Makeup Tutorial for Busy Moms!

I’m wrapping up the three part makeup series today with a tutorial for you!

A common argument I hear against wearing makeup is that it takes time to put on, and as a busy mom we just don’t feel we have any extra time to spare.

I get it. I really do. Yesterday I had a birthday party for our daughter who turns 5 today, and I never took the time to put makeup on before family came over. I was doing good to get the food cooked, and the house cleaned. If you are dealing with major fatigue, or you just had a baby, makeup is not going to be a high priority for you. And that’s ok.

I want to suggest though that a huge part of the problem is possibly just our routine. If we don’t generally wear makeup, we might make the thought of putting makeup on in the morning much bigger than it really needs to be.

I keep my makeup really simple. It really takes me about 5 minutes to put it on. I don’t do fancy techniques, just put the basics on and call it good. I made a makeup tutorial video to share with you, where I start from scratch (that means a face without makeup on, and a tired, pregnant mama face!) and show you how I put my makeup on.

Products I use

L'BRI Skincare Set has the first ingredient of Aloe Leaf, and is so healing and nourishing for your face! |

Β L’BRI Pure and Natural Skincare – You can use all the makeup out there, but the most important step before that is having a clean, healthy face! Some women have totally given up wearing makeup after finding the perfect skincare product that has done wonders for their face! I really have enjoyed using L’BRI, and like that it really is natural.

Here is some more info on the L’BRI skincare line:

In all L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL skin care, health & wellness, hair, and body care products:

  • Aloe Barbadensis Miller, instead of water, is the first ingredientΒ 
  • Natural, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients are used
  • Advanced Alpha Hydroxy fruit acids (10%) are released in a special, slow delivery system, which is proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin clarity
  • An abundance of deep ocean seaweed and other anti-oxidants protect the skin from free radical damage
  • A blend of natural essential oils and synergistic herbal extracts are significant ingredients

L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL skin care, health & wellness, hair, and body care products:

  • Are paraben free
  • Never use (SLS) sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol
  • Never use mineral oil, lanolins, or waxes
  • Never use artificial colors or fragrances
  • Are never tested on animals
  • Effective for all skin types: normal, oily, dry, men, and women.
  • Backed by the L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

The bottles shown above last me for months, so the cost is very affordable when you break it down by 3-4 months! If you are on a really tight budget, I would choose the cleanser and the lotion only and see how that works for you.

I really like that you can order a sample skincare set, based on your skin type and only pay the shipping through L’BRI. You just click on the Free Samples button on the main page of the website. They have sample sets for Combination skin, extra dry, gentle (normal skin), deep pore, and oily. The samples last you 2-3 weeks!

You can order free samples through L'BRI and just pay for shipping!


I use the L’BRI makeup line for quite a few of my products. I really love the dual action foundation, it works perfect for my skin. The Vitamin E lip stick is great for keeping my dry lips moisturized, and I like the lip gloss and makeup. I also use the mascara and eye shadows.

However I do like trying other products as well…which is why I love my monthly Ipsy subscription!

For $10 a month (shipping included) I have a bag sent to me of high quality makeup, and sometimes skincare products. I’ve been able to discover new products that work really well for me, and since I don’t wear makeup every day the smaller size products last longer than normal for me.

I’m a person who loves change. I think that’s why I like the monthly Ipsy bags so much. It gives me a chance to change up what I’m doing a little bit, without spending a lot of money each month on new makeup. Β It is just a splurge I allow for myself. πŸ™‚ I’m not paid to share about Ipsy (I earn referral points but it is not cash!), I just think it is a neat concept and wanted to share more about it with you.

Makeup Tutorial for the Busy Mom - I love my monthly Ipsy bag subscription!

This is what I received in my December Ipsy bag. I’m really excited to try the tarte mascara, I’ve heard good things about it. I tried the Butter Lip Balm tonight and really like it. I was surprised at first that there was a color to it, but I ended up liking the color they sent! I haven’t had time to try anything else yet, it’s been a crazy month!

I have a few products I’ve been sent that I know won’t work for me. The Bumble and bumble hair product is not for my hair type (a first where I was sent something for curly hair when I have straight), and the other two products are just not something I’m going to use. So I thought I would do a fun giveaway, and include a sample set of the L’BRI skincare line and send a reader a fun little package in the mail!

(Please forgive the not so perfect picture, I had company coming and quickly snapped this picture before a birthday party started!).Β 

A fun Makeup and Skincare Giveaway!

Just enter through the Rafflecopter form below!

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35 Comments on Makeup Tutorial for the Busy Mom {A Vlog!}

  1. Been following your make up series & I have to agree with so much of what you’ve shared. I think that make up should be an enhancement, and is a great way to get rid of the ‘had tons of kids’ look…I notice the more pregnancies my body endures, the more ‘battle wounds’ on my face I receive. Totally worth it! But still, it isn’t always nice to flaunt. I agree, balance is necessary as well. Thanks for doing this series and the giveaway! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  2. Great tutorial and you look so pretty before and after make up application. I agree with the comment the Pastor made to you at age 13, the light of the Lord really does shine through your beautiful face. God Bless you and your adorable family at this most special time of the year. X

  3. I really enjoyed this series. It was so encouraging and thoughtful for mothers to see how simple it can be to wear make up to enhance our natural beauty and lift our spirits. Your blog is such a blessing. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and be a light to women.

  4. Great giveaway! I am excited about the L’BRI skincare products, I have been wanting to try them, but haven’t had the money. Right now I use nothing on my face except witch hazel with essential oils as a toner, since I am wanting to avoid toxins and natural face cleanser is not something I am choosing to spend our money on right now.
    I actually enjoy putting on eye makeup, and it is the only makeup that doesn’t bother my skin allergies (but I have to be careful, otherwise it bothers my eyes)… so about once a year I put eye makeup on just for fun. I haven’t bought new makeup for over 10 years, so I’m sure my makeup is no longer healthy to be using… just can’t justify buying new when I rarely use it… sigh! I do wear lightly tinted natural chapstick/lip balm sometimes, too.
    It IS a heart issue and should be done in moderation, as with all things. I don’t like feeling dependent on any “thing”, which is why I “quit makeup” years ago. Now as an adult, I am able to just wear it for fun once in a blue moon and it doesn’t bother my heart at all. I don’t want my girls thinking that makeup is the only way to be pretty, but that makeup can be a tool to help us feel/look nicer just as dressing well/modest does.
    Just my thoughts! πŸ™‚
    Great series!

    • Hi, Clarissa! I definately agree with your thoughts. And I think you’ll love the L’BRI products. I know I have πŸ™‚

      Just wanted to mention something to you. Before I became a stay-at-home-mom, I worked alongside assisting several ophthalmologists in both the operating room and the clinic. We saw several incidents of women who had developed complications from wearing old eye makeup or not using it properly. One, who I’ll never forget, developed a horrible bacterial infection on the conjunctiva (basically a severe case of pinkeye) and after finally resolving it through several antibiotics, she lost a lot of her vision in that eye. She said her makeup was several years old, it smelled bad and she delayed getting her eye looked at. We also saw and treated lots of styes (inflamed oil gland on the eyelid) and blepharitis (condition that causes crusting and inflammation along the lash line). Still others who wore contacts would also get infections and it would indefinitely affect their corneas and how the lens would fit and feel on their eyes. The doctors always recommended getting rid of your eye makeup at least every 3 months, sooner if it looks or smells funny. From the time it’s opened, bacteria will get inside and it just increases every time you use it. I know it’s gross and I’m not trying to scare or offend you. I just know many women aren’t aware of it and once they’ve had problems, they end up wishing they’d have known. Anyway, just thought I’d mention it.

      Also, I know you can request samples at may cosmetic stores and desks if you just want to try something as a one-time or yearly thing so you wouldn’t have to buy a full-size product.

      Again, sorry… Not trying to make you feel bad at all! Best wishes to you.

      • Apologies.. One more thing to all ladies… always, always remove all makeup before bed, especially eye makeup. It’s so much more important than we realize. A lot of problems come from that as well. I love this series on makeup, and I just think it’s a good time to remind ourselves of that.

        Okay, I promise I’m done now, lol. I just know the docs I worked with would’ve been disappointed in me had I not said anything πŸ™‚

        • Thank you for sharing all of this. I recently threw out my 10 year old eye make-up because it was making my eyes water within a couple of hours (I also wear contacts). I’m still on the hunt for a mascara that works well for sensitive eyes/contact lens wearers…but I’ve been too frugal to try a new brand before my current one either runs out or hits expiration.

      • Thanks for the tips, I was just chatting with my hair stylist about not keeping makeup longer than recommended! It was a good reminder to me to go home and replace my mascara! πŸ™‚

  5. I wanted to thank you for this good reminder. I used to wear makeup every day, but I’ve never been dependent on it. I stopped wearing makeup with the more kids I had and I’ve noticed I look more run down. I know my husband likes it when I put a little effort into my appearance and there have been changes I’ve made for the better, but I needed the encouragement to wear makeup again. You’re totally right that it doesn’t take too long to do a basic coverage so you look a little more put together. I did mine this morning and I already feel more beautiful even with unwashed hair in a ponytail! I liken it to how I feel for the day when I get dressed decently instead of staying in your pajamas or grungy clothes. I just feel a little more ready for my day to be productive because I would be presentable regardless of who came to the door or if I needed to go out. I also feel more awake. Thank you!

  6. Yes, it is a full coverage. The liquid is the most coverage… dual action with wet sponge is next coverage level, then dual with dry sponge, then dual with a brush.

  7. I just wanted to tell you that you are beautiful. Your pictures are always lovely, and I get so many ideas from you, but it was different to see you in a video. I have 6 children (I just turned 31) and I do my makeup pretty much the same way. Even when I think I’ve slept well, and I feel like I don’t look tired, a neighbor or someone will see me and say, “aww, sweet heart, you look tired”.-_- So, yep, makeup is my friend. lol. Thanks for the cool tutorial. I entered the raffle, and either way, I’m thinking of trying the L’BRI line. I also found the ipsy concept so exciting. I’m definitely going to talk to my husband about that one. Oh yes, and I love the “halftees” idea on your Deb&Co site. Having to layer under dresses is not fun when you can see a bulky line on your hips. Anyways, thanks for all the great ideas and help. Merry Christmas!!

    • Thank you! And yes, I’m sure it was different seeing me in a video, it’s more the real me. πŸ˜‰ I understand about always looking tired, I felt like I looked really tired in the video. πŸ™‚ I’m much more tired now that I’m pregnant, which is normal I think. I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well!

  8. I so enjoyed this. I also think it’s important to know what enhances your own face. As a natural blonde, a coat of mascara on my very blonde lashes does wonders for my face! Blessings to you! πŸ™‚

  9. I don’t mind the little bit of extra time/work to put my makeup on in the mornings, it’s the little bit of time/work taking it off in the evening that I don’t like for some reason! πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have 5 children at 34 and have only recently started wanting to wear makeup. You know, same reasons you have… πŸ™‚ Only thing is I’ve never used a special cleanser. Sometimes noxcema. So the question I have…Is the LBri free sample offer open to Canadians?

  11. Wow! I just noticed that what you got in your Ipsy bag is identical to what I got this month. My first bag was last month and I was pretty disappointed. There wasn’t one product in it that I really liked or thought I would use a lot. I got on and tweaked my questionnaire a bit and decided to give it one more month. I was so glad I did because I really like everything I got this month and will use it all. My favorite is the lip balm. The color and scent are great.

    • I’m glad you gave it another try and ended up liking it!! I agree, I love the lip balm! I’ve been using it a lot. πŸ™‚ I also really like the eye shadow and mascara!

  12. I loved this vlog Caroline. I have five children and most days I do nothing. But if I have a moment my must haves are eyebrow pencil and mascara on the top only. I am fair with freckles so you can imagine I have non visible ones without it! I think you are beautiful either way and your inner beauty radiates.

  13. Hi Caroline, I haven’t commented in a while but I still check in on you a lot. I just wanted to write today and tell you that I have always thought you were a gifted writer who expressed yourself beautifully, and I now believe your video presence is equally good. You have such a calm, loving spirit of truth and beauty about you that is just radiant. Your minister was absolutely correct in saying your face radiates with the light of the Lord.

    Also, I wanted to comment on the content of the vlog, and say how good your make up routine is. I am 30 years old with fair, sort of broke-out prone skin and long dark brown hair. So this vlog applied to me exactly. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Finally, I want to commend my fellow readers. I read through some of the comments before posting this, and I confess I fully expected the typical criticism and “suggestions” from readers critiquing your make up routine. I didn’t see much of that, just simple gratefulness at your efforts. This shows me that I am in good company in being such a long-term fan of yours.

    Well, that was a long one and naptime is over soon so I need to run. Merry Christmas, Caroline. Jennifer

    • Oh Jennifer, that is really encouraging!! I will also say I was really surprised with how positive all the comments were on this series. A lot of times there are nasty comments I delete that nobody even sees, but this time there really wasn’t anything negative. It was such a refreshing way to end the year! πŸ™‚

      I am humbled that you think I’m a gifted writer, I feel anything but that! My husband edits my blog posts for me, and is a huge help.

      Thank you again for your sweet words! Have a lovely Christmas!

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