Giving birth is definitely one of the greatest miracles of life. But beauty blogger Alaha Majid decided to make the experience even more special by incorporating one of her favorite pastimes: putting on makeup. The two usually don't go hand in hand, but it actually makes a lot of sense for the NYC makeup artist. "Makeup and fashion are two of my biggest passions," Majid tells SELF. So adding some rouge made the 10-hour delivery process even more enjoyable. Beauty makeup pictures.
"Anyone who has been through labor knows that it’s a waiting game," Majid says. So in between contractions, she contoured and highlighted her face to perfection to keep her mind off of the pain. "I also like to read. During the first few hours that is exactly what I did," she adds, "However, reading started to give me a headache, so I figured I’d pull out my makeup bag and get to baking." (Baking is a makeup technique where you apply powder over concealer to get more staying power.)
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Her sister captured the moment on camera, and once Majid uploaded the images to Instagram they caused quite a buzz. While some social media users were blown away by her impeccable skills, there were others who didn't have anything nice to say. Despite the negative comments, Alaha says there is no harm in primping during labor. "I would actually advise other women to do the same," she says. "If you love painting your nails, pack your favorite polishes in your hospital bag. If you love to read, pack as many books and magazines as you can because trust me. Once you're in labor, you will need a distraction," the new mother adds.
And if you're wondering what amazing products could possibly last throughout the delivery process, Majid shared all of her favorites. "I only packed the items that I knew wouldn't fail me," she started. "The most important part of the makeup application is the canvas," she explains. So Brian Champagne "HydraPlex" face serum was essential. "I also have a special place in my heart for my Benefit Cosmetics "Stay Don't Stray" Eyeshadow Primer ($26; ulta.com ) and the "Porefessional" Face Primer ($12; ulta.com )." While Urban Decay's "All Nighter" Setting Spray ($14; sephora.com ) was also key to locking her look in place. "I am a very emotional person so I knew that I would cry a lot and would need my face to hold up nicely through it all," she says. And Majid even wore her Huda Beauty lashes in Sophia ($39; shophudabeauty.com ) in honor of her newborn baby girl, Sofia. What a glamorous welcome into the world!