Makeup expert Bobbi Brown makes over two Fit Pregnancy readers.
Though she may not have written the book on pregnancy primping, Bobbi Brown is dedicating an info-packed chapter to the topic: In Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution (Harper Resource, 2002), she addresses everything from hiding pigmentation to avoiding dehydration (check out “The Beauty of Having a Baby” on pgs. 176–181 of her book). So we asked this makeup pro and mom of three to apply her best tips—and hottest colors—to two Fit Pregnancy readers who were still in search of that fabled expectant glow. Read on for the how-to’s, then put Bobbi’s advice to work for you.
Lei Yang, 36
31 weeks pregnant with her first child
Never one to wear makeup before, Lei was finally ready to explore the virtues of concealer (and understated
eye, lip and cheek colors) as soon as her skin started
showing some of the telltale signs of pregnancy—under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation, in particular. Bobbi gave her a soft but decidedly sexy look.
STEP 1 The first order of business was to apply eye cream, then concealer, under Lei’s eyes. “The trick is to take the concealer all the way up to the roots of the lower lashes,” Bobbi says. “Everyone has that purplish [exhaustion-
betraying] line to camouflage.”
STEP 2 Next, small dabs of foundation were brushed on, then blended, where Lei’s skin tone was uneven (this technique was as effective on individual brown spots as on larger pigmented areas). “You generally don’t need foundation all over your face,” Bobbi explains. “Just enough to restore your complexion to a fresh-looking state.”
STEP 3 To further the fresh look, Bobbi created a healthy-looking pink flush on the apples of Lei’s cheeks.
STEP 4 Eye makeup was similarly restrained to give Lei a balanced look: just a light-handed brushing of rich brown eye shadow into Lei’s brows (to fill them in and enhance the arches), another touch of brown shadow along her upper lash lines for definition, a swipe of flesh-toned eye shadow base to even out her lids, and a coat of black lash-lengthening mascara.
STEP 5 The final flourish: a subtly sensual lip look, which Bobbi achieved by topping a rosy-brown
lipstick with a nude lip gloss.
BETSY MACKEY, 30
26 weeks pregnant with twins
Though hardly a newcomer to makeup, Betsy wasn’t sure how to handle pregnancy’s cosmetic curveballs. “I’ve gotten a lot more red and dry,” she says, “and I have broken capillaries in some places.” Complexion correction wasn’t the only item on the agenda: Betsy wanted a look that could take her from day to evening. So Bobbi created a dramatic—yet easy to replicate—effect.
STEP 1 Since Betsy’s skin was particularly dry (a common side effect of pregnancy), eye cream alone would not have sufficed as a primer. So Bobbi applied a generous layer of SPF-enhanced moisturizer (for day-into-night duty) before she started concealing the red spots and broken capillaries as she had with Lei.
STEP 2 To define Betsy’s eyes, Bobbi used a black gel liner along her upper lashes (below). “The key is to hold the lid up a bit so that you can place the line right against the
lashes,” she says. “Otherwise, you might leave a perceptible
gap between the two.”
STEP 3 A sweep of white shadow across Betsy’s lids provided all the dressiness she needed. “A single, pale color looks much more sophisticated than multi-hued bands,” Bobbi says. “Plus, skin-toned shadows tend to make your eyes pop.” Bobbi then applied two coats of black mascara.
STEP 4 Because of the focus on Betsy’s eyes, Bobbi kept the rest of the makeup fairly understated. Bobbi finger-applied shimmery taupe lipstick to Betsy’s lips (“what’s modern is not to do a 12-step mouth anymore—forget the pencil, the complicated procedures, etc.”) and finished up with a hint of rosy blush on the apples of her cheeks.