Pregnancy can be difficult for any woman at any time, but add a global pandemic to the mix and the stress of the ongoing situation is enough to wear on any lady.
I have had so many messages from friends and followers who are expecting at the moment and are isolating at home. Not only are they dealing with the changes in society, but they are also dealing with changes in their body, skin and beauty routine as whole.
That's why, this week, I'd like to share some beauty and skincare tips for those expecting and isolating.
There's a common misconception that pregnant women radiate a glow - now, I have several pregnant friends and I haven't witnessed this. The morning sickness, irregular sleep pattern and inevitable discomfort (usually in the third trimester) leaves a woman's body feeling exhausted and her skin looking tired. Therefore, it is so important to keep your skin hydrated during pregnancy.
Palmer's massage lotion for stretch marks (£3.17, Boots.com) is great for keeping skin supple and helps to adverse the effects of stretch marks.
During pregnancy, your skin will transition through many different phases, so for your foundation you will need something that is easy to apply and has changeable coverage, allowing you to have less or more coverage when wanted. For this, I would have to recommend MakeUp Studio's Face It light foundation (£27.50, MakeUpProStore.co.uk) - I love this foundation for normal or dry skin types as it's a cream-based product which creates a smooth and flawless complexion. This is a handbag must-have.
Or capture a real 'yummy mummy' glow with the NYX Born to Glow foundation (£10, Superdrug.com). This multi-purpose product can be used as an illuminating foundation or on the cheekbones, Cupid's bow or decolletage for a refreshing and healthy-looking glow.
I will always recommend spending a little extra time on your eyebrows because if you are able to add definition to the brows, this will frame your face and will allow your effortless make-up to look finished and polished. A good eyebrow gel is a must-have, especially if you love a strong brow, and for this I highly recommend Benefit's Gimme Brow (£22.50, Boots.com). This is a tinted product so will help fill in your brows, while combing and holding the hairs in place for an overall tidy look.
For the next step, it is totally up to you whether you prefer to use a powder, cream or pomade product to complete your brow. Personally, I love the consistency of the Ardell brow pomade (£11.95, Beautybay.com) as it glides over the brow for smooth application. This is super pigmented, so if you are a bit wary of pomades I recommend practicing when you have the time or building the amount of product up slowly.
There are some days during pregnancy when you just can't be bothered, and so, another great multi-tasking product to reduce the time spent doing make-up is bronzer. Bronzing powders can be used for what they are and also as a transition eyeshadow - doing this will make it seem like you've made a lot of effort when really it took two minutes. For this, I recommend Benefit's Hoola bronzer (£27, Debenhams.com) which you can apply over the face with a powder brush and in the eyelid crease with a fluffy blending brush.
1. There is nothing like early mornings and sleepless nights to create dark circles, puffiness and bags under the eyes - but concealer is your friend.
2. Use a cream blush rather than a powder as this will create a fresh and dewy pop of colour on the cheeks. Cream blushers can also be used a subtle lip tint.
3. Invest in a primer that suits your own skin type as this will help ensure that your make-up will last all day.
4. If you are prone to shine throughout the day, keep a compact pressed powder in your hand/nappy bag. Apply whenever you need to abolish shine.
5. Pick up a few face masks for whenever you get some 'me' time. There are so many types of masks available to help dryness, congestion, and impurities.