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Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

I'm back! I took a week off from blogging to charge my batteries and to get a little soul food (thank you to everyone who sent me a little email to ask if my blog would be back soon!). Have you ever needed that? You know, just a little time to turn inward, to remember, to reflect, to refuel.

Last week, I was in Houston for a quick trip and was able to see one of my lifelong friends, Trish. It's crazy how fast time passes, but very comforting to know some things truly never change. Like two starry-eyed girls who giggle over witty conversation as we drive around a brightly lit city. Talking about where we've been, what we've felt, and hopes for the future.

If you had just one night and a few hours to reconnect with someone, who would it be? What would you do? What would you say? After my dinner with Trish, I couldn't help think about all of the memories that I cherish with her and with so many others. Some are good and some have helped shape me into who I am. It was pure soul food!

On the flight back to Phoenix, I chatted up a lovely gal sitting next to me and of course our conversation circled back to makeup. I told her all about my blog and she asked me if I would teach her how to pull-off a pastel Spring look without looking "scary" (as she referenced her InStyle magazine with Nicole Kidman on the cover). I thought it would be a perfect blog post since I feel like I found my own little Spring Awakening somewhere between Pappas and River Oaks that night in Houston! 

Here are my tips for a pretty pale palette (For you Marion!):

1. Use a white eyehsadow base instead of a nude/flesh toned one. I find that with pastel colors, it shows up more with a white eyeshadow base. Try this one by NYX here

2. Using a pastel eyeshadow, create a "<" shape starting at the outer corner of your upper lash line and "<" it out half way under your lower eye lid. Select a eyeshadow that has enough pigment pay-off. I used this Revlon palette here

3. Use a natural colored eyeshadow as your crease color such as a basic brown. You want a small pop of color on the outer corners of your eyes only. Remember to blend, blend, blend to avoid it looking too harsh or scary!

4. Keep foundation matte with a pinkish lip and cheek color that compliments your pastel color pop.

5. Last, add mascara and a thin stroke of black eyeliner to give your eyes a finished look.

I hope you will try this look and reference my quick tips on how wear pastels subtly. It's fresh and different look  just in time for Spring --truly a pretty change of pace from the usual eye shadow palettes we've been wearing all winter, right?

p.s. - A few years ago I had the chance to see Spring Awakening (starring Lea Michele before Glee)! If it ever gets revived ... see it! It's a harsh depiction of that strange transition into adulthood. It has some major themes and cool music by Dunkin Shiek (yes, the Barely Breathing guy from the 90s). 

XO Lauren

Make it pop!

Make it pop!

Rose-gold is perfect!

Rose-gold is perfect!