The 5-Minute Face: Makeup Tips for the Busy Mom

by Melissa

I get up on an average weekday at 6 AM. That means I have 1 hour and 50 minutes before I have to be out the door heading to drop my daughter off at school. 

In between that time I have to manage to somehow actually wake up (definitely the hardest part), get my daughter up, fix breakfast, get both of us dressed and get out the door. The task isn’t too hard but it definitely does not allow for a full on beauty day.

Which is, of course, the reason why my mornings are always staring the 5-minute makeup face! Perfect for busy moms or really anyone who is on the go.

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My 5-minute face features some of my favorite products from Neutrogena. One of the best drugstore beauty lines in my opinion.  It is great for creating an all day look that is classic and simple. When getting ready for my day my makeup routine consists of [easyazon_link identifier=”B01891L7EO” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup[/easyazon_link].

I love this liquid makeup because it provides me with an SPF of 20, which if you are pale like me then you know how much that is needed.

If I have some extra time I will go all out with some [easyazon_link identifier=”B00U2VR1PY” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]healthy skin blends blush[/easyazon_link] but often you will find me going with just a swipe of [easyazon_link identifier=”B01N58XYDN” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]shine control powder[/easyazon_link].

Of course, I need to actually look awake so mascara and eyeliner is a must. Both the [easyazon_link identifier=”B0014AASFW” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]healthy volume mascara[/easyazon_link] and nourishing eyeliner in carbon black are my favorites. I love the eyeliner’s smudger. It is perfect for getting rid of lines that are too harsh. My finishing touch is always a little lipstick. Nothing too bright for the early mornings but just a touch of pink with Neutrogena’s [easyazon_link identifier=”B00AFX1TH0″ locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]MoistureSmooth Color Stick[/easyazon_link] in Sweet Watermelon.

 

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Whether you’re a busy mom like me or busy working something other than ourselves has become our main focus. Which means we probably don’t have time for a 30-minute beauty routine but also don’t want to head out the door in our pajamas and sleep in our eyes. Here are a few extra tips to get going in the morning, the short and sweet style.

  •  Skincare: Having healthy skin is your first priority and this can be done at night so no adding extra steps in the morning to your routine. Find a great moisturizer that works for you.
  • Foundation: Spend some time picking out a good foundation for your skin type. This sets the whole tone of how your makeup looks so you want it to be the right one. Your foundation should blend in with your natural skin tone. If your face is looking caked on then you need to reevaluate your color choice and foundation type.
  • Concealer: Use a shade or two lighter than your foundation to perk up your droopy eyes.
  • Blush: A little goes a long way. Brush on a dab of blush to brighten your face.
  • Mascara: A few coats will enhance your tired eyes. Take a few extra seconds to curl your lashes. Be sure to coat the tops of your lashes too!
  • Lipstick: You don’t have to look like you are going out for the evening. If you are like me then you aren’t big on lipstick at all so go with something simple. Even a clear gloss will look great.

 

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Even on the weekends I often go with simple makeup. There really is no reason to spend lots of time on complicated beauty routines. Well, unless it’s your wedding day or you think you are going out to dinner with the one. By all means, then spend a few extra minutes looking your best. But otherwise, we all look our prettiest when we are subtle with our makeup. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama August 18, 2014 - 9:13 AM

I use that neutrogena foundation when I’m not using my sephora one. I love the finish.

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:13 PM

It is a great foundation for a drugstore brand.

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michelle marino August 18, 2014 - 3:44 PM

I agree I love the finish of Neutrogena foundations too !

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Jaime August 18, 2014 - 11:25 AM

I haven’t tried the Neutrogena foundation. I love the color stick above, though. And I’m all about saving some money on beauty products whenever I can!

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Their color sticks are awesome.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) August 18, 2014 - 9:39 AM

I actually don’t wear makeup. My mom used to cake it on when I was younger and I always thought it too much for my skin, so I never really got into it.

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:14 PM

There are many days that I don’t put any on either but when I do it’s often this simple look.

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Betsy Mitchell August 18, 2014 - 10:07 AM

I love my neutrogena foundation! Their makeup is great for all skin types.

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Emmy August 18, 2014 - 12:08 PM

Such great tips- my 5 minutes consists of concealer, a quick brush of bronzer, some eyeliner and mascara.

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Yes, concealer is a great friend too. lol

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kendall August 18, 2014 - 2:35 PM

You look gorgeous! I just picked up this foundation and can’t wait to try it! I love Neutrogena products!

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Thanks Kendall! 🙂

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Deb www.debcb.com August 18, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Love Neutrogena! You look awesome!

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Thanks Deb 🙂

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Ange August 18, 2014 - 12:49 PM

I LOVE their lippies!

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melinda August 18, 2014 - 1:07 PM

i got my daily routine down to just minutes too. I should count how many products I actually use

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

I have so much makeup and use only like 10% of it, maybe even 5%. lol

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Amber Conaway August 18, 2014 - 1:08 PM

What a great all day look! I like to go easy on the foundation and use a type of bronzer to finish it all off!

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Travel Blogger August 18, 2014 - 1:29 PM

I do the 5 minute face all of the time! Its my easy, natural go-to look.

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Terry August 18, 2014 - 4:11 PM

If it only takes 5 minutes.. I am up for that. I just don’t have time for messing around trying to make myself look beautiful.

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amber.m August 18, 2014 - 2:21 PM

5 minutes is definitely right up my alley!

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Kristine Foley - The Foley Fam August 18, 2014 - 3:21 PM

So pretty! I need to give concealer a try stat! Seriously the raccoon eyed mama look isn’t impressing anyone 🙂

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Shasta Walton August 18, 2014 - 3:28 PM

I don’t really have a favorite tip because I don’t know a lot about make-up. That’s why I love posts like this one.

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Michelle Swank August 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM

I love that Neutrogena has so many new colors and products to choose from now. I’m a big fan of the lip pencils. I love that color. You look fantastic in your pictures!

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Thanks Michelle!

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Courtney August 18, 2014 - 6:14 PM

I love this post. With a four year old full of energy, I hardly ever find the time to put on my face. I’m usually faceless.

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Ashley August 18, 2014 - 7:11 PM

I love how quickly you can achieve such great results! I am a huge fan of the Neutrogena color stick, it’s so hydrating and isn’t too heavy.

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Melissa Coleman August 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Definitely one of my favorite products of theirs.

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Jamie (Mama.Mom August 18, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Love those lip crayons! The shades are sheer enough to give you a little color, but not look too “put together” for a natural, everyday look.

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Melissa Coleman August 18, 2014 - 5:23 PM

Definitely and sheers are about the only thing I like.

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aimee fauci August 18, 2014 - 5:47 PM

I am not a big makeup person. I wish I was. I’ve just started trying to wear red lipstick! I’m a simple makeup girl but I do wish I learned how to jazz it up more.

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Melissa Coleman August 19, 2014 - 10:29 AM

I still can’t do the red lipstick. I don’t know what it is but I always feel silly in dark lipstick. Even though I think it looks gorgeous on everyone else.

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Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com August 18, 2014 - 5:48 PM

This is perfect for me. I am not a make up gal, I’m always on the go so this is great!

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Dawn August 18, 2014 - 6:13 PM

These are great tips. I rarely find the time to put on make up. There’s just so much to do in the day.

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Camesha August 18, 2014 - 10:27 PM

I don’t have any make up tips. I’d just say always wear a good moisturizer. 🙂

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Melissa Coleman August 19, 2014 - 10:28 AM

Yes, moisturizer is very important.

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Shell August 18, 2014 - 8:29 PM

I have that liquid. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will soon!

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Brett August 18, 2014 - 10:29 PM

THIS is the kind of stuff i want to see! i love this! quick and easy, no fuss no muss

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Kendra August 18, 2014 - 8:50 PM

This is a great everyday look! 5 minutes is all I give myself in the morning for makeup so this is perfect.

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Amber August 18, 2014 - 8:58 PM

The Neutrogena chubby lip pencils and that powder have become a staple in my summer routine. You look gorgeous girl!

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Melissa Coleman August 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Thanks Amber! 🙂

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Chrysa August 18, 2014 - 9:06 PM

I love your natural look. There are so many days I don’t put on any makeup because I plan to stay home all day and then I end up going out in a hurry and wish I had makeup on!

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Carly Anderson August 18, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Thanks for sharing these tips! I need to try out some of Neutrogena’s products soon!

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Beth@FrugalFroggie August 19, 2014 - 8:43 AM

My makeup tip is that I rarely wear it. Saves me a lot of time.

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Melissa Coleman August 19, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Haha! I have definitely grown comfortable going out without makeup on but I usually like to have a little something.

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veronica August 19, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Great tips for quick and beautiful makeup application. I only use foundation daily and do the full shebang when I am going out for the evening. I might wear eye makeup more often now with these tips

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Emily August 19, 2014 - 9:37 AM

During the week I usually don’t put on makeup. I need to get back into the habit!

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Christie August 19, 2014 - 11:19 AM

I make sure to check everything in natural light! I love Neutrogena!

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Melissa Coleman August 21, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Good tip Christie!

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Jessica (Savory Experiments) August 19, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Beautiful! I’ve never used Neutrogena, but am always willing to try. I need to hit the store for some new BB cream tonight.

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Everyday Living with Chrys August 19, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Who wouldn’t love a 5 minute makeup routine? Mine is close, but I sure wish I could take even less time.

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Tess August 19, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Awesome make up tips. I never know the right way to put it on and not too much LOL

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krystalskitsch August 19, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Great tips! I just need a little lip gloss, eyeliner, and bb cream and I’m good to go!

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Rosey August 19, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Your makeup looks great. I go with simple make-up 99% of the time too (or none, which is the case today). 🙂

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Felicia August 19, 2014 - 7:50 PM

The 5 minute face is so important! I have limited time in the morning and have had to master the art myself 🙂

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Lisa August 19, 2014 - 9:00 PM

These are great tips! Love Neutrogena and fast makeup application – this is right up my alley!

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Cyndi @ MrsWrightWrites August 19, 2014 - 9:04 PM

I like your look. Very fresh! I’m just now learning the miracle effects of concealor at 26. Where we you through my college years?!?! I could have used a droopy eye pick me up most nights! Lol

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Amy Desrosiers August 20, 2014 - 8:20 AM

I love your natural tip! Most days i am sans makeup but I do love it!

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Liz Mays August 20, 2014 - 8:32 AM

I’m all about simple makeup routines. I also like a hint of color on the lips, but very natural. I’m on the same page with you there.

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Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy August 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Thanks so much for these tips. Between my job and my three children, makeup is hardly ever in the cards.

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