How To Fake The Pregnancy Glow

Oh, that pregnancy glow. Except you guys – I don’t feel like I’m glowing. Where does the term pregnancy glow come from, anyway? I know, I know. Something to do with the increased blood flow during pregnancy and it’s supposed to make you “glow”.


Well, the good news is that even if you’re not knocked up, I can help you get the glow. And if you are pregnant, the next time someone tells you that you’re glowing, you can just politely thank her rather than laugh and recall the nausea and sleepless nights and insatiable hunger.

And if you really don’t care if you glow or not because you woke up, got dressed and just showed up today – well, I understand that, too.

But in case you do want to glow today, here are some of my secret beauty weapons. Some are just little ways to spoil yourself, which all of us could use.

Happy Friday, sweet people.


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1. Nars Illuminator in Copacobana – This is my #1 secret weapon that I use all year round, pregnant or not. A little goes a long way. Lightly apply it to your cheekbones and to the bridge of your nose to get the perfect glow. 

2. Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm Roses on my lips? Yes, please. This one definitely falls into the category of spoiling yourself, but it’s oh so good. The price tag is a bit hefty, but it truly does last a long time. The sheer pale pink color is just right to go with your glow.

3. Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz I just can’t get enough of the roses. I spray this on my face at night before I go to bed. I love going to bed with the smell of roses (faint, not overpowering) and their soothing coolness on my face. It truly helps me glow.

4. Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer – When you think of bronzer, do you think summer? It can help you glow well into the winter. Just don’t use as much. This one is my favorite that I’ve been using for years.

5. Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Liquid Highlighter – If you don’t like powder bronzers, this is a perfect alternative. Again, not too heavy-handed. Think sun -kissed.

6. Water, water, water. This one is a no-brainer, but it’s too important to leave out (especially if you’re pregnant and you need to drink way more water than usual!). I can tell a difference in my skin if I haven’t been drinking enough water. It truly does help you glow.





  • Lee Anne

    haha, so great! You really are glowing though, even if you don’t feel like it! Lovely post.

    Lee Anne

    • suzanne

      Awww. thanks mama! xo

  • Annie

    You look gorgeous mama! And I can’t wait to try some of those products

    • suzanne

      You’re so sweet. Thanks, Annie!

  • JeeYoung W

    LOL, you are gorgeous! I love some of these, that highlighter thing weirds me out sometimes since it’s like a nail polish brush. But it works wonders!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, sweet mama! So true – it is kind of weird!

  • Brooke

    Love this! I am always needing help with the “glow”!

    • suzanne

      Right?! Me, too. Thanks, Brooke!

  • Alexie

    first of all you look stunning and second of all I cant wait to see your little bundle!! Also, cant wait to check out these products! thanks for sharing!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Alexie! This photo is from my last pregnancy. This time I’m totally faking the glow 🙂

  • Mommy Little

    I never “glowed” during pregnancy. I had horrible breakouts and dark circles. This is so helpful, can’t wait to try!

    • suzanne

      Oh, girl. The dark circles! I’ve got those, too. :/

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad

    Ohh could use some glow too after a few sleepless nights due to teething… zzz! Will definitely check out some of these 🙂

    • suzanne

      Oh, yes! The teething drama. Eeek. Hang in there, mama!

  • Logan

    I love this! You really do look gorgeous, though! I’m definitely still trying to find my own :glow” this time around… haha

    • suzanne

      Thanks, mama. I’m still trying to find mine, too 🙂

  • linda spiker

    I fake it everyday lol!

    • suzanne

      Me toooooo!

  • Danielle Greco

    I’m gonna fake the glow the whole time I’m preggers lol. I love the summer glow!

    • suzanne

      Right?! I love the glow, too.

  • Kristen Kavan

    Um, first, you look amazing!! I don’t think you need to fake the glow 🙂 But, I LOVEEEEE the nars highlighter! Its the best!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Kristen! It really is the best, right?!

  • Gina

    You look gorgeous! And I totally agree, water made a HUGE difference in how I looked and felt while pregnant!

    • suzanne

      Yes to water! Always so thirsty. Thanks, Gina!

  • ashley houston

    i love all of these products!

    • suzanne

      They’re all so good, right?!

  • Elizabeth

    Love that you can fake a glow! I will definitely keep this in mind for when I get pregnant again. I agree that water is so important for skin!

    • suzanne

      Totally! Fake it til you make it (with pretty much everything in life!)

  • Emily Lindsey

    Oooh yes! I need to try that Nars illuminator!! xx

    • suzanne

      Yes! You will love it.

  • Lauren

    That NARS illuminator looks amazing! They don’t make a bad product!

    • suzanne

      Seriously, love everything NARS!

  • Mercy

    These products are the best in there and you’re definitely glowing too no matter what.

    • suzanne

      Awww, thank you, Mercy!

  • Denise

    Love it! In the winter when I was pregnant my skin would be super dry (because of the cold, dry air of course), so this is perfect for those winter months when the natural glow isn’t as apparent.

    • suzanne

      Yes, so true! Perfect for any season 🙂