In honor of Mothers Day, this month I’m dedicating this post to mothers. I’m not a mom (at least not to a human-I have a puppy name Brixy), but I have worked with many women who are moms and I have heard all the concerns regarding the changes and challenges when it comes to their skin. Most are concerned with the darkness under the eyes, tired or aged looking skin, and some or faced with Melasma. Today I’m going to address some of those issues, and show you how to get a youthful, rested, and glowing look. This look is great even if you aren’t a mom, because there are so many things that can wreak havoc on your skin.
In order to really demonstrate how to achieve this look I’m using the lovely Chrissy as my model. She had voiced her concerns to me mostly about her newly acquired dark circles. So I thought it would be perfect to use her in order to really see the transformation and giver her a makeover: mommy edition!
To start we talked about her skin. She said she was a little on the oily side, but her skin still felt dry when I touched it. Dehydration is really the root of all aging. Drinking lots of water and keeping your skin moisturized regardless of how oily is really important. Using a great moisturizer and eye cream is a MUST. If you don’t like wearing a lot on your face during the day you can find a great oil-free lotion with SPF. SPF is key because the sun is a major aging factor.
To start her face off I applied a radiance primer. Chrissy has issues with Melasma (a hyper pigmentation issue that comes from hormones from birth control or pregnancy), so the gold in the primer really helped to blend some of the darker areas. Using a product that has glowing qualities really helps give the illusion of youthful hydrated skin. Laura Mercier radiance primer is actually one of my favorite products.
Next, we applied foundation. I like to use something that is hydrating so any foundation that has a luminous finish will work. I then went in with face concealer just to camouflage some areas that needed a little more coverage. Then I applied an under eye concealer, which is more emollient. Your under eye has no oil glands which is why it is the first place to show fine lines. It needs extra moisture, so find a concealer that is very moist.
To apply it I only took a little and really focused it on the inner corner of the eye and down along the nose. I then took a little more product and placed it right under the lash line and on the very outer corner. These are all areas that tend to show discoloration. With the excess product I just blended it down the rest of the under eye. The reason you want to focus most of your color in those three spots is because if you were to put the same amount of product everywhere, those dark spots are still going to look dark. By placing product mainly on the dark areas you are giving the illusion that you have no dark areas and your under eye is all one color. To finish the face I just pressed a little translucent powder all over her face to give it a soft look, while also prepping it for any color powder we apply.
There are three basic techniques that I feel really make the eyes pop. They also are very flattering for every age, shape, and color. The first technique is some form of eye base. I like a base that matches the color of your skin. These are great because they act as primer and makeup for your eye. It’s also a super simple way to look a little done up without taking a lot of time. Next is an eyeliner technique I learned working with Laura Mercier, which makes a huge difference. The professional way is by using a flat eyeliner brush saturated in cake or cream liner, and dabbing it on the inner lash line across the entire eyelid from under the lashes.
I used a deep blue on Chrissy, which is my favorite because it really makes the white of your eyes whiter and pulls different colors out on light or dark eyes. If you are in a pinch you can pull this look off by using a liner pencil and rubbing it under your lashes to create a thick full lash line. When it comes to shadow you can really do whatever makes you feel pretty. The only advice I have is to use a matte neutral shade on your brow bone. A matte shadow tends to be much more flattering than a white or pink frosty color. I feel that is super dated and can actually age some women. Especially when taking photos, a matte shadow will photograph much better. Using a little sheen on the brow bone can be pretty, but I usually like to keep it matte.
Keeping your makeup simple and fresh is always a great way to look youthful and rejuvenated. Life can be hard on our skin, so I hope I gave some helpful tips on how to hide and treat some of the challenges women and especially mothers are faced with…and every mom deserves a makeover!