeshadow Quad - For Christmas one year I received an eyeshadow quad palette, and I filled it with the eyeshadow pro palette refill pans of my choice from MAC. They are actually very affordable at $6 per pan, and they last FOR-E-VER. I love that they stay on much longer than drugstore brands, and the pigment is much richer.
MAC Gel Eyeliner - I find painting my eyeliner on with the gel eyeliner and a thin brush to be much more forgiving than liquid eyeliner, and much richer in color than an eyeliner pen. The pot has lasted me for over a year, and in fact probably needs replacing before I even get a chance to run out of it.
Almay Eyeliner Pen - having stated the above about the gel eyeliner, there are still days I'm too lazy or in a rush to deal with the gel eyeliner. On these days I turn to the Almay Blackest Black eyeliner pen.
Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara - I have no commitment to a specific mascara, but my latest purchase was the blue Rocket Volume, and I really like it, probably enough to buy it again. I actually have pretty long eyelashes naturally, but they are pretty light in color, so 2 layers of any mascara does the trick for me!
What are your favorite everyday makeup products you can't live without?