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Makeup Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms

Whether becoming a new mom or already a mom, you may find you have zero time for making yourself look halfway decent. Just the thought of a beauty routine and putting on some makeup may cause stress since the feeling of ‘there is no time’ floods the brain. But then again, maybe the makeup tips and tricks in itself can be one or a few of the below makeup finds that make one look their best with minimal work?

Some women look amazing with zero makeup. But let’s admit it, most of us need extra help, whether we need some color on our cheeks and lips or some filled in eyebrows. Maybe even just a face primer that can be worn alone to eliminate the look of pores while brightening the complexion.

It is a known fact that women who feel good about themselves by looking good, perform better throughout the day. Just a little bit of effort can help boost up confidence. And with confidence women can feel on top of the world! Just a few minutes a day to pamper oneself is all that is needed and with simple products and a few makeup tips and tricks, a busy or tired mom can look put together in a matter of minutes.


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Top 20 Makeup Tips, Tricks, and Finds

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The Benefit Porefessional Primer with added Radiance can be used alone all over the face without the need for foundation. What’s amazing about this product is that it glides on easily making it a fast application as well as blurring all those gross pores while adding some radiance to the skin. Mothers tend to be tired and tired means dull skin. Therefore, this primer will help boost that awake look while making the skin look soft. This is a great makeup tip and trick to keep in mind when one wants smoother more radiant skin but doesn’t want to use foundation.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

For those who deal with skin redness, this primer is for you! The Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer is suitable for all skin types. Not only does it correct redness, but it also reduces the look of pores and fine lines. This primer also makes makeup last longer which is a must for the busy mom on the go. So if one has redness, pores, and fine lines, this product is a win!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

When moms are overly busy, they tend to forget to hydrate their skin. Hydrating is very important when it comes to wanting to keep skin supple and young-looking. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue not only is a hydrating cream but also includes SPF for those who are in the sun more often which can make one age faster. Not only that, but it adds a tint of dewy color. So if one needs some color, but doesn’t want to deal with foundation, this cream is the way to go. With one product that hydrates, protects the skin from the sun, and adds some color, this is a must-have!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

When multitasking, this is the product to get! It literally is makeup tips and tricks in and of itself! For those mothers who may have blemishes, red skin tone, uneven skin tone, sun spots, etc. this is the holy grail! This foundation is so easy to apply quickly with just fingers alone as it blends evenly. It is also not thick, yet literally covers everything and is color correcting. It helps to conceal the look of wrinkles and pores while giving a luminous and flawless-looking complexion. Not only is this a foundation, but it is SPF 50 and includes an anti-aging hydrating serum! So those moms on the go who forget to use their morning creams or serums, even sunscreen, this foundation has got it all covered.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

For those who aren’t into liquid foundations, this pressed mineral powder is perfect! Normally, some pressed powders cause the skin to look dry. Yet this powder makes skin look flawless instead and is so easy to apply quickly with a makeup brush. This foundation is also 100% natural, meaning it is chemical-free! It also includes an antioxidant complex of rosemary, rice bran, and sunflower extract which over time improves, treats, and protects the complexion. This foundation is one to get for the mom on the go who just wants to quickly apply her makeup with a swipe of a brush.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

Many bronzers can have an orange hue and make the skin look too orange. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder has 3 shades which are light, medium, and dark and have zero orange hue to them. It is great for those who want to contour with a more natural look, or for those who just brush it on their entire face to look sunkissed. It is also waterproof and crease-proof making it perfect for those warmer climate areas where makeup tends to do funny things while sweating. This is a must-have bronzer!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The TOO FACED Peach Blue Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder is a great all over quick swipe of a brush for when you’re done applying foundations, bronzers, etc. It literally gives a flawless look to one’s complexion. It has advanced optical correcting spheres that reflect light giving that flawless finish to any skin tone. And for those with larger pores, this is the holy grail of quick and easy must-have makeup product.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in pressed powder has so much pigment and shine that just a little goes a long way. It is also a smooth consistency making it easy to apply with either a brush or fingers. This highlighter is formulated with Vitamin E, Murumuru Seed Butter, Shea Butter, and Argan Oil which nourish the skin. Giving one a luminous glow, this is the perfect product to own. It can be used on the cheekbones for that summer glow, inner corners of the eyes, under the eyebrows, on top of the lips, and even as an eyeshadow. So many options and uses in one small product!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

With just one product, Jane Iredale can take your colorless lips and cheeks to the next level. Without being too pigmented, but enough color to make one look alive, this product is one to try when having a really busy day. With added rose flower wax and beeswax, it helps nourish the lips and skin as well. And what better product than one that adjusts to anyone’s own chemistry giving them an effortlessly flattering look.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

Just this one little stick has so many uses! The Elf Cosmetics Monochromatic Multi Stick can be used on the eyes, lips, and cheeks for a soft and glowy monochromatic look. This stick adds glow allowing one to look awake and beautiful. It is a blendable cream to powder stick which can be used easily with just fingers, so no brushes needed! Use it as eyeshadow, blush or lipstick. When a mom is too busy for makeup time, this one multi-use stick can do the job in under a minute.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The M.A.C. Powder Kiss lipstick is perfect for those who love the look of matte lipstick without it overdrying their lips. This lipstick glides on smoothly, is soft on the lips and looks matte. Being effortless and easy to use, it makes this lipstick the perfect one for everyday wear. It also lasts decently throughout the day with minimal transfer when eating and drinking. This is a must-have for those who love lipsticks!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

For those who like applying lip glosses with wands over a lipstick, the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick is one to look into. Also matte, but not drying, this is perfect for daily use. It’s comfortable to wear on the lips and is ultra long-wearing as well. With so many different colors and shades to chose from, this liquid lipstick is one to try out for those busy moms!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The NYX Wonder Pencil is just like it sounds, it does wonders! With just this one pencil, you can use it to conceal blemishes, as an eyeliner, and as a lip liner before applying regular lipstick color. All that in just one pencil. This makes it easy for a mom on the go to cover her blemishes if need be and add some color to her lips before heading out the door. When used on the waterline of the eyes, it brightens the eyes making a mom look more awake. For a multi-use product, this is one to check out!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is seriously the best pencil for filling in eyebrows. No professional or makeup guru is needed to use this. The pencil is thin and easy to apply and fill in the brows without it being overly done. It is also retractable, so no need for sharpening. Because of its wax formula, it mimics brow hairs which make it look more real and less fake. On the other side is a spooly brush so it can be used for the finishing touches and brushing out the hairs evenly.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

So smart! This Maybelline Expert Wear Brow and Eye Pencil has 2 uses in one! It fixes up the brows while using the same pencil as a liner for the eyes! Instead of fiddling around to find a few products to use for brows and eyes, this one pencil will do the entire job. This is a great idea for those busy moms who don’t have much time. Being long-lasting and water-resistant, it makes for the perfect makeup product to own.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

When in the market for a black eyeliner liner for the waterline or for lids, the Wet n Wild Megalast retractable eyeliner is one to go with. Not only is it inexpensive, but it lasts all day and is smudge-proof too! It is smooth making it easy to apply as well as it being a quick application. No need for expensive black eyeliners. This eyeliner is the only one you need!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

Have smaller eyes and wish they could look bigger? Instead of using black eyeliner in the waterline, go for white. The brighter white color opens up the eyes creating the illusion of them being bigger. It is smooth making applications easy. Not only that but the NYX Jumbo Eyeliner can also be used as a shadow or highlighter as well! Multi-tasking much?

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

Craving some eyelashes, but don’t have the funds to get them done professionally or no time to glue some lash strips on? This makeup tip and trick is one to get! The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara creates more volume and length to any lashes, even the thinnest ones! With its hourglass shaped wand, it helps separate, coat and curl the lashes to extreme volume. Using mascara alone can make a whole difference to a mom when she is in a rush. Mascara does wonders, so just applying a coat or two will make one look beautiful and ready to tackle the day!

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara gives lashes fullness and volume minus the clumps that many mascaras do. It also helps each lash get the boost it needs without them sticking to one another. This mascara is also great as a ‘primer’ mascara to use as the first coat before a thicker mascara is desired. Overall, this mascara is definitely one that should be in every woman’s makeup bag.

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Busy Moms

The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is the best setting spray. It literally makes makeup last all day, hence the name. After applying makeup, just give a few spritzes of this spray over the top and you won’t have to worry about makeup melting off. This is a definite must-try when in the market for something to help makeup last all day.


With simple makeup that has a dual purpose, a tired mom or mom on the go can look and feel like a million bucks in just a matter of minutes. Applying makeup daily doesn’t need to be something that takes forever like all those Youtube Gurus. One product can literally take care of the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Or one product such as mascara can make a world of difference in how one looks by volumizing the lashes. Feeling confident in one’s own skin is important, especially for moms. These makeup tips and tricks are a must for busy mommies!


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