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.


Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit

When I worked for Benefit Cosmetics, I could never keep their Brow-zing! eyebrow palettes in stock. Why? Because whenever I did a client's makeup, I always used one of their wax based brow pigments. Even if the client wasn't in the market for a brow product, had no interest in plucking their full set of pre-Cara Delevingne brows, or had tweezed what nature gave them into oblivion and were marred with a permanent expression of surprise or anger, they almost always would ask me what I did.

It was simple, I just dipped an angle brush into the taupe-y shaded wax and lightly buff it along the highest point of the arch, sometimes working down to the tail. I learned this trick from Meredith, an incredible makeup artist at Barney's New York. She believed defining the arch and adding a swirl of blush to the cheeks is fool proof way to bring out the eyes. Instead of rimming them with a dark smokey liner, she thought this a balanced and less obvious way of framing the eyes.

Sadly, I've yet to find a perfectly neutral colored brow wax in the clean beauty industry. But this Jane Iredale kit comes pretty close, one only needs to blend a bit of the wax and powder on the same brush. It's believable looking, no one would guess you've got anything on. And if you're on the fence about which color, go with the ashy blonde shade. Any dark haired brunettes like myself, better stick with the brunette shade, photographed below: