5-minute morning makeup routines for busy mums
Your morning beauty routine doesn’t belong on your list of chores. Here’s how to make it fun again!
The trick is knowing what to highlight and focus on so you can save time and energy which could be used for other things like getting your kids ready for school or sneaking in a bit of chores or having breakfast—-sitting down.
Total Beauty consulted Taylor Chang-Babaian, a celebrity makeup artist and mum to two teens and here are their beauty tutorial's main takeaways: easy makeup looks and tips we’re excited to try!
Take care of your skin first!
No matter what anyone says, skin isn’t what you “cover up” with makeup; it’s what you enhance!
Keep your skin looking fresh with little to no sleep using these tips:
Tip 1: Keep skincare products like cleansing wipes, toner and your nighttime moisturiser on your nightstand so you are constantly reminded to use them! No excuses.
Tip 2: For breastfeeding mums, use moisturiser with SPF to lessen dark spots or hyper pigmentation! This is a good alternative to Retinol
Tip 3: Don’t get your upper lip waxed because it may cause inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It’s best to stick to plucking
Tip 4: Keep face blotters handy. When you’re busy, it’s easy for your skin to get dehydrated; this causes excess oil. So, having oil-absorbent little face sheets at all times helps rid your skin of oil. Plus: it also fights breakouts!
Choosing a lip colour that is vibrant will make you look polished in a flash. Berry lip colours are prime examples.
These bold lip colours are rich in pigment, which makes them last longer, minimising the need to constantly retouch them!
Step 1: Taylor recommends using a tinted moisturiser with SPF and then a liquid concealer to cover up dark circles and spots.
Why? Because a liquid product will help keep your skin moisturised, especially when you’re battling post-pregnancy dry skin.
Step 2: Use a lip liner that matches the shade of your lipstick of choice and then apply the lipstick.
Step 3: Blot and dust your lips with powder for staying power. Then, apply a second coat.
Step 4: Finish of your look with black mascara.
Smoky eye look
For quick and easy makeup looks, Taylor says a choice must be made: ”It’s either the eyes or the lips, and you usually have to choose."
Personally, she prefers a smoky eye look.
Here’s how she pulls it off (in under five minutes)
Step 1: Moisturise and apply concealer; this evens out your skin tone
Step 2: Dab on loose powder all over your face to keep makeup in place. Add on some blush if needed!
Step 3: Choose an eyeshadow (it can be brown, grey, bronze, or whatever shade you prefer); following the creases and lower lash lines, sweep across your lids.
Step 4: Using a black eyeliner (with smudger) line your top lids then blend the liner with the shadow using the smudger.
(Repeat on your lower lash lines; starting from the outer to inner corners of your eyes.
Step 5: Finish off your look with mascara and lip balm or gloss
Want a sun-kissed, summer glow all year round?
It’s easy to look sallow with lack of sleep (especially for new mums). Here’s how to brighten up your face in five minutes!
All you need is concealer, powder bronzer and a few minutes...
Step 1: Moisturise (hydrated skin makes makeup last longer) and apply concealer
Step 2: Take your powder bronzer and dust your cheekbones, nose bridge, temples, and eyelids.
Taylor’s advice is to put a bit "wherever the sun naturally touches your face”.
Step 3: Curl your lashes and apply waterproof mascara.
Step 4: Finish off your look with a peachy shade of lip balm or lip gloss.
If you have any insights, questions or comments regarding the topic, please share them with us!