As some of you may already know, I am very excited about the fact that I am now pregnant with my second child, due in January. My first, Lara is 5.
I was reflecting back on a funny thought about my first pregnancy and thought I just have to share this!
If any of you are make-up lovers like me, you’ll understand the desire to wear at least one product everyday! Mine is lipstick, I love lipstick for the beautiful radiance it gives to your skin, especially when pregnant and possibly suffering the dreaded morning sickness and pale face. It doubles up as blush which is extra cool!
So, as I went into labour and was literally climbing the walls in agony, rushing to the car to get to hospital I stopped and shouted – “oh no!” “my lipstick! I’ve forgotten my lipstick!!” of course I had to leave it behind, but still to this day it makes me chuckle, that even in the midst of an experience that painful, I still thought about make-up – my best friend
Once I’d had Lara the visitors started to arrive and once again although tired I wished I had just a smidgen of something on to uplift me.
This time round it’s completely different, although my love for makeup is the same, I’m struggling with the smell of it on my own skin! Let’s take a look at some tips in targeting these pregnancy make-up woes:
Spend some time sussing out which moisturiser’s smell great for you, this is super important as it tends to linger, my favourite is Elemental Herbology available from Space NK, it has a gorgeous fresh, plant like smell to it, a lot like AVEDA hair care.
Use make-up only where you need it, this keeps it feeling light, odourless but giving you coverage where desired. choose a foundation that absorbs into the skin rather than sitting on the surface, something like Lancôme Teint Idole ultra or bareMinerals is awesome. Yuk to the sticky feeling foundations! And if you love the dewy look but find the non-sticky foundation a little matt there are two things that you can do:
1. Use highlighter over your cheekbones, bridge of nose and centre of forehead and upper lip. OR mix a little illuminated moisturiser into your foundation prior to application.
If you have clear skin and that beautiful pregnancy glow, stick to concealer alone only where you need it.
I always recommend using a little light reflective concealer beneath the eyes .
Take a mineral Matt bronzer and buff it down the underside of your cheekbones, over the sides of your forehead, down the sides of your nose and beneath your jaw down onto your neck. Use a big fluffy brush to blend it into your skin flawlessly.
Use the same bronzer in the socket of your eyes for definition.
Use lip balm everyday – hydration is super important throughout pregnancy, I found many of the tastes hard to handle but fell in love with Nivea pure & natural milk & honey.
Try out one of the beautiful lipsticks from my flower inspired collection —– they are multi use and can be used on cheeks as well as lips I love shade Lily Star 03 for its natural lip colour giving them a healthy boost of a glow. RRP £12 & Free Delivery.
The colour you choose for your lips will determine how radiant your skin looks – the best shade is closest to your natural lip colour – pop it on your fingertip to test it, this is the closest to the natural colour of your lips. Pop the same colour onto the apples of your cheeks and blend for that inner glow.
Finish with lash curlers (Shuumera) and mascara
On those days where you feel like you really haven’t got the energy, remember the days when you do how fabulous it makes you feel.
The trick with Pregnancy makeup is to cheat that glow even if it hasn’t reached you yet
Pre labour as you pack your bag, slip your moisturiser, lip balm and a lipstick into your bag.
Good luck and congratulations!!
Emily Rose x