Fresh Out The Door…

I’ve never had to rely so much on make-up like I do now. Between my melasma that developed during my pregnancies and my dark circles (we all know where that comes from) I need some make-up magic before I get out the door. I’ve also never liked the look of too much make-up. At the moment it’s a pretty big trend that I won’t be following. Yes, make-up is fun and sometimes I have to put more on than I normally would but I really prefer to stick with the “fresh” look. Here is my everyday, quick fix; get out the door “natural” approach.

Cle de Peau  No question, this is an expensive concealer. But it is a great investment. One tube lasts me easily a year. And trust me I use a lot! It goes on creamy and smooth, which I love since my skin runs on the dryer side. The coverage is great. I pray they never discontinue this stuff because I’m committed.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer  This is a fabulous drugstore find. It’s cheap and cheerful and it does the trick. It’s creamy and the coverage is great without being cakey. I find that it reflects the light which is a bonus when you are dealing with dark circles. And the variety of shades they have is a definite plus. If you run on the oilier side then I would suggest Maybelline Cover Stick  Not only covers your dark circles it’s great at covering blemishes too.

Honest Cream Blush  I’ve just been turned on to Honest Beauty products and I love them. I don’t know about you but blush just makes me look and feel better. And this is a good one! The first application goes on light, which is sometimes all I need just to put some life back in my face. But what’s great is you can layer to the desired level of rouge you’d like. Plus it stays on! I normally have to reapply blush as my skin eats make-up. But not with this one.

I’ve never had to rely so much on make-up like I do now...

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand  I don’t use this one all the time but if I’m feeling like I need an extra pick-me-up I add this to my cheekbones and down the base of my nose. It does exactly what it says. It illuminates your skin and reflects the light. But you won’t go all glittery which I really can’t stand. I’d say it’s more of a sheen.

Maybelline Clear Mascara  I don’t wear mascara during the day but I do use this clear mascara to brush my brows. I have a thicker brow and this is great with setting them in place for the day.

Evian Spray  This is one of my many old school modeling tricks. After your make-up is on, do a quick all over light mist. This not only sets your make-up it gives you an all over dewy glow.


Did you get melasma after your pregnancy? What do you do to cover it? What’s products can’t you live without?

Emma xx

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rosetta says:

Thanks for all tour tips!!! I use cocunut oil everyday as a moisturizer eye cream and facial scrub with sugar. Love it! Im going to buy the madeleine fit me!! Im using lancome concealer right now its a little thick.

Emma Heming Willis says:

My super expensive one is really amazing. Not thick but great coverage! And I LOVE Coconut oil. I’ll be doing more posts on it xxxx

Carli says:

Hi emma with my new boy Jonah only 5 weeks old i have never needed makeup more than now, i use a lancome foundation but if i need to cover my dark under eyes i use the ysl cover stick although it is expensive but worth it.
Wish i didnt need to wear makeup but im just not happy to go without it x

Emma Heming Willis says:

Well it sounds like you found the right formula! That’s half the battle. 🙂 xxx

Kate Hart says:

(Long time reader first time commenting, lol)
I am a lucky mumma of two little girls (Sienna & Evie) that have given me more happiness & love than I ever dreamt possible…but…along with that happiness came oily skin, skin tags galore, hair falling out in clumps and dark baggy circles under my eyes that should have their own postcode! I feel like putting a bit of makeup on not only attempts to cover these up but also gives me a little pick me up to feel a bit better about myself after waking 15 times with Miss 8 months the night before haha! Usually it’s just a quick cleanse with natural witch hazel & bit of mascara but if Im heading out somewhere other than to the supermarket I also add some tinted moisturiser with SPF (important here in Sydney, Australia) and some Mac Warm soul mineralised blush! Love the blog Emma! I’m going to see if I can buy some of these products online! Thank you x

Emma Heming Willis says:

A little make-up can go a long way! Like, do Wonders :):):)
Our dark circles will go away some day? 😉

rosetta says:

Yes please post about coconut oil…. LOVE it too. I also put baking soda and cocunut oil together and brush my teeth and they feel like velvet! Thanks xo

Claudia says:

Hi Emma,
I’m a first time mom and my daughter is 10 weeks old. I use cle de Peau as well and swear by it!! I have red blotches on my face and bags under my eyes but I find when I use makeup to cover I’ll notice little sparkles on my baby’s head from when we cuddle 🙁 any tips on not getting any makeup on our baby’s soft skin but still looking a bit more like my old self? Thanks!!!

Emma Heming Willis says:

Try this…. Spray your face with the evian spray I mentioned in this post, then bloat your face with a tissue. That might help your make-up set in more to your skin. Let me know!

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