Make-up Masterclass: 6 tips for Meghan's pregnancy glow
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
With news this week that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, I am going to talk specifically about using make-up and cosmetics when you are pregnant.
I have had so many clients asking for one-to-one lessons on how to change their beauty routine while they are expecting. While a lot of women do look glowing and radiant during pregnancy, the vast majority of women generally feel terrible and find their skin changing from what they were used to before.
Firstly, do not panic - this is totally normal and making small changes to your skincare to accommodate this will make the world of difference. The skin may be totally devoid of moisture and excessive dryness will inevitably lead to break-outs, so it is vital to ensure that the skin is well-cleansed. My favourite organic cleanser to use for this is MOA Green Balm (£20, Make Up Pro Store) which is ideal for oily, acneic skin as well as dry and sensitive types. The Green Balm is safe to use around the eyes, removing caked-on eye make-up in the blink of an eye. This easy-peasy daily skin treatment leaves the skin balanced and glowing. It is so gentle on the skin, and a little really does go a long way, so use small amounts and this will last you at least nine months.
I'm told that the second and third trimester are the most uncomfortable time in a pregnancy, so adequate sleep can be a problem. So when sleep is far away, your next best option will be a full coverage concealer to hide the appearance of dark circles and tiredness. For this try NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.50). I love this concealer as it is lightweight enough to build up in fine thin layers in areas that tend to crease, for example, the under-eye area, but is pigmented enough to build up quickly.
Pregnant women are subject to hot and cold spells as well as changing hormones and skin type fluctuating from oily to dry to combination - so long-wearing and preferably waterproof make-up is ideal. Always try to add an eye primer to your make-up - it will not only correct any redness found naturally on the eyelids, but will act as a water-resistant base to which your powder eye-shadow will cling to ensure all-day wear. For this try NYX Professional Makeup Proof it! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer (£6).
Some women find their face bloated at different stages of the pregnancy, so a lighter shade of blush will add colour and definition to the skin. Try a gentle light pink tone such as NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Blush (£6).
For an easy bronze eye look try the Dolce Vita Luxury Eye Shadow Palette by Charlotte Tilbury (£38). The champagne, brown, umber and bronze 'Dolce Vita' shades in the palette are designed to harmonise with each other and suit any skin tone. You can create a smooth base with the 'Prime' shade, build up definition with the easy-to-blend 'Enhance' colour, then add definition and drama for evening with the highly pigmented 'Smoke' and light-reflecting 'Pop' shades. The shadows are enriched with oils and silicon-treated pearls for a smooth application, so they can be dialled up or down depending on the occasion.
Opt for a lightweight gloss hue on the lips. This will allow you to look fresh and natural - try Maybelline Baby Lip Gloss 05 A Wink Of Pink (£4.99, Superdrug). This is a new non-sticky way to shine, containing a Vitamin E formula to moisturise, smooth and soften for four hours so your lips never feel dry.
6 tips for an easy beauty regime
1. Multi use your products to save time and avoid fuss, so use a cream blusher for your lip colour, and your compact bronzer as a base colour for your eyeshadow.
2. Add Shea Butter to your body moisturiser - this will not only keep your skin hydrated but will help minimise stretch marks.
3. Avoid make-up with certain chemicals, like parabens.
4. Increase your water intake - this will add hydration to the body and increase the skins collagen production.
5. Add a facial mist. It's an easy way to add glow and hydration to the skin with minimal effort.
6. During pregnancy, your skin can experience heightened sensitivity, so add an SPF to your beauty routine to avoid UV rays.