I am a firm believer that if you look good, you feel good. As a stepmom/mom your day to day life is likely filled with so many family responsibilities and last on the list is YOU. I am totally guilty of this and of letting my self care slip on many levels. But over time I have learned that a stepmom/mom that feels good is going to be a happier person and thus a happier member of the family, which will contribute to an overall happier household. Moreover, there is no better place to start reclaiming your best self than with something as simple as your beauty regimen. With my easy, fast makeup tips you will really be able to do it all – look good, and feel good!
I’m the kind of girl that wants to spend under five minutes on my daily makeup routine but then I love to take my time and glam it up on special occasions like date night or parties. For the most part, the daily scenario is me half sitting at my vanity trying to curl my lashes while grabbing my two year old to prevent her from drawing all over her face with my red lipstick. Did I mention that my makeup routine is also a race against the clock because I have to get the stepkids to school? It’s nonstop from the moment I open my eyes in the morning!
Makeup has always been a passion of mine and I’ve even worked in the makeup industry, so I feel quite confident in my skills. However, most of my friends and family constantly complain to me that they are totally lost. One of the most popular makeup applications these days, which seems to intimidate people tremendously, is face contouring. It couldn’t be easier! So I’ll start there. A simple breakdown of what this face contouring is all about.
Step 1: Draw a sideways “M” (for Mamma) on each side of your face with your bronzer using a short, big bushy brush. Start at your forehead and move in a continuous motion down your cheek and then down your jawline. Repeat on the other side. Your brush strokes should be small circles like you are “buffing” it into the skin.
Step 2: Use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone to draw upside down triangles under your eyes. Then dot some concealer in the middle of your forehead, down the nose, above your upper lip and right in the middle of your chin. Blend, blend, blend.
Step 3: Make a small smile and use that “buffing” motion to apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Step 4: Apply highlighter with your finger in a tapping motion to the browbone, top of the cheeks, down the nose, above the lip and in the middle of your chin.
*When in doubt, just blend using your biggest brush. Blending is your magic eraser that will make everything look even.
So there you go stepmammas, just a few minutes of time can transform your face. Remember, you can do this as light or heavy as you want. You can do a very light version of this for your day to day but then deepen it up for extra drama on those special nights. As long as you have the framework you can make it work for you. Give it a try and stay tuned for more makeup tips coming soon!