DISCLAIMER: This post is brought to you by my unruly pregnant skin in all its hormonal glory. Due to that fact, I am going to ramble on a bit (read, have a whinge) about that before getting into the actual details of what this post is supposed to be about. You can utterly and completely blame my face for this fact. Direct any complaints straight there.
If I were someone famous who wielded considerable power, I think I would be strolling around the streets with my crown and scepter and making the following proclamation’; ‘My kingdom for my pre-pregnancy skin.’ I reckon I’d be happy to hand over some land and maybe a few castles and stuff to have my reasonably lovely, non-hormonally charged complexion back the way it was. Because frankly, it has gone cray crazy over the past few months and it’s slowly killing me.
Skin is my ‘thing’, you guys. I’ve stated this numerous times I’m sure and as much as I love my makeup and am in a committed relationship with my dry shampoo and hair dust, it’s good skin that really floats my boat. I can put this down to equal parts laziness (good skin = less makeup = less time getting ready = more sleep (theoretically) and some kind of teenage born obsession with the perfect complexions seen in mags like Dolly and Girlfriend.
Generally speaking, when I’m not knocked up, I’m pretty lucky. The occasional blemish, a bit of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (the fancy-schmancy term for the purple/red blotches left over after a pimple has cleared), and the whole ‘incredibly pale and burn in the moonlight’ is what I usually have to contend with which means I’m fortunate enough to NOT have to spend much time concealing and covering. I will do a ‘proper’ face of makeup for work/special events/parades cos it’s fun and I like it but I’m not the kind of gal who’ll whip out the liquid liner, eyeshadow, and illuminator on your standard Tuesday morning.
When I’m pregnant, however, things change. OH, HOW THEY BLOODY WELL CHANGE (yes, that deserved capitals I think). I’m not going to lie, it could be much worse. So much worse and I will be posting early next year about pregnancy skin conditions and how they can be managed.
What I’ve got going on, however; red blotches under my nose and around my chin, a couple of pimples, and a darkening of the aforementioned post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation do not please me. It makes me feel self-conscious and while it may just mean I’m incredibly vain, I prefer to even things out and cover up the less than pleasing bits.
To this end, I’ve had to fake it. I’ve been working on developing the quickest possible routine for the mornings that makes my skin look good, quickly and effectively. I am also not keen on ‘looking’ overly made up. I don’t really have the need for a full face of foundation most days so I’ve been focusing on finding products that are ‘lighter’ and more natural (if that makes sense), think your tinted moisturizers and BB creams.
What I’ve found is that it all boils down to being about the product. If you use the right stuff, it makes things infinitely easier. Letting the products do all the work is the ultimate in lazy beauty.
Here’s the ‘fake it till you make it’ routine I’ve been following:
1. Prep properly – You gots to make sure you’ve done your usual cleansing/serum-ing/moisturizing thing before you even attempt smearing anything else on your face. Grubby skin is not your friend. I’m using the DMK range of products at the moment (which I’ll be posting about next year) and I follow the cleanse/serum/moisturize/sunscreen program of a morning.
2. A good base is hard to find – You don’t have to do this but I find it makes my skin looks better meaning less makeup overall. Using a glow enhancing, smoothing face product (like Clarins Beauty Flash Balm or AUM Organics Brightening Face Balm) before you apply anything else works a treat around here. I use Clarins and apply my BB or tinted moisturizer straight over the top.
3. BB or tinted moisturizer? The key to everyday makeup is choosing a product that is less intensely pigmented and perfecting. BB creams and tinted moisturizers do the job perfectly. I alternate between Maybelline and Garnier BB creams (both fab) and Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted which I’ve been using for the past 3 years and absolutely adore.
4. Conceal – This is the step I’ve really had to ‘step up’ (LOL) lately. Pre-pregnancy, I didn’t have much cause for concealing, apart from the odd red mark or yucky pimple. Lately, though, I’ve been getting well and truly reacquainted with my trusty MAC Select Cover-Up it is seriously the best concealer I’ve EVER used, and doubt I’ll ever go searching for anything to replace it. It’s especially great for discoloration and redness, making it ideal for what I’m currently dealing with. Layered over your BB or tinted, it completely smooths over whatever it is you’re looking to cover up AND it does it without creating flakes/dry patches after a few hours of wear. So good.
I generally finish off with some mascara and that’s me done for the day (I also regularly apply deodorant but of course you already knew that!)