Hello, my beautiful Springlings!

If my Facebook newsfeed is any indication, and I choose to believe it is, then half of you are still buried in snow. But here in good ol’ Tejas, the sun is right at the precipice between “Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun” and Dante’s Inferno. Yes, my friends, that was a Raffi reference and an early Italian renaissance literary reference. I know it’s Monday, but keep up.

My dear friend, Beks (love you, boo), asked me to devise a look that can withstand the months of imminent sweat. I happily obliged, and this look was born. Bonus: It’s 100% waterproof and sweat-proof. Double bonus: It’s gorgeous. I have received compliments every time I’ve worn it to work. Triple bonus: It’s easy. You’ll be done in 5 minutes or less! Let’s get to the steps.

Fresh, Five Minute Summer Face

Step 1: Apply your summer foundation routine. What, you don’t change your routine with the seasons? Me neither…

Step 2: Throw Shade.

Makeup Forever Aqua Cream 13

Apply a shimmering taupe/champagne eyecolor from lid to brow. My recommendation is 100% MUFE Aqua Cream 13- Warm Beige. It’s the perfect neutral shimmer; neither too warm, nor too cold. The April 25th of makeup. I highly recommend a cream product here, for ease of application, as well as sweat-proof-edness. The MUFE is a little pricey, but the little tub will honestly last you, well, forever. Makeup Forever. OMGosh, it all makes sense now. If you can’t budget it this month, try Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in 25- Bad to the Bronze.  It’s slightly darker, but will achieve the same effect for a fraction of the cost. A normal, powder eyeshadow will work as well, just make sure you prime the heck out of it and use a high-pigmented shade.

Step 3: Blush it UpTarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

This is where the “fresh” part comes in. Color is your friend here. And avoid shimmer. Your sweat/glisten will give you shimmer. You want matte, staying power. Cheap(ly produced) blush won’t cut it here. My favorite is Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface, but I’ve also had rocking variation success with my Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette (more on variations later).

Step 4: Stick Your Lips
YSL Rouge Volupte 29 Opera Rose Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense 32 Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Lovesick

Pick something with a long-lasting formula.
– Break the bank, but slap-yo-mama pretty: YSL Rouge Volupte in 29 Opera Rose.
– Are you kidding me, Smalls, but worth it: MUFE Rouge Artist Intense in 32.
– Bright Bargain so good it’s naughty: Revlon Colorstay/Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick.

Step 5: Fill Dem Brows, GurlAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Fill dem brows, gurl. Use a pencil, for stay-put-edness. My brow crush is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but use whatever makes you comfortable. Seal with a clear brow gel if you plan on swimming or really sweating.

Step 6: Lashtastic

Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash

Mascara. Top lashes only. 2-3 coats waterproof. This will keep you from having the under-eye smudgies, plus helps with the “freshness.” My fave is MUFE Aqua Smoky Lash, but any waterproof Covergirl mascara is a great way to save some ca$h.

VARIATIONS: This also works with a coral blush and lip combo. Or a softer pink lipstick for a very natural, sweet look. Perfect for wooing your crush when you’re 13, or trying to divert FBI attention after your crimes. Also, for a little definition, add a waterproof eyeliner, or even a colored eyeliner for a pop of fun.

Now, enjoy some examples of the look with some awkward car and cubicle selfies, courtesy of moi:

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But First-
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-Let me take-
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-A Selfie.

Y’all have a good week!

-Kaitlin

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