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Makeup Tips for Skin Changes During Pregnancy

By Kara Mayer Robinson
WebMD Feature

Radiant. Glowing. That's the look you want during pregnancy. We’ve got you covered. These expert tips will help show off your features and hide problem areas so your beauty shines through.

Skin Discoloration

Seeing dark spots? These will probably fade away after pregnancy, but why wait? Here’s how to cover up splotchy color and create an even complexion.

  • Go with yellow. Choose a concealer with a yellow undertone, says Ramy Gafni, a New York City makeup artist. “Yellow-based concealer and foundations are more corrective and natural looking than pink-based.”
  • Blend in dark spots. A highly pigmented concealer or foundation stick can even your skin tone. "Apply it on just the dark patches, not your entire face,” Gafni says. If you need more coverage, add liquid foundation on top of it, everywhere on your face.
  • Halt the progress. Exfoliating with a product containing lactic acid, glycolic acid, or vitamin C may help you from getting pigment on the skin, says Diane Madfes, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. But don’t overdo it. Once or twice a week is plenty.
  • Cosmetics concerns. Your makeup routine shouldn’t need to change during pregnancy. While lead in lipstick made some news headlines in the past, the FDA says the amount of lead does not pose safety concerns. If you have any concerns, talk to your dermatologist or nix the makeup during pregnancy.


Don’t let an acne flare-up take away from your healthy, maternal glow while you’re pregnant.

  • Build up and blend. Start with a foundation that’s an exact match for your skin tone. Choose a product with buildable coverage, like a part-liquid, part-powder foundation. It will cover acne without drawing attention to it like heavier makeup can. “You don’t want too much makeup on your skin. It’s important to blend it out,” Gafni says.
  • Set and de-shine. A layer of translucent powder can help keep your makeup in place. "Oil-free is ideal. Look for a matte formula. You don’t want a powder that has light reflectors or shimmer because they’ll make you look shinier,” Gafni says.
  • Shift the focus. Divert attention from a pimple. If the blemish is on your upper cheek area, play up your lips. If your acne is near your lips, shift the attention to your eyes with more dramatic color.
  • Minimize it. To minimize acne, you might try an over-the-counter exfoliant and topical chemical peel with glycolic or lactic acid. These ongoing treatments keep acne at bay.
  • Hands off. You may be tempted to pick at your pimples to make them less noticeable, but it can make things worse. “You don’t want to scar, so don’t pick,” Madfes says.

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