So, you’ve had a baby. What, you mean you don’t look like this?
Seriously? Come on, woman. Note to self: Must Try Harder.
Actually, scrap that. Must be cannier. You see, the other day, Alex and I were discussing W&W ideas, and she happened to mention that some friends had asked about what, precisely, you do when you have new (or even not so new – just young) children to look half-way human. I paraphrase, but you get the gist. And you have but to ask, and we shall seek.
Note: this is also jolly useful for zhushing up your skincare and beauty routine if you’re just a bit tired and grey-feeling as summer bows out.
Fortunately, I know one Grace Timothy, brilliant journalist, beauty guru, mama to one-year-old Emie Rae and creator of the genius Pregnant Beauty Guide. I dutifully flung myself at her feet and begged for her insider knowledge.
“During pregnancy hair often thickens as placental oestrogen circulates, keeping the hair in its growing phase for longer, but this new hair – and often some existing hair – falls out around 3 months after delivery as the hormones come crashing back down to reality! Annoyingly you can’t stop this natural shedding process.Post-natal supplements – I use Pregnacare Breastfeeding - and a balanced diet will go some way towards boosting your hair (fill your plate with zinc; pulses; green, leafy veg; avocado; nuts; seeds, and coconut oil) – but really you’ve got to bide your time, and indulge in a little smoke-and-mirrors action.
Firstly, some fine highlights will serve to swell the hair at the root, making it appear more voluminous. Aveda Invati Shampoo gives a little boost to extremely fine hair without weighing it down, and Percy & Reed Wavy Texturising Spray applied to hair before drying roughs up the roots a little without the powdery residue of dry shampoo.
This is my cheat sheet for disguising sleep-deprived skin. Firstly, Radical Anti-aging Replenishing Extreme Moisture Crème Comfort gives haggard skin an instant boost and smoothes out any dry patches. Top skin with a little Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow primer – this instantly unifies skin tone and stops foundation from caking or flaking. The absolute best foundation out there is Giorgio Armani Face Fabric – apply just a little with fingertips, focusing on any redness around the nose and eyes.
Finally, you can dress your skin – Smashbox O-Glow on the apples of your cheeks and Tom Ford Illuminating Highlighter Pen on the brow bone, upper cheekbone and in the inner corner of your eyes. It’s like you’ve had 8-hours sleep, just like that. I’ve yet to find an eyecream that totally rids me of dark circles, but I have the solution: MAC Studio Fix Concealer. Before you apply your foundation, apply with a clean fingertip to the darker areas beneath the eyes. It also has an SPF of 35, so will protect from further damage.”
And that, my friends, is how it’s done. I am hoping to lure Grace back at a later date to talk body remedies, but in the meantime, head to The Pregnant Beauty Guide (was actually completely gripped by her recent post on stretch marks) or tweet gorgeous Grace @babymamabeauty
Images: Daily Mail, Instagram