How To Revamp Your Makeup Routine with Kids

a woman applying makeup in a mirror

Now that you’ve got a tiny child taking over your life, demanding your constant attention, you may begin to feel like you’re losing your sense of self. That feeling is perfectly normal, and incorporating some of your old routines into your new schedule can help. For many women, this means returning to their beauty regimen as a form of quiet time and self care.

That said, you probably won’t have the time to return to your full routine, especially if you’re fond of time-consuming methods like the Korean beauty technique and Kardashian-like contouring. That’s OK; here are some quick tips to revamp your routine that will leave you feeling just as beautiful as before:

1. Speed up your cleansing routine

Chances are you won’t have time to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize every day anymore, let alone add any serums and beauty creams. That’s why facial wipes are a godsend. They remove dirt, oil and even makeup with just a few quick wipes.

For a bit of a deeper clean, try micellar water. This French favorite isn’t water from the tap; it actually contains a surfactant that allows it to break down and pull away oil. Just soak a cotton pad and wipe over your face a few times; you’ll be amazed at the results!

Keep in mind that micellar water isn’t strong enough to remove a full face of makeup, so you may still need to use makeup remover beforehand. That said, it’s a much easier way to clean your face than the typical method.

A close up of a woman's closed eye with water droplets running down her face.Micellar water is a great way to quickly clean your face.

2. Always moisturize and use sunscreen

The healthier your natural skin is, the less concealer and foundation you need to cover up blemishes. A good skincare routine always includes moisturizer and sunscreen to keep your skin hydrated and reduce sun damage. When combined, years of using these products helps prevent wrinkles and discoloration.

Always choose non-comedogenic products (meaning they don’t block your pores) and go for a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Also, be liberal with your application; most people don’t use enough of either product to get the most benefits.

3. Stick to the basics

Now that your skin is all good to go, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your makeup routine. Moms usually don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, so you may have to cut back on a lot of products.

Lucky for you, the natural makeup look is still in! In fact, makeup trends are more diverse than ever these days, ranging from glittery show makeup to nude looks. As such, no one should look twice when they see you rocking your natural or almost-natural face.

To get the perfect natural look, you only need a few simple makeup basics:


  • Eyeliner to sweep across your lash line and enhance your eyes.
  • Mascara to make your eyelashes pop.
  • Eyebrow pencils, powders or gels to enhance your expressive face.
  • Lip tints for a beautiful pout.

If you want, you can also add concealer or BB cream to even your skin tone and cheek stain for a bit of color.

As a new mom, you may not have time for your full-fledged makeup routine anymore. Set aside your primers, powders, contour kits and finishing sprays, and adopt this simple routine instead.

Autumn Green is an artist-turned-writer who traded the sweet tea of the south for the deep dish pizza of Chicago. Her favorite subjects include art, culture, design, small business/entrepreneurship and healthful living.