10 Minute Make-up Daily (or once in a while) Routine

How I look presentable in just 10 minutes

Since becoming a mom, I have had less and less time to do make up. I used to follow all these youtube videos about how to put on make up and follow blogs that talk about the latest makeup trends. The first year of being a mom, I just had no motivation to put on make up anymore and just used the extra time to sleep.

However, when I did get back into the swing of things, and our toddler was properly sleep trained, it felt nice to have 10-15 minutes to myself doing something that made me feel a bit better about myself. This is in no way saying that people should put on make up. If you find that you somehow have some time to yourself, by all means, do what you can to wind down or relax. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself =). We all need it!

For me, I like getting ready in the early mornings when the little one has not woken up yet. Some people think, “Ugh, I’d rather sleep!” Yes! Half the time, I choose sleep! But the other half of the time, I choose make up as a little pick me up from the daily grind. This literally takes me 10 minutes to do in the morning (but much longer to do with pictures! – still getting a handle of this blogging thing).

Here are all the stuff I used (plus three brushes – for powder, blush, and bronzer)

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Make sure to wash your face with whatever cleanser you use (I honestly use soap and water), then moisturize! I have normal to dry skin mostly with a slightly oily T-zone in case you needed to know. I really like Cetaphil because it doesn’t irritate my skin (I have eczema), is scentless, and is not sticky after being absorbed by my skin.

bare face – so fresh so clean 😉

Wait 5-10 minutes. During this time, I usually get dressed for work and put my hair up somehow.

Primer time! I use primer because it does help keep my makeup on longer and I feel like it also helps not make my makeup too cake-y. I really like Lancome’s La Base Pro because it makes my face so smooth. Like butta’ baby, like buttah. You just need 1 pump! Dot your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks and then spread that baby all around your face.

Lancome La Base Pro
One pump – a little goes a long way people!

Then time for a tinted moisturizer! I just started using Bare Minerals last month. I like it so far. Not heavy at all. I use the Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Natural 05. So squeeze a pea sized amount into your finger and dot your face (forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks), then spread it outwards and blend.

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After that I use the concealer – I actually use 2 different ones. Bare minerals in Medium 1 and Maybelline Fit Me in 20 Sand. I use the Bare Minerals to hide my pimples and redness on my face. Tap to blend – don’t smear it because you’ll need more and more product.

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Then I use the Maybelline Fit Me to decrease those dark circles under my eyes and also kind of highlight my face. Remember to tap tap tap to blend. I use it under my eyes, on my nose (because i have a pretty flat nose), and then I just reinforce it on the dark spots on my face.


Just to note, the “V” under my eye, helps to highlight that area also, and makes me look more awake.

Next step is that I use a setting powder. The Bare Minerals kit came with a Perfecting Veil with the shade “Light to Medium.” Otherwise, I like to use Loreal’s True Match powder in sand beige W5. Use a powder brush to apply – patting first under the eyes and then sweeping out to the rest of your face.  Done! Clear face!


Then if you want, blush, bronzer and eyeliner for a more “finished look.”

Blush and Bronzer: I use NARS Blush Bronzer Face Duo in Orgasm and Laguna; for the blush, I keep it on the apple of my cheeks; for the bronzer, I use it to contour my face – side of my cheeks, my temples, my jaws, and the sides of my nose

Eyeliner: For this look, I used Urban Decay 24/7 glide one pencil in Delinquent.
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Finished look


Note that I didn’t really use lip stuff or eye brow stuff. That would take me longer than 10 minutes. If anyone knows how to do brows quickly, please let me know!  I would like to learn! =)

Hope this was a little helpful. Not a make up artist here… just mom trying to look a little decent at work =) (oh and no, that’s not what I wear to work… ha!)

Author: Simplefficientmama

Lifestyle blogger, mom of two, lover of makeup and food and stuff that makes life easier or better

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