Yup, that’s me Lashionistas! That’s me in my sweaty, tousled, exhausted, I-just-got-stitches-where? post delivery photo. Did I care at all then? Heck no! I had just given birth to a considerably hefty baby and was simply proud to be alive. However, looking at the photo now…I do find it semi cringe worthy.
Trust me, I love makeup but I am not the type of person who would ever think of primping prior to birth. Yet, in the years since the birth of my son, I have noticed a trend of women purchasing their own hospital gowns, makeup shopping for bullet-proof, water-proof, industrial strength makeup, and planning the perfect hairstyle that can hold up to a beating- or at least a birthing.
I’m still not interested in heavy duty pre-labor beautification however, I do kind of want a photo I can hang on the wall away from some dark corner of the house. Luckily, beauty blogging has really changed my beauty habits over the years and I think I look better in general because of it. Here are a few things I have changed since 2009 that I believe will improve my due date photo shoot.
- I fill and trim my brows. This gives them a cleaner, more defined shape without any empty spaces. For this, I use Rimmel London’s Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencil in Brown.
- I practice better skincare. My skin has gone from overly dry and thus over-moisturized (and shiny) to normal/combination skin. One of the best things you can do is switch to a good fragrance-free, ph balanced moisturizer. My fave is Clean and Clear’s Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin.
- I use lip tint regularly. You’d be surprised how much a pop of healthy color will improve your looks. With a good lip tint, the color will last for hours and fade to a natural looking hue. There’s a ton of tints on the market but my all time favorite is Josie Maran’s Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in “Fox Trot” because it gives beautiful natural color and does double duty as a blush.
I can’t be sure that these things will improve my looks for the coming pictures but, I think I have a good shot at a pic where my worn-down self doesn’t distract from the real star of the photo- my gorgeous new baby!
What do you think of hard-core pre-delivery primping Lashionistas? I always love reading your thoughts!
Read last week’s edition of Womby Wednesday HERE.