New Mum Makeup Routine

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup TutorialNew Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Gone were the pre-baby days, where I’d spend a minimum of an hour making my face look presentable! Nowadays, I’m all about a makeup look that takes less than 3 minutes, which I have aptly named my new mum makeup, as this is the look I go for when I have a screaming baby to deal with before heading out somewhere.

For us new mums, time is of the essence, so all of the products I use have a real purpose and make a big difference at the same time. If needs be, I can make this new mum makeup routine even shorter by not doing eyeshadow and lipstick, but that is only the case when I’m seriously running out of time, for example when my baby is on the verge of a meltdown, strapped into the car seat, and I just have to go – who cares about lipstick!

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

The New Mum Makeup Routine

Base Basics

I quickly slap on a serum and a moisturiser before any makeup goes on my face as I have very dry skin with a tendency to flakiness. My favourite ones at the moment are the La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Serum and the La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Moisturiser. The foundation I used here is the L’Oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in 130 Rose Beige, and for the sake of saving a couple of very precious minutes, I applied a light layer of it with my fingers. I have talked a lot about it on this video review, but in a nutshell, it is a medium coverage, matte finish foundation that lasts well on the skin without looking overly made-up.

For concealer, the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in 05 Sand covers a multitude of sins and sleepless nights, whilst also adding much needed brightness to my under eye area. I find that patting it on with my finger and then blending it with a foundation buffing brush gives me a more natural finish, and it helps everything blend in well together on my face. I’ve gone into a lot of detail about this concealer in my review here.

Using the same brush, again to keep it quick, I applied a tiny amount of the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder in Medium Dark to set my concealer under the eyes and my foundation all over the face, but avoiding the ares where my skin is most dry.

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

The New Mum Makeup Routine

The Enhancers

Now that the signs of tiredness have been dutifully hidden, it’s time to enhance a few things to make my face look somewhat presentable and well put together. I fill in my eyebrows, as I have done for years, using the Mac Eyeshadow in Carbon. This is one step that I think makes a lot of difference in how polished everything looks overall, whether or not I have a little or a lot of makeup on. You can see a detailed tutorial here.

To add a bit of ‘health’ to my awfully dull face, I used the Mac Blush in Peachykeen, which is a lovely warm peachy pink shade with a dash of shimmer, so it doubles up as a highlighter. For some dimension, I grab my Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzing Cream compact and dab my brush into the bronzer shade to lightly contour the sides of my face and nose. To be perfectly honest, I usually just use whatever is left on the brush from a previous application to save time.

Eyeshadow used to be a total luxury of time, but ever since discovering the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in Mona Lisa, I can always find a few seconds for a quick swipe on the lids, which adds a nice sophistication to the look as a little bonus. This shade is a beautiful chocolate bronze that goes well with most eye colours.

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

The New Mum Makeup Routine

Effortless Extras

If I have a bit of time to spare, I blend the edges of the eyeshadow with a clean blending brush, which adds a soft focus diffused effect that looks far more fancy and time-consuming than it actually is, but whatever I do, I make sure to always find time for this next step: mascara. I used the Benefit They’re Real Mascara because it’s tried, tested and it never fails on me. Mascara is usually the secret behind a well-rested face, so don’t be afraid to be generous with it.

Just out of habit and because I think it makes my eyes stand out, I add some eyeliner to my lower lash line. I’ve recently been favouring the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in LSD, which is a unique navy shade with little turquoise sparkles. Although it’s not black, the eyeliner doesn’t look obvious and you can only tell it’s navy, not black, if you look really closely. I’m not all that adventurous with my makeup, so I’m pleased with the subtle hint of colour.

The last step is often neglected these days, as I’d rather have my lips ‘free’ to smooch my little boy’s chubby cheeks every chance I get, but when I feel like I could use a bit of something extra, I go for the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink, which, on my lips comes out as a vibrant warm pink. This is a gorgeous lipstick with a lovely smooth formula and a comfortable matte finish. It’s not ‘kiss-proof’, hence why I leave it out when my son is in a cuddly mood.

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

And that is all for my simple everyday new mum makeup look! I can hand-on-heart do this makeup in 3-5 minutes, and believe it or not, I actually did my makeup for these photos without a mirror. My son had just woken up from a nap, and there was only enough time to take one or two pictures of each step before his patience and fascination with the camera noise ran out, so I had to pack up everything and hope the photos were in focus, which thankfully they were.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please share with your mummy friends and leave a comment below telling me what are your essential products for a ‘new mum makeup look’. If you’re Pinterest-obsessed like me, click here to pin a full version of this tutorial.

New Mum Makeup Routine Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial

The New Mum Makeup Routine

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