“The best way to enjoy your favorite things every day is to only own your favorite things.”
When I became a mom, my normal everyday routine got flipped upside down in those first few months of newborn life. Suddenly, everyday beauty rituals became obsolete and I distinctly remember asking my husband (while halfway crying) how moms ever have time to curl their hair in the morning. Why did I ask my husband that? As if he could ever answer the question! Sneaky, sneaky you are post-partum hormones…
Since then I have streamlined my hair and makeup routine and I have gotten rid of anything I don’t use on a daily basis. Friends, this is huge coming from a MAKEUP ARTIST. I have so many beauty products it’s ridiculous. But I slowly learned that if I only had what I truly needed and loved that getting ready in the morning could be enjoyable if not, delightful.
Today I want to reveal how I was able to minimize my routine but also keep what I had around me beautiful and purposeful…
There is no magical formula for streamlining your beauty items because everyone is different in how they do their makeup but I do have a few suggestions. Adopt a one item in, one item out mindset. Stick to the basics and keep one of each: face primer, foundation, foundation powder/setting powder, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow primer, one eyeshadow palette, one brown eyeliner, lash curler and mascara. You should also have a lip color that you love and goes with anything.
Click here to read a post on my favorite everyday lip glosses, this will give you a good idea of what colors to look for.
Next, clean out your makeup bag or the area where you apply your makeup. Alcohol your eyeliners and lip liners and sharpen them before putting them back into their homes. Clean the edges, lids and mirrors of compacts and palettes with a baby wipe. Items should be easy to spot and not look cluttered as a whole. I adore these darling glass + gold trays from Target. They allow your makeup items to lay flat while making them easy to spot. Bonus points: these trays are on sale and would makeup a fabulous Christmas gift for someone!
Next, clean and organize the top of your makeup vanity. I prefer to have close to nothing on top of the table I do my makeup on. It’s so incredibly refreshing to wake up and start your day with a blank slate. While searching for makeup vanity inspiration I found an underlying component in all of the pictures that I loved, fresh flowers.
Fresh flowers make any bathroom look expensive, no matter how small or big your room is. It’s one of the cheapest things you can do to make your space look elegant but also clean and inviting.
I’ve recently been using the Honest Company Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray and I plan to purchase a second one for my makeup bag. I think it’s a genius idea considering that cold and flu season is upon us. How perfect would this be to use right before you begin makeup in the morning to prevent germs from spreading? Also, can you tell that I’m married to a nurse? 😉
Last but not least, decide on a brush set that you love. Stick to coordinating colors and create a beautiful template with it. I adore the Bold Metals Collection from Real Techniques because I am a huge neutral lover in general. These brushes are so beautiful and would look stunning next to your newly cleaned makeup items.
And for the record, how adorable is their new Miracle Diamond Sponge applicator? This is art in itself!
If money is tight but you feel the urge to live a fabulous life, buy 1-2 brushes at a time. Another great option is Sephora because their brushes are always in stock and you can pick between all black or all silver. OCD freaks UNITE! And don’t forget to add brush cleaner too. If you keep it near your brushes in an easy-to-see spot, you’ll clean your brushes MUCH more often. I like Sonia Kashuk’s brush cleaner because it’s gentle and smells like lavender.
What’s weird is when I started this journey of becoming a minimalist (don’t worry, it’s transferred into every area of my life), is that it happened unintentionally. I was an overstressed mom who felt like she hardly had time for anything. Flash forward a year later and I truly appreciate the things that I have, each and every single item. Getting ready is a joy and I’ve found staple products that work well and look good on me. You’ll be surprised at how different you feel once you clean out the unwanted and welcome the new.
And for the record, it’s much easier to straighten your hair as a new mom than it is to curl it. 😉