Makeup for the traveler’s soul. Or, my beautiful friend Bethany.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting some extremely talented, inspiring, and creative girls over the past couple years. I’ve also managed to make friends with more than a few ladies that have the most bold sense of adventure and calling in their lives. There’s a running joke between those who know me that if I meet a girl that I click with, that means she’s going to leave the country in less than a year (whether she knows it or not). I’m serious. The past few new girlfriends I’ve made have left for Germany, Japan, South Korea, Uganda, and even just a different states, all within a year or so of becoming closer. Some have returned (and then relocated again!), and others have remained at their new homes. But what all of these ladies seem to have in common is a sense of righteous restlessness; the need to meet people, truly use their five senses, and do good things. I’m in great company when around my friends, and Bethany just might be one of the most inspiring of them all.

At the core of Bethany’s heart is a love and need for adventure. There’s a thirst there that I both admire and envy; I just love how desperately she wants to see everything. It’s moving, and it’s taken her to places like Iceland, South Korea, and Turkey. The following is a beautiful video done for her photography website, and I can’t explain how perfectly it captures her essence. Just these two brief minutes left me smiling and whispering saying aloud, “Yep, that’s her”. Insane props to Two Spoons Productions for seeing the details of a person, and the intricacies of a spirit. That takes more than camera skill. And that whole Celine Dion thing is no joke.

I had the pleasure of doing Bethany’s makeup for this video, and my main focus was her eyes. I used Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadow in Illusoire, and a more alluring pair of false lashes ensured you wouldn’t miss them. Some light contouring with MAC powder blush in Buff, and some highlighting with my NARS cream shadow in Thebes kept things light but defined. Bethany uses MAC’s Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 foundation, and I topped it all off with a dusting of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light. We chose a light pink lip gloss and I left her with a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Rosy Future to keep for touch-ups. Bethany had originally asked me to do her hair as well, but as soon as she took it out of the soft bun it had been in, I realized the texture was perfect. There was no need to do anything to it, and so I didn’t.

Love you much, Bethany, and may all your wildest and most adventurous dreams come true. I can’t thank you enough for so perfectly capturing my friends and I over these past years.  I owe you one.  xo, MR

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Video credit to Two Spoons Productions.  Photo credit to Bethany Carlson Photography.

Now THIS needs no explanation.


See … this is what I’m talking about.  It’s just enough.  The styling is subtle, and yet it would still be hard not to notice Jessica looking like this.  These are the kinds of looks for makeup and hair that inspire me (and make me anxious to grow my hair out a couple inches and go lighter again).  Her hair has obviously been styled, and yet you know you could probably work this same look on yourself, too.  It’s been styled, but it hasn’t been fussed over.

Try creating this look the day after washing and blowing your hair out semi-straight … it’ll be more pliable and it’ll hold wave better.  Create a center-part and then use a 1.5-2 inch barrel iron to create waves in two inch sections of your hair, going in different directions as you curl.  Brush through the waves to give it that soft and natural feel, and gently gather it all to one side.   Use the tiniest amount of styling gel or spray to tame the frizzies around your center-part.  And remember … nothing has to be perfect.

For the makeup, use a warm blush with almost ruddy tones on the apples of your cheeks and bring it upward toward the ears as you apply it.  I’d probably try NARS blush in Liberte for this look, but I’m going to try and dig to find out what was actually used on Jessica.  Fill in and groom your brows, and then draw focus to your eyes by using metallic, shimmery shades of silver, gunmetal grey, and even blue just barely up to the brow bone and around the lid, using the darker shades around the rim and in the crease.  If you’re not comfortable with how some of these colors work with your skin tone, just try varying shades of grey.  Add a couple coats of mascara (or some modest false lashes), and then top it off with a natural lip.  I’m not even sure if she’s wearing anything on her lips here!  Perhaps the lightest, slightly frosted pink or nude shade, but surely nothing more.  So simple, so beautiful.  xo, MR