When I began this blog I made the decision that I didn’t want it to be about makeup…even though I am a cosmetologist.
I LOVED my years working in a salon and have truly loved makeup/skincare since my early teens but a lot of what that field involves does not compliment motherhood.
Hour-long pedis, perfectly manicured nails, flawless skin, freshly colored/styled hair, runway makeup, taking over an hour to get ready in the morning…these things are really hard to fit into a stay-at-home mom’s life and budget!
So why would I want to talk about them in a blog about PURSUING HOMEMAKING??
Well, as I mentioned a little bit in my recent post on skincare, I have also realized that even though I won’t be using as professional of products and certainly don’t have as much time I still want to look my best, take care of myself, and continue doing something that I love.
So I won’t being showing you a 45 minute makeup look that would make you “runway ready” simply because I’m assuming that won’t be helpful to you because it wouldn’t be helpful to me right now. I’m going to show you how to apply a full face of makeup with Wal-Mart products, a toddler in the background, and in only EIGHT MINUTES!!
I will be breaking many “rules” that I’ve learned over the years simply because I don’t have time to follow them. If it is between having the perfect, by-the-book look or having no makeup at all…then I would be setting myself up for a fail.
So the biggest tip I can give you, especially if you haven’t done much with makeup OR tend to be a perfectionist, is set your timer for 10 minutes (give yourself a little wiggle room), start applying, and when the timer goes off…stop! I’m not saying to leave only one eye with mascara…simply to allow your look to be less then perfect.
If you are new to makeup, the skill with come. If you are a perfectionist, the relaxation will come. But if you demand perfection from the start the application will take too long, you will get discouraged, and tomorrow will not include makeup.
So here is the link to the demonstration! I would suggest you go watch it and then come back and read the remainder of my thoughts.
There are just a few comments I want to add. I decided to make the video real time so that you could see how quickly it could be done and that I wasn’t editing it to make it shorter or making it less then realistic in any way. The one downside to that is I am not a fast talker and there was SOOO much I wanted to say but simply didn’t have time. At the end of the day, if you have ANY questions or if there is a topic you would like for me to cover in more detail please let me know!
- My daughter is an absolute HAM! I simply love doing my day with her! But when there are things to be done (like putting my makeup on) that require her to do some self-entertaining I am so thankful that I taught her how. Check out my post here to see how I did that.
- You can see throughout the video that I move fairly quickly. I will be the first to say that when I worked at a salon and my job was to make people confident in my capabilities I would routinely take 30-45 minutes to put my makeup on and end up with some pretty elaborate looks! But I have a priority on time over perfection now and that choice makes it so that I am able to do this makeup look about 90% of the time.
- I don’t use an eyeshadow primer any day except Sunday (for church) because ones that truly work are too expensive for us to buy on a regular basis. With that in mind, if you follow my skincare suggestion of using coconut oil as your makeup remover you get much better staying power from your eyeshadow if you don’t remove your makeup right before reapplying. It is better for your skin to have the makeup taken off the night before anyway.
- If you can afford to use eyeshadow primer on a more regular basis my favorite is Urban Decay (purchased from Sephora). It is the only non-Wal-Mart product I will currently buy.
- I mention taking care of your brows and the important role they play. If you are not comfortable shaping your own brows from scratch my personal suggestion is to get them professionally waxed one time and then tweeze them every couple days to maintain the shape. Then choose a pencil/powder color that matches or is one shade darker then your hair and lightly fill in gaps/even them out.
- I chose to use a very dark eyeshadow color in this video because I like that look but also so that you could clearly see what I was doing with it. There is complete flexibility in the choice of this color. Chose one that works with your features, compliments your outfit, or matches the formality of the occasion. The sky is the limit in eyeshadow selection!
There is so much more that I can talk about but I think you have what you need to know for this basic look. Before I’m done, though, let me give you a shopping list!
- Powder brush (for powder and blush)
- Contour brush
- Blending brush (for blending and highlighting)
- Smudger brush (for undereye and brows)
- Stick concealer at least one shade lighter then your skin
- Cream foundation or BB cream, depending on how much coverage you need
- Pressed powder
- Highly pigmented blush
- Eyeshadow compact with your favorite contour and highlight color
- Brow pencil or shadow
- Roll-up eyeliner
Thank you so much for watching/reading! Please give me any of your questions or thoughts on my makeup application!