You’re trying to rouse your sleepy toddler out of bed, get those brown-bag lunches together, and get yourself decently dressed for work. When mornings are manic, there’s very little time—if any—to even slather on some sunscreen. That doesn’t mean that you have to head into work bare-faced, though. Use these six must-have beauty products — and ensure a pretty a.m. drop-off every time.
A working mom’s bestie, concealer can cover blemishes —and the fact that you were up all night with your five-month-old, too. Score some extra minutes by dabbing it onto your finger first and then covering the darker areas. Tip: Use your ring finger to apply concealer underneath your eyes to avoid pulling on the skin.
Cream blush can do double duty on your face. Use it on your cheeks, and then depending on the color, you can swipe it over your eyelids, too. Sheer formulas and neutral shades—like a peachy bronze color—can work great with many skin tones.
If you overzealously plucked your eyebrows in high school, now’s the time to fill them in. Use the brush at the end of the pencil to blend in the color for a natural look.
Mascara is one of the quickest beauty products to apply, and can instantly transform your face. If your lashes are pale, mascara can help define them and open up your eyes, making you look more alert and less tired.
To protect the skin under your eyes (which is the most sensitive), opt for an eyeliner pencil that goes on super soft, like Smashbox Always Sharp. Not only will it go on more easily, but it will blend well without you having to damage your skin.
Sure, it’s the middle of winter and you’re a hazy shade of pale. But using tinted moisturizer can help warm up your skin tone and give you a healthy glow. Extra beauty points if you get tinted moisturizer with sunscreen!