Mommy Makeup: On Not Letting Myself Go

Lately I've been realizing that how I wear makeup as a Mom is a bit different from how I wore it as a working woman.  Now don't worry, I'm not letting myself go, just being honest about the realities of motherhood.  I need a few more 'quick fixes' as I often have less time to apply primer, foundation, powder, eye shadow primer, a few tones of get the point.

In the past few months I've discovered the wonders of three go-to items. Great mascara, stellar lipstick, and some under-eye coverage.  If I've got time I'll throw on blush, eye shadow, and powder, but I admit this doesn't happen everyday and with summer around the corner, I'm thinking my makeup essentials will remain small.

Although I have been loving Lash Blast Fusion Mascara, Covergirl Natureluxe foundation, and either Benefit's Lady's Choice or my new love (thanks to my Mom's makeup drawer) Mary Kay Plum Prune lipstick, I realize I need some updates.  A mascara that won't smudge from the pool to play this summer, and some lipstick that won't come off on Anderson as I end up kissing him mulitple times a day.

Who should I turn to?  Kimberly of Kajal by Kimberly of course.  She did my makeup, and my Moms!, for my wedding day and did an excellent job.  I loved how she made me look so natural yet bridal, and well, when she was done with my Mom's makeup my Mom ran out of the powder room yelling, "I'm beautiful!!"  Kimberly is about to be a Mom herself in a few short weeks so I thought who better to get tips from? Here are some of her thoughts!

Q: What's your favorite mascara to wear all day from the pool to playtime?

A:  Mascara is so can make your eyes awake even if you're not.  I believe you don't need to spend a ton of cash on this product.  Right now I'm loving L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. It comes in waterproof for the pool or hot days.  In my makeup kit I always have MAC Zoom Lash in black as well.

Q: Any lipsticks you recommend that will stay on without rubbing off too quickly on the little ones?

A:  I'd recommend Lip Stains.  It gives you color that stays on and doesn't rub off while giving kisses to your little ones.

A recent fav is NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.  It goes on glossy and is so hydrating, but it stains your lips as well.  It's convenient and portable.

Q:  Should I really believe caffeine in undereye lotion is going to make me look less sleep deprived?

A: Love this question..I know for one I can't wait to up my caffeine intake:) Yes it has properties that tighten the eye area as well as hydrate. It's not going to fix your undereye forever, but it's a quick fix me up used in a lot of backstage fashion shows.

As far as the undereye is concerned- find something that agrees with you and use it daily to see benefits.  I love Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream.

Q: We're heading into the heat of summer.  What foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, or combo, will be your go-to this summer?

A: During the summer it's wonderful to get away with less.  NARS cosmetics just came out with a wonderful tinted moisturizer called Pure Radiant.   It has an SPF of 30, great coverage and gives you a healthy glow without feeling like you have a ton of makeup on.

Q: Do you travel across state lines to do makeup for various events?! 

A: Makeup is my passion and it's such an honor to me that women trust me on the most important occasions of their lives.  I'm constantly looking for new ways to do things & trying to constantly evolve to the next level.  I've been blessed with a great business in the Cleveland,OH  and Charlotte, NC area.  I will be traveling this summer to Toronto Canada, Ohio as well as Washington DC to do makeup.  I'm super excited to be a mom and see what that will turn into makeup wise.  

Thanks so much for your input Kimberly!  I'm inspired to go check out these products she mentioned and thankful for the many quick fixes out there!


  1. Of course you know I will be going out buy each of those items now!!

  2. Exactly how I feel!

  3. This is an amazing post, LB!! Love it. I'm definitely wanting to try the mascara and lip products. I'm so encouraged because I've definitely let myself go (not that I ever had it) since becoming a mom. Next can you interview a fashion person?!

  4. Kara- good point. I have a fashionista or two in mind!

  5. By the way, you were a gorgeous gorgeous bride. Love that picture.

  6. well thanks, kara. ;)