Beauty buzz... for expectant mums
Top pampering picks and fast fixes for busy mums and mums-to-be
Make-up in minutes
Whether you are a new mum or an expectant one nothing seems more scarce than time, especially when it comes to your beauty routine. Renowned make-up artist and mum-of-four Paula Callan shares her simple shortcuts to a more gorgeous you.
1 Having four kids and a very full-on full-time job, my make-up is nearly always done in minutes. I start by priming my skin with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, €49. This is amazing on the skin even without foundation as it gives a beautiful healthy glow.
2 I then conceal any dark under-eye circles. It's best to use pinky/peachy tones for dark under-eye circles and a yellow-based colour on any blemishes, as this will eliminate any redness in the skin. Try Cliniques's All About Eyes, €24.50
3 Always set your foundation with powder as it helps it to last all day. Shu Uemura Face Powder Sheer Colourless, €33, is so lightweight, you don't feel like you're wearing any.
4 I like products that are quick but effective which is why I love Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils, €25 each. My favourite is Amber Haze, which I put all over the lid and blend it with a Callanberry no. 12 brush, €30, for a soft smoky finish.
5 Use only a lip pencil and gloss on your lips. Try something natural like Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude pencil, €22, with MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait, €22, on top to finish.
Say hello to multipurpose products, which are set to become your new best friends.
1 Clarins Tonic Body Treament Oil, €45. From your elbows to your cuticles, women have been using this ultra-nourishing oil all over their bodies for decades.
2 Lush Therapy Massage Bar, €8.70. The blend of neroli and lavender oils calms muscle pain while leaving the skin super soft.
3 Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer, €20.50. Soothe dry lips with a lippie that provides ultra hydration and a high shine colour.
During pregnancy you may notice dark brownish patches appear on your skin. This is known as chloasma or melasma and is caused by a hormone related melanin imbalance. This is usually temporary and often fades after birth or when you stop breastfeeding. Cover it with a complete coverage concealer and always make sure to wear a sunscreen with a high SPF.
If there's a brand new person on the way, it's a busy journey ahead. Now is the time to try and relax and have some 'me' time. Spa treatments for expectant mothers are a great way to relax the body and help ease any strain or discomfort you might be suffering from. The Spa at The Shelbourne offers mothers-to-be a nurturing massage that relieves tension in the back and helps alleviate swollen hands and feet. Go on, treat yourself. Cocoon - Mother To Be Massage, €160, www.shelbournespa.ie.
There's nothing like a new arrival on the way to make you decode the labels on your favourite beauty buys.
Free from toxic ingredients, these products help treat common pregnancy problems and deliver gorgeous results
1 Royal Approval
Rumoured to be a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, €34.95, is known for its nourishing qualities, high dose of vitamin A and hydrating boosting benefits. It doesn't leave a greasy texture on the skin and can be worn under make-up.
2 Mist Magic
With the warmer months approaching it's important to keep cool and hydrated. For a quick refresh on the go, try Avène Thermal Water Spray, €14.99. It soothes, softens and restores tired skin and can be applied after cleansing or throughout the day over make-up for a refreshing moisture hit.
3 Puff Problems
During pregnancy your eyes may become dry and puffy due to fatigue or dehydration. To keep them cool, try Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes, €32. The metal roller ball applicator cools any irritation and refreshes the eye area thanks to its aloe vera and cucumber extract.
4 Dream Team
Sensitive skin is a common problem for mums-to-be, even if you have never suffered from it before. Calm any redness or blotchiness with Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion, €16.95. It instantly cools down the skin thanks to its oat milk, rose water and chamomile blue oil formula.