Ever since I quit my job to move back to the United States and be a full-time freelancer, I haven’t worried nearly as much about my makeup and beauty routine. It’s not that I’ve been letting myself go; it’s just that my priorities shifted. After the birth of my twins, my beauty routine became almost non-existent as my life and routine was thrown for a loop when I became a mother.
Luckily my husband and the twins don’t seem to mind that I like to go for the minimalist look when it comes to my beauty routine and budget. In fact, I think my husband kind of likes it because it doesn’t take me a long time to get ready, and we can always find a better use for our money than putting it towards a lot of cosmetics and other beauty products.
However, even though I don’t like to spend a lot of time or money on my beauty routine, I still like to look nice. Here’s how do it with minimal effort.
Make Products Do Double (or Triple) Duty
One way I’m able to stick to a minimal number of makeup and beauty products is by avoiding things that are one-hit wonders. Nearly every product I own and use can be used for more than one function, or can take the place of several other products. For example, a CC cream is a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation all in one product. This streamlines your makeup routine and saves you from having to buy and store all three products in your cabinet or makeup bag.
Don’t Expand, Only Replace
To help me stick to my strict budget, I don’t buy new products just to “try them out”. These days I only plan to buy new beauty products when the ones I currently own are used up. In fact, I just replaced the mascara that I bought right before my kids were born almost a year ago!
Use Nature to Your Advantage
Drinking water and getting as much beauty sleep as possible are great ways to stay looking, and feeling, your best. Bonus: they are all natural and pretty much free! My sleep time is often interrupted by things like motherhood and work, but I still try to get as much rest as I can because I know that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be able to take care of anyone else in my family.
Last but not least, you should love yourself with or without a lot of makeup and beauty products. A lot of women tend to look at makeup as a way to cover up imperfections or things they don’t like about themselves and their appearance. Instead these products should be used minimally to highlight the beauty and uniqueness that all of us already possess. By learning to love ourselves just the way we are, we will be able to save time, money, and space in our lives.
Do you have an inexpensive beauty routine?