makeup monday: modern romance

Love is in the air, friends. With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, it only seemed appropriate to explore a more feminine and romantic look for this week’s Makeup Monday post. Of course, you don’t need an impending holiday to try out the application and product tips given here, and some of them are part of my regular beauty routine.

Austin-based wedding and event photographer Jessica Alexander shot these photos of me during a boudoir photo session. Jessica is an expert at capturing vibrant images using natural light to really emphasize her subjects’ best features. The soft, glowing makeup color palette helped to complete the overall look we wanted to achieve. (To book a photo shoot or see more of her work, visit jealexphoto.com or weddingsbyjealex.com.)

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To get a rosy glow that wears easily and feels naturally radiant all day, I started with Bare Minerals powder foundation and mineral veil instead of a heavier liquid base. This covers imperfections and evens skin tone, but still looks subtle and it keeps my freckles visible. (They’re pretty light, so it’s easy to cover them up.) On my cheeks is NARS Orgasm blush, a beautiful luminescent peachy pink color that’s flattering on just about every skin tone. Applied with a soft round brush to the apples of the cheeks, a warm shimmery color like this will instantly brighten up your face. I also used a coordinating lip gloss from the same NARS collection for a cohesive look. You can get both aforementioned products at Sephora, or narscometics.com.

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For the eyes, I did my favorite signature smoky eyeshadow look for combined contrast and softness. (Click that link for instructions and product recommendations!) You don’t have to go so heavy on the eye makeup if you’re more comfortable with a natural look. The key here is to at least apply a mascara and neutral shadow color that brings out your eye color. If you choose to wear lighter eye makeup you should consider a deeper shade for the pink lip, making the cheeks and rosy lips more noticeable as a focal point.

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Last, but not least, is hair! This part is relatively easy, but the application will vary depending on your hair’s individual length and texture. Keep it loose, soft, and a little bit messy to achieve a romantic tousled look. If your hair is slick and straight, consider wrapping small sections around a curling iron before loosely styling it in a partial updo. The key us to frame your face, and curly or wavy tendrils are a classic way to achieve that. A texturizing spray will help. I recommend Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, but there are tons of great products available these days at any beauty or drug store.

Again, you don’t need a special occasion or photo shoot for permission to feel pretty, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! The most important things to remember if you’d like to sneak a couple of these techniques into your existing routine are pink cheeks and soft, slightly messy hair.

Do you have a favorite look that just screams romance to you? Let us know!

All photos courtesy of Jessica Alexander. Austin, TX.



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