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I'm a busy mom, and often times makeup takes a back seat to things like--oh, I don't know--babies and breakfast and nursery school drop-off and diaper changes... Most days, I'm amazed if I've managed to get makeup on my face at all. But when I do get primped and prepped, I want to make sure I'm taking the necessary precautions to keep my products clean and my skin, face, and eyes safe. 

Related: Cleaning up your makeup habits

Here are five practical makeup tips for moms

  1. Know the Expiration Date: Whenever possible, I use a Sharpie marker to write the date I opened a product right on the package--that way, I won't forget when it's time to throw it in the garbage.
  2. Clean Brushes: Clean brushes between uses with a tissue or baby wipe. Use a makeup cleaning spray weekly; and do a deep cleansing every three months with baby shampoo or face wash.
  3. Sharpen Your Pencils: Keep the tips fresh and pointy--that will help avoid germ contamination and get rid of any jagged edges that can damage your eye.
  4. Don't Apply Makeup in a Moving Vehicle: This should be a given, but as busy moms we can be guilty of multitasking. Seriously though, you never know when your taxi/bus/train will hit an unexpected bump. (You don't want to be curling your eyelashes when that happens!)
  5. Remove Makeup Each Night: Avoid raccoon eyes! Sometimes I'm exhausted and want to go straight to bed with a full face of makeup, but then I gather my willpower and give my skin a gentle cleansing. Egyptian Magic (available in Wholefoods stores) is a natural product that works wonders, and gets rid of makeup in a snap.
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