Over the years I have often bought my daughter new makeup. It’s so fun, gilding a lily. In college, gold eye shadow. Last year, red lipstick. And last week, for her 29th birthday, new all around – this time focused on minimizing controversial ingredients.*
I took her to Sephora for a free mini-makeover. You pick one feature for the makeup artist, we chose eyes. (Never fear, fierce mama managed to get advice on the full gamut.)
The artist recommended the Tarte line, for both aesthetics and ingredients. (And I know they use a lower case T in their branding but in a blog post that just makes me feel like I made a mistake.) We looked at two Tartlette palettes, the Bloom Clay and the Matte. We chose Bloom. When you’re 29 a little shimmer calls the fairies close.
We had to steer the artist away from scary goth overkill, but eventually got to a simple light lid, dark crease, and darkest shadow lining. A little highlight on the brow. Turned those blue eyes an almost-ocean color.
Having learned for myself the value of an eyebrow pencil, I urged one on my daughter. She didn’t resist, overly. The Benefit Goof Proof #2 worked with her fair skin, red hair, and medium brown eyebrows. I love 21st century brush-on-the-other end phenomenon.
Finally, I threw a tube of my faithful Dr. Hauschka, Volume version, into the birthday loot. Why keep the good stuff to oneself?
On to tinted moisturizer and blush. As a very fair, lightly-freckled blue-eyed redhead, my daughter needs very light coverage and a lot of SPF. The artist recommended both a Tarte primer/BBcream, and a brand I hadn’t heard of, AmorePacific. We chose the AmorePacific Color Control Cushion with SPF 50. This is their fairest shade. The built-in cushion acts like a Beauty Blender, and the compact itself is very nifty for carrying about.
However, as I researched this post, I discovered that the AmorePacific product relies on 7% ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate to get that big SPF 50. Not the most suspicious sun filter, but not the best. Drat. I shipped her the Tarte BB today. Maybe she can alternate products, depending on plans for cavorting in the sun.
For blush, we went with Tarte again – this time one of their Amazonian Clay products. Although I like Julie Hewett pot blush for myself, powder blush with, again, a little shimmer, works beautifully on a young woman. We liked the coral/pink, “Tipsy.” Great for those of us who hover between warm and cool skin tones.
Finally, a new lipstick. Red, coral, she had already. Possibly also presents from her mother. So this time we got a gorgeous rosy mauve gloss from Bare Minerals. “Heartbreaker.” A final touch of shimmer.
How did it all work? Why, thank you for asking!
P.S. We also got her new sunscreen. Redhead lyfe. Happy birthday again, honey.
*I looked to avoid pthalates, parabens and anything that acts as an endocrine distrupter. No human studies have yet reported issues, but animal and absorption studies are worrying. And, although I asked the makeup artist to recommend products, in retrospect, I should have just looked up her recommendations on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) site while I was in the store. Their Skin Deep database is an excellent resource.
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