One afternoon, three looks

My gorgeous friend–and fellow mother–Katrina, came by to play with makeup one rainy afternoon. We had a goal in mind: find a couple fun spins on her makeup routine. And we found three. 

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First look: I prepped her skin with Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen. A dab of 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry on the cheeks, before RMS Beauty Master Mixer liberally massaged on the the cheekbones, and lightly patted all over. On her eyes, initially, I used RMS Beauty's Eye Polishes in Solar all over her eyelid, and then worked in Karma into the crease and eye line for definition (those two colors melt together beautifully!). I then lined the lower inner rim with Alima Pure's eye pencil in Coffee and finished with lightly defining her brows with Jane Iredale's Brow Kit in Brunette. Her naturally pink lips were gilded with Kari Gran's (amazing) Lip Whip in Shimmer.

Second look: I used Alima Pure's pressed foundation powder to mute the glistening effect and even out the complexion further. I then used my ring finger to pat in Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipstick in Nori. I concentrated the color in the center of her lip for a more modern, casual take on the statement lip. Foregoing the lipliner and going this route seems more romantic, the color literally looks like it's blooming.

For the third and final look: We blotted the statement lipstick off until it was a transparent stain. Then I applied Alima Pure's loose eyeshadow in Cypress (a moody, shimmering teal) with a wet eyeliner brush on her lower lash line, followed by Alima Pure's eyeshadow in Breathless in the inner corner.

 

Honest Beauty Créme Blush

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Cream blush is an efficient way to brighten things up after months of sun deprivation (fellow Seattleites can commiserate here). Or if you've had enough bleary eyed late nights responding to emails, and 3am fire drills initiated by a crying toddler to make utter exhaustion the new norm.

Lash curler + RMS UnCoverup + Luminizer + one of these Honest Beauty blushes are a great template to have in your kit. Particularly new moms, frequent travelers, or subscribers to the 90's no-makeup-makeup aesthetic that's enjoying a resurgence.

I love the look of cream blushes, but they always vanish on me after about 90 minutes. These little beauties, however, actually last! They're not dewy, but they're neither powdery or mattifying. It's a soft, diffused pigment with high opacity. They layer well over bare skin, cream or powder foundations. And while you could use a brush to apply, but for the sake of ease, I prefer fingertips.