The Basic Face (aka The Red Light Face)

Of all the things I’ve gained from motherhood, the one thing I’ve lost the most of is time.

Aaah, the good old days when I would wake up, eat breakfast within 2 hours of rolling out of bed, brush my teeth and drink a hot cup of tea, all while NOT watching Nick Jr. Oh, Days of Ease, where have ye gone?

I’ve done VIP Beauty Product posts on this blog before, and when I have time to stand still in front of a mirror for more than 1.5 minutes, those are the ones I turn to. But for my daily, trying-not-to-offend-the-mailman, just-need-to-appear-presentable look? These are the guys.

And yes, the title of this post is based on the very spot where I apply these products any given weekday—the red light leading out of our neighborhood onto the main road.

Motherhood. So glam.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

I use this creamy, physical-SPF-only cream in Light. It truly is skincare and makeup–so soothing going on, and my skin looks great after I remove it, too. Unlike many other tinted moisturizers or ABC creams I’ve used in the past, it hasn’t broken me out once, and has a natural finish with moderate coverage that is perfect for weekday errand running and kid wrangling. I apply with their Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7, one of my all-time VIP favorites.

Trish McEvoy Light & Lift Face Color Duo

This has sparkle in it, which I don’t like when I’m on camera, but for daily wear, the extra sparkle really peps up your face. I dip their #85 Ultimate Face Enhancer Kabuki Brush on the light side first, then the dark, then brush along the top of my forehead, below my cheekbones, and under my chin line for a great daily “non-touring” look.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara

After curling with my Surratt beauty eyelash curler, I apply this mascara, and then line with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil in Hunter, on my lower waterline only.


Do you have an easy, daily, go-to makeup routine? Leave your faves in Comments below!

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