Playing with Color- A Pop of Blue for Spring

Spring is nearly here, and that means my gray and black sweaters are packed away, and I can officially climb out of a cold-weather rut. Nothing says Spring like a pop of color in my makeup routine and I have a quick and easy way to wear color that is bold and subtle (nonsensical, I know).

The foundation routine is the same ol’ same ol. I’m wearing the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Deauville. The first impression I had of this foundation was great. I’ve worn it several times since then and I’m solidly in the middle on this one. On great skin days, it’s FANTASTIC. On not so great days, I feel like it melts off, it slips and slides, and the coverage settles unevenly. Soooooo… I don’t know. When it’s great, it’s great… Best review ever??

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It’s also slightly yellow for me, but I can make it work. My shoulders in the picture above show that I may have spent 10 minutes too long in the sun on Sunday, but it was the first 60+ degree day, and I just couldn’t not sit in the sun.

The palette I’m using today is the tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights palette. I bought this one for the bronzy shade, but it turns out that I love every shade in this palette. The matte brown shade is the perfect cool-toned brown for transition. The bronze is golden and warm, and the blue is warm and subtle enough that it’s wearable and not garish.


I prepped and primed my eyelids (you know the routine by now) and I started by putting the transition color in my crease. The color is called Espadrilles. HUGE COMPLAINT ABOUT THIS PALETTE- the shadow names are not permanently marked in the palette. It’s on a plastic insert sheet that I lost almost immediately. I’m hugely annoyed when the shadow names are not ON THE PACKAGING. Ok. I’m breathing again… Whew. That was intense.

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You can see that the transition shade shapes the eye and adds the warmth and dimension. When I wear bold colors on my eyes, I usually do not take the color any further than my lid. I like to wear natural and neutral tones in my crease so the look doesn’t get away from me.

After I put the transition on both eyes, I packed the blue shade Oceanview on my lid using a flat shader brush.

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I added a bit of the bronzy warm shade Tropical Sunset on the outer corner and up into the crease slightly to add a bit more depth.

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In a move that will shock no one, I lined with gel liner and tightlined with the same product.

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You can really see how much definition a bit of black eyeliner gives my eyes. Not everyone needs it, but I have such sparse lashes that I like to build a bit of a line. Plus, black liner can anchor the color and again, make the color pop.

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I fixed the patchy foundation on my cheeks. (I swear my tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay foundation DOES NOT MIGRATE like this). And finished my skin with my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural and added a bit of highlight with the Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheekbones.

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For blush, I used the Balm’s Frat Boy, because I love it. And it’s the one I always reach for. So…

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I like this look, and I wear it any time I’m feeling a little flat in my makeup routine. I added a bit of lipstick to the look, below. Hope you’ll be brave enough to incorporate some color into your routine!





And just in case you want to zazz it up with a bit of lipstick, I picked a really vibrant coral that I patted on as a stain just to have another hit of color.



And here’s a shot of all the products I used:


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