Happy Friday everyone! Are you in good spirits? I hope I am as I've been feeling down the weather for a couple of days, probably from running around here and there and I always have to remind myself I am not a robot!
My high school friend, came back from the US for a quick vacation for her daughter's baptism. I was honored that she wanted me to do her make-up and specifically wanted Keith to be the photographer (Darn! I was hoping he's doing the hair! hahaha Just joking!). Mr. and Mrs. AMW is definitely a tag team!
While creating a look for her, my readers are definitely in my thoughts! I may have a lot of student readers out there but of course, I did not forget those mommy readers who emailed me or messaged me on Cbox on how they want to prettify themselves but felt its difficult to do so as make-up tends to disappear on them especially for moms who are hands-on.
Just like my good friend Jals. I am amazed on how the couple were able to stay calm, maintain composure, greet guests and smile while their baby girl is sick and crying 50% of the time! The wonders of parenthood.
I will share some tips for moms out there who want to look good on special occasions! Yes, it is allowed to look gorgeous while you take care of your kid!
Before I pick up any make-up for Jals, I bear in mind to use hypo-allergenic or products with less harmful ingredients to protect not only the clients' skin but also their babies.
I also try to apply as light make-up as possible as babies or kids could get really clingy when they are tired and sleepy! Let's not forget, there will also be a lot of smacking and T.L.C.
Jals have combination skin. She gets oily on T-zone and dry on the rest of her face like cheeks and forehead! Because of temperature change plus jet lag, Jals' face is a bit red and I concentrated on matching her face color and neck.
Prior to foundation application, I applied a thin layer of oil-free moisturizer on her drier areas and evenly spread an oil-control primer on parts of her face that oils up! I waited for a couple of minutes and took the time to choose the right foundation for her.
But before we go into foundation application, I used a couple of correctors (green for redness, orange for undereye circles) for a nice base before I apply a thin layer of the chosen foundation.
You can't get away with oily lids if you have oily skin. I did not forget to apply a good amount of eye primer for eyeshadow to stay crease-free and budge-proof. It also helps the eyeshadow to stay longer and prevent Panda Eyes.
False lashes are a must on most occasions, in this case, I chose to give falsies a skip as she is carrying her daughter 90% of the time, I want her to be comfortable! I curled her lashes and applied coat after coats of mascara! Do not be afraid to use 2 types of mascaras. One for volumizing and another one for lengthening.
Use a contouring powder on the nose area and cheeks for better-looking photographs! Apply a tiny amount of blush then I finished with a nice cream lipstick. I skipped on lip glosses as I don't like the feeling of "gooey gloss" when someone kiss me on the cheek, I am sure babies feel the same!
Before and After Photo of Jals
I instructed Jals to carry an oil blotting sheet a tube of lipstick on her pouch. I told her I'll help her out with retouch because I am a guest for the Baptism Dinner anyways.
Here's a photo of Jals with her makeup artist for the day. If you're wondering why I'm semi-dolled up, well I am her daughter's Godparent! I may have to add --- A cool one! *winks*
This photo was taken around 2:30pm.
After Baptism ceremony around 4:00pm. Izzy was crying and clingy the whole time as she's not feeling well.
At around 9:00pm at the reception area with very minimal powder retouching (only on oiled up areas). With just one tube of lipstick, I was able to retouch her lip color at the same time, used the same tube of lipstick as "cream blush". Pat the cheek area with an oil blotter to remove the "oiliness of the lipstick" then set with another thin layer of loose powder. She's ready for her photos to be taken!
I am glad my good friend's makeup stayed until the end of the party, I've seen proofs on how a very busy mom can still look gorgeous! I look up to them because they were able to manage a very successful party! I don't see any stressed moment from either one of them and it shows on their photos!
A friendly note from AMW:
If you are a busy mom, stop making excuses and start prettifying yourself. You don't have to pile on makeup to look gorgeous, a simple blusher or lipstick can be enough to make you look and feel good! You deserve it!