Ways to glam up your #maternity look

viccabondI recently did the make-up on a model for a designer who create amazing, practical maternity wear for breast feeding mums… the designs are discrete and still really stylish.  This got me thinking about how as a working mum in the beauty business, I know I have to make an effort to look good… but when my children were just babies this was more challenging, because you’d rather get an extra few minutes sleeping than worry about applying make-up… so here are five tips for new mums, so they can still feel and look glam…

  1. Wear stylish shades and just pencil your eyebrows and where bright lipsticks… this look is good for indoors, but perfect for a school run, or a visit to the shops after a night of not a lot of sleep.
  2. Brighten your complexion with a sun protecting tinted moisturiser, a small application of lipgloss, and one coat of mascara. When we look and feel tired, sometimes less is more. This is great to enhance your pregnant glow, or brighten your look up after the baby is born.
  3. Invest a couple of hours and a some cash to have individual false lashes applied… these last a few weeks, and you wake up and look like you’ve already applied eye-opening mascara.
  4. Use dry shampoo, if you don’t have time to wash your hair and pop a simple quiff and ponytail up, this will keep it away from the face and out of the reach of the little  ones.
  5. Get your nails done! We don’t have to look at our own face all the time, but having perfect nails is a great way to lift the feeling of confidence and glamour as we are always looking at them and using them… choose a bright colour like candy pink or vibrant orange.

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#Flicks, #Lips, AND #thickbrows

I was asked to do the make-up for the Spring-Summer collection of Vicca Bond designer maternity wear. This is for modern mums, and the outfits are statement pieces or dresses that require pretty, but strong and kooky make-up. The hair is very simple and tied back, as this is usually the choice of breast feeding mothers. And whilst this make-up is strong it really is just about the flicks and the lips.

The red lipstick and strong black flicks suit the retro vibe of the collection, but also the oriental feel of some of the pieces. Flicks are quick tricky to get even, and it is important to take your time when applying, these flicks are big and statement, but just with mascara and no false lashes… if you do wish to add lashes then go with them big at the edges to further enhance the eye shape with the liner. I used the natural point of the eyebrow as a guide to for the flick.

This model has big features and can take strong and thick eyebrows… you can use a pencil and feather it, so it doesn’t look so blocked, or an angled brush and shadow allows a controlled application.

Thi sis certainly a look that a mum could do, so she still feels and looks super glam. I’ll share some of the photos from this shoot, when I get them.

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