Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - Unscented Matte Tint

Sunscreens can exacerbate acne-prone or sensitive skin, but Coola has managed to tick all the boxes (broad spectrum, high SPF quotients, multiple formulations to satisfy any use case) with their lineup, sans the seemingly inevitable breakout.

That being said, this tube takes the cake: it releases a fluffy, mousse like cream that nearly evaporates when applied to the face. It's beyond lightweight, it's weightless and cushions the skin with a high powered SPF, leaving skin matte with a soft focus blurring effect.

If you're looking for a no-makeup look, consider this one. It's not meant to replace moisturizer, but it's lightly hydrating and combination skin types won't be experiencing parched cheeks by the afternoon. It's managed to keep my fussy skin happy during this hot (and smokey!) Washington summer, and I've already snapped up another tube for fear of running out and having to forage other sun protection. 

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.