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Makeup Tips for Skin Changes During Pregnancy

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Oily or Dry Skin

If pregnancy hormones have made your skin super dry or extra oily, makeup can balance it out.

  • Start with a good foundation. Have dry skin? Create a perfect canvas with a custom blend of moisturizer and foundation, suggests Petra Strand, a Santa Barbara, CA, makeup artist and creator of Pixi cosmetics. Here’s how: Mix one part oil-free moisturizer with one part oil-free foundation for a subtle veil of color that keeps skin fresh and shine-free.
  • Puff it out. To reduce shine, tap a gentle, translucent powder onto oily spots. “Don’t sweep the powder with a brush. Invest in a latex sponge, take a little powder onto the sponge, and roll the sponge across the shiny parts of the skin,” Strand says. This lets the powder absorb the extra oil while creating a seamless finish.
  • Keep things moist. If you have oily or dry skin, keeping your skin properly hydrated can decrease flakiness and prevent shine. Opt for products with shea butter, omega-3, or omega-6 fatty acids.

Puffy, Tired Skin

Pregnancy can make you tired, and that can show in your skin. Your skin may lose its luster. Your face and eyelids may look puffy, especially during the third trimester. The culprit? Your super-charged blood flow. If you also notice a sudden weight gain, call your doctor.

Here are other tips to feel beautiful during pregnancy.

  • Cool it off. “An old Hollywood trick to reduce puffiness is to fill your sink with ice and water, and dip your face in. The cold water will tighten your skin and reduce swelling,” Gafni says. Or keep a bottle of aloe vera gel in the fridge and apply it as a moisturizer, he says.
  • Soothe it. Try moisturizers with calendula and oatmeal, which are anti-inflammatory and remove redness. Witch hazel-based toners also help calm puffiness.
  • Perk it up. Try a water-based tinted moisturizer and cheek gel, which hydrate as they add color. “Switch to a waterproof mascara and eyeliner,” Strand says, so they don’t smudge.

Stretch Marks

While your stretch marks won’t completely vanish after pregnancy, here are some tricks to help you mask them.  

  • Tan them. Sunless tanning lotion may help cover up stretch marks. Apply the tanner to the marks to help them match the skin around them.
  • Blend them. “To cover stretch marks, use liquid or stick foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone,” Gafni says. Apply it to the entire area, not just on stretch marks. “The uniformity of the product will make the stretch marks blend in and become less noticeable.”

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