There are lots of women on Instagram who are really good at this whole beauty thing, but Alaha Majid, a mom in New York City, bested them all by doing an incredibly complicated look while in labor. As in, while a baby was coming out of her. Her pictures ended up going viral, with over 5,000 people liking each of her labor day Instagram photos.
"I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed," Majid said in her Instagram caption, where she also listed the products she used including multiple eyeshadow palettes, foundation, fake eyelashes, a contour kit, pomade and color for eyebrows, several liquid lipsticks, and setting spray.
People say that giving birth is the hardest thing you will ever do.
Obviously, lots of commenters on Instagram were like, "damn, girl."
"What settin spray she be using'
"oh my god I love her"
"finna look like this too while I give birth"
"look how good her makeup is oml she literally jus gave birth"
"My god, honestly I respect her, being able to give birth and do makeup likes it nothing. This chicks a soldier. I remember my mum telling me after she had me her aunt told her to put lipstick on and that's the last thing she cared about, I've heard heaps of stories like that. Mad respect girl."
But there were also some critics:
"Damn u must be really insecure about the way you look without makeup... wtff"
"Morons.. The beauty of giving birth is looking back at your pictures and seeing your messy hair and face but a beautiful smile next to your child."
"your mom didn't use an epidural, this chick probably did. There's no way in hell you can apply or even think about makeup while in labor, it's the most excruciating pain you can imagine. I don't respect this chick because her vanity is more important that birthing a baby that isn't drugged. I respect your mother because she put you before her looks."
But Majid has a response to that. "Anyone who has been through labor knows that it’s a waiting game," she said to BuzzFeed. "Of course I made sure my baby was well and healthy. I made sure my doctor was OK with it before proceeding with my makeup application. What I was doing didn’t put my baby at risk and it didn’t interfere with my labor one bit."
"I would actually advise other women to do the same!" she added. "Don’t make yourself miserable during labor, do something you love! As long as your doctor is OK with it, cake that foundation on and enjoy your day!"
Or give birth while stranded in the woods. Every pregnancy is different!