I might’ve looked a bit flushed after a morning of trying not to throw up, but otherwise the “glow” everyone talks about totally eluded me during my pregnancy. So here are my top “fakers” – think of them as a maternity wardrobe for your skin.
Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color
This little gem came in very handy while I was pregnant. It comes out as a clear silicone-based (so, light and slightly velvety) gel, but as soon as it warms on your cheek, it turns into a very natural-looking pinky glow, without a hint of glitter. There’s none of the sometimes-greasy residue of a cream blush, nor the chalkiness of a powder. $26
La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream
I’ve tried the majority of BB Creams and to be honest, I have dismissed most of them and returned to my trusty foundation. But this one was a bit different. It offers good coverage and has a nice, juicy finish, rather than the slightly chalky matte of some others. It has all the blending prowess of a color-adapt foundation, and it moisturized my skin. So when all you have time for is a quick sweep over your face, this is the product to sub in – moisturizer, primer, SPF 20, foundation and brightener in one. $34.80
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen
This, ladies, is the secret to faking sleep. It sounds ridiculous, but it genuinely made me look bright-eyed when, in reality, I was exhausted. I didn’t have a makeup artist on hand. I didn’t have a night nurse. I did have a Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen. A couple of clicks of this pen, and I’d add light to my brow bone, the very top of the cheekbone, under the lower lashes and a little at the inner corner of the eye where a blue-ish tinge naturally occurs. $52