Faking a Rested Face (Makeup for new moms)posted on April 2nd, 2012 / by Heather Spivey / 5 Comments
“I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection” – Emily Ley
First I want to say how much I greatly admire mothers, especially stay-at-home moms!
You have my utmost respect; you are all brave and strong warriors!!!
Lately it seems that almost every female I know is either pregnant, due or just had a baby!! Seriously. Almost. Everyone. I. Know!
These beautiful moments in my friends lives mean several things to me:
- Don’t drink the water (I kiiiiid I kiiiid!!).
- I get the baby “fix” without actually having any lil peanuts
- They give me the strangest looks when I offer to babysit (I do know how to handle babies and children even though I don’t have any! I used to babysit and be a nanny – geeeez!!)
- They learn I’m the baby whisperer! As soon as I hold the baby for a few minutes they are out COLD!
- I truly have soooooooo much to learn when the time comes!
My search for easy, life giving, brightening makeup started when my older sister had her baby boy. After that I had several women ask me for a make-up routine to make it look like they’ve slept while taking hardly any time and can be done while holding a baby … This is what I came up with:
It’s your new best friend!!! Apply items below with fingers under the eyes, around the fold of your nose and on your chin right under your lip (anywhere that’s a bit red). Normally I wouldn’t advocate applying anything with your fingers but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Cle de Peau concealer’s has the ability to cover dark, under-eye circles and serve as an eye shadow base. It is pricey at $68, but the stick works wonders.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer is heavy duty and works wonders on under eye circles, dark spots and is able to help blend ‘Pregnancy Mask’. Also more on the reasonable side at $19. You can get it anywhere Benefit is sold.
Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste gives you correction perfection while brightening and concealing imperfections. It has a bit of a luminescent look to it and will really help with the tired eyes. While a bit more pricey at $26 it’s one of my personal faves!!!! Also available anywhere Benefit is sold.
2. Look luminous
Some new moms glow naturally (freaks of nature), while the majority need/want as much help as possible.
NARS Multiple Stick, ($38) can be swiped on the cheeks, forehead, and lips for just the right amount of shimmer to achieve the healthy look. The creamy formula is easy to blend into the skin and a neutral color like Maldives works on almost everybody.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam ($26) can be used as a spot highlighter in the inside corners of the eye, above the eyebrows and tip (upturned part) of nose. This instantly gives a rested/lifted appearance.
MAC Cosmetics Strobe Liquid ($30) can be used sparingly all over the face by itself, under or mixed with your foundation or concealer and used as a spot highlighter. I adore this stuff and it lasts quite a while! It’s one of my favorite faves! I would suggest using a brush to apply it, a sponge will just absorb and waste about 40% of your product.
3. Line & Lift
Since this is a time of emotions flying high, sleepless nights and uncharted territory my #1 advice would be to make sure everything is…..Waterproof, Waterproof, Waterproof!!!!
Gel Liner ($9-$20): So many makeup brands now carry smudge-proof, cry-proof, water- proof gel liners you can’t really go wrong. Apply with a liner brush or a smudge brush. My
tip: apply on the upper and lower water line to create the illusion of liner without the fuss
Eye Lash Curlers ($4-$24) are the easiest and fastest way in making your eyes look rested. Don’t heat your curler, just curl your lashes at the base, middle and tip for a natural curve rather than an L shaped curl. Expensive isn’t always better so find one you think is cute where you don’t have to apply much pressure.
Mascara ($5-$27) Waterproof mascara is a must during this time! Use one that you love, is long wearing, doesn’t flake and is washable. My Faves are CoverGirl, Benefit & Lancome’.
No one expects you to look like a super model during this time and if they do…hold your head up high, turn gracefully on your heel with a dramatic flourish of the nursing blanket and walk away!!! Or, hand them the baby while you go shower!
Cherish this time in your life! Even if you haven’t slept in 3 weeks, showered in forever and currently live in your pj’s – remember, You gave life to this precious gift from Jesus and are one of the most nurturing and STUNNING creatures on earth!