This post is the first in a 3-part series called Beauty in 5 – 10 – 15, meant to help busy moms find a little time for personal attention every day.
If you are like most moms, including myself, you barely have five minutes to yourself to go to the bathroom, let alone do your makeup and hair. But it can be done and I’m going to show you how in a few easy steps that take less than a minute each.
The 5 Minute Face
Step 1: Tinted Moisturizer
Tinted moisturizer takes the place of your moisturizer, SPF and foundation. Slather it on with your clean fingertips in lieu of using a brush or sponge like you would with foundation.
Step 2: Concealer
Dark circles got you down? Of course they are…you are a mom! Dab a bit of concealer under your eyes and around any problem areas with your ring finger.
Step 3: Blush
Blush is my go-to makeup product for looking happier, healthier and more vibrant. Applying just a dab of cream blush to the apples of your cheeks will give you a beautiful and natural glow.
Step 4: Powder
Use a large bristled brush to apply a light dusting of powder on your t-zone (your forehead, nose and chin) only. This will help keep that afternoon oil-slick at bay. Skip this step if you have naturally dry skin that doesn’t get oily in the t-zone.
Step 5: Mascara
Using glossy black mascara, apply a couple coats to both the top and bottom lashes. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes in addition to the top really helps to open up your eyes.
This makeup routine is my go-to daily routine when I am in a rush. It creates a look that is pulled together and polished for everyday and the best part is you can do it in a matter of moments.
Now, for your hair!
The 5 Minute Hairstyle
You do not…I repeat, you do not have to spend more than five minutes on your hair in the morning to look cute. This quickie hairstyle is the perfect thing to prove that point, plus it is the perfect casual yet chic summer hairstyle.
Step 1: The Braid
Take a small section of your hair towards the top (if your face is a clock, take the section of hair starting at 2:00) and braid it back toward the crown of your head. No fancy braid-work needed for this one either, just a regular old braid will suffice.
Step 2: The Ponytail
Pull all your hair back, including the braid, into a ponytail at the crown of your head (you want the pony to be high but not cheerleader high, got it?). Don’t worry about smoothing out any bumps here – the messier the better.
Step 3: The Fluff
Fluff up the back of your ponytail by teasing the hair closest to the elastic and spraying with a quick shot of hairspray.
Voila, you are done. See, what did I tell you? It’s a cinch!
I’m not sure if the whole makeup and hair routine even took five minutes, but it sure was worth it! Now go put on a maxi dress and I promise that you are going to look effortlessly stylish today.
Kristle Jones is a freelance writer and blogger living with her husband and two beautiful daughters in California. You can find more of her fabulous beauty advice by visiting her site, Will Blog for Beauty, on Facebook or on Pinterest.