Editor Approved: The Easiest, Mom-Friendly, 5-Minute Makeup Routine

There’s something hypnotizing about all those Youtube makeup tutorial videos. But beyond the calming zen ofwatching someone else apply perfectly-straight eyeliner, they’re not really all that useful to most busy moms. Because let’s be honest, most of us haven’t been out past 10 pm in weeks, or even months.

This week, we asked our Managing Editor Rachel to spill her morning makeup routine. Almost everything can be applied with your finger, and all the products easily fit into a makeup bag that can be thrown in your bag. Read on for her glowy skin must-haves, favorite mascara (no raccoon eyes involved), and the lip gloss she can’t stop buying.



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Old Navy

Makeup Bag

These bags are basically indestructible. Buy three for all the things.

Drunk Elephant

Vitamin C Serum

It's pricey... but your skin is worth it. This Vitamin C serum is packed with antioxidants, helps with uneven skin tone and dullness.


Moisture Surge

Clinique's best-selling moisturizer is formulated without fragrance, and packed with hyaluronic acid and activated aloe water. It's like a drink of water for your skin.

Pyunkang Yul

Essence Toner

So what...exactly...is an essence? That was my question too. And maybe it still is? But this one is ultra-hydrating, absorbs quickly, and helps re-energize and replenish your skin. Whatever it is – it works.

IT Cosmetics

CC Cream

IT Cosmetics worked with plastic surgeons to develop this CC Cream. It's now a best seller, gives full coverage, and offers SPF 50 protection.


Makeup Sponge Applicator

My makeup applies like a dream whenever a BeautyBlender is involved. Use the pointed end for under eyes.


Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer doesn't crease, even after a day of chasing kids or meetings at the office. Choose a lighter shade to help brighten your undereyes.


Cloud Paint

My favorite part of Cloud Paint? It can be applied with your finger - no brush necessary. The color blends easily and is just enough of a pop of color.



Haloscope gives a slight dewy effect that helps me feel slightly more awake. Put a little on your cheekbones and nose and you're good to go.


Boy Brow

The creamy, wax formula of Boy Brow is the ultimate multi-tasker. It helps thicken, fill in, and groom brows into place.


Color Tattoo

This eyeshadow pot is sheer but buildable, perfect for daytime and then those (rare) date nights, too.



I've been using this eyeliner since college. It glides on easily and has major staying power.


Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara

My top mascara priority is finding one that doesn't end up making me look like a raccoon by 3 pm. And one that comes off easily. This does both and I've been using it for years.


Dewy Setting Spray

This step might seem a *little* extra – but I swear it keeps my makeup from budging all day. There's also a matte version for anyone who has oily skin.


Butter Gloss

At $4.99 a pop, it's hard not to buy a new one of these every time I go to Ulta. It comes in 30 colors and is glossy, but not sticky.

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