Inside: Want to look fabulous without wasting the whole morning doing your makeup? Go from drab to hot mama with these affordable mom makeup products!
I am the epitome of a low maintenance, busy mom.
I have zero makeup skills and envy those amazing moms who are able to transform their tired, baggy eyes into beautiful cat eyes with just a whip of eyeliner.
But just because you are a busy mom doesn’t mean you have to forfeit looking fabulous!
Mornings are so busy. Every second goes to dressing your children and making sure everything is done before you step your foot out of the door. You can easily forget to focus on YOU!
Trust me, I know…
The busyness of mom life is broadcasted all over my face. My eyes have dark circles, my skin is dry, and I don’t have that “mom glow” you see on Instagram moms.
But I didn’t have time to learn exquisite makeup skills and I didn’t have a ton of money to blow at Ulta or Sephora. All I had was 10 minutes every morning in the bathroom and $25. And you know what—I found a way to make it work!
I’m going to share with you how you can go from boring to fabulous with 7 products and $25! These mom makeup products are essential for everyday life.
Good news is– you don’t have to spend a ton of money and time to look and feel great. Get the quick pick-me-up you need with these mom makeup products!
Now, you don’t have to feel like a mess when you’re strolling through Target. You can look like a million bucks without having to spend a million bucks.
Let’s talk about these amazing makeup essentials!
7 Mom Makeup Products You Need
Let’s face it, mascara is the quickest way to make your eyes pop. So, it’s the first of the mom makeup products you need.
And it seriously takes 1 minute to apply. If you find that some days you don’t have 10 minutes and only 1 minute—just apply mascara. It’ll help!
CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara is cheap and has the same ingredients as those expensive mascaras!
I’ve been using this mascara for 3 years and it’s been a dream. It’s waterproof, stays on all day (through spit ups and teary breakdowns), and is not clumpy.
It’s the best mascara I’ve tried—and I’ve used some mascara’s that were easily over $25 for a tube.
The second mom makeup product you need is highlighter!
Like I mentioned, I am makeup illiterate. I have no idea what half of the makeup products even do. To be honest, 6 months ago I had no idea what highlighter even was.
I saw it on sale one day for 2 bucks and decided to get it just to have it. Then I used it and it was a game changer!
Highlighter does just that, it highlights the area of your face with a shine. I am by no means a master at highlighting my face. My niece showed me a 25 minute video of a woman using highlighter all over her face to create a slimming effect.
This isn’t what I do because I have no idea how to do it nor do I have 25 minutes to apply just highlighter.
I simply take the highlighter and put it under my eyebrows, in a swoop around my temples, and on the tip of my nose. That’s it!
It takes 1 minute and I’m done!
This is the best highlighter that I’ve used. It’s affordable and does the job well! It’s a stick so you can apply it straight to your face or you can use your finger. (I usually use my finger because I’m lazy).
The next mom makeup product you need is eye shadow. Eye shadow is great because it adds some color to your eye and takes less than a minute to apply.
Some moms don’t like eye shadow because they think they have to be a makeup expert to use it.
Here’s some good news: you don’t have to create the perfect smoky eye every day!
My favorite way to apply eye shadow is to sweep the lid with a light color (preferably one that has some shine) and then take a slightly darker color and apply it to the ends of my eye.
Don’t underestimate blush! Blush can give you that mom glow within 30 seconds.
If you aren’t a blush fan then you can swap out blush for highlighter and apply the highlighter to your cheekbones.
I’ve been using this blush for 4 years and it’s never failed me! It has a nice shine without being too glittery and it’s not too loose of a powder.
It’s also extremely affordable—which is a major plus!
I know a lot of moms who shy away from eyeliner because it can be intimidating. I originally avoided eyeliner because I couldn’t make a straight line or make the lines match on both eyes.
And honestly, I was too lazy to try. But all it took was some practice and getting used to.
One night after the family was sleeping I took 30 minutes to practice. I used 5 makeup remover wipes and about 25 Q-tips but I was ultimately successful!
Do not be intimidated by eyeliner:
- Don’t worry about your lines looking perfect
- Your lines will not match perfectly all the time
- Try and then try again!
I use 2 different eyeliners, depending on the day. I have an eyeliner pencil that I use when I only have 5 minutes. This pencil is the best because the lines aren’t supposed to look perfect! It’s super forgiving.
Then I have this liquid eyeliner when I want to look a little fancier. It gives you that classic “Amy Winehouse look” with a pristine line.
The fifth mom makeup product to help make you look fabulous is lipstick or lip gloss. Having something on your lips instantly makes you look fresh and put together—the ultimate mom goal!
Every woman has their own lip gloss and lipstick preference, as there are millions of colors and brands to choose from. But my advice is to spend 5 minutes in a local beauty store and try on different colors. Then take note of the colors that look good on you!
Now you have a list of colors and shades that you know you love and you can try to purchase those colors at a more affordable cost.
Because as much I love Sephora, the reality is, I can’t always spend $20 on one lipstick.
Here are some of my favorite, affordable lip glosses and lipsticks:
I added cover-up to the list of mom makeup products that you need – but only as an honorable mention.
You can perfectly rock a glamorous look without the use of cover-up. But I know some moms who are a little self-conscious about blemishes so the easiest way to feel confident is to add some cover-up.
Cover-up can consist of a coverup stick, concealer or foundation. I am terrified to apply foundation because my skin is as sensitive as a baby’s bottom so I just use a cover-up stick on the blemishes that I find on my face. Then I use a light powder all over my face to blend in the cover-up stick.
It seriously takes me less than 2 minutes.
But if you on the go and don’t really care about little blemishes, you can just use the other mom makeup products I mentioned and you’ll still look fabulous 🙂
Additional Mom Makeup Products
It’s reaalllyyy hard to just narrow makeup essentials down to 7 products so I made this list of other beauty products that will help you achieve your mom glow in the easiest way possible!
- Makeup Remover Wipes
- Face Lotion
- Eyeshadow Brush
- Blush Brush
- Lip pencil
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Remember, just because you are a busy mom (or even a low maintenance mom), it doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous!
Let’s recap the 7 mom makeup products to help you achieve the perfect mom glow with less than $20:
- Eye shadow
- Lip gloss/lipstick
- Lip pencil
Say goodbye to those weary, baggy eyes and hello to a glamorous version of yourself….even if you are the epitome of a low maintenance, busy mom – like me!
Now you can stroll through Target like it’s your runway 🙂
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