June 14, 2017 - Better You, Hair and Beauty, Makeup

Makeup Simplified – How I Wore it More by Wearing Less

By Jessica Pigza

After having kids I fell into the makeup rut that I’m sure most of us go through. I became an all or nothing girl. I either had everything done from the powder and concealer, to the eyes, lips and cheeks, or, nothing at all. Before kids I would take my time carefully and correctly placing each element on my face. It took some time to make this look a reality but I enjoyed it.

Then, a new reality set in, I had a baby, then another and another. I had three kids in four and a half years and how I spent my time completely changed. My makeup routine took too long for what limited time I had now and I didn’t know any other way, so I just stopped wearing any all together. I would save my makeup for church, date nights or fancy events. Sadly I didn’t feel pretty and I eventually realized I needed to have a middle ground.

Everything I’ve read said play with your makeup, try new looks, new ideas, but I never did. I always had an excuse. I never wanted to try anything new in the morning because I was always in a rush and the last thing I wanted to do was leave the house looking like a clown. And at night I was just too darn tired to put effort in, I wanted to get the kids in bed, shower and get in bed myself, makeup was the last thing on my mind. However, one morning something came over me, I felt a small desire to be hit with the pretty stick, I didn’t need to be smacked over the head with it, but just a tap would do. I didn’t have much time but I realized that even if it didn’t look perfect, I knew I was putting in some effort.

Four Simple Steps to Perfect Mom Makeup

So, I started by covering up the dark circles under my eyes (thanks kids), then used a light shadow, some mascara and some lipgloss.

Step 1:  Conceal – Cover dark shadows and even out skin tone with a blendable concealer.  Tip:  Try one with light diffusing or reflective ingredients to brighten under eye area.

[Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer]

Step 2:  Eye Shadow – A swipe of eyeshadow on the lid is all it takes to brighten your eyes up.  Tip:  Try a champagne shade, it flatters all skin tones.

[Julep Eyeshadow 101 Creme to Powder Eyeshadow Stick – Champagne Shimmer]

Step 3:  Mascara – Apply one to two coats to define your eyes. Tip:  Curl your lashes before applying mascara to make eyes look more awake or try a brand with a brush that does the curling for you.

[Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara]

Step 4:  Lip Gloss – A pretty pink gloss works for everyone.  Tip:  Splurge a little on one that feels truly special to add a little luxury to your routine.

[NARS Lip Gloss – Turkish Delight]

I wasn’t in full makeup but it was enough that I looked awake and put together and it took me five minutes or less. I went through my day feeling good, which I liked, and the icing on the cake came that evening when my husband complimented me on my experimental look. He couldn’t put his finger on what exactly I had done, but he said I looked different, but a good different. He liked it! It was then that I knew this simplified way of putting on makeup was more than enough. I went from an all or nothing look, to having something in the middle and now I find myself wearing makeup more by wearing less.

Just thinking about playing with your makeup routine isn’t enough, actually do it! You might be surprised by what you find you like and how easy your daily makeup routine can become. Don’t wait for a special occasion or a night out to feel pretty, remember that you deserve to feel pretty everyday!

Road trips with the kids equal fun chaos! A simplified makeup routine helps me get everyone out of the hotel and back on the road quickly, and I still feel put together. Photo courtesy of my oldest, Sophia.

About Jessica

Jessica is military wife and stay at home mother to three energetic and fearless children, Sophia, Brandon and Rachel. Originally from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, the military life has given her a chance to live all over the United States and meet many amazing people along the way.







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  • I was just discussing this issue of with a friend of mine (we are both military wives and moms of young children). Super helpful and I passed it on to her as well! Thanks for sharing!


    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      I’m so happy you liked! It’s always fun talking with other military spouses and realizing we are all going through the same thing. Thank you to you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

  • Laura

    I have my typical routine for makeup and then my quick one and it pretty much includes everything you mentioned! Even a little bit of makeup makes me feel more refreshed and polished!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Isn’t it amazing how just a little bit of makeup can make such a big difference? It can be such a mood changer 🙂

  • I always love a make up post! This is all great information because I use very little makeup, mostly because I am so bad at applying it. One of my link ups didn’t turn out right, my finger slipped and I hit send or something. It’s 39. Sorry. Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      I never used to wear my makeup right either, even now I’m no pro but playing with it has made me feel more comfortable. I also found YouTube to be very helpful in learning some application tips and tricks 🙂

  • These are some great tips and I so agree ..less is more!! I am all about that! Thanks for sharing and havve a great day!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thanks! I’m learning the value of ‘less is more’ especially trying to keep up with the kids. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Middle ground is always good. I like the less is more approach and a more natural look. I’m so happy you found your happy middle and the fact your husband noticed…WIN!!!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you so much! I was shocked too! I didn’t expect him to notice but he did! It taught me that even little things can make a big difference 🙂

  • I love this, this is the look I mostly do for work, no one wants to see my look like I just woke up. Even if I don’t feel awake at least I can pretend I am 🙂 Thanks for the tips. I’m going to try that shadow stick.

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Honey I swear most of us are faking being awake, I know I am! My hope is that if I look awake maybe I can trick myself into believing it too 🙂

  • Kellyann

    Thanks for linking up with Jennie and me for Fabulous Friday! I’m always up for a great make up post!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Shelley

    Great tips! I’m right there – all or nothing. I needed this permission to just do a little something.

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Go for it! Play with your look and find out what ‘little something’ works for you. Good luck and thank you for your comment 🙂

  • Rania Abdulla

    lol sounds like my life…now you are just rushing to put on what you can in the 5 minutes they allow you…lol..Would love to connect at http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2017/06/14/weight-lifting-for-women/

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      I always think life will slow down, but I’m realizing it’s not going to with my three little munchkins. I’m learning to take what time they give me and make the most of it 🙂

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Gina Lincicum

    Hi Jessica–so are you doing just concealer, no foundation or BB cream?

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Hi Gina, when I’m doing my simplified makeup I just use concealer but when I have more time I use BareMinerals powder foundation.