A Busy Mama’s 10-Minute Makeup Look :: Step-by-Step Tutorial


If you would have told my 21-year-old self to do my makeup in 10 minutes, I would have laughed. Now as a busy mama of almost four, I have mastered the 10-minute makeup look.

I am one of those ladies who feels the need to get a little ready every day, even just for errands and speech therapy appointments. Leaving the house with three small boys means not much time for mama. So I have come up with a 10-minute, foundation-free makeup look that works for me every time.

Here are the short, yet sweet, steps I follow.

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1. Brow Gel

Brow gel has been a game-changer for me because with just a few swipes my brows look full and ready to go. 10 minute makeup

2. Concealer

I love using foundation for a full-face makeup look. But for this quick look, concealer does the job just fine. Swipe a little over your “problem” areas, and it gives just the right coverage.concealer concealer

3. Mascara

I love a full-lash look, so mascara is an everyday must for me. Lifting and thickening your lashes gives an immediate lift to a tired mama’s eyes.mascara

4. Bronzer & Highlight

I love to add definition to my face with a quick contour and highlight. Just a few brushes on my cheeks and nose immediately brighten up my look.

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5. Lip Color

Finish off your look with your favorite lip color and instantly this look is completed. lip color

That is it! Five easy steps that take just 10 minutes. This regimen has been a huge help in my life as a busy mama and I hope it helps you too! If you give this 10-minute makeup look a try, let us know on Instagram by dm-ing us a photo!

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We want to know your quick, easy, and time-saving makeup tips. Tell us all about them in the comments!

Originally published August 2019.

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  1. What eyebrow gel do you use? I’ve been trying so many things to help shape and fill my brows but I always come up disappointed or looking like a clown ? I’m a mama of 5 and have a similar quick routine. Thanks for sharing yours!

  2. Thank you for sharing these tips Jalyssa! Usually, I’ll get my brows tinted and it lasts 2 weeks but I don’t always have time for that. I’ll be on the lookout for some brow gel!

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