This summer, I cracked the code for the my perfect makeup routine. It's sunny and fresh, and it wears so lightly that even on sweltering days it never bothers me. The key products are Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow, and the RMS Master Mixer (read on for my raves about each one). Classic black mascara (I'm currently loving Ilia Beauty Mascara in Nightfall) and Jane Iredale Eye Pencil in Black/Grey smudged in between my eyelashes round out the look. Here, I'm also wearing Ilia Beauty Lipstick Crayon in Dress You Up.
Remember when I mentioned how often I get compliments on my skin? I'm convinced that Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation is absolutely key to that. My skin has been so much happier since I started using this as my go-to foundation two years ago. This stuff provides a gorgeous even finish that is light and looks so natural. It practically melts into my skin, and actually nourishes the skin while you wear it. I wear Shade 03, thanks to guidance from Gressa's customer service, who will provide a suggestion if you send in a photo. I apply using Gressa's purpose-fit brush or a Beauty Blender (when I'm feeling ambitious) or just my fingers when I'm feeling a bit lazier.
Makeup artist Kaori Chloe introduced me to Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow, and I was skeptical when I first saw it in the pot. I'm more used to wearing rosy pink blushes, but I trusted Kaori and she was completely right. This blush goes on for a sunny flush, and looks SO summery. It's really subtle, and builds nicely. I was easily won over by the Kjaer Weis Blush Brush, which has definitely improved my application skills.
As soon as I caught wind of the RMS Master Mixer, I was lusting after it. And trust me friends, it lived up to all my expectations. If you told me I could only have one item of makeup, this would be it. This summer, I've been tapping it onto my eyelids (it's very buildable) as eyeshadow, plus using it as a subtle highlighter over brow bones, cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and my cupids bow. I also dot on the inner corner of my eyes to instantly perk them up. To transition this whole look from day to night, I just amp up the Master Mixer as highlighter (taking care not to overdo it).
Voila! That's it, and the whole production takes about five minutes.