When you’re a mother, you’re always pressed for time. With the kids and the husband bring a priority, it’s often the case that women who are mothers don’t have time for themselves. That’s why sometimes a mom’s makeup routine has to be cut in half, because there are so many other pressing matters to attend to. But of course, that doesn’t mean a mother can’t look presentable. In this Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we’re counting down some of the best gifts for moms who are obsessed with makeup and won’t go without it despite their hectic schedules. Before we head over to that list, however, here are some mom-approved makeup tips from makeup artist and mother Laura Geller.
- Go for powder foundation to get the best coverage. Laura Geller suggested to Parents Magazine that powder foundation is best for on-the-go moms who don’t have time to perfectly blend liquid or cream foundations. It can also be used to cover up those eye bags!
- It’s all about the eyes. Geller recommends spending time on doing your eyeliner, eyelashes, and eyebrows to make your face come alive. Go for mascara that is a deep black so you can just swipe and go, and even forget about putting mascara on your lower lashes. Go for waterproof gel eyeliner that will stay put all day because who has time for touch ups when you have brunches and playdates to attend?
- Blush can be used more ways than one. Geller said that putting blush on the cheeks can bring a glow to the face, but adding it to the eyelids can definitely level up your makeup game.
Find all the great gifts for moms who are obsessed with makeup in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide, and check out other women’s recommendations too. Discover your mother’s new favorite makeup in this list.
1. BareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Moms need foundation that can be applied in seconds. This loose powder foundation from BareMinerals contains just seven all-natural ingredients for breathable, sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish that moms will love. It features mineral pigments and titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide mineral sunscreen protection (SPF 15). It also contains silica, calcium silicate and lauroyl lysine that provides a matte finish and a silky-soft skin feel. The best part? It’s free of mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and other synthetic or chemical-based ingredients. Women love it so much that it has over 7,000 reviews on Sephora.
Promising review: “I have been using BareMinerals Foundation for about 5 years and love it. I typically get oily throughout the day and usually need to dust a little more on to cover the shine. Since I have switched the the Matte Foundation I don’t need to touch up to cover the shine, it lasts all day and it get flawless coverage without having to apply heavily. I definitely recommend this product!” Jamie D.
2. Perricone MD High Potency Classics Face Finishing and Firming Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
For busy moms, tinted moisturizers are one of the best things that have happened to makeup. It not only kills two birds with one stone, it’s super easy to use too. Perricone MD’s High Potency Classics Face Finishing and Firming Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer that goes on smoothly for an effortless application. It features a pearlescent, pigment-filled micro-capsules that release upon application to provide a natural-looking glow. It not only brings back natural color to the face, it also provides optimal hydration so that skin stays plump and signs of aging are kept at bay. It also has SPF 30 to protect against sun damage. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with a 92% recommendation rating on Ulta.
Promising review: “On days where you don’t want to wear foundation this gives your skin a lovely glow with some color to dim the paleness. It does give a dewy finish but then dries to a glow/sheen but not greasy. It absorbs easily but may linger a bit in high humid conditions. I provides sunscreen, moisture and slip so perfect under foundation. Just a great all around product.” Vinxy
3. Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer
Developed with busy women in mind, this high coverage concealer from Huda Beauty is a total miracle product. It is a full-coverage creamy concealer that’s packed with skincare actives and a cooling zamac tip. It features 31% pure pigment and multi-action skincare actives so that it effectively covers and conceals while soothing the skin around the eyes to alleviate dark spots and bags. It effectively conceals dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and discoloration thanks to its easy to apply formula that is infused with green tea. It provides a beautiful, luminous matte finish that’s perfect for everyday use. Loved by over 40,000 women on Sephora.
Promising review: “This concealer may just be the best that I have ever used! It’s creamy, super blend-able, and covers like a dream. I am a busy mom and it’s hard to find a concealer that covers adequately and stays put. This does both so well. A must have!” Court
4. Butter London Power Up Mascara
Your mother will have to prepare to change the way she does eye makeup with this groundbreaking mascara from Butter London. This mascara will provide all day lasting curl and definition thanks to its unique blend of waxes that instantly delivers length and style to lashes. It features a multi-functional curved brush that may take time to get used to as per the reviews, but is very well worth it as it reaches even the smallest lashes to lengthen and thicken them. It contains jojoba extract that softens and hydrates lashes and specialized polymer that keeps lashes resistant to water, smudging, and flaking. This product has a whopping 100% recommendation rating on Ulta.
Promising review: “When I first opened this [and] while applying, I wasn’t sure [about the wand]. I am usually not a fan of these type of brushes. But oh my! I curled my lashes first and after two coats it looked like I am wearing false lashes! Now, my lashes are longer and decently full but this is by far my new favorite mascara! Love that it is water-resistant, normally I only wear waterproof as I am a contact lens wearer and I tend to have watery eyes at some point in the day.” Katpem
5. Drunk Elephant Out of Office
Great makeup application begins with good, healthy skin. This Mother’s Day, give your makeup-obsessed mom this Drunk Elephant kit that will effectively improve the condition of her skin. This kit features Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, and D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. The Lippe Balm moisturizes and nourishes the lips with its long-staying formula, while the D-Bronzi™ Anti-pollution Sunshine Serum provides gorgeous color without the sun damage. Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil delivers all the good benefits of Omega 6 and 9. This kit is loved by over 20,000 women, is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and has a 92% recommendation rating on Sephora.
Promising review: “For $25, this was a hit. I would have never tried the bronzer if they did not have this set and I think it is almost essential now to give my pale skin a little lift.” MMC
6. Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color
Not all lipsticks are created equal. Some are designed to change the game. This new arrival from Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty brand features easy to apply colors with a formula that conditions and protects lips from drying. It has a soft matte and cream finish that lasts all day long. It is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars and has a 97% recommendation rating on Ulta.
Promising review: “I am realtor and need to always ‘keep a good face’ and this product does it for me. I don’t have to keep reapplying throughout the day. One time use for me for the day. Lasts into the night too! Love it!” Sandy
7. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look Eyeshadow & Face Palette
Moms need makeup that’s versatile and can fit in their purse. They don’t have time or energy to lug around lots and lots of makeup, so this palette from Charlotte Tilbury is perfect for busy moms with young kids. This limited edition palette lets mothers created a bronzed, beautiful, fresh, and radiant look, all in one compact that’s easy to carry! It features Eye Brighten, an eye brightening primary for the eyelids, and Eye Enhance for the crease and lash line. Eye Smoke helps create an evening ook, while Face Bronze is perfect for sculpting and adding a sun-kissed warmth. Cheek Swish brings radiance to the cheeks while Cheek Pop delivers a natural blush. Lastly, Face Highlighter brings a gorgeous finishing touch to your mother’s beauty routine. Shop at Nordstrom.
8. Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes
Busy moms never leave home without wipes and Aveeno’s wipes are perfect for on the go makeup removal. It contains moisture-rich natural soy extract that gently and effectively removes all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara. It lifts up oil and dirt to leave skin refreshed. Shop at Ulta.
9. Coola Classic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray Green Tea and Aloe
We love a product that does two things at the same time, because we know how much moms need functionality and efficiency. This organic makeup setting spray from COOLA effectively provides a weightless, matte finish thanks to its mist that keeps makeup looking fresh all day. Its advanced formula is powered by cucumber and aloe vera extracts, as well as hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated. The best part is that it has SPF 30 to protect against sun damage. This product is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars and has an 87% recommendation rating on Ulta.
Promising review: “I bought this for the makeup setting and SPF factor. I had no idea how amazing it smelled until I applied it the first time! It’s also great when your face gets hot or if you just want to feel refreshed.” Resa
10. Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Removing makeup need not be a chore. Busy moms need a product that’s affordable (we know you’d rather spend that on makeup, not makeup remover!), effective, and efficient. Neutrogena’s oil-free dual-phase makeup remover works even on waterproof eye makeup to effectively remove it without tugging, pulling, or stinging the skin. It contains aloe and cucumber extracts to gently cool and soothe the skin. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and has a 93% recommendation rating on Ulta.
Promising review: “Nothing gets my waterproof mascara off better than this! I shake it up, add it on cotton pads, let them sit on my eyes for a few seconds and it’s ALL gone. I don’t have to rub my eyes red for this stuff to get my makeup off. I really enjoy using this, it’s awesome!” Amanda
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