Operation Momshell: Lips & Brows On Fleek!

lips and brows

Yeah I said it!! Fleek, fleek fleek. And yes I’m turning 34 next month. I’ll fleek if I wanna fleek! Anyway…. Hi girls! I told you about how I’m straightening up, in my last installment of Operation: Momshell, well, now I’m brightening up.  Despite, not being “that girl” I am turning into “that woman” that will get her stuff together and look like she gives a hoot about her appearance…at least once in a while.

Ok, I’m being unfair to myself. I do take pride in my appearance, but the full face of makeup is not on my normal self-care to do list. I’m slowly adding more in though. One day I’ll be fully confident in doing my full face with ease, in a timely manner, and not just being a mascara, liner and gloss kinda chick. I’m using YouTube gurus as my teachers and trying my hand at new looks.

Two new looks I’ve tried is the bright red lipstick (Sidebar: on YouTube the beauty girls call them lippies, and I think that’s much cuter, don’t you?) and sculpted brows. I found these through Mary Kay’s site. Mary Kay is the official makeup for Project Runway this season and they sent over some cool stuff. Some of which I didn’t know existed…like brow gel. That’s a thing. (Fun Fact: Mary Kay was the first makeup I ever tried. My aunt sold it, and I’d go into it and play around.) I get my brows done every 2 weeks, but in my day to day, there is no further upkeep. Before trying the sculpted brows look, I didn’t even use a brow brush to brush them into place…. I used the ol’ lick-your-finger-and-smooth-em-down technique. You can judge me. It’s OK.

Full disclosure, my technique doesn’t really work, and it’s compounded by the fact that each hair in my eyebrow goes in different directions all together. (So glad I learned about brow gel now!) I used the tips and instructions HERE to even them out a bit and get them looking better.  I have a ways to go with my technique, but I’m learning…and I’m getting there! I like making them look a little less groucho marx and a little more Dani. (left side done, right side left alone…do you see the difference? I do.)



For lips, my M.O. is gloss in a simple muted tone. I tried using a bright *ahem* lippie, and girls. My life is forever changed. I tried the lippie alone….. But… me being me, and wanting my lips to look larger, I glossed em up afterward. Me likey. My usual nude glossy lip and then just with the lipstick alone:




My whole thing with applying makeup (outside of not being 100% sure I’m doing it “right” and disliking the feel of heavy stuff on my face) is that I didn’t want to spend so much time on it.  At least, that was the excuse I told myself. HOWEVER: Tinted moisturizer, eye liner, mascara, blush, brows done, and lip done… total time: 9 minutes.

I think a momshell can handle an extra 9 minutes of time in the morning to ensure she’s leaving the house looking better than usual. I felt so much more polished and pulled together.

What’s your makeup routine? How long does it take you?

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  1. says

    Funny, I recently told a friend of mine that I need a quick and easy makeup tutorial. I have the same problem of not knowing what I’m doing and not liking a bunch of stuff on my face.

  2. heather says

    My make up routine is way shorter than it used to be. It really depends on where I am going as to how much make up I wear. I always wear mascara and a little eye shadow and lip gloss. I takes me about ten minutes to do my make up when I do my whole face.

  3. Margaret Smith says

    Usually it takes about 15 minutes for me to apply my makeup. First I use a concealer, bronzer, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara and then blush and gloss or lipstick.

  4. Madeline says

    It takes me about 15 minutes to apply makeup, mainly because I spend so much time on my brows these days. They’re a bit overplucked so I try to fill them back in and make it look natural—not easy!

  5. says

    I’m a sucker for good skin-care, but a minimalist on makeup. I need something that I can put on in the morning and not worry about all the re-applying the fashionistas seem to enjoy. Lipsense is my lip coloring of choice. Eyebrows: I use pencil and clear mascara to glue them down (no plucking for me, that hurts,) and BB cream and I’m set for the day. More glamour if I’m going “out.”

  6. says

    My makeup routine is relatively quick and probably only takes about 5-7 minutes. I focus on my eyes with a light “smokey” eye look, lightly line the brow, thin cat eye liner and mascara. I wear a lip stain in a plum color that lasts for hours at work.

  7. says

    My make up routine is quick, just foundation, powder and eye brow…so I look presentable to get out the door. But I guess I should add some lip gloss 😀

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  8. ELIZABETH P says

    I love eye shadow – it’s so easy and makes my eyes pop without much work! I wear foundation and lipgloss. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  9. Julie Wood says

    I am really fast with my makeup routine! I put on foundation, a bronzer, a berry lipstick with black eyeliner and a bronzing eyeshadow. It takes me about 5 minutes to do !!

  10. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I don’t have much of a makeup routine. I can’t seem to figure out how to put it on correctly or I’m not buying the right stuff.

  11. Tabathia B says

    Pretty basic and about 5 minutes, cleanse my face use facial moisturizer, maybe mascara and gloss

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  12. Betty C says

    The older I’ve gotten the less makeup I use. I’ve developed allergies to most make up and as I result I use very little. In fact, most days I have nothing but moisturizer. So my “routine” is about 3 minutes.

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