In recent years, as my kids get older, I have rediscovered myself and how looking good helps me feel good. Therefore, I'm a better mommy! I'll tell you some great hair/makeup and fashion tips I've learned along the way... My friend, amazing makeup artist, and teacher, Deanna Bell, will also be contributing! Her secrets are endless, affordable, and amazingly genius!

The 5 Minute Face

September 27, 2011

As our to-do lists get longer, the time we spend on ourselves seems to decrease exponentially. That said, we all know how much better we feel when we look at least slightly presentable!

Like most of you, I have a sort of “uniform” of clothing that I wear. It consists of a pair of nice jeans, a dressy casual top, and a few pieces of jewelry that I keep by the door. Isn’t it amazing how a necklace or pair of earrings makes it look like you tried harder in the morning? Well, the same goes for makeup!

I’m happy to be sharing with all of you some tricks for when there isn’t a lot of time for primping. In this recipe for success, you will need the following ingredients:

5 Essentials for the 5 Minute Face:

Lightweight Foundation
Eye Pencil
Lip Stain

Now, let’s set the timer and get started:

1. Apply a dime sized amount of a lightweight foundation with your fingers, paying special attention to the areas around your nose and under your eyes. Extra points if your product has SPF! A great product to try is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P217905&categoryId=B70 orMaybelline Fit Me! Foundation. http://www.drugstore.com:80/maybelline-fit-me-liquid-spf-18-foundation-medium-beige-245/qxp339077?catid=183551&fromsrch=Maybelline+foundation

2. Line your lash line with an eye pencil and use your ring finger to smudge the line. A rich brown is flattering on everyone. Time saving trick: Use a pencil similar to your hair color so you can quickly fill in your eyebrows. Two to try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Pearly Brown http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P35082&categoryId=C13402 or Styli-Style Line Seal in Brown Quartz. http://www.buy.com/prod/styli-style-line-seal-24-twist-for-eyes-178-brown-quartz/216007021.html

3. Apply mascara. My opinion? Black mascara for everyone. My absolute favorites are Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black  http://www.drugstore.com:80/loreal-voluminous-mascara-for-lashes-carbon-black-335/qxp179656?catid=183541&fromsrch=Loreal+voluminous and Maybelline Define-A-Lash in Very Black. http://www.drugstore.com:80/maybelline-define-a-lash-mascara-very-black-601/qxp167031?catid=183541&fromsrch=Maybelline+lash+stylist

4. Put on a little blush or bronzer! Kate and I both love NARS Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer. If you are going to splurge on one thing, this is it! http://www.narscosmetics.com/color/cheeks/blush–bronzer-duo/orgasm-laguna

5. Lip stain! Lip stains are easy, no mess, and you can wear your favorite sheer lip balm on top. I recommend the universally flattering and budget friendly Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in Nude Kiss. http://www.drugstore.com:80/covergirl-outlast-lipstain-lip-color-plum-pout-425/qxp208387?catid=155310&fromsrch=Cover+girl+lip+stain

Throw these products into a tiny makeup bag with a mirror and keep them in a place where you can steal a bit of time — in the kitchen while the kids are eating cereal or in the TV room during the favorite cartoon — just NOT in the car!

I hope this helps to save you time and look great! Please share your tips and photos of your 5 Minute Faces through Twitter, and send in your beauty questions by emailing me here: deanna@kateplusmy8.com

Thanks for reading,

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