I have found that while pregnancy can give me an amazing glow (i.e. I’m sweatier) it has also changed my skin and face. I compare pregnancy to hitting puberty again. Everything looks different and let’s be honest, you’re too moody to really give a poop. BUT I’ve discovered that you MUST give a proverbial poop because otherwise the ‘nosy/concerned brigade’ of coworkers, family, acquaintances, and in-laws emerge and tell you how terrible you look and then proceed to list many different diseases that you and the baby might have. So in order not to alienate yourself from possible baby shower gifts with some ill-worded rebukes, I will share with you how I got my work mates to stop telling me how ‘tired and run down’ I looked to telling me that I looked ‘glowing’ and that ‘pregnancy must agree with me’. What’s the old adage – if you don’t got it? Fake it!
Foundation – “Wow pregnancy makes your skin flawless” (HAH!)
Not only did my acne come back, but my face has become blotchy and ruddy like an alcoholics – burst blood vessels and all (I sense a trip to a dermatologist’s laser once this baby is out). So applying a primer with some built in corrector is a daily must. I recommend Stila One Step Correct. A little bit of this neat looking whirled helix serum instantly color corrects, brightens, primes, and nourishes the skin. On top of these immediately gratifying benefits, Stila’s ‘Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex’—improves skin tone, evens out the complexion, and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Whether your complexion is blotchy, prone to acne, dryer, or oilier don’t grin and bear it. Take the time to dab on a bit of liquid foundation each morning so you can leave the house with an even skin tone. Set the make-up with a powder or setting spray and even though you may feel tired, bloated, or be running late for work, this two-minute step can give you an all-day lift. I recommend the Nars Sheer Glow foundation and Benefit ‘Hello Flawless’ pressed powder. I find both these products are gentle on my face and don’t cause break outs. The rule is to hide your pores not block them!
Don’t forget your yellow-tinged under eye concealer for your dark circles (from lack of comfy sleep) and under your nose (since you will be blowing it more … for no reason other then your sinuses have most likely swelled to deal with the increased blood volume in your body. I recommend the Nars solid concealers. I call this nifty product ‘my eraser’ since it covers and blends with minimal effort just like erasing pencil off paper.
Cheeks – Fake that Glow!
I cannot stress the need for blush during pregnancy. No other product can lift your face, brighten your eyes and trick people into thinking you’ve had some sleep the way that blusher can. The first trimester you need blush to counteract the greenish tinge your face takes on during ‘morning/all day sickness’. The second trimester you’re just drained and anxious about keeping that little baby inside you, and then the third trimester you just need make up so people look at your face rather than your belly when they talk to you.
I recommend a rose-gold blush. My go-to has been the Nars Orgasm since it looks natural and you can build it up depending on your complexion that day. It’s also pretty much universally flattering with any other make up trend you’re trying out.
Eyes – Wake ‘em Up and Make ‘em Sparkle!
Biologically you will end up sleeping more while pregnant. During my first trimester I could fall asleep mid-sentence. However, it won’t be your usual restful sleep and your eyes will probably look like you have been out partying all night rather than crashing for 13 hours after dinnertime. Why? Between weirdly realistic dreams, lack of bladder space, and general uncomfortableness. Sleeping while pregnant is never ‘beauty rest’.
So how do you brighten those peepers and make it look like you’re wide awake and alert at work? (Remember you have to reduce your caffeine consumption too!) Your first tool is a yellow tinged concealer. Again I love the Nars solid concealer in Vanilla. Once that’s accomplished it’s time to have some fun with your eyes.
Get a white eye pencil and rim the inner corners and your bottom lash line. Blend the bottom lash line but let the inner corner stand out. Then brush your whole eye (up to the eyebrows) with a gorgeous nude shimmer (not sparkle – but shimmer) I like Bootycall by Urban Decay. At this point you should have a lovely, awake ‘Beauty Base Zero look’
If you want to bring the focus to your eyes, I recommend choosing a slightly darker neutral shimmer (golds and coppers are great go-tos because they effortlessly bring warmth to your face – which is important when you’re feeling drained). I’m really loving my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette in order to accomplish this warm and alert look. I have been layering Half-Baked (light gold) over Chopper (light copper) mostly but, honestly, the whole palette is great and is worth experimenting with. Once the shadow is done, line your top lashes with a skinny dark liner and mascara and you’re ready to go out with poppin’ peepers (My liner recommendation is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Double Ended Eye Pencil in ‘Naked Basics – Venus/Crave)
Pregnancy is dehydrating and draining, literally. Even though your blood volume has increased – the baby, your breasts, and your private area are getting most of it. My lips all but disappear right now due to the lack of blood getting to my face. In order to combat this ghostly look, I’m a firm believer in the power of creamy lip liners (like the ones from Urban Decay) and double-duty lip colors that hydrate and leave long lasting tint like Clinique Chubby Sticks and anything by Fresh Sugar.
The right colour lipstick can lift your face instantly. Choose the shade that flatters your features and enhances your natural skintone. Again, I’m going to recommend sticking to colors that are warm and contain some golden hues. Personally I think apricot and berry hues are the most flattering on most women. Below are some recommendations that work on drained and dry lips:
Best Apricot Shades: Check out Urban Decay Naked 2 lip liner and Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color in Curviest Caramel
Best Berry Shades: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Broadest Berry and Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15