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Rosie’s ‘90s Makeup Look is Date Night Perfection

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Images courtesy of Nikki DeRoest.

The key to any great date night — besides, of course, a good companion — is a scene-stealing makeup look. Unlike an everyday makeup routine, date nights allow us to get more adventurous with those bold eyeshadows and kiss-proof lip formulas. And when it comes to finding inspiration, there’s perhaps no one who has perfected date-night makeup like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Whenever we’re looking for a fresh lip color or new eye makeup idea, we pull up her Instagram and scroll through the feed. There’s one look, though, that we keep coming back to: the metallic smoky eye, retro pink lip, and radiant glow that Rosie wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. So we caught up with bareMinerals Global Makeup Artist Nikki DeRoest, the master behind Rosie’s after-party glam, to see just how she did it. Read on to get inspired for your next night out, from priming skin with two primers to swiping on an on-trend ‘90s-inspired lip.

Step 1: Prepping The Skin

First, Nikki moisturized with her go-to bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Infusion Serum. “It is the perfect moisture burst and drink of water for the skin pre-makeup,” she says. “I like to take the time to massage it in.” To further prep the skin (and to prevent eyeshadow creasing), she tapped bareMinerals AGELESS GENIUS Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream both on the eyelids and below the eyes.

Step 2: Creating A Flawless Base

To ensure Rosie’s face lasted all night (an important factor for any night-out look), Nikki used multiple primers. Targeting separate areas of the face, she first went in with Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer on the high points of the face and under the eyes. She followed it with Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer through the T-zone. For lasting, good-for-skin coverage, she chose bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 in Sandalwood, starting at the center of Rosie’s face and using a foundation brush to softly blend out. To add even more coverage, she applied NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Step 3: Warming Up The Face

For added dimension, Nikki used bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 in Cedar (a few shades darker than Rosie’s natural skin tone) to sculpt out the cheekbones, jawline and edges of her forehead. For a lit-from-within glow, she doubled up on both liquid and powder highlighter, first with bareMinerals BAREPRO GLOW Highlighter in Free and then with Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion. Finally, for a natural-looking peach blush, she chose a cream formula: Clé de Peau Cream Blush in Shade 4.

Step 4: Applying The Finishing Touches

To play up Rosie’s eyes, Nikki opted for sultry eyeshadow with two Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours: Tuxedo, a matte black smudged at the lash line and outer corner, and Khaki, a chocolate pearlescent brown, blended from the lid to the crease. For a pop of iridescence in the inner corner, she dabbed on Roen Beauty Eye Shadow in Bask, a soft rose gold.  To frame the eyes, she used NARS Brow Perfector to mimic hair-like strokes on the brows.

For the perfect glamorous cat eye, Nikki went in with bareMinerals ONE FINE LINE Micro Defining Eyeliner in Exact Onyx, first tight lining the upper lash line and then flicking it out into a wing. To create lust-worthy lashes, she applied a few coats of bareMinerals LASHTOPIA Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara and Ardell Knot-Free Individual Lashes.

Finally, the look wouldn’t be complete without a moody pink lip. Nikki first used bareMinerals GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner in Freestyle. “This was the major winner to give that full ‘90s inspired pout we were after,” she notes. To finish, she topped the liner with bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick in Cinnamon right at the center of Rosie’s famous lips.

Shalom Blac Falls in Love with the ORIGINAL

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Can we talk about Shalom Nchom for a minute? If you’re not familiar, we’ll catch you up: a survivor of extensive burns as a child — and the devastating bullying that followed — she is now a vlogger with nearly a million YouTube followers who tune in to watch her inspiring and playful Shalom Blac tutorials. Shalom had always favored liquid foundations — until we sent her our cult-favorite ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation. She tried it for the first time on camera and let’s just say, the results are truly powderful. Take a peek:

Watch Shalom’s full powder makeup video for more mineral makeup magic, including our Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

Finding the Best Mascara for Your Lashes

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Mascaras are basically all the same, right?

Actually, that’s so far from the truth! There are three main things to consider when finding your own perfect mascara. First, what kind of look are you going for? Long, fine and defined? Crazy volume? Once you’ve dreamed up your perfect lashes, consider both the formula and brush, which work together to achieve a specific look. To make it easy, we’ve broken down our full mascara portfolio so you can make those dream lashes come true…

Volumize
NEW LASHTOPIA Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara
High-impact, 10x lash volume.*
Staggered bristles coat every lash.

Define
NEW LOVE EVERY LASH Micro Defining Mascara
Catch and coat even the shortest lashes.
Ultra-skinny brush with micro bristles.

Multi-Benefit
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara
Dramatic length and thickness.
Spiral brush coats from all angles.

Separate
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara with Petite Precision Brush
Ideal for short, bottom and corner lashes.
Petite brush for precise application.

*Based on an in-vitro study of 10 coats on bare lashes.

Check out our full mascara assortment, and don’t forget to replace your mascara every 3 months!

The Most Important Thing You Don’t Know About Mascara

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We specialize in (and know you love) clean makeup. But what about keeping it clean with your makeup bag? Today, we’re revisiting some of our favorite tips that will keep your stash in top shape. This is especially important when it comes to — you guessed it — mascara, which should be replaced every 3 months.

THE BASICS OF MAKEUP EXPIRATION

Faces get better with age, but your beauty products most certainly do not, and they have legally regulated expiration dates for a very good reason. (And it isn’t so companies can sell you more makeup). Over time all products can change color, texture and consistency — especially products that are good for you, like the ones with added antioxidants, and that lack scary chemical stabilizers. Products can also start to smell. If any of these things happen, toss them immediately.

So how do you know what to expect and how to avoid being wasteful (and when to replace your lipgloss before it turns orange)? Take a product, flip it over and you’re likely to see a little drawing of an open pot and a number, like “6M.” That means that 6 months from the day you opened that product, you should be replacing it.

PROTECT YOUR EYES — THEY’RE DELICATE!

In general, the highest turnover items in your bag should be the ones you put around your eyes. First off, sharing is not caring when it comes to eyeliners, mascaras, eye brushes and shadows. You’re basically asking for an eye infection, so if you gave your girlfriend a swipe of mascara last night, dump the tube stat. Also, it’s that time of year when you’re probably about to whip out last summer’s waterproof mascara. Don’t. Eyelashes may be flirty and gorgeous but evolutionarily, they’re actually present to trap dirt, not a significant other. So… if you’re brushing over your lashes with a wand, returning it to the tube and storing it for a year? Yikes. There’s a reason we recommend a 3 month cycle for mascara Auto Delivery.

NEED HELP REMEMBERING?

If you’re not sure when you purchased the mascara you’re using now, well, we can’t blame you. That’s why we recommend purchasing mascara using the Auto Delivery feature on the product page. Every 3 months (or however often you choose), you’ll receive an email reminder that your order is about to ship (free, and with samples, by the way). About to leave town? Just shift the delivery date. Just ran out of concealer? Add it to your Auto Delivery order once still ships free. So go forth, keep it clean and leave the remembering to us!

Get super lush lashes with our richly pigmented mineral-based mascaras

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

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If you don’t already wear eyeshadow, well, better late than never. We’re not talking sparkly pinks and blues (though that’s cool too) — today is all about is you, but improved.

So, Why Use Eyeshadow?

Why bother with neutral eyeshadow, you might ask. Well, the right neutral eyeshadow can be used to smooth fine lines, and even out the color around your eyes. In fact, our creamy new GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer comes in two families of colors: neutralizing shades and brightening shades, so you can achieve the natural look that addresses your personal skin concerns.

What is Eye Primer Anyway?

For people who loooove eyeshadow colors (including our new neutral eyeshadow palettes), that same cream eyeshadow we were just talking about is ideal for smoothing the eye area to prepare it for more makeup. Or, just wear it alone!

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

For a fresh, modern matte eye look…

1. Smooth GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer onto your eyelids with the included paddle applicator.

2. Blend with your fingertips or an eye makeup brush.

3. Apply LASHTOPIA Volumizing Mascara from lash root to tip, wiggling the brush from side to side to achieve maximum lash volume.