My 5 Minute Mom Make-Up Routine

For a good chunk of time I gave up wearing make-up. It just wasn’t feasible for me every day with two littles ones beckoning me day and night (or so it seemed). Priorities ranked as follows – 1) keep the children safe 2) feed them 3) pray for decent naps. Nowhere on my radar was “under eye coverage” or “try out new eyeshadow colors.” It was an odd transition for me since pre-baby days I put on a full face 5 days a week, thanks to my corporate office job days. So, to fall into a I’m-lucky-I-slathered-on-some-moisturizer kinda of life was shocking to me, and probably to my husband who didn’t know it was possible to appear so tired.

Now I’ve fallen into a happy medium. :::singing angels::: Most days I wake up and get ready in a bit more than yoga pants and moisturizer. Don’t get me wrong, there are still DEFINITELY yoga pant naked face days! I haven’t swung back to my office days yet, but these days I’ve got my routine down to a 5 minute mom version thanks to these products.

5 minute make up routine

I always start with moisturizer, I detailed out my favorites here. Then, on to …

Under Eye Concealer /// Mary Kay Concealer

I’m a tired mama, right? So, under eye concealer is a must. I love Mary Kay’s coverage and am also a fan of Erase Paste.

Foundation /// MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

I kinda swear by the stuff. It provides a velvety, even layer and can be applied with the included sponge or a foundation brush. LOVE!

Blush /// Very Sexy Blush

Everyone needs a little rouge! Victoria’s Secret seems to always have the best colors/shimmers in their line.

Eyeshadow /// Cover Girl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadows

I love MAC and Younique for fun pigments, but for every day I always return to the Shimmering Sands trio.

Mascara /// Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

This is a total game changer. If I put on something else, I put on this. It wakes up my eyes, lengthens my lashes and makes them look about a billion times fuller than normal.

Lips /// Chapstick Galore!

How can I share just one? I love having moisturized lips so I alternate between this, this, this and this 🙂

Have you simplified your make-up routine since becoming a mama? What are your favorite products?


Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


  1. I too love Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. After having a baby I no longer have the thick lashes I once had and most definitely don’t have the time or money to get extensions. I tried it and loved the product so much I decided to sell and share with my friends! It’s amazing!!


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