by Sweat Cosmetics |
If you didn’t know before, between the five Sweat™ founders, there are 8 Sweat™ h̶e̶i̶r̶s̶ kids. It's hard to believe I have two of my own, but here I am, trying to maneuver my way through life with a 2 year old in one arm and a 5 week old in the other. Thankfully, they are adorable and worth every chaotic moment, but there are a few things I had to quickly learn in order to make my life easier.
Rewind about 4 years ago, and anyone who knows me would tell you it took me an hour or more to get ready for anything. I took my time, I would try new makeup techniques, I would wash, dry and style my hair, all of which is unheard of these days. I need a quick routine to get me up and out of the house before my toddler asks for his 100th snack and before my newborn realizes his diaper is dirty… again.
And I want to be clear, this routine is not just for mamas full of dry shampoo. We are all lady bosses who need to get sh*t done. We have places to go, people to see, and don’t have time like we used to. Below I am sharing my basic morning routine that allows me to look appropriately done for whatever my day (or toddler) throws at me.
I am a victim of over-washing. I didn’t think that was possible, but apparently I breakout from being overly dry, not oily. So for this step, I grab two cotton pads and a cleansing water. If you washed your face the night before, which I hope you did, your face shouldn’t be too dirty in the morning, but you definitely want to start with a clean slate. For this step, do you. Cleansing water, gentle face wash, or even a cleansing wipe.
What a coincidence, we actually make cleansing towelettes - SHOP CLEANSING TOWELETTES
Some people like to load up on serums (*cough* Taryn) and I don’t blame them! Save all the fancy stuff for your night routine, and keep the morning simple and light. My advice is to pick one. Recently, I have been using a Hyaluronic Acid serum. It’s the perfect way to get an extra jolt of hydration without using heavy oils and creams. Vitamin C is a known favorite for the morning routine because it will brighten and wake you up! You have to be sure to wear an SPF when you use Vitamin C because it can cause some major sun sensitivity.
Face + Eyes + Lips. I group these into one category, but each calls for a different product.
Face: something that will soak into your skin. Anything too thick will sit on top of your skin, clog pores and make your makeup look cakey. We don't have time for that!
Eyes: I opt for an eye gel in the morning. It’s lightweight, cooling, and a little more tacky so it will help everything on top stay in place.
Lips: basic lip balm will do. We want those bad boys looking luscious!
Personally, I think this step is optional. Some people may disagree, and you know what - DO YOU! Yes, it will make your makeup last longer. No, I don’t always do this because I’m lazy and want to save my primer for really important events like d̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶n̶i̶g̶h̶t̶s̶ Target runs.
Hit the hot spots: under eyes, down the center of your face and on any blemishes. I use a liquid concealer because it lasts longer. Creamy concealer just does not work well with sweat!
Notice I’m not even giving you the option of using another foundation because you deserve the best! This powder looks flawless over concealer, blends naturally into your skin, lasts all day, AND has SPF 30. *insert old infomercial voice* “But wait, there’s more!” Our foundation comes in two forms: Twist-Brush and Jar. Personally, I start every day with the Jar because I can control the amount of coverage. I keep the Twist-Brush to de-shine or touch up on SPF throughout the day.
Jar application: I section my face and work the product into each section. Start with one cheek and work your way around that side of the face. Switch the the next side. Work product into your forehead, and finish on the chin and nose.
I recommend picking one finishing product and letting it shine, no pun intended. Bronzer will give you a more defined look. Blush will give you a pop of color if you're feeling a little dull. And a highlighter or Illuminator will give your face a little pick-me-up. If you were attending a night on the town, I would say use all three. But for a normal, low-key day, you don’t want to over do it.
I have thicker brows so I use a basic brow tint to add a little shape. If you want more definition, use a brow pencil to fill in any gaps, and then use the brown tint over the pencil. It helps blend the lines. The key is to keep everything looking and feeling light and natural.
I am a sucker for big lashes, so I usually go all out, no matter what kind of day I'm having. I use a white lash primer first, and then go over the top with a dark black mascara. If you want a more subtle look, gentle swipe a couple coats of black mascara, just enough to make your eyes pop!
Some days, I use a basic chapstick and keep things simple. Other days, I grab a tinted balm to spice things up! Depends on how fierce I'm feeling that day ;) If you're hanging around the house and feeling a little dry, go for the chapstick. If you're leaving the house, even if it's just for coffee, have the confidence to reach for that red lipstick you've been dying to try!