Makeup and mum-life
It can sometimes feel like oil and water… time is of the essence in motherhood and makeup is one of the first things to go in the everyday routine as the minutes and seconds of our days become consumed by our children.
We chatted to local mum and freelance makeup artist, Tara from Black Lash Makeup Design and got the scoop on what she recommends mamas invest in for their makeup drawers!
About you: Tell us a bit about yourself, your family and your philosophies on life (or makeup!)
I’m 39, married and I have 4 kids. 6 year old twins Sadie and Patience, 3 year old Luca and my little boy Finn is 2. When I left school I had studied makeup artistry but just never really committed to a career in it, so after Finn was born I decided to follow my dream and started my business, Black Lash Makeup Design.
I love being a mum and being home for my kids but I also love being able to do something that I am really passionate about and that brings me joy.
My makeup philosophy is simple – beautiful, long-wearing and flattering, whilst always being respectful of the clients wishes.
I love to work with brides and their families, to help manage the stress of their very special day. I also want to make social events a less stressful time for mums; most of us don’t go out often which makes the expense of buying a lot of products and the stress of knowing how to use them wasteful and time consuming.
I love helping mums feel beautiful and confident in their own skin and make any occasion that bit more special for them.
Many mums describe having ZERO time for makeup in the mornings, what would you recommend mums to apply/do when they can only squeeze in time for the bare minimum?
One of the things I get asked about the most is tips and tricks for when you only have a small window of time to get ready ie every mum, every day! There’s a few things which I think really make a difference to how you look and more importantly how you feel when you leave the house. Somedays I do all of them, somedays I only have the energy to do one:
It’s so important to look after your skin. As you get older it’s definitely the first thing that gives away your age, or makes you look older than you really are! I don’t use expensive products but I do make sure that I cleanse morning and night and apply a moisturiser with SPF during the day. Most days, moisturiser is the only thing I apply to my skin but if you are after a quick and relatively inexpensive alternative there are so many BB creams out there to choose from.
This can get confusing… For the most part I only use concealer under my eyes to hide my designer bags. If this is you: try to pick a peachy undertone similar to your skin colour as this will cover dark circles. I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer which has a cream consistency and I use a brush to apply a minimal amount, but patting it on with your finger is fine as long as you use it sparingly so that it doesn’t settle in the creases or any (<gasp>) wrinkles you might have.
I love Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment. It’s quick and makes your lips look nourished and full. If you like gloss or lipstick then a slick of colour can easily take a look from “school pick up” “to dinner with friends”.
One word – mascara! I don’t do this every day but when I’m feeling a little bit more adventurous or I have an extra 90 seconds I do a couple of coats. I have really short, sparse lashes so I find this makes quite a difference to my appearance. If you are genetically blessed with long dark lashes or are lucky enough to have lash extensions or a lift then I’d bypass this every time!
This is something I always make time for. I never leave the house without my brows ‘done’. If you are lucky and you have wonderful full brows that frame your face then there is probably very little you need to do. Maybe a bit of brow mascara or clear brow gel to hold them in place, if you can be bothered. If you are like me however and you over-tweezed hideously in your teenage years, a bit of love in this area can really make a difference to your sleep deprived face! A brow crayon/pencil with a waxy texture, (Maybelline Brow Drama is a goodie), will fill the spaces nicely to give a fuller appearance without looking ‘drawn’ on and the intensity builds up slowly. Just follow the natural shape of your brow underneath to give some structure and shade in the gaps along the length of the brow.
A tint, blush or highlighter can really help to bring life to your face. Even just a small amount on the apples of your cheeks gives you a natural glow and gives the appearance of youthful fresh skin. I like to think it makes me look as though I’ve been exercising (haha!)
What are your makeup bag essentials – the things you would recommend to all mums?
1. A good moisturiser
Whether you spend $20 or $200 skin needs moisturising. As I mentioned before, I always use a moisturiser in the morning with an SPF in it and rarely apply anything else. Skin that is hydrated and protected from sun damage looks better, full stop.
The colours and textures to choose from are endless and it is such a personal choice. I would suggest going through as many testers as you can until you find something that you are really comfortable wearing. If you are not someone who spends a lot of money on makeup buy a shade that will go with most things and that you would be comfortable wearing in most circumstances. If you get the right colour your lipstick can also be used as blush. Just rub a small amount onto the back of your hand and use your fingertips or a brush to pat it onto the apples of your cheeks. Build up the intensity slowly.
3. Brow product
My suggestion here is to try a number of different things so you can work out what you like the best. Go to counters and get them to apply the different products so you can see how tricky they are to use and whether you like the way they look before you invest dollars. I use a pomade and powder filler a lot but I also have pencil for days when I’m in a super hurry. If you have an eyeshadow that will match your eyebrow colour then you can use that!
I don’t often wear foundation but I do conceal under my eyes and any blemishes or redness I get on my chin and under my nose. I rarely use a liquid concealer or one that sets. They can be thicker, trickier to apply and if you use too much they will settle into the creases in your skin which really doesn’t look great.
And the number one thing I recommend for all mums to have in their makeup bags is Paw Paw Ointment.
This is an essential in my makeup bag, I use it on my lips all day, it is a fantastic moisturiser and soothes broken and chapped skin.
Makeup brushes/sponges and other tools, do we need them?
What are good brushes/tools to start with (type of product/brush and brand)?
If I’m honest you don’t need a ton of brushes or tools to be able to do a decent job with your makeup.
Beauty blenders are right in and are a cheap alternative in most cases. I prefer brushes and there are so many to choose from.
Priceline carries a huge selection from various brands and often has them at discounted rates. Companies like Designer Brands and Nude by Nature have ‘starter packs’ which include the basic brushes you would need to produce a complete makeup look at a reasonable price.
If you do want to use brushes just remember to give them a clean with baby shampoo or a brush cleanser every few uses so that you keep them in good condition.
Chemist/chain store VS makeup brand/cosmetic counter.
Is cheaper makeup as good as their more expensive counterparts?
What would you splurge on and what would you save on?
To me, makeup is a bit like wine, if you like it, it doesn’t matter if it cost $10 or $110. I’m not going to lie the majority of my kit is MAC and I’ve always used many of their products. I also have a Mecca habit which may see me remortgage my home! But there are definitely some things that you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money on and they will still do the job nicely.
Mascara – I never buy expensive mascara. Maybelline have been making mascara since the early 1900’s and are very good at it!
Base – I don’t think you need to buy the most expensive foundation on the market but I do believe that when it comes to your base, if you spend a bit more you get a better product.
Eyeshadows – The number one thing I look for in an eyeshadow is to ensure that it isn’t too cakey. Some cheaper brands are too powdery or dusty which means you get fallout around and under your eye which can ruin your whole look. The other thing to look for is pigment. You want to be able to get a nice colour payoff without having to use a lot of product and this is where your more expensive brands can work out to be better. The less you use, the longer it lasts.
What is an easy, go-to look for a glam night out? (ie something we can achieve with a toddler drawing on the bathroom walls and a baby on our boob)
My favourite part of actually going anywhere has always been doing my face but I know that isn’t the case for so many mummas out there. You should always feel comfortable and confident in your makeup so choosing a look which makes you feel beautiful and glam while still feeling like yourself is important! If time and minimal fuss is the top of your makeup priority list however, you can’t beat a red, or simply, bold lip!
A bold lip always looks glam and with the attention on your mouth you can get away with merely grooming your brows and couple of decent coats of mascara. A wash of colour on your cheeks will tie it all together. Of course if you have a bit of extra time, some neutral shadow to the lid of your eye and some black liner smudged in to the top and lower lash lines will give you a professional finish!
“…you can’t beat a red, or simply, bold lip.”