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Tips for Moms: Five Minute Makeup


A lot of you probably do not know that at one point in time I wanted to be a makeup artist. I spent my hard earned retail money on a workshop led by an LA agent, bought a makeup kit, studied all of Kevyn Aucoin's books (my fave) and practiced on all of my friends (and some family!). While I didn't make a career of it I still love makeup! These days I don't have a ton of time in the morning to get ready, but I do like to wake my face up a little bit. Today I'm teaming up with bareMinerals to share their newest (amazing) foundation, bareSkin, as well as my five minute makeup routine.

The first steps to any skin care regime should be an amazing diet and plenty of hydration from drinking lots of water. I wash my face with 365 Everyday Cleaner and exfoliate once a week with a sugar scrub. For moisturizing I am quite addicted to Origin's Drink Up (thanks Claire!) which I just leave on. It smells incredible!

What I love about the bareSkin foundation is that it doesn't feel like you're wearing any makeup. You simply shake, drop (I chose two for light coverage but you can do four for medium and six for full), and buff. This perfecting face brush makes it super easy to cover your entire face. You can see in the first picture below (top left) that I have some redness in my skin and it's a little uneven. The bareSkin light coverage is enough to smooth everything out. The SPF 20 serum has no chemicals, no oils, no parabens. It has a coconut derived base, lilac plant stem cells to improve your complexion, and vitamin c. It's a good-for-you formula, which I love!

Step one: foundation (I'm using bareSkin Bare Porcelain 01). I applied the foundation using the face perfecting brush in circles all over my face, working from my t-zone out to my hairline.  | Step two: blush applied to cheeks, nose, forehead, and tip of chin (I'm using Mighty Aphrodite from MAC). | Step three: apply mascara to top lashes. I like to use two coats of the classic Maybelline Great Lash and then line the top lashes with intense liquid eyeliner from Almay in black. I go from the outward corners, tapered into the lash line. I keep my hand steady by holding it against my face (see photo below). Step four: I love a good lipstick. I prime my lips with some Burt's Bees chapstick an hour before I get my makeup on and my favorite lip color right now is Rimmel's Lasting Finish in 90.

That's it! Feel free to quiz me on anything. I know lipstick isn't for everyone so you could go with a simple gloss or just a naked lip but this is my tried and true every day look. I wore it today for Mother's Day. Matilda helped me deck out our front porch with some new gorgeous flowers from the Southern Living Plants garden party at my adorable friend Whitney's house. I loved meeting their spokeswoman, Carmen, friday night (and all of the ladies there!). These flowers make me so happy! Speaking of happy, three cheers for shorts weather! I found this pair here. So comfortable paired with a casual striped tee.

This post is graciously sponsored by bareMinerals. Thank you! All opinions are my own.

Hope you all have a happy Mother's Day and that you are loved on! I know Mother's Day can be a hard one for a lot of people so I just want to send any of you struggling with missing a mama or wanting to be a mama or missing a baby the biggest hug I can muster. 

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19 comments :

  1. So happy you did this review! I was just looking at that foundation on Sephora's website and thought I'd wait until it was released to see some reviews. Thanks for sharing! (and let me know if you ever want to give me a makeover...need to revamp the routine now that I have to deal with humidity -- and wrinkles, dark circles, etc... again!)

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    1. i really do love it! i have yet to see any wrinkles, frizz or dark eyes on you! xo however, i love playing with makeup so just let me know. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I'm red haired and have freckles like you, and sometimes I find it difficult to wear makeup. I use the liquid eyeliner too, but my eyes never look the same, because they are different (one is more closed than the other one) and painting them makes this more obvious, but I still try to make them look nice! :)

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  3. this is super helpful! I appreciate the moisturizer rec because I've been using a sample from my last spa facial but the product itself is too expensive for me to buy outright. and the eyeliner tip--I have always gone from the inside out, never thought about trying the other way! totally giving it a whirl tomorrow.

    my question/where I could use help is with finding a red lipstick that works for my skin tone. I would love to wear a bright lip like yours, but most reds I try don't work with my brown skin. do you have suggestions for brands or ways to find a color that complements my skin? I tried going into Sephora & asking for help, but ended up leaving with a color I didn't like, that the saleswoman insisted was a good match for me--so I returned it later.

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    1. i hesitate to recommend something because you shop for what you know and i am the opposite skin color it sounds like. i have used for years and recommended to several different friends with different complexions revlon's british red. it's a true red and not orange-y. give it a try, if it doesn't work at least it won't set you back much. have fun!

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    2. Also try Revlon's matte balm stain in Standout. It's one of those chubby pencils & is so pretty!

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    3. thanks claire!! this post of course reminded me of you. xo

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    4. thank you! it's really helpful to have a place to start/products to look for.

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    5. Claire - I found the pencil yesterday and I love it! I teach & got lots of compliments from teenage girls, which is the ultimate seal of approval :) Lesley, thanks for inspiring me to try a bold lip color! I'm also going to look out for that British red--couldn't find it yesterday.

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    6. that makes me so happy!! also, it may have been loreal. i think i told you wrong! yay!

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  4. Picking a lipstick color is so scary to me. I have never worn it. I would like to, I see myself in pictures and think, "that girl needs some lipstick!" but then I am too afraid to go find a color!

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    1. start with something sort of sheer and then take the plunge. :)

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  5. My kind of post! My favorite youtube girl just did a video on the BareSkin. I'm intrigued by the brush!

    You look SO BEAUTIFUL and that picture of y'all on the porch looks like it's out of a magazine.

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    1. aw love you! thank you! the brush is really awesome. who did the video? matilda loves makeup by alli. :)

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  6. Simply GORGEOUS! I completely LOVE the look of red lips- especially with a more neutral palette otherwise. You can pull that off better than I think I could! ;)

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    1. you are so sweet!! i'm sure you could pull it off. have no doubt. thank you sarah!

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  7. I looooove Bare Minerals. Their finishing powder is simply the most amazing product ever invented, period. My everyday makeup routine looks a lot like yours! I tend to opt for lip stain for my lips because I love that it looks natural – like my lips, only better ;-)
    Your photos are great!

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  8. Love that last shot. and hate heave make up. I've never tried mineral make up thought. Perhaps I'll give bare Minerals a shot

    Pixelhazard | Bright Green Laces |

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