Spring make-up look for mums

A 5 minute spring make-up look for mums using vegan and natural products

Who has time for make-up?  With small children running around it’s often a crazy pipe dream, as you hurry from the house in your old leggings and sensible mum anorak, unwashed and unmade-up.  For those days a pair of MASSIVE sunglasses are a mums’ best friend, instantly transforming you into a film star-type and concealing the ravaged face and tiny bloodshot eyes that come from advanced sleep deprivation.

When I have do have 5 mins to spare in the morning I like to do this natural make up look, which focuses on creating a healthy glow and looking more awake! Inspired by Lisa Eldridge, my favourite international make-up artist, and online beauty guru, this look uses ideas and tips from several of her make-up videos but substituting in organic make-up if not already used. The look is quick and easy, and it makes me look slightly less knackered:

Base – I use a BB cream / tinted moisturiser as these can be slapped on in about 5 seconds flat, in the dark, by a toddler and still look pretty decent.  My favourite at the moment is the new Inika Certified Organic BB Cream because it gives impressive coverage.

Concealer – I then use light reflective concealer under my eyes (this area needs serious work).  I’ve used Inika Certified Organic Perfection Concealer

Illuminator – get fancy – add some to your cheekbones.  Makes me feel like a model (a bit!)  I love Inika Certified Organic Light Reflect Cream

Colour – I use a pink lipstick on my lips, cheeks and a tiny bit on my eyelids to give a healthy glow. Not only is this super quick but by using just the one product it makes your make-up looked pulled together and chic. Mismatched lip and cheek colour can make you look ‘weird’ and I don’t need any help in that department. I’m loving bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balms. The colour payoff is impressive for a lip balm.

Eyes – Use eyeshadow/brow powder to softly define brows (I use a grey/brown colour) and as an eyeliner (I use black) pressed into the roots of the lashes.  I often just apply eyeliner to the outer corner of the eyes to save time.  At least one child is usually screaming by this point.  Then curl eyelashes to make your eyes look more awake and either add loads of black mascara to build on the ‘more awake’ theme or if you look less knackered than me, continue with the natural theme and go for a more subtle brown.  I am currently using Ilia Mascara in Nightfall.

I finish my complexion with a touch of mineral powder foundation on my shiny areas (t zone for me) as this gives a tad more coverage. I’ve used my favourite Inika Loose Mineral Foundation SPF25.  They have great pale shades that aren’t too pinky, perfect for my fair, neutral skintone.

Hey presto! The airbrushed, glowing, and yet still very natural you is ready to go 🙂

The Mostly Green Mum

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