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.



If there is one thing you can do to suspend the relentless tick of the clock, to slow down time and ward off premature aging, experts agree it's wearing a good SPF every day. 

Look for one that's SPF 15 – SPF 30, for example isn't twice as effective as 15, we're talking about a scant 4% difference that can compromise the formula. My favorite tinted one is Suntegrity, it's a true multi-tasker and a repeat buy for me. I was first introduced to it at San Francisco's Credo Beauty following a 6am flight that turned into a nightmarish long trek with a plane delay, 2 hour wait time at Hertz, Bay Area traffic and a crying toddler. I had a headache coming on, but insisted on stopping at Credo. There, I wearily asked an onsite aesthetician what I needed, and she promptly whipped out a tube of this tinted SPF moisturizer, and a Kari Gran lip balm. She was spot on, I looked and felt more rested immediately. 

This SPF moisturizer is super hydrating; giving off the glow-y sheen of a facial oil, it blends quickly and negates any need for foundation. Just a bit of powder and under eye concealer (I love this as a day time eye cream as well), and you're done. Perfect for busy mornings or packing an overnight bag.