Makeup Tips for Busy Moms


I can tell you exactly when I fell in love with makeup. Or whenish. It started when I was fresh out of high school and had become friend's with the wife of one of the pastors at my church. She wasn't much older than me but I really looked up to her and I always admired her makeup! One day she invited me to go to a fancy dinner on a boat. Ummm.... yes, please!

I went to the fancy dinner and came home a Mary Kay consultant. I really had not been into makeup much up to that point but, man, those speeches are so convincing.

It would be a long while before I became somewhat proficient at applying my own makeup, but this was definitely the beginning of an obsession. I loved going through all of the samples (which I mostly used on myself) and playing with makeup.

To this day, I love playing with makeup. But as a work from home mom with a toddler, my time is more limited than ever. Finding time to put makeup on at all is a struggle, let alone leisurely applying it! 

I think that something that deters a lot of moms from putting on makeup is that they think of "full face" makeup but you definitely don't have to do that. There are little ways to trim down on the amount of products you are using. 

Busy mom? Use these tips to cut down the amount of time you spend doing your makeup.

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Use BB or CC cream. 

Using a CC or BB cream can cut down immensely on the makeup application time because they are designed to serve a variety of purposes from moisturizer to primer to a touch of color. BB creams will give you more tint, if you ware wanting something that will be more of a light foundation. Some CC creams have just as much tint but others don't, it varies by brand. The main difference is that CC cream is color correcting, which means it is intended to even out skin tone, cover redness, etc. Two of my favorite brands BB creams are Smashbox and Cover FX. If you are looking for a drugstore brand, I recommend Loreal. 

Use a cream to powder or powder foundation. 

If you want more coverage than a BB or CC cream will provide but still want to trim down on the time, using a cream to powder like this one from Mary Kay or powder foundation, I really like the Smooth Mirco Baked Foundation from Sephora.

Stick to one eye shadow color.

Sometimes when I'm in a big hurry, I will just put one color of eye shadow on instead of my usual three. I pick a color that's close to my skin color and apply it all over. This helps even out any uneven coloring on the lid. 

Skip the eyeliner. 

Another great way to save time is to skip the eyeliner. I love eyeliner but it can be one of the more time consuming steps. If you really want to cut down time, skip the eyeliner and just use mascara.

Organize your makeup. 

Nothing wastes more time than searching the world over for your favorite lip gloss! Keeping your makeup organized can be a major time saver. Whether you have a ton of makeup or not, have a place for it and put it back in it's place.

Throw it away. 

When something runs out or breaks... throw it away! I know it seems silly to say these things but I know I can't be the only guilty of tossing a shattered palette back in the makeup drawer or bag. It only creates more of a mess and will take more of your time. 

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4 Places to Shop for Environmentally Friendly Makeup

By Ashley Carter

The perfect makeup formula doesn't just make your skin look amazing. It also includes sustainable practices and comes from an environmentally responsible brand. Whether you're against animal testing, want natural ingredients, or expect companies to evaluate their supply chains for better sustainability, you'll notice that some brands stand above the rest. Get the look you want without compromising your ideals, and support companies that care about the environment.

Josie Maran

The folks behind Josie Maran Cosmetics want to create luxury makeup products without harmfully impacting the earth. The popular cosmetics line relies on natural ingredients and plant-based resources to create great makeup formulas. A major component of many Josie Maran cosmetic choices is Argan Oil. That Argan Oil comes from all-female cooperatives in Morocco. The Moroccan government created these co-ops in 2002 to give women in rural areas a steady source of income. Using them as a source means a lower environmental impact because these women harvest the oil with sustainable practices to protect the valuable Argan trees.


Image via  Flickr  by Mike Saechang

Image via Flickr by Mike Saechang

The vast array of makeup options at Sephora makes entering one of their stores like entering a playground and candy store designed for adults: it's magical. When you shop at Sephora, you can feel good that you're choosing a brand dedicated to sustainable practices. In 2015 Sephora won several awards and recognitions for their responsibility as a brand overall. They received the Sustainable Brand label and the Responsible Brand label from Génération Responsable. Sephora has also entered into a sustainability commitment with the French Ecology Ministry.

Sonia Kashuk

Luxury meets affordability with a dash of fun in Sonia Kashuk's line of cosmetics, containers, and brushes. Sonia Kashuk is a cruelty-free makeup brand. The brand is against animal testing in all forms, which means the brand doesn't partner with anyone who does test on animals. Part of the reason Sonia Kashuk is only available in the US and Canada is because of animal testing policies. You can't buy Sonia Kashuk in countries like China, which require makeup to go through animal testing. You can find Sonia Kashuk at Target.

Bath and Body Works

Image via  Flickr  by JeepersMedia

Image via Flickr by JeepersMedia

Delicious classic fragrances and seasonal delights come together in Bath and Body Works, one of the most popular places to get scented lotions and cosmetics. When you shop at Bath and Body Works, you aren't just buying products that will make you feel pampered. You also support a brand that engages in environmental responsibility. Bath and Body Works hasn't used PVC in its packaging for more than a decade. Its parent company, Lbrands, is dedicated to a number of sustainability practices, including designing their own packaging to use fewer resources, recycling products, and engaging in energy-saving initiatives like replacing store light-bulbs with high-efficiency options.

Shopping for makeup from these retailers won't just make you feel fashionable. You'll also feel good about yourself for making a responsible choice. We only have one planet, so supporting brands committed to taking care of the Earth is indescribably important.

Ashley is a full time student writing her way through college. When she’s not writing she enjoys hiking and any other outdoor activity imaginable. Email: