Skip to main content

Kerrin Birchenough: Makeup Tips for New Moms

I've been reviewing a lot of skincare and cosmetic products lately, and while I know a bit about the stuff, and have been experimenting and asking questions since I was a kid, I'm by no means an expert. I decided to ask my talented friend, Kerrin Birchenough, who is a cosmetics expert and the mom of an awesome little girl, to contribute a post for new moms.

Here's what Kerrin has to say:

"My dear friend, Samantha, has asked me to contribute to her blog. And it would be my pleasure to! I have been a makeup artist ever since my mom let me start using the stuff (14 years old?) and I then started helping friends with their makeup as I got older. 

From there, I have worked for various makeup lines, at spas, fashion shows, photo shoots, weddings, and special events. 

I have been working in and around makeup, skincare, and fashion for many, many years. 

New moms, you're tired. 

Scratch that.
You are extremely, insanely exhausted and consume multiple cups of coffee daily. You hope to even get in a daily shower, forget about putting on makeup. Well, I'm asked to give makeup tips and advice for moms.
Here's my advice... if you want to look a little more awake and have five extra minutes.

1. Moisturizer! BB creams are great because they offer a little coverage as well as have an SPF.

2. Apply mascara! It will make your eyes look wider and more awake. Looking for a great mascara on a budget? Check out the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous mascara collection.

3. If you really want to go all out, try a touch of pink or peach lip gloss and a cream brush to the apples of your cheeks. Less is more!

Also, many women use harsh cleansers on their face which dry out your skin and can ultimately lead to more oil production and acne. Stop! Use a cream cleanser. My favorite bang for your buck is Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Daily Cleanser. It's a Cetaphil knock-off but with less chemicals available for all skin types at just $5.99."
Kerrin Birchenough has worked for MAC, NARS, Dior, and Zac Posen, and as a makeup artist for runway shows, fashion photography, weddings, and special events.

Kerrin is happy to answer your questions and can be reached best by email.


Popular posts from this blog

Pottery Barn Kids Lunch Bags: Cute, but Annoying

When my daughter transitioned to "big kid school" this fall, I bought her a personalized lunch bag from Pottery Barn Kids. This was our first time having to send lunch to school, so I wanted her to enjoy carrying the bag and also have it be practical. She's just turning 4, so it was important that she be able to open the bag herself and carry it from the car to the lunch cart without assistance.

Pottery Barn Kids offers a slew of fabric patterns and four bag styles. Penny picked the MacKenzie Chocolate Zebra classic lunch bag, which is a fairly standard size and shape lunch box. We paid $7 to have her name embroidered on the bag, which I figured was worth the price to ensure her box isn't mixed up with another kid's lunch. I let Penny pick the font and thread color and ordered online.

Our classic lunch bag has now been used every weekday for nearly three months, but it looks more like a year old. It's still functional in that Penny can carry it in to school, o…

Switching from Olay Regenerist to L'Oreal RevitaLift

I've been using Olay Regenerist DNA Superstructure UV Cream for years now. I love the SPF 25 (it's now 30) the thick moisturizing quality, and how fresh my skin feels once it's absorbed. It's really thick, so it tends to need more time before I put on foundation, and it does leave my skin a touch lighter than it is in real life. The sunscreen ingredients mean this moisturizer smells just like traditional sun protection, and even a bit like my daughter's diaper cream (ick), but I know it's doing it's job and I've been really happy with it.

I intended to buy some more during a trip to Walmart today, but L'Oreal RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion had a $2 off coupon attached, and the base price was less than the Olay product, so I took a chance and bought  the RevitaLift instead.

L'Oreal's bottle is prettier with a similar pump mechanism. Like Olay, the product is in an opaque container, which helps keep the contents from being affected by ligh… Hair Color Review

It's now May 2014 and since my original review, I've had a chance to fly out to eSalon and see how orders are processed, learn the right way to apply color, and find out the differences between box color and eSalon color. I learned a lot and have a totally different perspective now and would definitely recommend giving eSalon a try.

When you order from eSalon, be sure to upload a current, well-lit photo of your hair and don't hesitate to ask their color experts for advice. The eSalon team are experts. Let them help you find the right shade and apply color correctly. It's a learning process if you're used to box color products.

Last August, I tried eSalon. At the time, I found the color was fine in that it was even and matched what I had seen online for that shade, but it wasn't really what I was going for. eSalon's customer service was helpful, with a colorist calling to explain how their product differs from what I buy in-store and the risks of going darke…