Beauty Blogger Deals With Contractions By Applying Full Face Of Makeup During Labor

March 17, 2016  |  

We would like to take a second to welcome our precious angel, Sofia Alaya Karimi, into the world. Baby Sofia was born two nights ago, on February 15, 2016 at 6:19pm weighing 8lbs 13oz and a height of 21.5 inches. Mash'allah! Both of us are doing well Alhamdullilah. She has only been a part of our lives for two days and I can't even remember what life was like before her. She has changed our lives in ways we never thought were possible and has given us the most beautiful outlook on life. How could a little human who we have only known for 48 hours, have so much impact on our lives? Both hubby and I are so in love with her that we stare at her for hours as our hearts fill with joy, and our eyes fill with tears trying to understand how we became so lucky to be chosen as her parents. Subhanallah, Mash'allah, Alhamdullilah, times a million for everything God has blessed us with! I know many people are asking for pics, and I'm sorry but her father and I have decided to keep her beautiful face private for some time to keep her all to ourselves a little while longer and keep her away from evil eyes or Nazar (it's a cultural/religious thing and I hope you all understand). Family and friends are more than welcome to reach out and come visit once we are settled in and well-adjusted. Thank you to all those who sent flowers, texts, emails, calls, etc. I haven't been able to get back to everyone individually but I will as soon as I can. Now many of you are probably wondering about this picture, LOL! It was taken the minute she was first handed to me after I delivered her, look at her little head in my palm. Yes, I went full glam lol and I'll post more pics later of me doing my makeup DURING Labor and pausing for the severe contractions lol. And yes, I wore my @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty mink lashes in "SOPHIA" since it was appropriate lol. I had a natural birth alhamdullilah so it was tough, but I'm lucky enough to have been able to experience it firsthand and am so grateful. I prayed for all of the women who are trying to conceive to get to experience this beautiful feeling as well inshallah! Again, thank you all for the sweet messages, wishes, and love! God bless!

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While some women prefer silence when they’re dealing with painful contractions and preparing to give birth, some people need a lot of distraction. It could be a book. It could be a conversation with friends or family. Or in the case of beauty blogger Alaha Majid, it could be beating your face with all the makeup you own.

The new mom brought along her makeup bag, because as a beauty blogger and makeup lover, like the American Express card, you don’t leave home without it. And while she tried a few different things to get through her labor pains, reaching for her lashes, foundation, mascara and more proved to be the one thing that provided her with the most relief. She contoured her face while waiting for her daughter, Sofia, to make her arrival in the world.

“I also like to read. During the first few hours that is exactly what I did,” she told SELF. “However, reading started to give me a headache, so I figured I’d pull out my makeup bag and get to baking.”

I learned via her interview that “baking” is when you apply powder over concealer in the hopes of making your makeup stay longer. The more you know…

So she applied her makeup, and when the contractions got too bad, Majid’s husband would actually fill in here and there. These moments were captured, and when Majid posted them on Instagram, the images went viral.

Three weeks ago at this time I was finishing up my makeup and getting ready for my princess #SofiaAlaya to make her appearance. Yes, I was doing my makeup while I was in labor! 😂😂😂 I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed. I only packed some of my favorite products in my hospital bag… @morphebrushes 35O eyeshadow palette @marcbeauty remarcable foundation @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty lashes in "sophia" @anastasiabeverlyhills contour kit @mikasabeauty brushes and holder @royallangnickel MODA brushes @benefitcosmetics stay don't stray eyeshadow palette @gerardcosmetics brow bar to go @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade @brian_champagne hydraplex @doseofcolors liquid lipsticks @jeffreestar @jeffreestarcosmetics velour liquid lipsticks And a few other products. I can't believe how fast time flies! It's already been three weeks! 😭😭😭

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Three weeks ago at this time I was finishing up my makeup and getting ready for my princess #SofiaAlaya to make her appearance. Yes, I was doing my makeup while I was in labor! 😂😂😂 I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed. I only packed some of my favorite products in my hospital bag… @morphebrushes 35O eyeshadow palette @marcbeauty remarcable foundation @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty lashes in "sophia" @anastasiabeverlyhills contour kit @mikasabeauty brushes and holder @royallangnickel MODA brushes @benefitcosmetics stay don't stray eyeshadow palette @gerardcosmetics brow bar to go @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade @brian_champagne hydraplex @doseofcolors liquid lipsticks @jeffreestar @jeffreestarcosmetics velour liquid lipsticks And a few other products. I can't believe how fast time flies! It's already been three weeks! 😭😭😭

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While her methods may not be all that common to some, Majid recommends that women do whatever keeps them calm and makes them happy during such a major moment.

“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.”

So with that being said, what did you do to deal with your labor pains? And if you haven’t had kids yet, are you such a makeup lover that you could see yourself pulling out your makeup bag during labor?

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