Eye makeup woes:
Kate’s other signature is a strong eye. I’ve never seen her in public without dark liner on both upper and lower lashes and a healthy helping of mascara. The worst thing you can possibly do when you’re post-partum is to draw attention to your eyes. Two words: sleep deprivation. Because Kate is such a hands-on, grocery-shopping kind of gal, I’m pretty sure she’s going to want to wake up in the middle of the night herself to tend to the baby. Some babies (ahem, mine) wake up pretty much every two hours for three months straight crying and wanting to eat. (I would not wish colic on my worst enemy.) Even if Kate has a normal, sleepy baby, she’ll be up at least twice a night for the first few weeks. And trust me, she will look tired.
Eyeliner is just going to smudge (when she takes naps while her baby is napping, too), plus makeup artists have told me that lower lash liner can make your eyes look like they’re droopy, and that’s not what you want. Put a bit of liner on the top lid only, just at the lash line, to perk your eyes up a bit. Plus, make sure your mascara–which is a must for making you look awake–is waterproof. Because of the crying. Yes, the slightest thing–a paper towel commercial featuring a cute baby, looking at all those nice LK Bennetts that you can’t fit in anymore because your feet grew a size (this happens)–will set you off on a crying jag. Thanks, hormones.
• Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil, $19: Choose a softer color that isn’t harsh, and keep it just to the top lash line.
• Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, $16: Won’t budge, so cry all you want.
• YSL Touche Eclat, $40: The creme de la creme of highlighter concealers. All new mothers should purchase them by the gross.