There’s the fantasy of Instagram eyebrows, and then there’s the caffeinated reality of rushed mornings as a mama of 3 still in school. I start my coffee, brush my teeth, rinse off, and boom— the cuckoo clock is beating me… again. Between two morning drop-offs at the schools (and wanting to look more presentable than the zombie i woke as!) i’ve traded painstaking “makeup goals” for the sheerest, least-fussy routine of my life. Ever. (Date-nights with my handsome, excluded.)
I even came up with a beauty hack, though im sure im not the first. After seeing a vlogger rave about the liquid blushes by Daniel Sandler, I wanted to see if i could mimic my own. So i mixed a smudge of my MAC creme blush w a squirt of MAC Prep + Prime and a swipe of Mary Lou-manizer powder, then swirled them in the palm of my hand, and applied lightly across my cheekbones. Truth be told, I’m one of those people who looks better without too much makeup (including blush), so I find that mixing these three products is a cheat that will luminize with just the right hint of warm pink.
Since I skip foundation in the morning, i rely on Clinique’s CC Cream. I know from reading that dermatologists have mixed feelings about whether tinted moisturizers like these are good for your skin, but i use less than a pea-sized amount and buff it across my whole face, using my favorite-ever brush (by Real Techniques) that’s first been lightly misted with Prep + Prime Fix+. The dampened bristles over the CC cream creates the sheerest coverage in just seconds, and my winter skin (thank goodness!) immediately looks less dry.
My other “must” is e.l.f.’s bronzer quad. Because, full disclosure, i have more makeup than i will ever use in my lifetime. I have so much that i can will it to my children and grandchildren and so on… over the next 10 generations! And some of it is really. nice. stuff. But in my need for speed and an application that doesnt require a lot of blending, this $3 quad is what i grab for EVERY panicked, rushed morning. With a super fluffy brush, this swirl of color is more realistic and so much more effortless than any other bronzer–budget or otherwise– that i’ve used. I also use the brown shades as eyeshadow in the morning because, again, i don’t have time to fuss over gel liners or cat eyes, or even precise tight-lining. I can fluff this on lightly across lids and under the eyes, and be out the door. (Yesssss!)
Anyway, these are the things that i count on every morning. Theyre lightning fast, require little blending/perfecting, and they multitask as glow enhancers. I’d love to hear what go-to’s you can’t do without!