Mommy Makeup

Between the juice box spills, early morning and all night wake ups and the days biggest event  being a trip to the grocery store…it’s temping to just throw on some mom jeans and give up on the whole sexy thing.

Who has time for an hour primp session when you can barely convince your children to allow you a peaceful potty break?

The problem is, you can’t give up. Even if you want to.
Why? You ask.
Because you PROMISED yourself you would NEVER DO THAT.  And listen, you wouldn’t hold you to it but, it’s not the first time you’ve let younger you down.  That minivan didn’t buy itself, Europe is still waiting for you to show up on that back packing trip and your kids eat sugar regularly…often before lunchtime.
You can’t let past you down again!
She got you through MIDDLE SCHOOL for heaven sake!
She deserves more than that.

and I’m not saying you need go all “Stacy’s Mom” hot or anything but you’ll feel better and you’ll be doing you junior proud if you take FIVE MINUTES (or actually 4 minutes) to spiff up your face like this:

OH, and for all of you who wanted the pregnancy glow makeup, this mommy tutorial double for that as well!

I used the Ultimate Makeup Kit, specifically:

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude
LORAC PRO Palette 0.08 oz
CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil in Mink
Colour Riche Legloss in Baby Blossom
Rimmel Natural Bronzer Sun Bronze

and we’ll talk about getting out of those mom jeans tomorrow…

91 thoughts on “Mommy Makeup

      • No foundation for this, I know everyone has different needs with that but I find with the bronzer and the highlighting concealer I usually get enough coverage and evening of my skin tone that I don’t need foundation as well! I suggest everyone give it a try even if they think going without foundation sound CRAZY! :) you might be shocked. (you’ll want to cover any loud blemishes with some concealer…)

          • not dumb at all most people do it first. I think it finishes everything to look flawless and it adds a glow that you don’t get if you use it first. Plus, it helps clean up any shadow you may have dusted down when you did your eyes. Although, When I conceal to cover zits I do it after my foundation but before bronzer and blush

      • What if your face isnt defined like yours…Like my face is rounder so how would I do my check bone area that you do in your video?

  1. Love! I stay at home with my babies and most days I feel like whats the point, this has definitely inspired me to take 5 mins out of my day to do something that makes me feel good about myself!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to make this video! Do you have any tips on how to make eyes bigger and lashes fuller? (My lashes are always flat no matter how much I curl them and my lashes are short and not very full)

      • I hope Cara has some suggestions for this! I was at Nordstrom the other day and basically attacked the girl who checked me out because her lashes looked great. She recommended using Dior Maximizer Lash Primer and I LOVE it! I don’t even curl my lashes anymore and somewhere, they looked curled with this product…just wanted to pass it along.

        • My lashes are flat. But I curl them and the only way they stay curled is with waterproof mascara. I don’t like it too much because its a hassle to take it off (water and soap won’t do it) but it keeps my lashes curled until water touches them. Any brand of waterproof mascara works.

          • Girls, blast your lash curler on high heat with your blow dryer for 10 seconds… Touch to make sure it’s not too hot, then curl. For bang up lashes like I’m addicted to, use two coats of Diorshow Blackout mascara, then a coat of Lancôme hypnose drama. Most importantly, let lashes dry in between coats. Lashes will look false, guaranteed. Been doing this for years and I have the lamest natural lashes. People constantly stop and tell me my lashes look amazing! Thought I’d share ❤

  3. If I have darker skin, like an olive color, what would be a good illuminator concealer color? I haven’t ever done that when doing my makeup but I love the way it looks on you!

  4. This post is to true. A 5 minute face is very doable for me, and I feel a gazillion times better, more myself, and more confident once I’ve done that. If nothing else, it feels wonderful thinking I don’t look as exhausted and pimply as I actually am! My kit is a little different, but are basically different versions of the same things. Thanks for posting! I recently found your blog through Pinterest, and I love it.

    • No foundation for this, I know everyone has different needs with that but I find with the bronzer and the highlighting concealer I usually get enough coverage and evening of my skin tone that I don’t need foundation as well! I suggest everyone give it a try even if they think going without foundation sound CRAZY! you might be shocked. (you’ll want to cover any loud blemishes with some concealer…)

      • I’ve always had a strict “concealer-foundation-then everything else” type person…but you’re inspiring me to go without and just try the bronzer+highlighter route! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. I love that we can be pretty w/o always needing to look like stacy’s mom 😉 ha you crack me up! Love you stuff Cara!

  6. Hi Cara! I just wanted to say thank you for all these incredible tutorials. I’ve always been decent at makeup, but I never used eyeliner because I’ve always thought it looked too dark on me.

    I tried it again after watching one of your tutorials (the Megan Fox look I believe) and I was shocked at the difference it made in my face!

    With your help, my eyes look so much brighter, and my husband tells me regularly how good it looks. With a 3 year old, 2 year old, and 10 month old, those 10 minutes I spend each day on makeup help me feel pretty, even when I’m covered in some foreign substance and picking mashed carrots off the floor!

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  8. Which Bobby Brown bronzer and shade did you use here? Can’t find the Rimmel bronzer anywhere. Also any other recommendations for bronzers in place of the Rimmel one would be great :)

    You are amazing! Thank you so much for this blog keep it up!

    B xxxx

  9. Cara- you’ve totally inspired me!! I’ve been using this tutorial and feeling even better about myself lately!! I come from a long line of “no-makeup” – my sisters and mom don’t wear any and I think it’s been the time aspect. But 5 minutes letting the little one play with toys has really helped me feel better at work and at home and my husband has been complimenting me even more, and I feel more confident…I’m still adding tools to my kit, but loving all of your tips!! Thank you!

  10. Cara! This is amazing. I love the easy techniques and that you go back to the same products… I did this “mommy makeup” this morning (although I’m not a mommy, I just have about 5 minutes to put makeup on in the morning!) and my husband said to me before I left the house, “You put makeup on. You look pretty.” I was stunned – I wear makeup almost everyday and never get compliments like this… Thank you for demonstrating how a little can go a really long way!!! And I love your humor in the videos :)

  11. For the love of PETE! I’m sprinting to the Walgreens and getting concealer like RIGHT NOW! I need to find a good brow brush, too. Dangit.

  12. I have never been a big makeup wearer, and now I think I am ready to take the plunge. I am 35, so I think it is about time. Does the makeup you suggest go for all skin tones?

  13. Hi Cara! I love your tutorial but I’m pretty fair skinned (age 26). What kind of bronzer should I use color-wise? I just don’t want to end up with a dark face and light neck I’m getting married in July (destination wedding, so I don’t know any good makeup artitsts) and I want to do my make up similar to this. :) Thanks!

  14. Thanks for the great tutorial! Do you have any suggestions for someone who is incredibly fair skinned? (think blue-eyed, curly haired Irish girl) I have a hard time finding bronzer that doesn’t leave me looking incredibly orange!

  15. Hi Cara,

    Just found your website yesterday via Pinterest and I love, love, LOVE all the info. Absorbing like a sponge! I have some brown spots on the top of my checks and some darkening around my mouth. How can I deal with that without foundation or looking crazy? :-)

  16. I just tried this out and it looks amazing. I used the products that you recommended for fair skin ladies in your HAC FAQ post ( )
    I couldn’t find nyx brand, so I tried Neutrogena’s healthy skin smoothing stick | treatment concealer in fair 01. And that seems to work fine.
    I just found your site, and I have to say I love your posts and all the tips and tricks you provide.
    Thank you for the wonderful posts!

  17. Cara,
    Thank you SO much for posting this. I used these techniques with the makeup I already have for a new years eve party and received several compliments. Which really helps because I just had my fourth baby and just don’t time for makeup. Thanks for helping me look and feel good!

  18. What a great tutorial. I can’t wait to try it. I have a very full face so I hope that contouring helps me. I went to Amazon to buy the Bahama Mama and at the bottom all the other products you listed are right there because other people have bought those items; so easy!

  19. Hi Cara, I love all of your make-up & hair tips :)
    I was wondering what advice you have on keeping the eyeliner on, especially on the inner lids???
    I’ve used different ones but they always smudge :/

  20. I’m a little confused because you HAC-ed here, but you didn’t seem to use your usual products for the contouring and highlighting. Seems like I remember you saying that Clinique Even Better(?) in Buttermilk was what you used for highlighting specifically because you prefer it over the Maybelline version. I purchased a more pricey creamy concealer from Sephora, but if you think Maybelline is just as good, I certainly wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks where I can!

  21. Hi! I tried the 4 minute makeup routine this morning and I love it! I was probably doing too much foundation and eye shadow before. This is perfect and natural! You have a pretty awesome sense of humor too!

  22. As a mom of 4, this is just perfect and amazing… I’m a wedding planner by day/dj by night so this is exactly the type of make-up I need. I like to still think of myself as somewhat hot! LOL! You’re absolutely adorable! Thanks for the blog – keep um coming!!!! <3

  23. I love this look! It’s exactly how I want to wear my make up on a daily basis. Can’t wait to try it! (I went to the grocery store today but they didn’t have the concealer.)
    The only thing is I’m a little hesitant to pull the trigger on the Lorac Pro. I want to, but it’s so pricey and I’m such a make up dork. Do you have know any budget shadows that are like the two in this video so I can get my feet wet? I hardly use eye shadow.

  24. Oh my gosh, this is so great. Totally inspired me (which is definitely needed lately). I’ve just spent the last 45 browsing through all your posts–Love, Love It!

  25. Thank you! as a mom of two (18 month old boy and 4 month old girl) most days i don’t even try to get ready, there is always someone screaming for my attention. this is an awesome tutorial and so inspiring to get ready and look good for my husband when he gets home! trying it today!

  26. Tried this look today. My husband commented how fresh and awake i looked!!!! Such a great everyday look. Thank you. This is what i have been searching for!
    Unfortunately, in germany the dream lumi concealer thing is only available in sand or ivory. I have light-mdium olive (more light) skin. Can i use one these colors for the effect? If not, do you know of another affordable highlighter/concealer? You are awesome! You inspire me!

  27. I’m still making my way through your posts, but is there a rule that eyeliner and mascara need to be worn on the lower lashes? I wear contacts and have seasonal allergies. Anytime I try, it looks like someone punched me before I even leave the house because I’m constantly rubbing my eyes. I’ve trained myself to not touch the upper lashes, but I can’t stop touching the lower ones.

    • LOL – I was freaked out that she was running that eyeliner across her lower lashes so quickly without even pulling down on them at all (the first time)! I just kept thinking, “How does she not end up with an eye-full of black gunk?!”

  28. How awesome is this! I have a question on the Highlighting Concealer. In the video you said you used Ivory, and on the list it says Nude. Which is best?

  29. I love that your toddler stayed occupied for 5 whole minutes!! Impressive! I’m going to try to take 5 minutes for makeup here and there, you’ve inspired me to stop using “I’m a mom” as an excuse to neglect myself. Thank you!

  30. I did your 5 min makeover today, and I swear, it made me look 5 years younger. (I’m only 32, but everything helps!) my hubby came home and I could tell he noticed something was different about me. He just kept staring at me trying to figure it out but I think was too afraid to ask, lol. Thanks so much for all these awesome tips. Ps–ive also been doing your tanning help video.

  31. My Rainy day Saturday plans: go to Wal-Greens with my Maskcara mommy makeup list and practice today.;-)

  32. I just found your website and LOVE it, The whole HAC i tried last night changed my life…but i do have some questions for you, I have alopecia and have lost my hair, my eyelashes and my eyebrows. I have to wear a wig but am at a loss of what to do with my eyebrows. What would you do with someone that just doesn’t have any?

  33. OMG. I just found your blog and I’m stunned. I’m really not that good with make up. But like Elise above, I don’t have lashes or brows and I bald spots. Unlike Elise I have trichotillomania. Any tips? I’m going to try your ideas with what I have and hope for the best!

  34. I just watched this video yesterday while I was on break at work. I “accidentally” slept in (have a baby and pushed snooze too many times) and used this this morning… under 5 minute face AND my hubby LOVED my eyes! I have hooded eyes so I usually do a lighter lid and shade the heck out of my crease with blended colors. He thought I looked mysterious with this one-color thing going on. Also I usually use a push liner brush so I get less color on my lower lash line. This larger brush was faster and did give a beautiful look… who knew?!?! Well, you knew… THANKS!

  35. So I just found this and it was great, but I’m wondering if you have recommendations for brushes? I have none except the crappy ones that come with some of the makeup. Is it a set? Thanks!

  36. Thank you I am a stay at home mum in australia and have been stocking up on your recommended buys and trying the looks out. I love them!! Xxx Kelly

  37. I’m six months pregnant, and I have looked like death warmed over for the past two months, as my old makeup routine was not doing me any favors. I watched your video twice yesterday and this morning, I was able to get my makeup done in around 5 minutes, and I actually feel like I look decent again. Seriously loving the lip gloss, btw! Thanks so much!

  38. I just wanted to drop a line to say THANK YOU! you make this make up feel so do-able and approachable. i tried HACing this weekend for the first time and of course fell in love with it. I had two questions for you:
    1- what type of brush do you use for the blush?
    2- i am pretty darn pale so i went with your rec on the Physicans Formula bronzer and really like it. I also love Rimmel products for the affordability… would the lightest Rimmel bronzer work on fair skin? Or is it too dark?

    Thanks again!

  39. I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU!!! I have never liked what I see when I looked in the mirror…I don’t have very pretty skin. And today I went without foundation for the first time since I can remember, and I loved it! All I did was your HAC technique and some eye makeup, and I actually felt good about myself even by night! Thanks again, love your blog!

  40. I’m a huge fan of your blog and have now bought many things you’ve recommended and am loving them all. I live in Australia and love how its easy to find things you recommend over here too. You’re absolutely stunning, thanks cara :)

  41. Are you putting your bottom-lid-eyeliner on “top” of your bottom lashes? Is that what you call tear line? Thank you for helping me! I tried a couple of your ideas today and felt great! Bought some of your suggested products too but would love to hear about a less expensive eyeshadow choice that you might like!

  42. OMG, I have no idea how I ended up on your blog, but I freaking LOVE it! Thanks so much for all your tips and for being so honest, open, & REAL!!!

  43. OMG, you are SO endearing! I just came across your site thanks to Pinterest and I skipped pinning all together and went straight to bookmarking! So many great tips and I adore how your little guy is playing in the background. I’m a new mom to a 5 month old and honestly rely heavily on makeup for my daily routine but have never actually taken the time to invest in artfully applying. I’m going to try hac-ing tomorrow! Keep posting your great tips!


  44. I also came across you via pinterest. I linked to this page from your sister’s makeover. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have always loved makeup and somehow got out of the groove of a good look the last few years. We have baby #2 coming in 6 short weeks. I’m quitting my job to stay home with our two lovely babies and the fact that you picked Maybelline products thrills me in the budget department. I’ve always loved to shop MAC, Lorac, Dior, etc., but those days are over. Thanks again!

  45. Hi Cara, I’ve just discovered your blog recently and I’m having so much fun with my makeup since. I sat down recently with my fourteen year old daughter and we followed your HAC tutorial together. She still looked very natural and not overly ‘done’ but it just brought out her natural beauty and gave her so much more confidence and joy in her self. I’ve finally learned how to do eyebrows too and have been getting compliments! Thank you so much.
    Love, Daire and Ruby xx

  46. Forgive me if you have already answered this question. I have a problem with my eyeliner running and it ends up looking cray cray! I wear the mommy makeup on the daily and love everything except the fact that the eyeliner runs….help! My friends and I are on the hunt for a great smudgeproof liner for our mommy make up look. It may also be some thing you can just give us a tip to fix…. You see…I kinda tell everyone about u…we find u just fabulous!

  47. I find that a few hours after applying the under eye makeup, it looks “messy” and down farther under my eye. What is the magic for keeping it in place?!?

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  49. Hi I’m new to pintrest and happened to find u by mistake!! I love the way u make it look so easy! I have a question. …I’m almost 58 and hate the way eyeshadow always looks like it’s like crepe! Can u help? Thx Anne

  50. Hi Cara. This has GOT to be my most favorite tutorial you’ve done. As a mom of 3 going on 4 all under 7, I stopped wearing make up for years (even though I love it!) because I thought I didn’t have the time. Now some hope! I know that you posted this a few years back and was wondering if there was any updates on products that I need to know? Please respond, I’d LOOOVE to know!

  51. LOVE this! Very helpful. It’s great that you list everything as well as narrate the video on the side. I’m looking forward to practicing :). One question what types of brushes do you use for this mommy make up?

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