When most women go into labour, the last things on their minds is how they look. Between the painful contractions and the mental preparation of having a baby, appearance seems very low on the totem pole.
Sure there are some women who get blowouts or lash extensions prior to giving birth, but very few actually take the time to freshen up during the delivery process.
However, one New York-makeup artist decided to put on a full face of glam makeup while in labour. Whoa.
Alaha Majid of @MakeupByAlaha decided to bring "some" of her favourite beauty products to the delivery room so she could apply a full face of makeup while waiting for her baby to arrive.
"I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed," she explains in an Instagram post.
And when the contractions got to be too strong, her hubby was there to help with her contour:
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The photo, which Majid tells Buzzfeed was captured by her sister, has since gone viral, gaining thousands of likes and comments.
"Goals to be in labor like this," writes one user.
"This is me if I ever have a kid — making that grand entrance hahaha," writes another.
However, Majid tells Buzzfeed she has received some negative responses from her post.
"Others called me an idiot for 'putting looks before the baby,'" she explains. "Anyone who has been through labour knows that it’s a waiting game. Of course I made sure my baby was well and healthy. I made sure my doctor was OK with it before proceeding with my makeup application. What I was doing didn’t put my baby at risk and it didn’t interfere with my labour one bit."
And in fact, Majid encourages other women to also do their makeup while waiting in labour.
"Don't make yourself miserable during labour, do something you love!" she says to Buzzfeed. "As long as your doctor is OK with it, cake that foundation on and enjoy your day!"
And if you want the full list of products used, check out Majid's Instagram post below for the rundown:
Hello beautiful people, first off, thank you for the love on my latest instagram posts that featured me doing my makeup during labor. As promised, below is a FULL list of makeup details! I have received THOUSANDS of comments and messages as to what primer and setting spray I used and you will find all that down below. Love you guys and thank you for your endless support! 😘❤️ I now some were laughing because I said I only took "some of my favorite products" and as you can clearly see from the pics and the details below... It's a ton of makeup! Lol however, this statement was based solely on the fact that I had SO much makeup to choose from and I narrowed it down to only my favorite things that I knew would hold up through all the tears and emotions! Product breakdown: @brian_champagne hydraplex serum to prep my face for a smooth finish @benefitcosmetics "porefessional" face primer and "stay don't stray" eyeshadow primer @marcbeauty re(Marc)able foundation @lauramercier translucent setting powder to bake @lagirlcosmetics beautiful bronze and creamy beige proconceal to highlight and contour @anastasiabeverlyhills contour kit to set @motivescosmetics blush from the blush/bronzing duo @thebalm_cosmetics "Mary loumanizer" highlighter paired with @gerardcosmetics "star powder" highlighter in "Audrey" @toofaced "better than sex" WATERPROOF mascara (stayed intact through all the tears!) Huda beauty mink lashes in "Sophia" Morphebrushes 35O eyeshadow palette @sigmabeauty brilliant/spellbinding eyeshadow palette @eyekandycosmetics glitter in "candy coin" dabbed lightly on the lid using their "liquid sugar" @tartecosmetics "waterproof clay pot liner" (also stayed perfectly intact) for the wing as well as the waterline. @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade in soft brown (completely smudge proof and water proof) @jeffreestarcosmetics liquid velour lipsticks in "celebrity skin" paired with @doseofcolors liquid lipstick in "sand" Tools are posted in the comments section: beauty blender, royallangnickel, luxie beauty, and Mikasa brushes
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