Summer Color with Zuii, Ilia and The Balm


Oh hey! How is it going? Summer flying by much too soon for you too? Well before it ends, I thought I would do a quick post about a color combo I have been wearing a lot this summer. It features…actual colors. Well, you know other than my usual brown liner, nude lips. I think this combo of colors/products would work well on nearly everyone, but especially on my lovely brown-eyed sisters of the world. Okay, so we have:

Bronzed Skin – Courtesy of The Balm’s Bahama Mama, a matte bronzer that is sort of famous as a contour. I do a combo of bronzing and contouring with it. (This is not expert contouring. Some people refer to it as shading. Check out this quick and simple guide to contouring and highlighting by The Beauty Department—a favorite site of mine. They’re using cream, but this powder works just as well and keeps it simple.) Bahama Mama is one of the products that I bought early in my journey of going greener—when I went paraben-free as a start. EWG rates it a “one” so while it’s not perfectly clean, I am keeping it and will decide whether to replace with something else once I finish it. I also pop a tad of matte pink blush (not pictured) on the apples of my cheeks so my complexion doesn’t look too flat.

Fresh, Happy Color on Lids and Lips- Starting with lids, I use Zuii Organic Flora Eye Shadow in Blue Marine as a liner on the top lid to compliment my brown eyes.  Wet your lining brush to get more intensity from this nearly-navy shadow. Follow up with your favorite mascara. (Calling all brown-eyed girls: get a navy and a violet liner or richly pigmented shadow to make those peepers pop! You’ll love how it looks.) And for lips: Ilia Beauty Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock. Only the happiest coral lippie ever. And don’t get me started on the texture of this. Love. I am amassing quite a collection of clean, gorgeous Ilia lip products (see some of them here) and this one is my favorite. It’ll be hard to set it aside this fall. I just may be rocking this bright coral all year.

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