Feeling inspired by the makeovers in our May issue? Here's everything you'll need to revamp your own beauty routine.
If you spotted the amazing mom makeovers in the May issue of Real Simple (trust us, you don't want to miss them!), then you're probably feeling inspired to spruce up your own beauty routine. To update your look without investing a ton of time (or extra cash), check out the key products makeup artist Moani Lee used on the moms in the story (and for more ideas, follow her on Instagram). Whether you're looking to erase fine lines around your eyes or you just want to learn how to have more fun with your routine, let these go-to products inspire you to shake things up this spring.
If you caught Chanté's makeover in the May issue, then you already read about how this single mom of two wanted a beauty refresh as she prepares to start dating. After adding soft brown highlights and long layers to her hair, the makeup was all about a routine that could take her from day to night.
"Chanté was big on playing up her eyes and picking up some product tips that could take her from a quick daytime look to a quick nighttime look for date nights after work," explains Lee. One coat of this Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil is perfect for daytime, while adding a few more coats amps up the drama for date night.
After devoting years to adopting and raising two daughters and caring for her elderly parents, Joan realized that she had been doing her makeup the same way for 30 years. This part-time small business consultant was ready for a refresh.
"Joan wanted something easy, hassle-free, and she expressed that she LOVED a strong lip, but had trouble making the lip product stay intact and impactful," Lee says. By adding a lip primer to her routine, Joan can achieve the look without stopping for frequent touch-ups.
With her fourth child off to college, this empty nester was ready for a revamped look. Overall, Denise wanted a style that was fast, simple, and super sophisticated.
After getting married and having kids young, this 40-year-old middle school English teacher was ready to reconnect with her husband and travel since her kids were out of the house. "Her big concern was skin, as she has rosacea and wants to look fresh and youthful but also handle the color correction," Lee explains.
Organic Evening Primrose Youth Serum
Kristine's revamped beauty routine is all about caring for her skin and evening out skin tone. Hydration, sun protection, and a color-correcting CC cream are the keys to her fresh, glowy look.
To buy: Organic Evening Primrose Youth Serum, $36, witcheyhandmade.com. Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Primer, in Redness Correcting Primer, $37, sephora.com; IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $38, sephora.com.
As a new mom nearing the end of her maternity leave and preparing to go back to work, Catherine was looking for a fuss-free routine that wouldn't take up too much time in the morning.
To keep her get-ready routine simple, Lee recommended a plan that could be done in five minute flat. Adding extra hydration was key for Catherine's dry skin, and then pops of color come in, thanks to a lip pencil and shimmery cream eyeshadow.
To buy: Glossier The Super Pack Serums, $65, glossier.com; Glossier Priming Moisturizer, $22, glossier.com; Glossier Moisturizer Rich, $35, glossier.com; Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12, glossier.com; Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Makeup, $42, sephora.com; Glossier Lidstar in Fawn, $18, sephora.com; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, $27, sephora.com.