I want to talk about the most crucial part of the day. No, not breakfast. Getting ready, making yourself presentable for the world! Today I’m sharing my working mom beauty routine. You can love it, leave it, but what you choose to do with it is up to you.
A little bit ago, I shared with you some Winter Skincare Tips. You should certainly give that a read since we’re in those blistery months now.
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Kind of an obvious one. The typical lather, rinse, repeat. Well except for the days that momming takes over and the shower portion doesn’t happen. But, when I do get to shower, man oh man it’s marvelous. I feel like a bright, new, shiny nickel. Because I live in Canada. And we don’t have pennies.
If I don’t have time to wash my hair, or it’s not a hair washing day, it’s dry shampoo all the way baby!
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Wash my face
A shower or not, I always wash my face. Right now I’m using the Dark Angels face and body cleanser from Lush and I’m so in love. I’ve been using their products for years. They’re natural, animal cruelty-free, and they’re Canadian!
Toning is a step that many people leave out. But you really shouldn’t. When I was in makeup school, and when I was working in skincare, it was at the forefront of skin prep. Why, because it’s crucial. Let me give you the reasons why. It’s the last step in the cleansing process to make sure all past dirt and debris are removed from your skin. Also, moist skin absorbs better than dry skin. Your skin’s ph is not back to where it naturally sits once you wash your face, toning will get it there much faster. If you need to read up more about this process, because you don’t believe me, check out this article from Women’s Health Magazine.
The toner I use is a natural one. Shocker I know. I use witch hazel, which can be found with antiseptics in any drugstore or grocery store, usually in the first aid section. Witch hazel can be used as a natural toner, astringent, or to help with bug bites and bruises. It’s affordable and easy to find.
Serum then Moisturizer
After my toner goes on, my serum is next in line. I’m currently using the Full of Grace serum bar from, you guessed it, Lush. It’s a lovely, solid serum that you warm up in your hands, or rub on your face to use. Right now, the serum bar is enough for my moisture as well. It absorbs fairly quickly and is really gentle on my skin.
Aside from my face needing moisture, I lotion up my body as well.
Primer is the first step in my makeup routine. Currently, my go-to is the ELF Blemish Control Face Primer. It’s light, prevent breakouts and I’ve been using it for a few years now.
Concealer and tone correctors
Time to break out the brushes! Farewell dark, mommy circles, blemishes and whatever else. My favorite concealer pallet is the Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage pallet. This pallet is extremely concentrated, highly pigmented, and lasts forever.
Balance out the overall colour of my skin tone, obviously. I’m loving ELF’s Acne Fighting Foundation. For being a medium to full coverage foundation, it’s not heavy, at all. It wears all day and is layerable as well. Another makeup item I’ve been using for years. Revlon Colorstay is another great choice. My tip, always apply to your neck as well, because no one wants a mask face.
My brows are horrible. Years of over-tweezing, bad waxing and so on. So, these suckers need to be filled. I use ELF’s Eyebrow Kit, or I’ll use MAC’s Smut eyeshadow. If I’m using the eyeshadow option then I’d do my brows after my next step below.
Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Loose Powder was a favorite of mine until I found ELF’s Skin Refining High Definition Powder. It feels pretty well identical and the price is amazing. I put this all over any area that has foundation on it. So my face and neck. If I used cream brow definer then I’d put it on my brows as well. Then follow up with a bit of the brow powder to sharpen them because usually powdering over them will bring down the saturation of color.
Eyeshadow, liner, mascara
If I’m wearing shadow that day then it’s going to be from MAC or my Krylon Fashion Pallet. My Krylon pallet is one of my favorites. A constant since I went to makeup school. The pigments in Krylon’s colors can only be rivaled by MAC in my opinion which is why both are my go-to’s.
Liner for me is typically using a shadow with a fine angle brush, like this one from MAC which I’ve had since high school.
By far, my favorite mascara has got to be Loreal Voluminous mascara. Specifically black-brown, water resistant, with the curved brush. Particular I know. How come black-brown, and not black? Well once you see a small difference it makes you’ll be sold too. Black mascara, if your dark complected, or are going for a deep dark look is great. For everyday wear, black-brown is the best. Especially for people with lighter complexions, or blonde hair.
Blush and contour
You may find it odd that I’m not contouring with cream. Well, sometimes, I do, sometimes I don’t. I currently prefer the blend I can get of blush to contour when using powder for both. Again, coming from my Kryolan pallet is my contour. My blush, however, is the dark ELF Powder Blush Pallet.
The last step in my makeup process. Finally. I use ELF’s Makeup Mist & Set Spray. It’s light, dries relatively fast and doesn’t leave me shiny.
Heat protectant spray
If it’s a hair washing day, I have to blow it out, and then straighten it. Which means, heat spray. Why? I’ll let Cosmopolitan Magazine fill you in if your stylist hasn’t already. Don’t fry your hair by using heat directly on it. Use a buffer. Heat protectant spray is that. It’s easy to get your hands on. Just ask your stylist for their recommendations for your hair.
Why do I do my makeup first? Well, friends, it’s because the less time heat can be on your hair the better.
I start with a rough dry, you know, waving the hairdryer around all over the place. Getting space between my hair and my head with my fingers. Basically trying to get my hair to a point of 70-80% dry before bringing in my round brush. Again, it’s less concentrated heat. After I’ve finished my rough dry, I section my hair and round brush it dry until it’s done.
Flat ironing is my last step of heat.
Once the flat iron is done and my hair is nice and smooth, I blast it with my cold setting on my hairdryer. To close the hair cuticle, so that it stays straight and sleek longer. Ever wonder why your hair goes nuts once you leave your bubble, aka house? It’s because you didn’t cool your hair down. It’s the same principle as when your stylist does a roller or curl set and lets it cool before doing an updo, or if you need a style that will last all night. Letting your hair cool in the shape you want it to end up in, gives you a longer lasting result.
The last steps are pretty usual. Deodorant, get dressed, all that stuff. So now that you’ve gotten a bit of an idea of what I do to get ready. You probably want to know how long it takes. From shower to clothed, if I’m washing and drying my hair, it’s just over an hour. If there’s no shower involved or no hair washing. It’s about 30-45 minutes. Obviously, there’s coffee making thrown in and the odd checking my phone, but that’s the gist of it!
As you can tell in this post, I’ve mentioned a lot of ELF, and Lush products. While I’d love to be an affiliate of either of theirs. Sadly I am not. So my opinion of their products is solely based on the fact that I’ve loved and trusted both of them for years. Lush and I have over a decade together, so you could say it’s getting pretty serious.
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