Quick Makeup Essentials for Moms

We’re a month into having our second daughter and I think we’re in a pretty good groove. My goal to shower every day (so sad, but moms you get it right?) and look somewhat presentable has been accomplished, which means my 5 minute makeup routine is pretty streamlined at this point. I used to write about quick makeup tips for moms but looking back I didn’t have a clue. I know now that using basics to look rested is what’s key. Here’s what I’ve been grabbing to look less like a zombie and more like my old self.

I always start off using my Matte Moisture Tint from Jouer. It covers my melasma and blends just using my fingers so I can slap it on quickly and have undetectable makeup that wears all day. Next time I’ll get the luminizing instead of the matte version but I’ll definitely grab another Jouer – their tinted moisturizers rival Laura Mercier’s and they use minerals so they’re better for your skin.

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NYX has a jar of lavender concealer for just $5 that gives my fair skin the same highlight and glow that a yellow concealer does on medium or deeper skin tones. I put it under my eyes down to the tops of my cheekbones. My eyes and face look brighter and more awake which is exactly what I need. I use it over concealer once my dark circles are neutralized otherwise it would exaggerate them by adding purple on top of skin that already looks blue.

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Tarte’s Cheek Stains basically apply themselves with an applicator about the same size as your cheeks. I just smudge a little on the apples of my cheeks and blend. Adding color to the face is essential to looking fresh and rested.

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Neutrogena’s Healthy Lengths Mascara is one of the few I’ve tried where one coat will do the trick. The formula clings to lashes and fattens them up just shy of looking clumpy so one quick coat is all I need.

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Fragrance. Always.

Smelling great is such a big part of feeling put together. Modern Muse, Estée Lauder’s latest fragrance is both a familiar scent and something the feels totally new at the same time. It’s a warm floral, young and sexy but not sweet or heavy. I like to spritz it on my hair where it lingers all day so I don’t have to use it on my skin- something I avoid during the months when I’m nursing.

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So I’m evening out my skin with the foundation, using the concealer to add brightness, giving color to my cheeks, defining my eyes with mascara, and making sure I smell good.
It’s easy and takes about 5 minutes- a reasonable amount of time we can all find in our day.

Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer: Review and Swatches

The new generation of lipstick/gloss hybrids have quickly taken over my kit. Rich in pigment with a little sheen but without the tacky glossy feel is how the best ones like Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers feel. They’ve basically replaced my high pigment and long wearing formulas like OCC’s Lip Tars and CoverGirl Outlast which work well but with a catch; Tars are messy and long-wearing formulas are drying.  Lauder combined the best of lip color; long wearing, creamy feel, vibrant color, and shine into an easy to apply wand that pretty much covers everything I need as a Makeup Artist. My hair was recently revitalized into a much lighter blonde so I kicked up my lip color a little with Mirrored Mauve even though Vinyl Rose is still one of the best pinky-nude shades I’ve tried, such an easy color to wear every day.

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Estée Lauder Fall 2013 Metallics Pure Color Nail Lacquer Collection

Estée Lauder’s fall collection is all about bold, rich metallics and the new Pure Color Nail Lacquers are beyond gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to bring the violet one into the nail salon to get a pedi that wasn’t a neutral pink or whatever soft shade I usually opt for. These colors are vibrant and fun and inspire me to keep my nails looking great. There’s something unique about Lauder’s polishes that seem to really strengthen my nails better than most. Here are 6 of the 8 shades from Metallics swatched below. Check em out soon before they’re gone forever as seasonal collections always are.

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New Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Advanced Night Repair (or ANR as I call it) is the original antioxidant serum. I remember selling tons of it when I worked at an Estée Lauder counter back in 1997 (my first cosmetics job!!) and trying to explain its benefits to customers in an era that was pre-internet and pre-Dr. Oz-type shows that regularly highlight products like this with supercharged ingredients that preserve your skin. Nowadays most savvy women are using an antioxidant on a regular basis and ANR is still one of the most popular around. Their new ANR Synchronized Recovery Complex II has even more benefits than the original and targets uneven skin tone, texture, hydration, and overall radiancy. It’s truly a do-all solution for all skin types.

Serums make the biggest difference in the skin. This is one to invest in if you’re looking to make changes in your skin and keep it looking great for years to come.

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Bonus: it’s a gentle formula that’s safe for pregnancy!

Estée Lauder Pretty Naughty 2013 Spring Collection

Spring is around the corner so it’s the perfect time to grab some vibrant shades of pinks, plums, blues, and greens to add to your probably too-brown makeup arsenal. Lauder is bringing full-on feminine front and center with their Pretty Naughty spring line. Just little pops of color like this can make a big difference in updating your look so take the plunge and try a new color or two this spring.

 

Their gelée formula blush is so easy to apply. Use the sponge in the compact to ‘dot’ on where you’d like the color to go, then blend it in using your fingers. Creme blushes tend to look more natural on the skin and wear longer, they also don’t collect on fine hairs on the face (photography tip!) so when you’re outside or in bright light, your makeup is undetectable

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush $40

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush $40

I’m dying to try their Sheer Matte Lipstick since matte formulas are often heavy and thick. I’m hoping this one gives coverage and color without the weight.

Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in 'Demure' $25

Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in ‘Demure’ $25

Lately, Lauder’s shadows are rivaling Dior’s iconic palettes in terms of great color combos. That cool brown and charcoal will anchor any look from casual to evening by using them on the lid or as liners. Use the pink, purple, and blue either on the lid (when in doubt just keep the color below the crease), or you can smudge them under your lower lash line, or even dot your eye’s inner corners. If you’re using them to line under your eyes, use a black liner in your water line to give the look a more modern spin.

Five Color EyeShadow Palette $48

Five Color EyeShadow Palette $48

Don’t forget the nails. I’m obsessed with purple, so I’m always happy when it’s on-trend. A great polish on your nails goes a long way in looking more put together. Since I’m pretty casual anyway, getting my nails to a more fashionable state might be just the easy spring update I need.

Pure Color Nail Lacquer in 'Insatiable' $20

Pure Color Nail Lacquer in ‘Insatiable’ $20

Fall’s Hottest Nail Design Featuring Estée Lauder Nail Lacquer

You have to check out this sponge-tipped mani using Estée Lauder lacquer and rich fall tones. It looks pretty easy and what a fun departure from the soft summer shades I’ve been wearing – I cant’ wait to give it a try.