“I just wanted the glow — the one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines. Well, I’m calling it: Pregnancy sucks! Making a human being is really hard, I have no control over my body or my emotions. Gar-bear, I’m sorry, all I want to do is punch you in the face…” – Wendy played by Elisabeth Banks in What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Some say when you get pregnant, you will get that “glow”. Some say that during their pregnancy they hate looking at themselves at the mirror and would rather hide for 9 months like Elisabeth Banks character, Wendy in the movie, What To Expect When You’re Expecting.
I am fortunate just like my mom that I am having a little bit of easier time with my pregnancy. I am feeling great and inspired. Some say that I glow. Can I tell you a secret? It’s not all pregnancy hormones that is making me glow. I need ‘a bit of help’ to achieve that so-called glow.
My pregnancy and the thought of having a wonderful miracle growing inside my belly inspired me take extra care of myself and to look good as a soon-to-be mom. At least, my baby would be proud to have me as a mom, teehee….
I discovered the magical power of highlighting and contouring. Kim Kardashian is famous for this makeup magic. Her makeup always looks flawless.
Before I introduce the tools of this ‘trickery’, it is important that your canvas is also spotless and blemish-free. I was expected my acne to go on hyperdrive during my pregnancy but thank God, it didn’t. I made sure I removed my make-up efficiently using my two favourite make-up removers. I wash my face daily with a hypoallergenic oatmeal soap.
I use a highlighter and bronzer to accentuate and contour my face. I use this guide taken from the Fashions for Divas website.
Here are the make-up:
ETUDE PERFECT BROW KIT
I featured and reviewed this brow kit before. It is important to keep your eyebrows groomed. I usually have my eyebrows threaded monthly at Rupinis. Rupinis was introduced to me by a friend. They give excellent cheap and pain free eyebrow threading services. Then I used my Etude Perfect Brow Kit. I put the white highlighter on the edges of the lower area of my eyebrows for highlight. I occasionally use their Etude Color My Brows wand in Brown colour if I want to lighten my brow colour.
ETUDE FACE DESIGNING BRIGHTENER
There are several colour for the Etude Face Brightener but I chose this colour #Lovely as my highlighter. I apply it on the inner corners of my eyes on the top of both my eyebrows, the bridge of my nose, the upper 1/3 of my cheek area and on my chin. I used a flat thick eyebrow brush to apply it for precision. This will give you the subtle glow that you want.
ETUDE FACE COLOR CORSET
Pardon how tarnished look of the casing of my bronzer. I bought it way before and kept it but I just used it recently. I used the colour #5 Tight Shading Corset. I apply it on the lateral sides of my nose and brush it on the side corners of my forehead, the lower 1/3 of my cheeks and jaw line using a number “3” stroke repeatedly. During pregnancy, there are times when your face get puffy maybe from your cupcake cravings or there are times when puffiness just appears on your face (as well as your hands and feet) especially late during the day due to the accumulation of blood and fluid which is very notorious during pregnancy (especially during third trimester). To avoid that chubby chipmunks cheeks, this trick slim down your cheeks a bit.
I used a simple Guardian eyebrow brush for the highlighter and Etude angled brush for the bronzer. I know I have to invest in more sturdy makeup brushes. I am loving the Mariounnaud angle brush which I use for my blush. Unfortunately, I tried using the MAC blush brush and it disappointed me.
URBAN DECAY DESLICK MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
I set my make up with this baby. I learned about this amazing product from famous you-tuber Miss Glamorazzi who also have extremely oily face like mine. This is definitely a keeper you guys. It can set your makeup perfectly and hold your make up for hours.
So here is the finish product. Do you like?
You can use any pinkish plum blusher for your cheeks. Currently, I am loving the Benefit’s Hervana Shade for blush-on and I alternately use my Burt Bee’s lip tint in Fig or the Tarte lip tint in Lust.
Also to achieve that glow, you must also drinks lots of water, a mild exercise (as long as allowed by your doctor) and happy thoughts. Becoming a mommy inspires me to better myself therefore I take extra care of myself. Preggy mommies glow because they are excited and they are tickled daily by their little buns inside their bellies. Remember that happy mommies equals happy babies.
Have a happy pregnancy, all mommies-to-be!