Photos from a 27-year-old New York woman's 10-hour labor are going viral, ABC News reports. Luckily, the professional makeup artist and new mom looks her best.
After hours at the hospital, Alaha Karimi needed something to distract her from her contractions. "I was Googling ways to overcome the pain, because it was just unbearable, and one of the suggestions was to put on some music and do something you love—so that's what I did," Karimi tells Today.
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
After getting permission from her doctors, she spent the next three hours giving herself a "full glam look"—a process that normally takes her only 45 minutes.
"I had to keep pausing whenever I'd get a contraction," Karimi tells ABC. Karimi's sister took photos of the entire process, and Karimi posted them to her Instagram last week.
Now she can't believe the attention they're getting. But she's happy to be an inspiration to other women in labor. "If makeup is your thing, do that," she tells Today.
"But if knitting is your thing, then do that—make a sweater. Do something that will distract you from the pains of labor. It's a crazy time, and now I don't think of the pain. I look at the photos and I laugh." Karimi's first child, Sofia, was born Feb. 15.
She probably had the most glamorous mom in the hospital. (Here are 5 of the strangest places women have given birth.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Woman Does Her Makeup to Distract From 10-Hour Labor
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